Tag Archives: Reading

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

Posted in Book Review | Tagged , , , , , , | 1 Comment

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

Posted in Book Review | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

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

Posted in Book Review | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

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

Posted in Book Review | Tagged , , , , , , | Leave a comment

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

Posted in Book Review | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

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

Posted in Book Review | Tagged , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Book Advent – 11th December Snow Sister by Emma Carroll (illustrations by Julian de Narvaez)

A thoughtful novella with a classic feel by my favourite writer of historical fiction for children this is a perfect Christmas treat. Set in Victorian England it is a story of families, love, loss and ultimately of hope. It is … Continue reading

Posted in Book Review | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

Book Advent – 10th December Refuge by Anne Booth illustrated by Sam Usher

This poignant retelling of the Nativity was published in 2015 in response to the refugee crisis sweeping the world.  A donation is made from the sale of each book to the charity War Child. At the time of publication the … Continue reading

Posted in Book Review | Tagged , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Book Advent – 9th December The Christmas Miracle of Jonathan Toomey by Susan Wojciechowski illustrated by P J Lynch

I think that this moving story of kindness and warmth conquering grief and sadness is utterly gorgeous. The text with its fable like feel is matched perfectly by illustrations of such breath-taking beauty that this has become a Christmas classic … Continue reading

Posted in Book Review | Tagged , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Book Advent – 8th December The Jolly Christmas Postman by Janet and Allan Ahlberg

This Christmas classic needs no introduction at all. Such is its originality and brilliance it is widely known and loved by parents and children alike. Why the need to include it in a bookish Advent Calendar you may ask? Well, … Continue reading

Posted in Book Review | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment