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Daddy’s Day and Who Rules?

Part of what I do as a freelance writer is volunteering with the National Literacy Trust to produce articles and features for different audiences. Much of what I do is for their Words for Life initiative, which encourages adults to share in their children’s literacy activities. This doesn’t just mean reading books – it can be anything that involves words in any format.

I have two articles out this month:

Words for Life – I rule! – which is all about how you can share Jubilee-related activities with your children


‘Hooray for Dads’ which is about how important fathers are in the emotional, behavioural and academic development of their children.

I hope you enjoy them and check out the work of the National Literacy Trust, which does a lot of amazing things!


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Childtastic Books started out as a collaborative blog, written by me and my young daughter Holly. Now she's nearly a teen, she's off doing exciting and new things but I am still here, reading, writing and reviewing books for children and young adults of all ages. I miss her input but I hope she will pop in from time to time to do some guest posts! A little about me - I have just finished an MA in Children's Literature from the University of Roehampton (result pending, eeek) and am a part-time primary school librarian. The other part of my time is spent writing and editing, my own work and others, and I am waiting for my first non-fiction book to be published - a teacher resources pack for Handa's Surprise. I welcome comments and love to hear from visitors to this blog. Please note though that, because of time constraints, it is rare that I can read and review books from self-published authors. I receive so many requests and feel badly about not being able to keep up with them all. Thanks for visiting! Sam

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