Category Archives: Book Review

Reading Matters – children’s book news

Welcome to this week’s round up of the latest news from the world of children’s books. Empathy Day raised the profile of children’s books and their importance this week and it was encouraging to see how much attention this initiative … Continue reading

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The Swallows’ Flight by Hilary McKay

The Swallows’ Flight by Hilary McKay is the companion novel to her Costa Award winning novel, The Skylarks’ War, a book that I adored and which was quite possibly my book of the year in 2018. Initially I was delighted … Continue reading

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The Cooking Club Detectives by Ewa Josefkowicz Blog Tour

Today sees the publication by Zephyr Books of The Cooking Club Detectives by Ewa Josefkowicz and I am delighted to be participating in the blog tour coinciding with its launch. As we mark Empathy Day today this book is an … Continue reading

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The Small Things by Lisa Thompson illustrated by Hannah Coulson

The Small Things by Lisa Thompson is a story that displays this author’s understanding of children and their worries and at the same time encourages them to accept themselves for who are they are rather than who they think others … Continue reading

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Learning With Picture Books

A New Green Day by Antoinette Portis recently won the English Association Book Award 2021 for Non-Fiction for the 4-7 age group and was also nominated for the Kate Greenaway Medal 2021. It is an excellent example of how picture … Continue reading

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When the Sky Falls by Phil Earle

When the Sky Falls by Phil Earle is an extraordinary story told with compassion and understanding. Dealing with the darkest of human emotions; anger, loss, grief, fear and humiliation it shows us that these can be overcome with love, understanding … Continue reading

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First Names: Albert Einstein by Haydn Kaye illustrated by Mike Smith – Blog Tour – David Fickling Books

First Names is a series of interesting, lively and highly illustrated biographies that introduces some truly amazing individuals who lived incredible lives, to an audience of young readers. Published by David Fickling Books and full of detailed information presented in … Continue reading

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Arctic Star by Tom Palmer

Arctic Star is rooted in the true story of the Arctic convoys of the Second World War. Tom Palmer has tackled a subject of unimaginable loss, endurance and bravery and succeeded in writing a book that deserves a place in … Continue reading

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Perfect Picture Books for Inspiring a Love of Nature

One of the many lessons we have learned from the events of the last year is the importance of nature to our well being and happiness. Those who are lucky enough to have their own garden have relished being able … Continue reading

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Melt by Ele Fountain

“The bonds which connect people and nature are beginning to fray. Something precious is coming apart.” Melt Page 13 More by good luck than good judgement I found myself reading Melt in the days approaching Earth Day on 22nd April … Continue reading

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