Merry Christmas from Rosy

I’m sure you’re all cosied up, tearing open presents, or arguing with the family you usually try to avoid the rest of the year. Whatever you choose to do today, I hope you’re all having a wonderful time and, most importantly, you receive lots and lots of books. Merry Christmas.

“Under the tree one must feel full of love, particularly when the glass balls have been hung. They are store-places for love and that’s why it’s so terribly dangerous to drop them.” – Tove Jansson

One can never have enough socks…

“One can never have enough socks,” said Dumbledore. “Another Christmas has come and gone and I didn’t get a single pair. People will insist on giving me books.” 

Christmas is such a wonderful time. The air is crisp, the leaves are crunchy, the stars fill the sky, the shoppers bombard through one another to find that perfect gift or else the World will collapse. That sounds about right doesn’t it?

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More Than Just a Homework Helper

Something wonderful has been happening to book design over the past few years; we’re not only seeing beautiful book jackets that rival Folio Society but the entire concept of the book is being re-imagined. Take these Classics Unfolded illustrated by Yelena Bryksenkova or Nobrow’s Leporello range. These beautiful expanding books are the perfect combination of design, illustration and literature.

I believe this trend in beautiful book making is a reaction to the ever increasing use of e-readers; publishers are creating titles with a more tangible appeal that is just impossible to be appreciated onscreen. There are myriad titles I could write about but today I will specifically focus on non-fiction, because homework deserves to made more exciting by something truly beautiful and special.

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Happy World Mental Health Day

“Some days I woke up and got out of bed and brushed my teeth like any normal human being; some days I woke up and lay in bed and looked at the ceiling and wondered what the hell the point was of getting out of bed and brushing my teeth like any normal human being.” ― Ned Vizzini, It’s Kind of a Funny Story

Today we take one day out of the year to recognise mental health issues. If only the general populace could recognise them on the other 364 days. Mental health issues commonly begin during the teenage years and often go undiagnosed or misdiagnosed.

For me, the above quote from Ned Vizzini’s It’s Kind of a Funny Story aptly describes the ups and downs of depression. Ned Vizzini struggled with the illness for years before taking his own life in 2013.

The Young Minds website has a great list of YA books that raise some light on various mental health issues. They can be found here. These books may be able to help young people struggling with mental illness or, at least, help them become aware of the issues that are out there, so our next generation can be more enlightened and more able to help or cope with illness.

Illustration by Jim Kay from A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness and Siobhan Dowd

A Beautiful Passage

Goodness me! It’s been nearly two months since I posted anything! I blame the hot weather; the veggie patch beckons and I must respond. I was inspired to write a post after reading 46 of the Most Beautiful Literary Passages According to Reddit on Buzzfeed. Children’s books often get overlooked when discussing literary fiction, so I was pleasantly surprised to see a few great quotes on there, and for once they weren’t inspirational quotes paired with photos of sunsets and mountains.

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The Big One Hundred Challenge

I’ve always considered myself a pretty good authority when it comes to children’s literature, however I’ve recently noticed a few gaps in my knowledge, gaps that involve some fairly significant books. I thought I could just start picking out a few popular titles from the shelf, but that seems like a perfect recipe for chaos. I like a system; a well formed, well thought out list. Continue reading

Five inspiring female led books for young minds

I’ve recently returned from visiting a friend and her family. She has three children: a girl of three, a boy and two and a boy of two months. Although she raises them equally and with very little television, the eldest is still getting influenced by the little television that she does watch. She discovered pink from Peppa Pig and princesses from Frozen. Her mother hates anything stereotypically “girly”, and although she accepts that that is what her daughter likes, I know she wishes her role models were a little more balanced.

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