Picture Book of the month: The Tower Bridge Cat & The Baby Whale

Jul 18 2020

I’m in love with anything that features my adoptive city, London. I have often covered my favourite books about London and I am now excited about the launch of a new children’s book set at Tower Bridge: The Tower Bridge Cat & The Baby Whale. This ‘tail’ is perfect for primary school children, or pre-school children as a bedtime story – with wonderful illustrations that follow Bella on her adventures at the iconic landmark. It follows the award-winning prequel, The Tower Bridge Cat. I cannot wait to go back to  Tower Bridge very soon! The London view from there is absolutely incredible. 

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Chatting to author Jessica Sanders about body image and her new book Love your Body

Apr 09 2020

Throughout my career I have met lots of extraordinary women. One of these is new author Jessica Sanders (Love Your Body) who is on a mission to empower young girls and women to love their bodies. She is a 26-year-old self-love advocate and social worker and has studied gender at a postgraduate level. Reading a magazine article about girls undergoing labiaplasty surgery for purely superficial reasons triggered Jessica to reflect on the powerful influence that society’s narrow, manufactured idea of beauty had on women and girls.

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Book of the month: Climate Rebels by Ben Lerwill

Mar 31 2020

There is no need to explain how serious the coronavirus pandemic is. While the world has stopped and we are stuck indoor in self-isolation, from the safety of our homes, we watch as the air clears in China, as Venice’s canals shimmer an emerald green full of dolphins, as the plane-free blue skies are full of singing birds, as the ozone hole is repairing itself. As a society, we have been on a trajectory that was simply not sustainable. As humans have retreated, nature is flourishing. Mother nature has been crying out for help for some time and now is showing us that she can recover, when given the chance. A new non-fiction hardback, Climate Rebels, by Ben Lerwill, covers the personal journeys of those humans from around the world who have dedicated their lives to fight to save our planet. Climate Rebels is a beautifully illustrated collection of 25 inspiring true stories and London Mums have voted it book of the month for April 2020. 

From Greta Thunberg and David Attenborough, to lesser-known heroes such as turtle-protector Len Peters and the poacher patrollers The Black Mambas, these stories are proof that one person’s actions can grow into something big and powerful, that can help change the world.

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