children's book blog

In 2017...
  • Let’s see more black girl magic and black boy joy.
  • Let’s keep celebrating black excellence.
  • Let’s remind the younger generation and ourselves that black is beautiful.
  • Let’s continue to fight social injustice.
  • Let’s keep reminding everyone that black lives do matter.
  • Let’s support black businesses more.
  • Let’s be more kind to our brothers and sisters regardless of their shade of skin.
  • Let’s read more black books, listen to black podcasts and show love to black media/blogs.
  • Let’s stop calling black women angry.
  • Let black women remember they are valued. Show them respect.
  • Let black boys and men explore their sexuality without judgement.
  • Let’s remember that mental health does affect the black community.
  • Let’s speak out on cultural appropriation.
  • Let’s keep creating amazing music, TV shows and films.
  • Let’s push for greatness in all aspects of our lives.
  • Let’s make sure more of our young brothers and sisters stay in school and graduate college.
  • Let’s show the world what it means to be black and proud.
  • Let’s no longer be afraid to be black.
  • Let’s embrace our past, work on our present and ensure a great future for our people.
  • Let’s remember that we are forces to be reckoned with.
  • Last, but not least. Let’s stay woke.

Wishing you all a prosperous and fulfilling 2017. It’s our year for the taking.

Much love.

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Last year this day (February 25th 2016) a new (children’s book) blog was born The blog name is based on the poem for children by Annie M.G.Schmidt, 

It is a poem in rhyming verses about a fairy writer who writes about fantasy figures and prinses and princesses from morning to noon, from noon to evening, then goes to sleep  and starts writing the next morning again.An inkpot is not sufficient for him, so in his garden he has a pond full of ink. And when he thinks he dips his pen (nib) in that pond. If he will sit there till the end of his life, maybe the pond will be wriiten empty.     .


A view at the archive : February 2017 (above) and February 2016 (below) 

Anyone who is interested please click on the link : http://creatingachildrensbookworld.tumblr.com/archive/2016/2

ID #95794

Name: Abbie
Age: 18
Country: UK

My name’s Abbie, I’m 18, and I live in Liverpool. I’ve spent the past two years at college studying maths and politics but I’m due to start a maths degree at Leeds this September if all goes to plan.
I personally don’t believe that you need a lot of common interests to be good friends, but here’s some stuff about me anyway.
- I really like music and I listen to a bit of everything really. My three most recently listened-to artists are The Cure, Sigur Rós, and Kanye West.
- I also play quite a lot of games, particularly RPGs. My favourite franchises at the minute are probably Final Fantasy and Fire Emblem.
- I read quite a lot, I’m reading “If on a Winter’s Night a Traveller” at the moment. I like a variety of books, but lately I’ve mostly been reading classic literature.
- I don’t watch as much TV or films as I used to, but I’m still pretty invested in a few shows and films that I’ve watched in the past and can be talked into watching anything.
- I would generally say that if something’s really popular on tumblr I probably like it.

Preferences: I’m open to a penpal from anywhere but English is the only language that I speak well enough to converse in. Any age is fine, as long as you’re comfortable talking to someone my age.
I mostly use tumblr but I’d be open to using pretty much any platform to talk on, including written letters because that’s kinda cute.

T5W: Books without Romance

As an Asexual I love this topic as any book without romance are my favorite!

1.  The Elegance of the Hedgehog by Barbery Muriel- translated from French and set in a fancy French apartment/condo high rise, it tells the story of a genius young girl and windowed concierge as they try to navigate life.  Very philosophical but also a good story.

2. Eragon By Christopher Paolini-  teenager finds a stone that turns out to be a dragon egg and is set on an adventure across the nation with the town story-teller to fight the empire.  It is classified as a children’s book but really it’s a story for all ages. Hints of a crush but no romance.

3. Harry Potter and the Sorcerers Stone by JK Rowling - 11year olds at a magical school trying to save wizard kind, they are more interested in their school work and sports to notice the opposite or even same sex.  

4. The Glass Castle: A Memoir by Jeannette Walls- one of my favorite book of all time. It is the story of a journalist growing up in a nomadic lifestyle. This only book that has ever made me cry. And if I say any more I will spoil it.

5. Nimonia by Noelle Steveson- supervillain-sidekick with magical powers that becomes the town hero. There are hints of a past romance but the story is about love and acceptance and to question everything.    

15 Day Books Challenge - Day 4

Day 4: Your favorite book from your childhood

So far, this has been the easiest one for me to answer.

Similarly to The Night Circus, I own SO MANY copies of this book. It has quite a few different editions of it and I can’t help myself.

These books got me into reading. I would not be the person that I am today without them, and I owe them so much. I will forever treasure them in my heart.

To this day, I still identify with Anne. I feel like we’re quite similar actually; our rough upbringing that taught us to be loyal and kind but also to be guarded, we both have big big dreams and are serious daydreamers, when we love our friends, we love them hardcore, and (I’d like to think) we both went beyond our expectations of ourselves and ended up bigger and better than expected.

I feel like I know Anne - like she is a real life friend of mine because I’ve read her stories so often and they are so dear to me, and the writing of her character is so multi-dimensional that I can’t help but wonder out how alive she seems. Also, a random side note that Gilbert Blythe was absolutely my first fictional boyfriend… I had a crush on him when I read him, and then I saw the Canadian miniseries from the 80′s and fell in love with that version of him too!

If you have’t read these books yet, I highly recommend them. They are sweet, emotional, and wonderful. And summer is a great time to pic them up! <3

Strong YA Secondary Women

Nobody wants to read about the background characters…Or do they? In my opinion, the story is never truly about the main character. Rather, it is about that character’s journey from point A to point B and all the funky things in between. That includes the other characters they meet, because not only do those characters help the main protagonist reach a certain goal– they also go through an adventure of their own making.

Think of it this way: your friends aren’t secondary just because they don’t share your point of view. It’s all a matter of perspective! That being said, meet some of my favorite secondary ladies of YA Lit…

Asterin Blackbeak from Sarah J Maas’ Throne of Glass series.

         “…Then one day, I just woke up and decided to fight. I trained. I healed my body. I grew strong –stronger than I’d been before. And I stopped thinking about it. A month later I went hunting for Crochans, and walked back into the Keep with three of their hearts in a box. If your grandmother was surprised I hadn’t died, she didn’t show it. You were there that night I came back. You toasted in my honor, and said you were proud to have such a fine Second.”

Zoya Nazyalensky from Leigh Bardugo’s The Grisha Trilogy.

          “I’m a soldier of the Second Army. This is where I belong.”

Orla Sargent from Maggie Stiefvater’s The Raven Cycle.

         “Blue didn’t envy Orla’s clairvoyance. She did envy her ability to be different without even trying.”

Zuzana Nováková from Laini Taylor’s Daughter of Smoke and Bone trilogy.

         “I want to build spires in their minds and dance shadows through like marionettes, chased by whispers and hints of the unspeakable.”

Despina from Renee Ahdieh’s The Wrath and the Dawn duology.

         “Tonight is a night to turn heads. Make them remember you. Make sure they never forget. You are the Calipha of Khorasan, and you have the ear of a king.” Despina put her hand on Shahrzad’s shoulder and grinned at their shared reflection. “More important, you have his heart.” She bent forward and lowered her voice. “And most important, you are a fearsome thing to behold in your own right.”

Sophie Collins from Cassandra Clare’s The Infernal Devices trilogy.

         “It’s all right to love someone who doesn’t love you back, as long as they’re worth you loving them. As long as they deserve it.”

Evangeline Samos from Victoria Aveyard’s Red Queen trilogy.

         “Evangeline appears through the steam, knives swirling around in a glinting display.”