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Musings from Emily and Sarah on books, reading and family-friendly activities

Children's author Alastair Chisholm and the cover of Orion Lost

The book we sent our Cockatoo subscribers in August is a cracking sci-fi adventure, starring a brilliant cast of characters and providing the perfect jumping off point for discussions about the role of AI in our lives. We asked author Alastair Chisholm about what inspired the book and which other sci fi books for kids he would recommend.


Children's author and illustrator Matty Long and the cover of Super Magic Happy Forest

This month we sent our Parakeet subscribers the fantastic Super Happy Magic Forest and The Humongous Fungus by author and illustrator Matty Long. Super Happy Magic Forest started out as a series of picture books, which Matty has evolved into a companion series of highly illustrated chapter books for young readers – our favourite kind of fiction! Here Matty tells us what inspired the series and about his favourite childhood reads.


Children's author Elle McNicoll and the cover of A Kind of Spark

A Kind of Spark is one of our books of the year so far - one of those books that should be read by kids and adults alike. It is inspired by author Elle McNicoll’s own experience of neurodiversity and her commitment to accurately representing neurodivergence in children’s books. In this guest post she tells us about her journey to publication and why diversity in children’s publishing matters.