Monthly Archives: February 2022

Nour’s Secret Library written by Wafa’ Tarnowska illustrated by Vali Mintzi

Inspired by a true story and the author’s own childhood experience, Nour’s Secret Library conveys the comfort and hope books and libraries offer in times of struggle. The thoughtful text and stunning illustrations work together beautifully to depict the power … Continue reading

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Reading Matters – children’s book news

Welcome to this week’s catch up with what has been happening in the world of children’s books. Although this weekly round up of news concentrates on aspects of reading, literature, education and libraries any other news round up this week … Continue reading

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Big Book of Boats by Luogo comune translated by Catherine Bruzzone

The Big Book of Boats is a information book for children with high shelf appeal. Its bright and clear cover draws the eye and tempts you to open the book and discover more. There is a lot to discover within … Continue reading

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The Raven Riddle by Vashti Hardy illustrated by Natalie Smillie

The third instalment of this steampunk fantasy series by Vashti Hardy for Barrington Stoke is another large scale adventure told in just over one hundred pages. As we return to Moreland our heroes attempt to solve a new mystery and … 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. Long lists for the Carnegie, Kate Greenaway and Klaus Flugge Awards have attracted attention over the last few days as have the winners of … Continue reading

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The Travelling School Mysteries: Libby and the Parisian Puzzle by Jo Clarke illustrated by Becka Moor

Jo Clarke’s debut for children, Libby and the Parisian Puzzle, is an appealing combination of adventure, detective mystery and boarding school story. It has all the ingredients to encourage young readers to feel part of the fun and the puzzle … Continue reading

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Reading Matters – children’s book news

Welcome to the latest round up of what has been happening in the world of children’s books. I hope you find this week’s collection of links and reviews helpful. What I’m reading… A new book published by Barrington Stoke always … Continue reading

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New Children’s Picture Books – It’s About Time!

Sometimes by happy coincidence books arrive together that complement each other, sharing similar ideas or themes or characters with comparable personalities. Two picture books published recently caught my eye as they both concentrate on an aspect of life that matters … Continue reading

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Wrath by Marcus Sedgwick

Award winning author Marcus Sedgwick’s YA debut for publishers Barrington Stoke is a layered, unsettling and intense novella that will capture teen readers’ attention. Wrath is a story that drew me in and compelled me to read to the end … Continue reading

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Reading Matters – children’s book news

Welcome to this week’s look back at what has been happening in the world of children’s books. What I’m reading… Circus Maximus: Race to the Death by Annelise Gray was one of my favourite reads last year so I was … Continue reading

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