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Daniel Hahn is a writer, editor, and translator, with some forty books to his name. With Leonie Flynn and Susan Reuben he has edited the award-winning Ultimate Book Guide series of reading guides for children and teenagers. He is on the board of a number of organizations that deal with literature and free speech.
The last thirty years have witnessed one of the most fertile periods in the history of children's books: the flowering of imaginative illustration and writing, the Harry Potter phenomenon, the rise of young adult and crossover fiction, and books that tackle extraordinarily difficult subjects. The Oxford Companion to Children's Literature provides an indispensable and fascinating reference guide to the world of children's literature. Its 3,500 entries cover every genre from fairy tales to chapbooks; school stories to science fiction; comics to children's hymns. Originally published in 1983, the Companion has been comprehensively revised and updated by Daniel Hahn. Over 900 new entries bring the book right up to date and there is additional information on prizes and prizewinners.
Odyssey, a volume of twenty-one stories aimed at young adults, offers a variety of takes on the theme of travelling - at times funny and playful, at others dramatic and poignant - covering a wide range of themes relevant to teenagers across Europe such as coming of age, sexuality, migration, identity and displacement. Whether you're after realism or escapism, tales about inner cities, sunny holidays or sci-fi ventures into the future, this book will have something for everyone. Hay Festival is delighted to present Aarhus 39, a two-volume collection of the best emerging writers for young readers from across wider Europe. Three of among Europe's best loved children's authors - Matt Haig (UK), Kim Fupz Aakeson (Denmark) and Ana Cristina Herreros (Spain) - have selected thirty-nine writers under the age of forty, and invited them to write an original story on the theme of journey . These new stories, together with the specially commissioned illustrations that accompany them, are a celebration of great new writing for young people and reflect issues facing them in contemporary Europe. Reading stories of other people's lives and journeys extends understanding and empathy to new generations.
Quest, a volume of seventeen stories aimed at children, will whisk you away from dark bedrooms to new dimensions and fantasy realms, via the Russian countryside and modern Rome. You'll encounter talking field mice, invisible friends, flying kraiks, white elephants, runaway books and wardrobes that act as magic portals. Hopping across all sorts of genres and showcasing authors from all over Europe - from the Basque country and Cyprus to Iceland and the Czech Republic - this book is certain to broaden horizons and engage the reader in all kinds of fun. Hay Festival is delighted to present Aarhus 39, a two-volume collection of the best emerging writers for young readers from across wider Europe. Three of among Europe's best loved children's authors - Matt Haig (UK), Kim Fupz Aakeson (Denmark) and Ana Cristina Herreros (Spain) - have selected thirty-nine writers under the age of forty, and invited them to write an original story on the theme of journey . These new stories, together with the specially commissioned illustrations that accompany them, are a celebration of great new writing for young people and reflect issues facing them in contemporary Europe. Reading stories of other people's lives and journeys extends understanding and empathy to new generations.
Mobilitat ist eines der Grundbedurfnisse des Menschen und auch noch in der heutigen Zeit absolut unerlasslich. Umso schwieriger ist es, vor allem fur behinderte Menschen, wenn man nur uber eine eingeschrankte Mobilitat verfugt. Wie kann nun Empowerment dazu beitragen, dass geistig behinderte Menschen erfolgreich ein Mobilitatstraining absolvieren konnen, welche Voraussetzungen und gegebenenfalls Veranderungen sind dafur notwendig und welche Zukunftsperspektiven kann ein solches Training bieten? Basierend auf einem umfangreichen Literaturstudium wird gezeigt, dass Empowerment die geeigneten Mittel zur Verfugung stellt, um ein erfolgreiches Mobilitatstraining durchzufuhren und unterlegt mit praktischen Untersuchungen, Erfahrungen und Beispielen, wie dieses in der Praxis umsetzbar und warum gerade eine Werkstatt fur behinderte Menschen der geeignete Ort dafur ist.
At the end of the village, behind a green door, Lived happy Miss Jolly, with Melvin her boar. Each morning she'd sit in her tree playing a song, On her cello, while Melvin sang sweetly along.A cauliflower hat, a fish bonnet, a few large animals, a flying boar called Melvin and a whole lot of watermelons. To the villagers who watch her going about her day, it is clear that Miss Jolly is irritatingly happy. Her never-ending cheerfulness leaves three of her neighbours highly confused and jealous, driving them to ridiculous and hilarious measures in an attempt to compete with Miss Jolly in the happiness - and headgear - stakes. Beautiful and insane in equal measure, this wacky book follows three local busybodies on their journey to discover the secret of true happiness. The illustrations are striking for their humour, colourfulness and bizarreness all rolled into one. Oh, and the watermelons rhyme...- REVIEWS - This is a brilliantly funny picture book to share with any toddler.Parent and child are sure to laugh through it as you meet three rather miserable ladies who live in a completely mad world but by the end of the story they've realised that happiness is a much better way to live! -- LOVE READING FOR KIDS With colourful illustrations and a funny storyline this tale is great at capturing how nosy neighbours really can be. Full of creative imagination this is an inspiring story to be loved by all, particularly those who have a love for watermelons! -- BOOKTRUST A fun, quirky book about what makes us feel happy or sad. -- JUNIOR MAGAZINE All sorts of things abound in this completely wacky picture book where everything is just a little bit mad...This is a simply gorgeous picture book by author and illustrator Stella Dreis. The illustrations are a riot of colour with larger-than-life characters that are completely eccentric and fill up every page. This is a gem of a book. -- OUTSIDE IN. An intriguing title! Three miserable neighbours decide to find out what makes Miss Jolly so happy. They decide it must be her hats, so they try a range of hilarious objects as hats, but none make them happy. What can the secret be?What is 'pink, sticky and worn on the head?' They find out in the end in this zany, fun-filled story in catchy rhyming text -- PARENTS IN TOUCH Happiness is a Watermelon on your Head is the most enjoyable rhyme to read out loud to your children since Dr Seuss. Reviewer, Amazon UK Dreis combines opulent color, comical poses, and a novel composition to create this luscious picture book. Hahn's rhymes are fresh, sprinkled with rich vocabulary. This feast for the eyes and ears should be on everyone's menu. -- SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL. Happiness is a Watermelon on your Head is a delightfully surreal picture book with a rhyming text provided by Daniel Hahn to complement the lush, fantastical world that Stella Dreis creates so well with her wonderful illustrations. This really seems like one of those perfect collaborations between writer and illustrator that children will adore...The story has a real element of the Lewis Carroll/Alice in Wonderland fantasy about it that makes it delightful to read and share. It is also very funny, both in the words the author chooses, and the way the illustrator chooses to depict the story.The vocabulary and images are rich pickings if you are trying to stimulate children's creativity and engage in their love of off the wall material. -- MAKING THEM READERS
The only reference you'll ever need - covering everything you might need to help 0-7s with their all-important first steps into the world of books. The title covers board books and novelty books, through to classic and contemporary picture books, chapter books and more challenging reads. We've got recommendations and features from top authors and experts in the field of children's books, including Children's Laureate Michael Rosen, Tony Bradman, Malachy Doyle and Wendy Cooling. As with the previous guides, there are special features on a variety of topics and themed lists, and you can also find a selection of cross-references to other titles children are bound to enjoy, plus colour illustrations on every page.