‘Thanks and Have Fun Running the Country: Kids’ Letters to President Obama’ Edited by Jory John

This is an easy book to review without reading all of it. It consists of just over 120 pages of letters to President Obama by children of a wide range of ages, some short, some long, with a scattering of drawings. It is a book to dip into. And it’s well worth dipping. Jory John, … Read more

“And this one’s just right”… Reflections on the Fairy Tale, Goldilocks and the Three Bears

Being tucked safely into bed and having mom read before sleeping was a treasured evening ritual which set a foundation for a love of books and storey telling.  Like most small children I was introduced to fairy tales, which were spell-binding and significant for both known and unknown reasons at many levels. A favorite was … Read more

‘Promoting Resilience – Supporting Children and Young People Who are in Care, Adopted or In Need’ by Robbie Gilligan

What is the book about? This is specifically for children and young people who are in the care system or who have been in care and have since been adopted or returned home. The idea is that there are stories, questions and answers in order to enhance and enrich the experiences of these young people … Read more

‘Your Feeding Questions Answered’ by Annabel Karmel

This is a book for parents and possibly for professionals working as nannies. Each page is filled with questions and answers to alleviate anxieties and promote relaxed parenthood and healthy children. It provides brief information about the development of children and what I liked is the interesting facts that are scattered throughout. The pages are … Read more

‘Inclusion, Equality and Diversity in Working with Children’ by S. Griffin

Inclusion, Equality and Diversity in Working with Children, in the ‘Professional Development’ series, aims to arm practitioners who work with children with a one-stop resource for recognising and combating exclusion and discrimination of all kinds. As such it is very comprehensive and contains excellent definitions of key terms, such as ‘stereotype’ and ‘self esteem’, as … Read more

Best Practice in Social Work: Critical Perspectives by K. Jones, B. Cooper, and H. Ferguson

Best Practice in Social Work: Critical Perspectives sets out to explore best practice in social work across a range of services. A fundamental position of the writing is the critical best practice. The focus is on what are considered the best approaches to ‘real events and cases’ and detailed examples of interventions are explored with … Read more

Child and Adolescent Mental Health Today : A Handbook. Edited by C. Jackson, K. Hill and P. Lavis

As Sir Al Aynsley-Green, Children’s Commissioner for England, says in his foreword, “I want to see … a society that recognises the importance and centrality of children’s mental health to all aspects of their current and future lives”. The book is structured in five parts: Part I: Mental health, policies and service structures; Part II: … Read more

A Jargon Busting Dictionary for Social Care by Bridget Caffrey and Siobhan Maclean

Review by David Lane “ Kirwin Maclean Associates work in the field of social care training (see www.kirwinmaclean.com), and this book presumably came into being because they realised that there were large numbers of workers who were bemused by the thousands of acronyms and terms for new Government initiatives, let alone the host of disorders, … Read more