Hi, I’m Sam, and welcome to Childtastic Books!
This blog originally started as a collaboration between me and my daughter, Holly, as a way of reviewing children’s books from a parent’s and child’s perspective. We’d always give an honest opinion and would often disagree with each other – tactfully, of course!
Now that Holly has entered her teenage years, she’s off doing other things but I have kept the blog running because our earlier reading adventures sparked a love of children’s and young adults’ fiction – so much so that I did an MA in it at the University of Roehampton. (I graduated in February 2016 and my degree was conferred upon me by Dame Jacqueline Wilson – how cool, and appropriate – is that?!)
I have also written a YA novel and work part time as a Librarian in an Oxford primary school so my life is still, very much, focused on children’s literature.
I welcome authors and publishers sending books for review – to get in touch please email me at: firstname.lastname@example.org or leave a message on the site and I’ll get back to you. Please note that we will make every effort to review books but this might take a little while, depending on our review pile and, unfortunately, I am not always able to review self-published books (I receive a lot of enquiries and just cannot find the time to look at them all).
As well as all this, I am an experienced editor and writer and have worked with a wide range of clients, from the National Literacy Trust to the Independent. I also write teachers’ resources for Scholastic and work in an editorial capacity with authors on their novels. Basically, I love words!
Please do comment on the posts – it’s great to know my readers!
I hope you enjoy the site.