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The Book Dragon Club – Lexi Rees

A huge welcome back to Lexi Rees today, as she joins me to talk about The Book Dragon Club and diversity. Many thanks Lexi for taking the time to talk to me today, and to Rachel at Rachel’s Random Resources for inviting me to take part in the tour for this book. Before I hand over to Lexi, here are all the details of the book.

BLURB:

Packed with awesome activities, this journal has everything a book dragon needs!

  • Tackle the fun reading challenges
  • Set up a book club with your friends
  • Host award ceremonies and parties
  • Make up games and quizzes based on your favourite books

Plus space for book reviews, reading lists and so much more. 

PURCHASE LINKS:

Amazon UK

Amazon US

The Book Dragon Cover

GUEST POST:

Now, let me hand you over to Lexi.

Hi, and thanks so much for inviting me onto your blog to share my hope for The Book Dragon Club.

Like everyone, I’ve been watching what’s been going on around #blacklivesmatter, listening and learning. We all know that books play an important part in shaping our views of the world. I saw a study from the CLPE (Centre for Literacy in Primary Education) which showed statistics that highlight the lack of diversity in publishing currently. In addition, a lot of book lists that I’ve seen circulated have focussed on the non-fiction side, and of course that’s really important. But to be truly diverse, fiction reading also needs to be balanced. Our bookshelves should be varied, both in terms of authors and in the characters portrayed within the stories. As an aside, if you’re looking for a diverse reading list, I think this one has an interesting mix of books for a range of ages and reading interests, and it’s updated regularly. https://www.lovereading4kids.co.uk/blog/collections/diverse-voices-childrens-books-that-celebrate-difference-6090. 

It’s very easy for a child (or grown-up!) to get stuck reading one author or one genre. One of my hopes for The Book Dragon Club is that it will encourage children to read a far wider variety of books. For example, in order to complete the Globe Trotter Challenge and the Passport Challenge, children will have to broaden their horizons.

Some of you will know that as well as writing, I run an online kids book club for tots to tweens (https://kidsclub.family). Not only is this packed full of cross-curricular activities, I’ve made a positive commitment that the books explored in this club will be diverse. If you’d like to have a look, I’d be delighted!

Oh, and in case you were wondering, we’re book DRAGONS, because who wants to be a WORM?!

I hope The Book Dragon Club sparks encourages readers to explore new authors and to visit new countries. Please do share your club photos with me!

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Lorraine-16Lexi Rees was born in Scotland but now lives down south. She writes action-packed adventures brim full of witch-doctors, fortune-tellers, warriors and smugglers, combining elemental magic with hints of dystopia. She also writes fun activity books for children.

Her fantasy adventure, Eternal Seas, was awarded a “loved by” badge from LoveReading4Kids. The sequel, Wild Sky, is available now.

She’s passionate about developing a love of reading and writing in children and, as well as her Creative Writing Skills workbook, she has an active programme of school visits and other events, is a Book PenPal for three primary schools, and runs a free online #kidsclub and newsletter which includes book recommendations and creative writing activities.

In her spare time, she’s a keen crafter and spends a considerable amount of time trying not to fall off horses or boats.

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Giveaway to Win a Signed copy of The Book Dragon Club,  UK only.

https://kingsumo.com/g/7jo9oi/calling-all-book-dragons

Don’t forget to visit the other blogs taking part on the tour for more on this great book.

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