How to raise a reader

How to raise a reader

There are only two things that qualify me to write on how to raise a reader. I was raised a reader, and I was a children’s bookseller for a while – a large part of which was convincing children that reading was, in fact, worthwhile. I experienced varying degrees...
The Delights Of E-Publishing

The Delights Of E-Publishing

Following on from last week’s thoughts on the difference between reading on a screen and reading in print, we thought this week we’d take a gander at digital publishing’s place in the landscape. It has its critics, but e-publishing is a billion-dollar industry and...
Therapy For Dreamers, Philosophy For Fantasy: Buk

Therapy For Dreamers, Philosophy For Fantasy: Buk

“If you love what you have, the world belongs to you.” – Buk Loafing about in pubs can still be an educational way to spend time. I remember once we were talking about how many British fantasy authors there were. It seemed odd that, for a fairly restrained...
Print vs Screen: is there a real difference?

Print vs Screen: is there a real difference?

In this modern age, the humble book can take many forms. You can carry around an entire library in your pocket, read war and peace without feeling like you’re holding a weapon in your hands, and take the entire Discworld series with you on your holidays. But is...
The Magic of Myths and Folklore

The Magic of Myths and Folklore

Being based in the south-east, it’s no surprise that Monster Books has a penchant for bizarre and fantastical stories. Narnia, Middle Earth, and Wonderland were all invented in nearby Oxford, and the river that runs through the inventively named Henley-on-Thames is...
How to get a child interested in reading

How to get a child interested in reading

Some children seem to have been born with their noses stuck in books. I was one such child, exhausted every day at school because I had stayed up late reading Molly Moon or My Secret Unicorn – or whatever I was obsessed with at the time. In an act of...