Category Archives: Book Review

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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Fabulous Nonfiction for Children from Flying Eye Books

The best nonfiction for children combines detailed information and attractive presentation to create a package that invites children to learn while still being an important part of their reading for pleasure. Flying Eye Books achieve this with these two wonderful new … Continue reading

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TrooFriend by Kirsty Applebaum

Kirsty Applebaum’s follow up to her original and acclaimed debut, The Middler, is another perceptive and powerful story. A book that encourages the reader to question the true meaning of friendship and what makes us human. Highly recommended. Sarah is … Continue reading

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Survival in Space: The Apollo 13 Mission by David Long illustrated by Stefano Tambellini

This retelling of the story of the memorable moon mission by David Long, winner of the Blue Peter Book Award 2017 – Best Books with Facts for Survivors, will engage, inform and inspire young readers keeping them gripped to the final page. It … Continue reading

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A Bad Day for Jayden by Tony Bradman

A thoughtful look at a day in the life of a young carer sensitively told by Tony Bradman, this would be an excellent addition to school library and classroom shelves. Things are not going well for Jayden. After a sleepless … Continue reading

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Toto The Ninja Cat and The Superstar Catastrophe by Dermot O’Leary illustrated by Nick East

The third in a series inspired by the author’s real life cats this action packed adventure is full of humour and is a real mood lifter of a book. Illustrated throughout,  this is great fun for young newly confident readers … Continue reading

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Brilliant books for New Readers from Barrington Stoke

Are you looking for books to encourage new readers? Barrington Stoke have published some wonderful books for younger readers recently and here are just two of them to give you a taste of what is available. Captain Whiskers by Jeremy … Continue reading

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