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4 Gorgeous Picture Books for Children Celebrating Diwali, the Festival of Lights

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4 Gorgeous Picture Books for Children Celebrating Diwali, the Festival of Lights

As a mother of two, I naturally wanted them to share in the joy of Diwali as I did when I was young. The gorgeous decorations, the picture-perfect food, the friends and family that we'd celebrate with, perhaps over a sparkler or two and the meaning behind it all - I wanted to immerse them in all of this. In true bookworm fashion, there's nothing better than literature to warm them up, get them excited in the anticipation of the coming days, marked by the triumph of good over evil, aptly titled the festival of lights or simply 'Diwali'. Diwali,...

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People, Places and Home

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People, Places and Home

Photo by Miltiadis Fragkidis on Unsplash   Nairobi, London, Sydney and Palo Alto. These have been home over the last 37 years — either with my kids and husband, or with my husband, or just me, or with my parents and brother. As a consequence, home has taken on various shapes and forms. With children in the picture, a primal force to nest, root and baptise a home that they can call their own has been nagging me. Penning lucid thoughts and feelings, what ‘home’ is and what it means to ‘be home’ unravels on fresh pages. You rent and you own. For...

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Philly & Friends, An Exciting New Publishing House for Diverse Children's Books

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Philly & Friends, An Exciting New Publishing House for Diverse Children's Books

This week at Book Therapy, we are super excited to introduce Vese Aghoghovbia 'Wolu, the founder of the fabulous new children's book publishing brand, Philly & Friends. The publisher promotes diverse children's books that inspire confidence and positive values while empowering literacy. Each book sold leads to another book generously donated to a disadvantaged child in Africa by Philly & Friends. The founder, Vese is a Chartered Engineer and has an MEng degree from Imperial College London. She worked as a Management Consultant before launching Philly & Friends. She's also co-founded DVees, a food & drinks startup with her three sisters as well...

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A Fabulous New Book on Mastering Your Own PR

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A Fabulous New Book on Mastering Your Own PR

This week at Book Therapy, we're itching to share news of an exciting book on brands that's due to be published on 9 January 2020. The book's author, Lucy Werner, is the founder of The Wern, an award-winning PR & design consultancy for startups and entrepreneurs. She's also a publicity coach, teacher, podcaster and writer focused on brand development. When not working on her own roster of clients, Lucy can be found chatting about all things brand building at General Assembly, Courier, Mothers Meetings and a host of shared workspaces across London. She's a guest lecturer for Jolt LDN and Cass...

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Matt Zurbo: 365 kids books in 365 days

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Matt Zurbo: 365 kids books in 365 days

Today I'm super excited to share my Q&A with Matt Zurbo, the author of various published young adult novels (two of which have been shortlisted in Australia for the prestigious  Aurealis Awards and  Children's Book Council of Australia Book of the Year Award) a nonfiction publication on an oral history of Australian-rules football and eight children’s books. Matt's been working on a really cool project aptly titled Cielo365Stories where he's been writing a story-a-day dedicated to his little baby daughter Cielo. And best of all? All the stories are FREE to read online.  The New York Times called it 'an unconventional labour of...

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