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Sequin and Stitch by Laura Dockrill illustrated by Sara Ogilvie

Laura Dockrill’s debut for Barrington Stoke weaves together family, loss and hope in a story that is both poignant and striking in its portrayal of our society. This is a touching and imaginative tale with love at its centre. Nine … Continue reading

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Reading Matters – news from the world of children’s books

Hello and welcome to this week’s look at the latest children’s news. The schools in my local area have already closed for the summer holidays or will be doing so in the next few days. Reading Matters will be taking a … Continue reading

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Toffee by Sarah Crossan – Book 4 of 20 Books of Summer 20

In 2013 I challenged myself to read all the shortlisted titles for that year’s Carnegie Award and found that I discovered authors new to me and also explored genres that had beforehand not appealed. The high point of the exercise … Continue reading

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The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon – Book 3 of 20 Books of Summer 2020

The Shadow of the Wind needs no introduction, an epic bestseller that has become so well known that tourists may now enjoy literary walks following the characters’ footsteps through the streets of Barcelona. The introduction to the book itself is … Continue reading

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Reading Matters – news from the world of children’s books

Hello and welcome to another look at this week’s children’s book news. When I made my New Year resolution to try and share positive stories and good news about children’s literature on a regular basis I wasn’t at all confident … Continue reading

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Celebrating Picture Books – my favourites of 2020 so far

As we reach the halfway point of the year I have been prompted to look back at the books I have read and enjoyed over the last six months. As the year began I was savouring a beautiful illustrated book, … Continue reading

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The Library of Lost and Found by Phaedra Patrick Book 2 of 20 Books of Summer 20

This weekend I escaped the news and immersed myself in a novel about a librarian, lost stories and lost opportunities, family secrets and new friendships.  The Library of the Lost and Found is a quiet, gentle read and a perfect … Continue reading

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Reading Matters – news from the world of children’s books

Hello and welcome to another round up of the latest news from the world of children’s books. This week has been a whirlwind of book activity including Empathy Day when we celebrated the profound effect that quality children’s literature can … Continue reading

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School Libraries – empathy factories for their communities

This week we mark Empathy Day created by Empathy Lab to build children’s empathy with the aid of high quality literature. Our world today has possibly never been in greater need of empathy. The organisers of this initiative have, despite the … Continue reading

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20 Books of Summer 2020

Cathy at 746 Books is hosting her 20 Books of Summer reading challenge again this year. Last year was the first time that I have participated and unfortunately I failed miserably to read the twenty books on my original list. … Continue reading

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