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Inkpots resources: children’s books bloggers

Over the next few months, I plan to do a number of blogs which will look at some of the resources that are available to support children and young people with their story writing and reading.

The first topic is especially pertinent as we have just celebrated World Book Day. I wanted to highlight how helpful children’s books bloggers can be; over and again, I am struck by how wonderful it is when a child finds a book which really inspires them.

Last year, I realised that I really was out of touch with current children’s literature but was a bit daunted by the number of really excellent books which are available. I had a limited amount of time for additional reading and simply didn’t know where to start. I did some faffing about, flailed a bit more and then almost gave up. But a couple of book bloggers came to my rescue, dusted me down and set me on a wonderful reading path which has really enhanced my work at Inkpots.

There are as many book bloggers as there are newly published books it seems, but I want to highlight three women who I think are among the best. All of them give straight forward, sensitive feedback on new books – and can help enormously with helping you find a great book for your young reader. What’s also great is that between Alexis, Jo and Kim a wide age range is covered too.

Alexis Filby is a library and information assistant in a children’s library as well as running the children’s book blog Book Monster Ally. Alexis brings an innate sense of fun and kindness to her book reviews and I particularly like that she covers a huge range of books including graphic novels. I collaborated with Alexis last year when we produced a factsheet to encourage unsure writers; she was able to support this with a great reading list to encourage reluctant readers so they have access to some wonderful books.

Jo Clarke (Book Lover Jo) is a school librarian and a mum of two who really knows her stuff. Jo is a well-respected book reviewer and was winner of UKYA Book Blogger Award Best Newcomer 2016. I am always impressed at how thoughtful Jo’s reviews are and she really gives well rounded reviews of a wonderful range of books.

If you have younger children, and particularly love picture books look no further than the Book Bairn blog. Book Bairn mum Kim blogs about child led reading with her little girl. The blog is an absolute delight and an absolute treasure trove of ideas for younger children. Book Bairn will soon be joined by baby number 2 – best of luck to Kim and her family.

Alexis, Jo and Kim blog because they love books. They all share the same passion that I do – to help children find the right books for them so that they can get swept away into a magical world of words and pictures.

Inkpots currently runs after school and other groups in Mid Sussex; from 1 May, we will also have an online club. More information about Inkpots Inc can be found here.

Gill

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