Tag Archives: Children’s books

The Song Walker by Zillah Bethell

The Shark Caller by Zillah Bethell was one of my favourite reads of 2021 so I was eager to read her new book, The Song Walker set in the Australian Outback, published in February by Usborne Books. From its intriguing … Continue reading

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Reading Matters – children’s book news

Happy New Year and welcome to the first Reading Matters update of 2023. This week’s round up includes both a look back at the best of 2022 and a preview of some books we can look forward to at the … Continue reading

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The Haunted Hills by Berlie Doherty

The Haunted Hills is an atmospheric story exploring childhood friendship, loss, grief and guilt set in a landscape that adds much to this multi-layered and thoughtful book. When we meet Carl he and his parents have recently arrived at a … Continue reading

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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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