BLOG BREAK Learning, Language and Lists

Nick Cross presents his fortnightly selection of must-read blogs.

I love it when two bloggers come at the same subject from different directions. Over at Picture Book Den, Lucy Rowland is exploring how picture books help children to learn language. Meanwhile, at An Awfully Big Blog Adventure, Hilary Hawkes posts about how wordless picture books can help children even before they learn to read!

Books need bad guys, and good books need good bad guys. If you know what I mean. Luckily, Vanessa Harbour is much better at explaining it than me, so get yourself over to her blog for some tips on how to make truly rounded and truly devilish antagonists.

Due to the vagaries of the Blog Break posting schedule, it's nearly a month since Catherine Friess' excellent Story Snug blog celebrated its 5th anniversary. But I wanted to add my belated congratulations, and direct you to Catherine's excellent summary post, which details the most interesting reviews and articles the site has featured over the past year.

There's more summarising over at Patrice Lawrence's blog, where she's celebrating her first year and a half of attending literary festivals (sixteen and counting) and listing ten things she's learnt.

There are yet more lists at Space on the Bookshelf, but this time of the year-end variety. What were the bloggers' favourite children's books of 2017? Pop over to Space on the Bookshelf site to find out.


*Feature image: Blog Break logo by Melany Pietersen

Nick Cross is Words & Pictures' Blog Network Editor. He is an Undiscovered Voices winner and 2015 honours recipient of the SCBWI Magazine Merit Award for fiction.

Nick also blogs for Notes from the Slushpile. His most recent blog post finds him Doing the Time Warp.

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