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Here We Are – Notes for Living on Planet Earth by Oliver Jeffers

Oliver Jeffers’ latest picture book is a tender guide written to his newborn son to help him make sense of the world around him. This lovely book is also a short but thoughtful essay on what makes our global community … Continue reading

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Tried and Tested Magazines and Newspapers for Primary Schools

  When encouraging children to read for pleasure it is important to remember that they should be able to choose their reading material whenever possible. This choice may not always be the latest award winning novel but perhaps a magazine, … Continue reading

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Sky Song by Abi Elphinstone

  I savoured every moment of this first stand-alone novel by one of my favourite children’s authors.   This book typifies why children’s books matter. Every page is full of courage, kindness, acceptance and hope wrapped up in a thrilling adventure. … Continue reading

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Highlights of My Reading Year in Children’s Books

2017 has been a 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 in 2017 … Continue reading

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Book Advent – 23rd December Lucy and Tom’s Christmas by Shirley Hughes

The classic Christmas picture book that sums up the traditions, the joys, the tiny things that make a difference and the love of the family Christmas we all hope for. This book holds so many happy personal memories for me. … Continue reading

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Book Advent – 22nd December The Christmas Eve Tree by Delia Huddy illustrated by Emily Sutton

  This story of a little Christmas tree that no-one wants has a message of hope and new beginnings carried in both the text and illustrations.  It is a very thoughtful and touching book to share at Christmas time. A … Continue reading

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Book Advent – 21st December The Nativity by Jane Ray

Jane Ray has won many awards for her fabulous picture books including The Story of Creation. In this sumptuous book, she retells the Christmas story, with a fold-out Nativity scene and stand-up characters’ as an added bonus. During my time … Continue reading

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Book Advent – 20th December A Boy Called Christmas by Matt Haig illustrated by Chris Mould

  One of my very favourite Christmas books this is a total delight and does truly feel like a Christmas classic. A fabulous story with equally fabulous illustrations this would make a brilliant present. The trilogy would be even better! … Continue reading

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Book Advent – 19th December Jesus’ Christmas Party by Nicholas Allan

This is a delightful adaptation of the Nativity Story that manages to be great fun without being irreverent. The story of the first Christmas is told from a very different point of view in this charming retelling by Nicholas Allan. … Continue reading

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Book Advent – 18th December The Twelve Dogs of Christmas by Alison Ritchie illustrated by Marisa Morea

This is a jolly, rhyming picture book providing a different sort of countdown to Christmas with lots of appeal for very young children. A good read aloud for the festive season. Christmas is approaching and one little puppy is very … Continue reading

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