Monthly Archives: September 2021

Sudden Death by Tom Palmer illustrated by Elkys Nova

Sudden Death, the latest title in the Roy of the Rovers series is a book full of love, both for the beautiful game football can be and, poignantly, for a father too. A story not only for football fans. Last … Continue reading

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The Book of Stolen Dreams by David Farr illustrations by Kristina Kister

Each time I sat down to read The Book of Stolen Dreams ‘for a few minutes’ it turned into an hour. This epic fantasy adventure is exhilarating, exciting and compelling but also, ultimately, moving. David Farr is probably best known … Continue reading

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Reading Matters – children’s book news

Welcome to this week’s round up of children’s book news. It has been a busy week with the highlight being the announcement of the winner of the Klaus Flugge Prize. It is wonderful to see picture books being celebrated and … Continue reading

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Winner of the Klaus Flugge Prize 2021 Announced

Flavia Z. Drago has won the 2021 Klaus Flugge Prize for the most exciting and promising newcomer to children’s picture book illustration. She won for her book Gustavo the Shy Ghost (Walker Books) about a little ghost who despite being … Continue reading

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Gloria’s Porridge by Elizabeth Laird illustrated by Toby Newsome

Gloria’s Porridge is inspired by a traditional Ethiopian folk tale which Elizabeth Laird heard during her travels in that country several years ago. The story is brought to life for children with humour and Toby Newsome’s eye catching, distinctive illustrations … Continue reading

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The Puffin Portal by Vashti Hardy illustrated by Natalie Smillie

The Griffin Gate, Vashti Hardy’s first title for Barrington Stoke published last year was a big adventure packed into a small book so I had been looking forward to reading this sequel. The Puffin Portal has all the appeal of … Continue reading

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Reading Matters – children’s book news

Hello and welcome to another look back at what has been happening in the world of children’s books this week. What I’m reading… Last weekend I read The Hideaway by Pam Smy and am stilling thinking about the story a … Continue reading

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The Three Happy Lions by Louise Fatio illustrated by Roger Duvoisin

The Three Happy Lions is the third book in this classic series by husband and wife team, Louise Fatio and Roger Duvoisin. First published in 1959 and republished this year by Scallywag Press, this gentle story has a charming retro … Continue reading

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The Hideaway by Pam Smy

Sometimes you read a great deal about a book before you get to read the book itself, so much so that you can feel that you know the story in advance. The Hideaway by Pam Smy was, for me, such … Continue reading

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Reading Matters – children’s book news

Welcome to this week’s look at all the latest news from the world of children’s books. We have new books to enjoy, award announcements to celebrate and events to entertain and inspire us. It’s been a busy week. What I’m … Continue reading

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