Guest post: how hands-on heritage inspires Barbara Henderson’s stories

Barbara Henderson's novels offer young people an enticing window into the past, from the Highland Clearances to the Solway smuggling scene. Her new book, The Siege of Caerlaverock (read our review here) goes back even further - to the Middle Ages. We're delighted to welcome Barbara for this guest post, in which she reveals some... Continue Reading →

Review: the Siege of Caerlaverock

There are plenty of children's books set in a fantasy version of the Middle Ages - far fewer grounded in reality. Barbara Henderson's The Siege of Caerlaverock is an exception because it is inspired by real events - and it has all the more impact because of that. There may not be dragons, but there... Continue Reading →

Review: Sequin and Stitch

Sequin is bursting with pride in her mum, a seamstress whose work is worn by some of the world's biggest stars, so she is delighted when her mum is asked to make a wedding dress for a princess. But with the honour comes pressure, as mum focuses her efforts on the gown, leaving Sequin to... Continue Reading →

Review: Stay at Home!

Stay at Home! is an uplifting anthology of lockdown-inspired poems and prose for children, by writers based in Scotland. The free collection includes contributions from several of Roaring Reads' favourite children's authors (including Barbara Henderson, Caroline Logan and Justin Davies) so we knew we were in for a treat – and felt extra privileged to... Continue Reading →

Q&A: Joan Haig introduces Stay at Home!

Stay at Home! is a collection of new writing for children by many of Scotland's best-known authors, such as Pamela Butchart, Chae Strathie and Lindsay Littleson. It's packed with lockdown-inspired poems, pictures, and stories, and it's available for free! The anthology was the brainchild of Joan Haig (author of the brilliant Tiger Skin Rug) and... Continue Reading →

Review: The House of Hidden Wonders

A spooky detective story set in the tunnels beneath 19th century Edinburgh, this book had us enchanted from the blurb - and it didn't disappoint. Zinnie is a street child with a quick wit and even quicker feet, who is devoted to her 'sisters' Sadie and Nell. She earns money to feed them by helping... Continue Reading →

Review: Chatterbox Champions

Activity cards with a focus on the 'active', Chatterbox Champions are packed with quick ideas to keep the little ones engaged and to help develop their vocabulary, listening and pre-reading skills. We received this set before we knew that the coronavirus crisis would keep us at home, and have had fun using the cards both... Continue Reading →

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