There are lots of fun ways to decorate a room: you can hang pictures or posters on the walls or place knick-knacks on the shelves. But what about the ceiling? Well, about a hundred years ago an artist called Alexander Calder created the perfect decoration for ceilings when he inventedRead More →

Why do octopuses have eight arms? How do fish breathe underwater and are jellyfish actually made of jelly? Author and illustrator Yuval Zommer provides the answer to these and many more fishy facts… How does an animal breathe underwater? All animals need to breathe in oxygen to stay alive. Land animalsRead More →

With a quarter of kids now living with lone parents, to single mothers like Nina Farr, the suggestion that they come from a home which is ‘damaged’ or ‘incomplete’ is not only infused with guilt, but is hurtful and untrue. In her new book, Nina rejects the ‘broken family’ labelRead More →

Belfast Zoo recently announced the birth of two capybaras and need YOUR help naming the new arrivals! You can submit your suggestions and the reason for your choice at to be in with the chance of winning a family membership for the zoo!* The pair were born on 2 AprilRead More →

The NSPCC and O2 have launched new advice for parents of young people playing the multiplayer action survival game Fortnite: Battle Royale. It comes amid concerns over a function in Fortnite which automatically allows users to speak to other players through voice and text chat functions. It means children canRead More →

Interview by Nadia Duncan James is an award-winning children’s author, teacher and part-time superhero. He is married to Oonagh and they have three grown-up children, Conall (20), Erin (19) and Cara (18), but are expecting a new arrival this summer in the form of a miniature Schnauzer who they planRead More →

Have you ever wondered what all the bugs you see in your garden are doing? Head of horticulture at the Soil Association in the UK and dad-of-two Ben Raskin explains how these tiny heroes actually help put food on our plates… A garden is a magical place: beautiful, full ofRead More →

Playing Safe at Bathtime Following recent revelations that children’s bath toys provide the perfect breeding ground for potentially harmful bacteria, ensure your child’s plastic toys are squeaky clean and free from bacteria by following three simple steps. 1.Wash all plastic toys with water and a little washing up liquid toRead More →

The new UK Sugar Tax on fizzy drinks came into effect on April 6 giving households a chance to re-evaluate their sugar habits. The levy is a key part of the government’s childhood obesity strategy and means shoppers will now pay an extra 18p or 24p more a litre forRead More →