Writer Beware: Inspired By vs. Plagiarism

When you read a book you love, there are several things that happen. You find yourself utterly mesmerised by this new world. It is exciting, discovering something new for the first time. Most of us can remember the first time that we read a book that we adored; it’s akin …

Indie Bookshop Week Book Award 2017 Shortlist

I’m so behind on posting about this, it actually makes me feel a bit sad. I’m sorry I’ve neglected Readaraptor, and I would promise to be better, but it may not be a promise I can keep so thank you if you’re still reading! Anyway, on to the news at …

Floss The Playground Boss – Corrinne Averiss & Sam Usher

Floss says STOP, Floss says GO!  Floss says YES, Floss says NO! Floss is the playground boss! That is until a new boy named Peter moves into the house on the opposite side of the playground from Floss. When Peter decides he doesn’t want to play along with Floss’ rules, she learns that having …

Usborne Tales for Little Children – Various

This collection of old fairy and folk tales from across the world, retold by various authors and illustrators for an anthology published by Usborne Children’s Books. The perfect length for a bedtime story, these were told – one per night – to Spike as she relaxed in her cot before …

Where Bear? – Sophy Henn

Once there was a bear cub who lived with a little boy. But over time the bear cub grew . . . and grew . . . and GREW! And did things that bears do . . . and do . . . and DO! One day the boy looked …

Mum’s The Word – Timothy Knapman & Jamie Littler

A funny rhyming tale with adorable illustrations showing the importance of a mother’s love. When a little dog tries to find the word that feels like a cuddle and is as warm as a goodnight kiss, he discovers that the word is… ‘Mum!’ *** This adorable picture book was published …

Pilot Jane and the Runaway Plane – Caroline Baxter & Isabela Ciesimska

Join Pilot Jane, a fun and fearless airline captain, as she travels the world with her best friend Rose, a high-speed passenger jet. Together Jane and Rose have exciting adventures and form a perfect team, delivering their passengers safely to destinations as far afield as Alaska and Australia. But when …

Rebel of the Sands – Alwyn Hamilton

“They said the only folks who belonged in Deadshot after dark were the ones who were up to no good. I wasn’t up to no good. Then again, I wasn’t exactly up to no bad either.” She’s more gunpowder than girl—and the fate of the desert lies in her hands. …

Inspirational places to write… that aren’t coffee shops

Some writers need a quiet, distraction-free space to do their best work. Others thrive in busy and bustling environments with plenty of stimulation for new ideas. Whatever you prefer, where you write has a significant impact on what you write. The sad truth about many modern writers is that they’re …