Monthly Archives: January 2021

The Elephant by Peter Carnavas

The Elephant is a skilfully and sensitively told story which approaches grief and mental health in a manner that is both touching and comforting. Peter Carnavas has made it possible for children to observe the healing power of kindness and … Continue reading

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Reading Matters – children’s book news

Hello and welcome to this week’s look at what has been happening in the world of children’s books. Sometimes it is difficult to avoid the feeling that many aspects of life are on hold but there have been some positive … Continue reading

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2021 Branford Boase Award Longlist Announced

The longlist for the 2021 Branford Boase Award has been announced today. Set up in memory of award-winning author Henrietta Branford and her editor Wendy Boase, one of the founders of Walker Books, the Branford Boase Award is given annually … Continue reading

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Empathy Lab Announce the 2021 Read For Empathy book collection

“Empathy is learnable – only 10% of our empathic ability is genetic. Scientists say that reading builds empathy, and this collection will play a direct role in helping raise an empathy-educated generation.” Miranda McKearney OBE, EmpathyLab’s founder EmpathyLab have revealed … Continue reading

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Reading Matters – children’s book news

Hello and welcome to this week’s look at what has been happening in the world of children’s books. What I’m reading… My family know me well so my Christmas and birthday presents included a wonderful selection of titles plus book … Continue reading

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Darwin’s Dragons by Lindsay Galvin

Darwin’s Dragons is a story so compelling that I carried the book around with me; every single chapter revealed a new challenge for our hero. Historical fiction that brings science and exploration to life for young readers and a book … Continue reading

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Blogtour – The Boy Who Sang With Dragons by Andy Shepherd illustrated by Sara Ogilvie

Having followed Andy Shepherd’s progress from newly published author to popular and established writer I was delighted to be asked to take part in the blogtour for The Boy Who Sang With Dragons. Every so often a book, or in … Continue reading

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Reading Matters – children’s book news

Hello and welcome to this week’s look at what has been happening in the world of children’s books. It has been a busy week for me and for children’s books and although I know I have not been able to … Continue reading

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Reading Matters – children’s book news

Hello and welcome to the first Reading Matters of 2021. It’s difficult to find the right words to describe this first week and yet again I hope that the world of children’s books will provide us with some cheer, comfort, … Continue reading

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Reading for Pleasure – Resources to Help Children Enjoy Books at Home

Update January 2021 As the new term starts teachers, support staff and parents have been faced with a last minute turn around regarding the opening of schools and once again on-line learning is to be adopted for the majority of … Continue reading

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