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H is for Harry – and thoughts on literacy, libraries and laureates

On Monday evening I attended a screening of H is for Harry a documentary created by Postcode Films. Through the eyes of an eleven year old boy and his classmates we view what life is like for those children who … Continue reading

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Bookworm – A Memoir of Childhood Reading by Lucy Mangan (20 Books of Summer Book 2)

What is a bookworm? The Cambridge dictionary definition describes it as “Someone who reads a lot.” For Lucy Mangan it means so much more than that. In the introduction to this homage to the joys of reading she says that … Continue reading

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All the Ways to be Smart written by Davina Bell illustrated by Allison Colpoys

A celebration of what makes each and every child special, this positive and joy filled book acts as a reassuring balance to the message that the only things that matter are those that can be measured and assessed. “I can’t … Continue reading

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When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit by Judith Kerr – 20 Books of Summer (1/20)

“Nowadays, my escape from Germany and everything that followed seems far away. I’ve lived in London more than seventy years. I have been happily married and our children are a joy. It has been a wonderfully happy life. But it … Continue reading

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Owen and the Soldier by Lisa Thompson

Owen and the Soldier is a touching story relating how we all need to have someone to listen to us when times are hard but also need to be brave enough to ask. In her first title for Barrington Stoke, … Continue reading

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Special Delivery by Jonathan Meres illustrated by Hannah Coulson – Dementia in children’s books

A book about finding friendship in unlikely places, this gentle story focusing on helping others, provides a kind and thoughtful look at dementia and is suitable for younger readers. Frank would like a new bike. Unfortunately it is not Christmas … Continue reading

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Twenty Books of Summer

Cathy at 746 Books is hosting the 20 Books of Summer reading challenge again this year. In previous years I have not become involved but having investigated Cathy’s blog she appears to have a very relaxed approach to this “challenge” so I … Continue reading

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McTavish Takes the Biscuit by Meg Rosoff

McTavish the rescue dog returns in this charming and witty third instalment of life with the Peachey family. McTavish is not just any dog. McTavish is a rescue dog and he has made it his mission to rescue the Peachey … Continue reading

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Rumblestar by Abi Elphinstone

As a child I sometimes used to sneak inside a wardrobe and push gently on the back wondering if I could reach my beloved Narnia. This wonderful, epic adventure by Abi Elphinstone will have a new generation of children trying … Continue reading

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Barnes Children’s Literature Festival – a celebration of children’s books

Five years ago the first Barnes Children’s Literature Festival took place with the aim to become an inspiration for book lovers everywhere. Since then it has grown into a two day event for families that is now the largest dedicated … Continue reading

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