Hello – shwmae? Thanks for dropping by.
We are a family of bookworms based on the Wrexham/Shropshire borders. Our aim with familybookworms is to encourage our own children with their reading and to spread the enjoyment we get from sharing stories, engaging with authors and discovering new books. We have taken it upon ourselves to highlight and champion the work of children’s authors and publishers from Wales, but fiction has no borders and we are not adverse to writers from other countries!
Kit Worm is 7 years old and enjoys books about dinosaurs and pirates. He particularly likes Supertato, Aliens in Underpants and Kevin (Rob Biddulph’s new book). He has a real soft spot for Nicola Davies and Abbie Cameron’s Graffeg-published picture books., but his favourite Welsh author is Emma Levey who wrote Hattie Peck.
Nina Worm is 11 years old and enjoys the Amelia Fang books by Laura Ellen Anderson and Malory Towers. Her favourite books are by Wendy White, Sharon Marie Jones, Eloise Williams and Judith Kerr.
Noah Worm, aged 12, is an avid reader. He loves The Five Realms, Mortal Engines and Harry Potter. His favourite book is Uki and the Outcasts by Kieran Larwood, but he is also a huge Chris Riddell fan. His favourite Welsh author at the moment is Sophie Anderson, but Claire Fayers and Eloise Williams are also coveted.
Daddy Worm, aged 44, is a primary school teacher, passionate about books from Wales and the joys of reading for pleasure. He’s in love with Auden Dare and Katherine Rundell. Jackie Morris, Nicola Davies, Catherine Fisher, Zillah Bethell and Eloise Williams all inspire him and delight him.
Mummy Worm, aged – well, that would be rude wouldn’t it? – is a secondary English and Media teacher whose love of reading started when her dad gave her a copy of The Lord of The Rings. Fantasy novels still give her the biggest thrill with Ready Player One and works by Douglas Coupland being amongst her favourites. Recent favourites include Max Kowalski by Susie Day and Kiran Millwood Hargraves’ Way Past Winter.
We love getting books through the post and are so happy to receive requests for review but please bear the following in mind:
- Our blog is biased towards children’s fiction with Welsh themes and by Welsh authors (and so is our reading list!). These take priority but we do not restrict. We read a lot of MG between us and will highlight a good book no matter where the author is from.
- We read with our children for pleasure and will not force them to read. We therefore cannot guarantee that a book will definitely be reviewed.
- Children are very honest. The reviews will reflect the Worms’ genuine opinions. However, we would rather not publish a review than post a bad review.
- If books are provided for review, this will be acknowledged on the blog as part of the review e.g. “A copy of this book was provided by …. in exchange for an honest review.”
If you’ve read that and you’d still like to get in touch, we’d be delighted to hear from you – please email us firstname.lastname@example.org or you can message us via Twitter @bookwormswales