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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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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 – 21st December The Nativity by Jane Ray

Jane Ray has won many awards for her fabulous picture books including The Story of Creation. In this sumptuous book, she retells the Christmas story, with a fold-out Nativity scene and stand-up characters’ as an added bonus. During my time … 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 – 17th December The Christmas Truce – The Place Where Peace Was Found by Hilary Robinson illustrated by Martin Impey

This lovely picturebook, a sequel to Where the Poppies Now Grow, is a celebration of the historical moment when men reached out the hand of friendship to the enemy and found peace on Christmas Day 1914.  A beautifully touching story … Continue reading

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Book Advent – 14th December The Best of Times by Michael Morpurgo ilustrated by Emma Chichester Clark

A pocket sized book with a fairy tale feel and illustrations that are fitting and appealing this would make a lovely Christmas gift for a newly confident reader or a poignant read aloud for slightly younger children. When Prince Frederico … Continue reading

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Book Advent – 13th December Lucky Wish Mouse – White Christmas by Clara Vulliamy

This magical story starring Lucky Wish Mouse and her ten tinies would be a charming treat to share with pre-schoolers in the run up to Christmas complete with sparkly pages and a comforting theme. In this first of a series … Continue reading

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Book Advent – 12th December The Christmas Eve Ghost by Shirley Hughes

This story is everything you would expect from an author and illustrator who has come to be regarded by children’s book lovers as the “Queen of Picturebooks.” A tender and thoughtful story set in 1930s Liverpool with lovely illustrations in … Continue reading

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