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Here We Are – Notes for Living on Planet Earth by Oliver Jeffers

Oliver Jeffers’ latest picture book is a tender guide written to his newborn son to help him make sense of the world around him. This lovely book is also a short but thoughtful essay on what makes our global community … Continue reading

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Sky Song by Abi Elphinstone

  I savoured every moment of this first stand-alone novel by one of my favourite children’s authors.   This book typifies why children’s books matter. Every page is full of courage, kindness, acceptance and hope wrapped up in a thrilling adventure. … 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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Book Advent – 23rd December Lucy and Tom’s Christmas by Shirley Hughes

The classic Christmas picture book that sums up the traditions, the joys, the tiny things that make a difference and the love of the family Christmas we all hope for. This book holds so many happy personal memories for me. … Continue reading

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Book Advent – 22nd December The Christmas Eve Tree by Delia Huddy illustrated by Emily Sutton

  This story of a little Christmas tree that no-one wants has a message of hope and new beginnings carried in both the text and illustrations.  It is a very thoughtful and touching book to share at Christmas time. A … Continue reading

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Book Advent – 20th December A Boy Called Christmas by Matt Haig illustrated by Chris Mould

  One of my very favourite Christmas books this is a total delight and does truly feel like a Christmas classic. A fabulous story with equally fabulous illustrations this would make a brilliant present. The trilogy would be even better! … Continue reading

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Book Advent – 19th December Jesus’ Christmas Party by Nicholas Allan

This is a delightful adaptation of the Nativity Story that manages to be great fun without being irreverent. The story of the first Christmas is told from a very different point of view in this charming retelling by Nicholas Allan. … Continue reading

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Book Advent – 18th December The Twelve Dogs of Christmas by Alison Ritchie illustrated by Marisa Morea

This is a jolly, rhyming picture book providing a different sort of countdown to Christmas with lots of appeal for very young children. A good read aloud for the festive season. Christmas is approaching and one little puppy is very … Continue reading

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Book Advent – 16th December Lost Christmas by David Logan

Although I somehow managed to miss the film when it was originally shown I was persuaded to read this book, based on the screenplay, by a lovely review I read and I am so very glad I discovered “Lost Christmas.” … Continue reading

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Book Advent – 15th December The Story of Holly and Ivy by Rumer Godden

Set on Christmas Eve this well told story weaves together three plot strands in a magical tale of hopes, dreams and wishes coming true if you wish hard enough. Although originally published in the 1950s I had missed this gem … Continue reading

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