Category Archives: Reading

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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Sky Chasers by Emma Carroll

Magpie is an orphan living off her wits as a pickpocket in the back streets of Annonay in France when a chance encounter with a boy dangling from the sky changes her life forever. She goes to the rescue and … Continue reading

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Tried and Tested Magazines and Newspapers for Primary Schools

  When encouraging children to read for pleasure it is important to remember that they should be able to choose their reading material whenever possible. This choice may not always be the latest award winning novel but perhaps a magazine, … Continue reading

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Highlights of My Reading Year in Children’s Books

2017 has been a wonderful year for children’s books. The increasing range of high quality books available is a joy to children’s book lovers such as me.  However not all my favourite reads of the year were published in 2017 … Continue reading

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The Lost Words – A Review and an Evening with Robert Macfarlane and Jackie Morris

Books tend to be put in categories. Books for children, Young Adult books, ‘’coffee-table books’’, picture books, non-fiction and poetry are labels applied to many. Every so often a book appears that defies categorisation and The Lost Words is such … Continue reading

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Letters From the Lighthouse by Emma Carroll Review and teaching links

From her very first book for children, Frost Hollow Hall, I have loved Emma Carroll’s stories. They are the sort of books that the ten-year old me would have adored and they have a magic about them which makes me … Continue reading

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Love your School Library? – Five Reasons You Should Join the School Library Association Now

For more than seventeen years I have been a school librarian. When I first started I could not have managed without the advice, support and help of the School Library Association (SLA). If you care about your school library then … Continue reading

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