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The Middler by Kirsty Applebaum

This debut set in a dystopian near future is an absorbing story of boundaries tested, forbidden friendships made, propaganda and questioning, and developing the courage to find your own voice and speak the truth. Eleven year old Maggie is a … Continue reading

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For the Love of Libraries

On Sunday 10th March I battled my way through gales, engineering works on Southwest Trains and fallen trees on Southern Rail to attend an event at the British Library. It was definitely worth it.  The afternoon brought together three wonderful … Continue reading

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Children’s Books, Choice and Reading for Pleasure.

Which books do children read? The answer to this question varies according to which source of information you consult. A more pertinent question might be, which books do children choose to read? The announcement this week of the shortlisted books for … Continue reading

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The Truth of Things and Lark by Anthony McGowan

The publishers Barrington Stoke are responsible for a wide range of books that are created to be accessible to all readers including those with dyslexia or children and teens sometimes described as reluctant readers. Sometimes “reluctant” readers are simply young … Continue reading

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The Boy Who Flew by Fleur Hitchcock

I loved this thrilling story with a Dickensian feel. The Book Who Flew is brimful of murder, a chilling, sinister villain, rooftop escapes, adventure and a brave hero who has dreams, secrets and a warm heart.   Athan Wilde and … Continue reading

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Super Readable Children’s Books

Book post from publishers Barrington Stoke is always a treat and February got off to a good start when these two books arrived through my letter box. Both titles have a dyslexia-friendly layout, typeface and paperstock so that even more … Continue reading

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Creating a Primary School Library

“School libraries should be a focal point for a school. In a school library there should be resources to support every aspect of school life: every project, books to support sport, dancing, art, music; and it should also be the … Continue reading

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Little Bird Flies by Karen McCombie

I loved this book. A wonderful historical novel set in Victorian Scotland, a central character who is both endearing and relatable and a setting brought vividly to life. It is 1861 on the remote Scottish island of Tornish and crofter’s … Continue reading

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The Boy Who Lived With Dragons by Andy Shepherd illustrated by Sara Ogilvie

The Boy Who Lived With Dragons by @andyjshepherd illustrated by Sara Ogilvie @PiccadillyPress. There is never a dull moment in this welcome sequel to one of my highlights of 2018. Perfect for newly confident readers Continue reading

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2018 – The Highlights of my Reading Year In Children’s Books

2018 has been a yet another wonderful year for children’s books. The increasing range of high quality books available is a joy to children’s book lovers such as me. However not all my favourite reads of the year were published … Continue reading

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