Category Archives: Book Review

Toffee by Sarah Crossan – Book 4 of 20 Books of Summer 20

In 2013 I challenged myself to read all the shortlisted titles for that year’s Carnegie Award and found that I discovered authors new to me and also explored genres that had beforehand not appealed. The high point of the exercise … Continue reading

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The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon – Book 3 of 20 Books of Summer 2020

The Shadow of the Wind needs no introduction, an epic bestseller that has become so well known that tourists may now enjoy literary walks following the characters’ footsteps through the streets of Barcelona. The introduction to the book itself is … Continue reading

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Celebrating Picture Books – my favourites of 2020 so far

As we reach the halfway point of the year I have been prompted to look back at the books I have read and enjoyed over the last six months. As the year began I was savouring a beautiful illustrated book, … Continue reading

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Carnegie and Kate Greenaway Medal Winners Announced – a Reading Matters Supplement

Regular visitors to this blog will know that each Saturday I collate a Reading Matters roundup of the children’s book news from the previous week or so. The announcement of this year’s winners of the Carnegie and Kate Greenaway Medals … Continue reading

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The Library of Lost and Found by Phaedra Patrick Book 2 of 20 Books of Summer 20

This weekend I escaped the news and immersed myself in a novel about a librarian, lost stories and lost opportunities, family secrets and new friendships.  The Library of the Lost and Found is a quiet, gentle read and a perfect … Continue reading

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Can You See Me? by Libby Scott and Rebecca Westcott – Book 1 of 20 Books of Summer 2020

Sometimes fiction makes difficult subjects accessible for children, sometimes it helps young readers understand people who are different to themselves and sometimes it encourages children to speak up about their own difficulties with increased confidence. This powerful collaboration between Libby … Continue reading

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Hope and Kindness for our Youngest Readers

This week two rather special picture books landed on my doormat. Their arrival was timely. On Monday some of our youngest children will return to their schools for the first time in many weeks. Their classrooms will look different, school … Continue reading

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Poetry to Comfort and Inspire During a Pandemic

Like many others I have found it harder than I expected to concentrate on reading during the Coronavirus crisis. I had hoped to savour all those treasures on the bookshelves that I have not had time to enjoy previously and … Continue reading

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Child of Galaxies by Blake Nuto and Charlotte Ager

Children ask questions all the time. Some of those questions are easier for parents and teachers to answer than others and some may even be ones that adults are searching for answers to themselves. This beautiful picture book is a … Continue reading

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Ancient Games: A History of Sports and Gaming – Iris Volant and Avalon Nuovo

Full of fascinating facts and striking illustrations this large format guide to the history of sports and games that have entertained people for thousands of years is a book with the wow factor. Another winner from Flying Eye Books! The … Continue reading

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