Sharon F. Jones | Children's book blogger

A blog about an aspiring children's author who has views, loves shoes and writes book reviews.

Mel Elliott is best known for her super cool product range including her Colour Me Good books where you colour in the great and the good from showbiz, (I’m currently coveting the Shake It Off pencils inspired by Taylor Swift). Fed up with the gender stereotypes in books, the Hastings-based illustrator has brought out a picture book featuring the feisty protagonist Pearl Power. I caught up with her to find out more… Your daughter Pearl [&hellip

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We’ve had Girl Power, now it’s time for Pearl Power. It’s hard to avoid the gender stereotyping for children that is literally all around us. EVEN IN 2014. From toys, to books, to clothes, heck even cakes haven’t escaped. Which is why I was chuffed to hear that Ladybird Books are going to stop marketing books specifically ‘for girls’ and ‘for boys’. They’re the seventh publisher to agree to stop gender labelling their titles. Hooray! [&hellip

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It’s not easy being the only boy in a family of girls, getting bullied and stressing about being an alter boy. But if anyone can make that set of circumstances funny it’s Chris O’Dowd and Nick V. Murphy in their book Moone Boy The Blunder Years. The pair are the creators behind Sky 1’s Emmy Award-winning TV show Moone Boy, which is the semi-autobiographical comedy based on O’Dowd’s childhood in Ireland, aided with his imaginary [&hellip

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