Stories are powerful. Of course they can transport you anywhere in the world, but more importantly they can put you directly inside somebody else’s mind.
Swapping perspective can change our thoughts on everything from politics to ethics, but the most magical thing that stories do is build empathy. The ability to share and understand the feelings of another is crucial to understanding one another, building strong relationships and making the world turn on a happier axis. Reading puts you in another’s shoes, and what is more powerful than that?
So this Issue of Sonshine Magazine is all about books. Books are a big part of our lives as writers, readers and as parents, and it’s been really interesting to think more deeply about the books we read regularly to our children.
It’s a packed issue, with plenty of book reviews, a look at what’s in your kid’s book bag, thoughts on re-reading you favourites to your kids and a discussion on what can be done about the gender gap in schools. (And of course the Christmas Gift guide.) W’eve been super lucky to have some brilliant contributors too, including @these_two_dudes
on some picture books with powerful messages and @katherinemaxi
on finding real representation of her community in children’s books.
Read the whole lot now if you’re a binge reader (like me), and if not, we’ll be featuring posts over the next few weeks. Link in bio. (Get a peek at the contents on our stories too.)