Showing posts from April, 2018

A Few Wonderful Picture Books for Earth Day

It is Earth Day. And we definitely need Earth Day, that reminder us of the beauty and incredible wonder that we live on. Now, I won't talk to you about all the terrible things that are happening due to our neglect of this beautiful blue ball we all call home. But I do think we owe it to Mother Earth and to our children to teach them to live in appreciation of the natural world and understand how our continued existence here is dependent on how we behave toward it. In lieu of this....I have a few picture books that may help.... I would be very remiss if I didn't start this brief post with my old favourite, The Lorax by Dr Seuss . If you don't know, the story involves a man who arrives in a forest of the most amazing, magnificent Truffula trees and immediately decides upon a quick way to make a fortune. Shortly after his endeavour begins, up pops the Lorax, who speaks for the trees because they have no voices. The Lorax issues a timely warning...which comes true in the end..

Hello! It's time for a bit of catch-up....again. Book Awards 2018

Hello! It's me again. Yes, I have been quiet as of late. There has been a lot going on in my life and I fear I have neglected Fallen Star Stories...apart from a few reviews, which rather a lot of you out there have been reading. Thank you for hanging in there with me. I'm going to give a bit of catch-up for those of you who are interested in the world of childrens' literature and what is currently happening. Let's start with a few awards and medals.... First big announcement; The 2018 Astrid Lindgren Award has gone to American author, Jacqueline Woodson. Jacqueline is 55 years old and lives in Brooklyn, New York. The author of more than thirty books, from novels to poetry to picture books, her writing frequently focuses on young people making the transition from childhood to adulthood. Covering such topical issues as racism, social and economic injustice, segregation, gender equality and exclusion, she shows a unique understanding of what young people encounter