At an exclusive Times+ event which took place on Thursday, August 27, Cressida Cowell, the current Waterstones Children's Laureate, Dame Jacqueline Wilson, one of Britain’s most outstanding writers for young readers and Jasbinder Bilan, Winner of the 2019 Costa Children's Book Award, discussed the healing power of literature for children.
The panelists discussed which books may help children, from toddlers to teens, to deal with reentry into normal life after many children have been off school for months and they suggested stories that might provoke understanding and help teach resilience. The panel was in conversation with Alex O'Connell, The Times arts editor and children's book critic.
Read a recent article by Cressida Cowell on the best back-to-school books here.
“A really great event - I watched it with my book-mad son and not only was he excited to see some wonderful authors but he was also inspired to read further into his favourite books and think more about the way his favourite stories make him feel. Thank you!”
“As a Primary School teacher, I found this discussion very useful. There were some very good suggestions for books which I will use and also pass onto colleagues. Thank you.”
“Had no idea what to expect. Enjoyed interaction between participants. Noted and will be following up their recommendations - will also pass on to teacher colleagues. Look forward to accessing the recording to check detail. Thank you for an engaging hour.”
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