World Book Day 2020

This is the 23rd year there’s been a World Book Day, and on 5 March 2020, children of all ages will come together to appreciate reading. Very loudly and very happily. The main aim of World Book Day in the UK and Ireland is to encourage children to explore the pleasures of books and reading… Continue reading World Book Day 2020

October half term 2019

Whether you're looking for an event, activity or just some books - your local libraries have something on this half term. All our libraries run regular groups and activities for children and families - almost all of these continue during the school holidays! Most of which are drop in; so there's no need to book,… Continue reading October half term 2019

World Book Day 2019

World Book Day is back! Taking place on Thursday 7 March,  providing children and young people with the opportunity to purchase their own book using a £1 World book day token. Here are the 10 books available for children and young people to choose from. How does World Book Day Work? Millions of book tokens are sent to… Continue reading World Book Day 2019

Families

Families, just like people, come in all shapes and sizes. Sharing stories about different families, and families similar to ones own, can help put a child's mind at ease and show to them that no two families are alike, as well as make the child feel like they belong.

Divorce and Separation

The break down of a family is nearly always a traumatic event for those involved, especially for children. There are many books that present the subject in a postive and sensitive way. Sharing these books may be comforting to children going through similar situations.

Books About Families to Share from Bookstart Bear

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For most of us, our family is the one big constant in our lives.  They provide a safe place for us to learn and grow in a loving environment.  But families come in all shapes and sizes.  Our family may be very different to those of our friends.  Even our own family doesn't always stay the same.… Continue reading Books About Families to Share from Bookstart Bear

Tiny Sunbirds Far Away by Christie Watson

'Everything changed after Mama found Father lying on top of another woman.' Blessing and her brother Ezikiel adore their larger-than-life father, their glamorous mother and their comfortable life in Lagos. But all that changes when their father leaves them for another woman. Their mother is fired from her job at the Royal Imperial Hotel - only married women can work there - and soon they have to quit their air-conditioned apartment to go and live with their grandparents in a compound in the Niger Delta. Adapting to life with a poor countryside family is a shock beyond measure after their privileged upbringing in Lagos. Told in Blessing's own beguiling voice, Tiny Sunbirds Far Away shows how some families can survive almost anything. At times hilarious, always poignant, occasionally tragic, it is peopled with characters you will never forget.