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Twelve Nature Charities

This year I will be building a list of twelve nature charities through a monthly spot in which I will invite different children's authors to propose and introduce a charity of their choice.  I thought I would kick off with my own and  make no apologies for having featured them before because, only last month, the 

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Help Reinstate The Lost Words

By removing many nature words from the Oxford Junior Dictionary, children will, rather than caring for the earth and everything on it, be more insular and lead less healthy lives. This is alarming at a time when species are approaching extinction and more and more children are suffering from mental illness and obesity. 

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The Woodland Trust

How I wish I'd listened to my mother She knew the name of every tree in the woods and hedgerows. If, like, me you find yourself wishing you'd paid more attention, 

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The Lost Words

From Acorn to Weasel, a gorgeous, hand-illustrated, large-format spellbook celebrating the magic and wonder of the natural world

All over the country, there are words disappearing from children's lives. Words like Dandelion, Otter, Bramble, Acorn and Lark represent the natural world of childhood, a rich landscape of discovery and imagination that is fading from children's minds.

The Lost Words stands against the disappearance of wild childhood. It is a joyful celebration of the poetry of nature words and the living glory of our distinctive, British countryside. With acrostic spell-poems by peerless wordsmith Robert Macfarlane and hand-painted illustrations by Jackie Morris, this enchanting book captures the irreplaceable magic of language and nature for all ages.

My Thoughts

Ten years ago the Oxford Junior Dictionary introduced new words such as “broadband” while others including acorn, adder and bluebell disappeared.Apparently the dictionary’s guidelines require that it reflect “the current frequency of words in daily language of children”

Unsurprisingly, there was a groundswell of opposition to the word cull and the result was this beautiful book. It's published by Penguin and it’s a work of art, an exquisitely beautiful celebration of the lost words including hand painted illustrations by Jackie Morris interspersed with acrostic poems by Robert MacFarlane. A real keeper for readers of all ages.

A proportion of the royalties from each copy of The Lost Words goes to Action for Conservation, a charity dedicated to inspiring your people to take action for the natural world

 



 

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The Secret of Nightingale Wood

Henry has moved to the countryside with her parents and her baby sister, Piglet – all still scarred by the death of her brother. Alone in her head, she begins to explore her surroundings, encouraged by her only friends – characters from her favourite books.  

 

Very excited to learn that our publisher ...

has just received a big order from the US for Riverside Lane,  the adult cozy-mystery I co-wrote under the pen name Ginger Black.  The novel is set in and around Windsor so we're wondering if this might be The Royal Wedding effect!