Category Archives: Book Review

New Nature Books for Children from Nosy Crow

Birds of a Feather by Lauren Fairgrieve and Kate Read Produced in collaboration with the National Trust, Birds of a Feather combines information and an interactive element in a book that would make a beautiful gift to treasure. Perfect for … Continue reading

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My Favourite New Picture Books for Children – September 2022

That’s Nice, Love by Owen Gent (Book Island) That’s Nice Love is a beautiful picture book about noticing, sharing and treasuring the magical moments. If I could share just one new picture book with parents I think it would be … Continue reading

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Barrington Stoke Bringing History to Life for Children

Journey BACK to Freedom: The Olaudah Equiano Story by Catherine Johnson with illustrations by Katie Hickey Inspired by Equiano’s own autobiography this meticulously researched and balanced narrative non-fiction book will promote thoughtful discussion in the classroom and beyond. Catherine Johnson … Continue reading

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New Picture Books for Budding Conservationists

Picture books can be an excellent way of teaching young children about our world, how to look after it and use its resources wisely. I have selected three recent publications that would be perfect for use in Early Years settings … Continue reading

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Children’s Books: New Fiction Summer 2022

Numerous children’s books have been published over the summer and I have only been able to read a few of them so apologies to those not included in this summer fiction round-up. However those featured here should appeal to a … Continue reading

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Cuckoo Summer by Jonathan Tulloch

Set in the Lake District in 1940 Cuckoo Summer is a beautiful novel of friendship, secrets, loyalty and childhood innocence, bringing to life both the people and the landscape of fells and tarns of the author’s beloved Lakeland. Cuckoo Summer … Continue reading

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Blog Tour: The Dragon in the Bookshop by Ewa Jozefkowicz

I am delighted to be kicking off the blog tour to mark publication of Ewa Jozefkowicz’s latest novel for children, The Dragon in the Bookshop. This moving story is inspired by the author’s own personal experience of childhood bereavement and … Continue reading

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New Children’s Books – small publishers making a big difference

Recently I read an article on the Just Imagine website with which I found myself nodding in agreement. Roy James is a school librarian and writes regular blogs for this website specialising in excellence in teaching reading and writing, each … Continue reading

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New Non-fiction from Neon Squid

Neon Squid are a brand new non-fiction publisher for children. As a primary school librarian I have experienced the growth in the range of information books available in recent years and was keen to see what Neon Squid would offer. … Continue reading

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Blog Tour: The Boy Who Grew a Tree by Polly Ho-Yen illustrated by Sojung Kim-McCarthy

This week is National Children’s Gardening Week, a celebration of the fun children and their families can enjoy when gardening together. An important aspect of gardening is the nurturing and tending of young plants and encouraging them to grow. The … Continue reading

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