Monthly Archives: January 2022

Longlist for the 2022 Branford Boase Award Announced

The longlist for the 2022 Branford Boase Award was announced today. The award was set up in memory of award-winning author Henrietta Branford and her editor Wendy Boase, one of the founders of Walker Books, and is given annually to … Continue reading

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Reading Matters – children’s book news

Welcome to this week’s look at what has been happening in the world of children’s books. I would like to highlight the latest issue of Books for Keeps which is a reliable and broad ranging source of information on children’s … Continue reading

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The Blue Book of Nebo by Manon Steffan Ros

Eloquent and insightful, the English adaptation of the award winning Welsh novel The Blue Book of Nebo by Manon Steffan Ros is a memorable read. As I turned the last page of this deeply affecting story I wanted to go … Continue reading

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Reading Matters – children’s book news

Welcome to this week’s round up of what has been happening in the world of children’s books. My usual system of collating news on a daily basis fell victim to unforeseen events this week I’m afraid so this is posted … Continue reading

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Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice – A Retelling by Laura Wood

The publishers Barrington Stoke aim to produce super readable books that enable all children and young people to experience the joy of reading. The classics can be daunting for many as the language, the complexity and the length may be … Continue reading

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Reading Matters – children’s book news

Welcome to the first Reading Matters newsletter of 2022 and I hope that everyone had a happy and healthy Christmas holiday. This week’s round up includes both a look back at the best of 2021 and a preview of some … Continue reading

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Yusuf Azeem is Not a Hero by Saadia Faruqi

Yusuf Azeem is Not a Hero by Saadia Faruqi was published to coincide with the commemoration of the twentieth anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks and is a powerful and important book at any time. Despite the subject matter of … Continue reading

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Keeper of Secrets by Sarah J. Dodd

An animal story with a difference Keeper of Secrets, Sarah J. Dodd’s debut, explores our relationship with wild animals and how nature can sometimes help to heal grief. This is a perfect, thoughtful winter read. When eleven year old Emily … Continue reading

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Untwisted: the story of my life by Paul Jennings

Untwisted is an enjoyable and revealing look at a writer’s life. Paul Jennings explores both the inspiration to write and the effects a need to write have on an author with a refreshing candour that ensures this book is a … Continue reading

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