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I go to great pains to make sure children don't think I'm just another teacher Part of my job as Children's Laureate is to visit schools and talk about my love of books and stories, and encourage them all to do it as well – to read, to write, to never be afraid of their own voice. Because we all have something to say.
... and, as Nick Clark discovers, she has ancestors spanning Africa, Asia and Europe
As with every Armistice Day since her birth on 11 November 1921, today’s commemoration of the end of the First World War – along with conflicts before and since – will be an occasion of both solemnity and celebration for Dorothy Ellis.
Where are you now and what can you see?
New takes on classic tales read by some great actors will make bedtime stories a joy for youngsters … and parents
The role of Arturo Ui calls for bravura, high-definition acting and that's what it gets, in spades, from Henry Goodman in Jonathan Church's splendid production, which began life last year in the Minerva Studio at Chichester and has now transferred to the West End. Brecht's blackly farcical "gangster spectacle" satirises Hitler's bloody rise to power by cutting him down to size as a ridiculous Chicago hoodlum who seizes control of the city’s greengrocery protection racket. In a tour de force of wild-eyed demonic intensity, the actor brilliantly charts the evolution of an absurd upstart into blood-freezing demagogue.
Despite being in their 50s, the actors promise that Dumb and Dumber To will be even more cringe-worthy than the original
The adventures of Ratty and Fiver have been entertaining children for decades, but the animal stars of stories such as The Wind in the Willows and Watership Down could soon have a new addition to their ranks, straight from the imagination of a postdoctoral researcher.
Summertime. And the living is … well, not so easy if you've got a handful of children to entertain. Thankfully, the West End of London has plenty to offer children of all ages; it also has the annual theatre initiative, Kids Week, to help make a trip up to town more affordable. Kids Week has an exciting line-up of shows offering free tickets and activities throughout August.
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Summertime. And the living is… well, not so easy if you’ve got a handful of children to entertain. Thankfully, London’s West End has plenty to offer children of all ages; it also has the annual London theatre initiative, Kids Week, to help make a trip up West a little more affordable. Kids Week returns for a full month this year with an exciting line-up of London shows offering free tickets and activities for children and families throughout the month of August 2013.
Directed by Sally Cookson
It's rude to gawk, but there's something worthwhile in these stop-and-stare documentaries
Read for My School aims to create a sense of excitement about reading
Much-loved illustrator and author, who died last year, honoured with Doodle
Forget the Dutch model, we like our royals remote. Plus: why private schools do better, and missing the point of fiction