Posts tagged ‘travel’

We recently had a lovely visit from Miriam Latimer, beloved illustrator of children’s picture books such as The Prince’s Bedtime (which is sold at the Buckingham Palace gift shop—little trivia there for you!), Ruby’s School Walk, Emily’s Tiger, Shrinking Sam and Shopping with Dad. We asked Miriam to be our guest blogger today and share with us some of her discoveries on her first trip across the pond…we hope you enjoy her story.

It’s not every day that first-graders get to go to Africa. For the nearly 70  first-graders at the Brackett Elementary School in Arlington, Massachusetts, their interest in studying Africa resulted in a virtual field trip to the continent, by way of an African storyteller, some ethnic foods, art, music, and Mama Panya’s Pancakes: A Village Tale from Africa.

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When we asked Jane Yolen, prize-winning author of children’s books too numerous to name here, if she’d like to be this week’s interviewee, we knew we were in for a special treat. And a few surprises. Please read on for her take on writing, living, and perhaps most important, kissing the grandchildren.

Many people claim to be storytellers. Wafa’ Tarnowska is the real deal, a storyteller all heart and soul, with an imagination and a literary style that builds sturdy bridges between eastern and western traditions. Of course, it helps that she has lived in the UK, India, Poland, Australia, Cyprus, Lebanon and Dubai, where she currently works at the law firm DLA Piper. But it is her beautiful and generous spirit that shines through when she tells her stories.

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Hot on the heels of Bologna comes the London Book Fair, laid waste last year by the volcanic ash. A lot was riding on its recovery this April and if the crowds were any indication, it appears to be back in good health. The exhibition centre at Earl’s Court was packed, and the word in the aisles was that visitors were queuing round the block to get in. The book lives on!

A gateway to the feast the Bologna Children’s Book Fair offers

From the air, Bologna is a hoop of earthy reds and ochres, its houses and churches divided by a maze of narrow alleys, the medieval city centre still contained within its original shape. It is easy to identify the rectangle that is the Piazza Maggiore, the heart of civic activity and the place to see and be seen over a glass of local prosecco when the day’s business is done.

Each Friday we share a podcast based on one of our best-loved stories. We pair the podcast with a contest, so listen in with your favorite little story lover and share with your friends. If you post a comment, you could win!

Today’s podcast, narrated by Oscar-winning actress Olympia Dukakis, is ‘The Beautiful Crone of Córdoba’, from Grandmothers’ Stories.