Picture Books: Two Pronged Literature

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Craig Green - Clickety Author

three billy goatsWhen I was five I had my adenoids removed. I spent a while in hospital with a box of Star Wars figures and a Ladybird edition of The Three Billy Goats Gruff. It was a book that I pored over with feverish intensity. In this particular edition there was an illustration that I found terrifying beyond all belief and reason. It was picture of the troll underneath a bridge, poised
to pounce on the three goats. I have had that beautiful, ghastly image burnt onto my retinas ever since. It was a fantastic illustration that enhanced the story perfectly. That I was too scared to sleep in my hospital bed is neither here nor there! I had the book bug.

In Celebration of Picture Books

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November is International Picture Book Month, a time to celebrate the importance of picture books everywhere. You may be wondering why there is a need to celebrate printed picture books especially when everything is going digital!

Well, very young children learn through interacting with visual materials and through shared experiences. So to start with the most appealing aspect of a book is the pictures in it. Then the story and the language provided by the reader help the pictures come alive. Key to enjoyment of books for young children is sharing the experience of a book, the pictures, characters and story.

Practical Pre-School & Primary Teacher Update Awards - September 2012

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We're delighted to have won Gold and Silver at the Practical Pre-School and Primary Teacher Update Awards!

We're very proud to have achieved this recognition for our talented Clickety team's hard work!

The Awards are one of the most respected and coveted in the entire toy and education sectors. Tested by childcare and education professionals, the results are viewed as a measure of what's good and what's not in a field that is swamped with choice.

Winner of Talking Tots Toy Award 2011

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We love the Talking Tots communication groups and are excited and delighted to be the winner of their 2011 Toy Award for developing pre-literacy skills. They say:

"Clickety Books have been created from a linguistic point of view and feature fun characters such as Lucky the Plucky Duck, Erica the Picky Chicken and Cork the Squawky Hawk.

They are clear to read and beautifully illustrated and are complemented by audio CDs which are narrated with Rik Mayall & Ronni Ancona’s unique voices.

The books make use of rhyme, repetition of words, phrases, sentences and refrains which allow children to make predictions or guesses about words, phrases, sentences that could come next in the story."

Thank you Talking Tots!