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Why Great School Libraries Should Start in Primary Schools

Something very important happened at this year’s Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals (CILIP) School Libraries Group Conference. A brand new campaign was launched by CEO Nick Poole in his opening speech. The Great School Libraries Campaign sees CILIP … Continue reading

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After The Fall by Dan Santat – A picture book for all ages

This wonderful book tells the story of what happened after that most famous nursery rhyme fall. How Humpty Dumpty survived and then decided to get back up again with truly astounding results. Often as a school librarian I have said … Continue reading

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Peace Lily by Hilary Robinson illustrated by Martin Impey

A beautiful addition to the Where The Poppies Now Grow series this story told in rhyme highlights the contribution made by women during World War 1. The gentle illustrations combine superbly with the text to make this subject accessible to … Continue reading

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Rose’s Dress of Dreams by Katherine Woodfine Illustrations by Kate Pankhurst

A charming introduction to historical fiction for emerging readers this tale of determination and following your dreams by award-winning author Katherine Woodfine is a delight. The gorgeous illustrations by Kate Pankhurst combine perfectly with the text to create a perfect … Continue reading

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Kate Greenaway Award 2018 Shortlist – Under The Same Sky by Britta Teckentrup

This charming picture book, shortlisted for this year’s Kate Greenaway Award, uses a clever peep through technique to emphasise the way in which everyone around the world is united by the same hopes and dreams. It is a timely and … Continue reading

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Kick by Mitch Johnson

An extremely impressive debut, this book has at its heart a lead character with whom readers will readily engage. Despite his difficult and at times distressing life 12 year old Budi is a boy with friends, heroes, hopes and dreams … Continue reading

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Children’s Books Helping Readers Find Courage

One of my favourite debuts last year was The Goldfish Boy by Lisa Thompson so I was very much looking forward to reading The Light Jar, her second novel, and I certainly wasn’t disappointed by this thoughtful novel about finding … Continue reading

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I’m looking for a book about… Shakespeare for Primary School Children

Shakespeare’s birthday is remembered on 23rd April and this is a good time to introduce primary school children to the Bard. ┬áThere are several websites providing resources to enable teachers to produce lessons about some of his greatest plays and … Continue reading

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Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman

Over the weekend I read Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine, the debut novel by Gail Honeyman. I adored Eleanor and her voice will stay with me for a long time. This is a moving story told with humour and care. … Continue reading

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The Explorer by Katherine Rundell

The Explorer by Katherine Rundell
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