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10 facts you didn’t know about Beatrix Potter

We still sell piles of her books more than 70 years after her death. Beatrix Potter (1866-1943) does not seem to be going out of fashion. Did you know her most iconic character, Peter Rabbit, was named after a real-life beloved pet rabbit? The Tale of Peter Rabbit was Potter’s first and most famous story. […]

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Alice meets Salvador… with surrealist style

Like so many of us, Salvador Dali would have enjoyed visiting Lewis Carroll’s Wonderland. In 1969, the Spanish artist, famous for surreal melting clocks, illustrated Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. Only 2,500 copies were produced and one of them sold for five figures last month. Our first list of 2014 also includes a collection of rare […]

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A reading list from the nine-year-old who read 272 books in six months

Here’s a heartwarming story from Knutsford in Cheshire. A nine-year-old school girl, Faith Jackson from Hough Green, has ploughed through 272 books in six months. She began keeping track on 1 July at the suggestion of her mother, Laura, so they could see how she did during the school holidays. However, Faith kept counting once […]

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Ten tips for reading to young children

Over at The Guardian, Horrid Henry author Francesca Simon offers 10 tips to make bedtime reading fun for children. In brief, they are… 1. Start early (as in early in life) 2. You are not too busy to read to your child 3. Get your child a library card 4. Think of all those great books […]

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The Story of Ping, a pioneering children’s picture book

One of the more notable and rare children’s books found on AbeBooks is The Story of Ping by Marjorie Flack and illustrated by Kurt Wiese. Published in 1933, first editions of this book can now be priced in excess of £300. The story concerns a domesticated Chinese duck lost on the Yangtze River and it’s been […]

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A beautiful die-cut – I Saw a Peacock with a Fiery Tale

Watch our video to enjoy gorgeous die-cut edition of a 17th century poem called I Saw a Peacock with a Fiery Tale. This version of the well-known folk tale from England was published by TaraBooks and is s illustrated by Ramsingh Urveti.

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The original Piglet and Pooh

In the New York Public Library, you will find an exhibit of the real Winnie the Pooh animals: Eeyore, Piglet, Kanga, Tigger and Pooh. The animals belonged to Christopher Milne, son of the author, A.A. Milne and the books were donated to the New York Public Library in 1987 by the publisher of the Pooh […]

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Author protests against the pink tide of books for young girls

Author Jacqueline Wilson has criticised children’s book publishers for using too much pink when marketing to young girls. Dame Jacqueline admitted that her struggle against the pink tide dated back to when she was bringing up her own daughter, Emma – now a Cambridge don – but that even then she had little success in resisting […]

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Magical bedtime reading – The Silver Sword

Last night I finished reading The Silver Sword by Ian Serraillier to my 10-year-old. What a book! Why does it appear to have been forgotten? We took it out from our local library and I was rather surprised that they had a copy. However, I suspect it had not been taken out for a long time […]

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Top 20 Most Beloved Children’s Characters

This Guardian list of the 20 most beloved characters in children’s literature, as voted on by children aged 5-12 in the UK, is heartening. There are a few I don’t recognise, and a couple for which complete media saturation can be blamed, but I was pleasantly surprised to see that children are still reading, and […]

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