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Children's laureate Anthony Browne talks to Annette Rawstrone about what inspires him and why we need to spend time just looking with children.

All educators should take note of an early literacy system now used in Northern Ireland. Wendy Scott and Janet Moyles spent two days in Belfast observing this new approach.

Childcarers everywhere are being encouraged to take part in an annual early literacy event, and Viv Hampshire suggests ways to enjoy sharing books on the day or at any time.

The first wave of Every Child A Talker is already producing noticeable benefits for children and families, say Michael Jones and Sue Thomas.

Discussing shared experiences with a key carer is a valuable way for a child to build their speech skills, says Anne O'Connor

These days the nursery teddy bears are more likely to be writing blogs than going down to the woods, say Asma Parveen and Jackie Marsh.

Put the books aside and discover how easy and rewarding it is to tell children stories creatively. Sue Learner hears how from experienced tellers.

Children using more than one language may have advantages in learning, but practitioners must ensure they can readily access the curriculum, say Tricia Carroll and Anne O'Connor.

Outdoors, children can lose their inhibitions when it comes to reading, writing and talking - and the right mix of resources can help, says Helen Bromley.

Trimdon Grange Infant and Nursery School can offer some important pointers on best practice and provision outdoors, says Elizabeth Jarman.