Niamh Clune

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Blog Hopping for Youth-tube

Several of you have already posted wonderful stories on our blog-hop to remind people to send in their kid’s art throughout the month of May. The idea for Youth-Tube is to provide a safe space for children to express themselves and to encourage creativity.

The way a blog-hop works is that we link to each other’s blogs to share a theme and make friends with each other. The theme of our blog-hop to coincide with Youth-Tube is, Self as Child. I will be posting my own contribution to this on Monday.

So Far, we had a wonderful story from Tonia Harris about her beloved childhood bicycle

A really quirky and intriguing story about an alternate universe from Marta Pelrine-Bacon

A story written from the perspective of the child she was from C.c.Cole

And a story about an encounter with a child who offered to review Janet Beasley’s new epic fantasy, Maycly and loves it as much as Harry Potter.

If you would like to participate in this blog-Hop to promote  Youth-Tube , let us know.

About Dr Niamh

When I was a little girl (a very, very long time ago), I used to love learning new, really big words like ‘discombobulate’. As I grew, my love of words grew too, until I loved them so much, I could not stop writing them down. One day, as I was scribbling a particular word, a very peculiar thing happened. The word shouted at me, “Stop! Don’t put me there!” As you can imagine, I was shocked and nearly fell off my chair. When I recovered somewhat, I said to the word, “Could you stop shouting, please? I am not used to it.” Can you guess what happened next? No! I thought not. The word said, “I might be small, but I will misbehave if you do not use me properly. I will not tell the story you would like me to tell. I will say something entirely different!” I dropped my pen. I hoped that by dropping my pen, the word would stop talking. Alas! It did not. It carried on chitterchobbling, even after the ink had dried. I was in a pickle. I could not allow my words to run away with my story, now could I? I don’t know about you, but when this sort of thing happens, there is only one thing left to do if you prefer not to spend your time arguing. “Very well,” said I. “I will do as you ask if you will just be quiet and allow me to concentrate.” Since that day, I have been paying special attention to every word I invite into my stories. After all, a story should say exactly what it means to say and not be led astray. With love from Dr. Niamh, Ph.D in Learning Through The Imagination and Founder of Dr Niamh Children's Books.

4 comments on “Blog Hopping for Youth-tube

  1. Betty Dravis
    May 5, 2012

    Niamh, I have a tentative book cover (done by my granddaughter, Chef Kristy Soza (before she was a chef). 🙂 It’s for a book I plan to publish later, titled THE DOG WHO LIKES CAT FOOD. I would like children’s opinions of the dog to see if it appeals to them. Where would I put this? I can do it in my blog, but not many kids go there. Is this something that would be good for your YOUTH? Thanks, Betty ❤


    • ontheplumtree
      May 5, 2012

      Please send it to me by email, so that I can take a look. if it was done by an artist under twelve, it qualifies! We are trying to encourage children’s creativity. And designing a book cover IS pretty special.


  2. Darlene
    May 6, 2012

    Niamh, this is another wonderful idea of yours. ! I am behind on my emails etc due to a ridiculous schedule right now (and I am trying to finish the third book in my children’s travel/adventure series). I would love to be part of this blog hop. How do i go about it? (You probably let us know but I missed it)


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