Tag Archives: Children’s books

The Secret of the Treasure Keepers by A M Howell

The Secret of the Treasure Keepers, A M Howell’s latest historical novel for children is an atmospheric mystery in which clues are uncovered like small pieces of treasure found in the archeological dig that inspired the story. With family secrets, … Continue reading

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Thank You Shirley Hughes – a legacy of love, kindness and the importance of the little things

This morning I awoke to the sad news that Shirley Hughes the beloved author and illustrator had died. The children’s book community online has been united in sadness at the loss of this remarkable woman who has been at the … Continue reading

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The Children’s Book Award Blog Tour – Perdu by Richard Jones

It is an honour to kick off the blog tour today for the Federation of Children’s Book Groups Children’s Book Award, the only book award voted for entirely by children. I am especially delighted that I have been asked to … Continue reading

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Big Book of Boats by Luogo comune translated by Catherine Bruzzone

The Big Book of Boats is a information book for children with high shelf appeal. Its bright and clear cover draws the eye and tempts you to open the book and discover more. There is a lot to discover within … Continue reading

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The Raven Riddle by Vashti Hardy illustrated by Natalie Smillie

The third instalment of this steampunk fantasy series by Vashti Hardy for Barrington Stoke is another large scale adventure told in just over one hundred pages. As we return to Moreland our heroes attempt to solve a new mystery and … Continue reading

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The Travelling School Mysteries: Libby and the Parisian Puzzle by Jo Clarke illustrated by Becka Moor

Jo Clarke’s debut for children, Libby and the Parisian Puzzle, is an appealing combination of adventure, detective mystery and boarding school story. It has all the ingredients to encourage young readers to feel part of the fun and the puzzle … Continue reading

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The Big Book of Festivals by Joan-Maree Hargreaves and Marita Bullock Illustrated by Liz Rowland

The Big Book of Festivals is crammed with information and facts celebrating the diversity of the world’s celebrations and the importance of them to our sense of community. A joyful look at the way people mark special occasions expressed in … Continue reading

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Circus Maximus: Rivals on the Track by Annelise Gray Blog Tour

Dido is back, and so is the breathtaking action of the first instalment, Race to the Death. However this enjoyable and stirring adventure is really about family, the bonds that bring individuals together in a shared endeavour not only to … Continue reading

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Longlist for the 2022 Branford Boase Award Announced

The longlist for the 2022 Branford Boase Award was announced today. The award was set up in memory of award-winning author Henrietta Branford and her editor Wendy Boase, one of the founders of Walker Books, and is given annually to … Continue reading

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Once Upon A Tune: Stories from the Orchestra by James Mayhew

2021 saw the publication of many thoughtful and inspiring picture books of different types. One book in particular defies categorisation and yet is one that deserves a place in every single primary school. Once Upon A Tune: Stories from the … Continue reading

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