Credo: not just a pretty face

Credo logoThe  Credo Online Reference platform has had a makeover. It continues to offer searchable online reference books but it is now on a sleek new platform. Credo’s creator has called this product  “the librarian’s answer to Wikipedia”! They believe that many people turn to Wikipedia when they are just starting to look for something whereas you should start here at Credo with its authoritative information and clever tools such as:

  • Mind maps: enter a subject and Credo will create a visual brainstorm that expands the search and helps you find related terms;
  • Topic pages: search for DNA and see topic pages for DNA, DNA profiling and DNA fingerprinting;
  • An image library, crossword solver, quotation finder, biographies and a pronunciation tool with audio files so you can impress with your finely tuned speech;
  • Printing in PDF and sharing your finds on Facebook, Twitter and email.

Now I must confess despite misgivings about Wikipedia, I have with a guilt-ridden heart used it. Credo is attempting to change this pattern by pointing to Credo as not only the start button but the finish button as well. Have a play and see if the hype lives up to the reality.

Shirley Hughes kept me sane!

Cover of All about AlfieToday I realised that I had missed an important anniversary. I’m sure it was mentioned at the time, and I can’t believe that I didn’t register but 1981 saw the first Alfie book by Shirley Hughes published, so 2011 was the 30 year anniversary.

I have this aching  nostalgia for Alfie, Tom, Lucy, Molly and Dogger. They all coincided with my children being young and me being exhausted and at times  hopelessly out of my depth.  Alfie could always put a smile on my face, I loved his little cherub looks, his messy but welcoming home and his mother was always so cosy and well…motherly. I aspired to be that mother!

I read these books to my children over and over again, I’m not even sure if they liked them, and I didn’t really care because Shirley Hughes kept me sane!

Cover of Bobbo goes to schoolShirley Hughes is still writing and illustrating, and the library has her biography that was written for children. I think I might just go on a trip down memory lane soon and re-read my old favourites, and catch up with some new characters namely Lily and Bobbo.

Do you have old children’s favourites that you probably enjoyed even more than your children?