Posts By: Andi Long

Mother’s Day Book Picks

Some books to celebrate the unconditional love of mothers—all featuring adorable animals! Thank you, mums! (And grand mums and all the other beautiful mother figures in our lives.) The Runaway Bunny by Margaret Wise Brown, illustrated by Clement Hurd A must-read classic from one of my all-time favourite children’s writers. Make Way for Ducklings by… Read more »

Top Ten Tips for Aspiring Children’s Book Writers

I’m often asked for tips from aspiring children’s book writers. So I compiled some of the things I’ve learned over the years that have helped me. Tip 1: There are no shortcuts  Someone told me this starting out, and it’s the first thing I tell people who are serious about writing for children. There are,… Read more »

Picture Books and Accounting

As we slowly emerge from winter into spring, we’re also transitioning from quite a year. As we start to see glimpses of getting back to normal, how are you doing? Are you looking back at this time in lockdown and wondering what you’ve accomplished? With so much pressure to “use this time wisely”—what, exactly, did… Read more »

A Prescription for Cabin Fever: Over 75 FREE resources to beat the boredom

Are we really one year into lockdown? How is that possible? To keep you going, we collected our favourite adventures. Swim with sharks! Go to Mars! Invent a snowflake! Turn yourself into a famous painting! Count penguins for science! Design an iceberg!… and more. Get Creative Make your own Blob Opera Check out Edwardian Dogs…. Read more »

Children’s Books to Get You Through Lockdown

The pandemic and lockdowns may be stopping us from doing many things—especially travel. But there is one wonderful thing a lockdown can’t ever stop you from doing. And that’s going on an adventure inside a book.  Here are some favourite adventures we collected to get you through lockdown. When you need to get lost in… Read more »

The Jesus Storybook Bible Lent Guide

The free download has expired, but sign up for Sally’s email list to be notified about next year’s edition. The Jesus Storybook Bible Lent Guide is back! And this year it is even better than ever. From the intro to the JSB Lent Guide: “’Lent’ is the time we remember God’s Secret Rescue Plan. And… Read more »

Top Ten Winter Books

Here are ten (plus two!) beautiful books you can curl up and enjoy together on a cold winter’s day or night. The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats The wonder of winter’s first snowfall is perfectly captured in Ezra Jack Keat’s Caldecott Medal-winning picture book. Snow by Uri Shulevitz A playful depiction of a snowy… Read more »

A Quarantine Christmas Kit

This Christmas when we are distanced, here are some ways to bring each other closer. Watch something special The Old Vic’s A Christmas Carol, featuring performances by chronically ill children who play Tiny Tim The Old Vic’s free activity kit London Philharmonic Orchestra’s Christmas at Claridge’s (best watched with your cream tea!) A Christmas Eve Service… Read more »

Cream Tea with a Christmas Twist

Here’s a perfect holiday tradition to adopt for a quarantine Christmas (I might be biased being a Brit, but I hope you won’t mind because it’s very delicious). It’s the Classic British tradition of the Cream Tea. Tea Attire You can wear your pajamas or your tutu. Really anything. Although dressing up in your best… Read more »

25 Christmas Picture Books

Do you love Christmas stories as much as I do? I love a story, a feeling, an image you can return to, year after year, when you’re little and when you’re grown. I recently saw a beautiful idea: giving children a Book Advent Calendar, where they unwrap a new book for each day of Advent… Read more »