I was recently asked to write a guest article for 'Voices for the Library'. I think our libraries are so important and I really enjoyed the chance to talk about one of my favourite subjects. Here's an extract from my article:
"Books in schools are frequently used purely as instruments of learning data; chunks are bitten off and digested as required to fit in with the national curriculum. Books are not viewed as a whole experience, a potential means of mutual discussion and support for mental and social health. Books are a window to the world; they challenge and teach, guide and often help children comprehend what is happening around them, easing isolation during times of change or crisis."