Category Archives: Reading

Race to the Frozen North – The Matthew Henson Story by Catherine Johnson

This is a remarkable story about an equally remarkable man and this enjoyable retelling ensures that his story will reach the wider audience it deserves. Eleven year old orphan Matthew runs away from his violent stepmother to try to find … Continue reading

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Why Do Adults Enjoy Reading Children’s Books?

  I no longer “need” to read children’s books and yet I still do. As a primary school librarian for more than seventeen years, in order to do my job properly, I read a broad range of books so that … Continue reading

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Splash by Charli Howard

Splash by Charli Howard is an uplifting story about family, friendship and following your dreams told with sensitivity and warmth. A perfect read for those moving from primary to secondary school.     Molly, who lives with her grandparents following … Continue reading

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Why Author Visits to Schools Matter

  In 2013 the Society of Authors published a survey on the impact of author visits to schools. At that time I contributed to the survey and that author visits have a positive effect on promoting reading for pleasure amongst … Continue reading

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The Boy Who Grew Dragons by Andy Shepherd Illustrated by Sara Ogilvie

A gloriously happy debut this engaging story is told with humour and warmth and would be a treat for newly confident readers. The charming illustrations by Sara Ogilvie combine perfectly with Andy Shepherd’s entertaining adventure in this welcome addition to … Continue reading

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Perfect Picture Books for Children Who May Think They Don’t Like Reading

Reading picture books aloud and sharing the wonder of beautiful illustrations is a rewarding part of being a school librarian and, of course, of being a parent. This joy of stories will hopefully continue as young children move on to … Continue reading

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The Infinite Lives of Maisie Day by Christopher Edge

I love it when a book surprises me and Maisie Day definitely did just that. Christopher Edge has created a very different but also extremely satisfying read in which the world of science combines with the unbreakable bonds of true … 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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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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My Mum, Books and Me – A Reading Legacy

“Children are made readers on the laps of their parents.”                                                       Emilie Buchwald This … Continue reading

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