Paws Off My Book

Paws Off My Book by Fabi Santiago is a joyous celebration of reading and finding your own way. With lots going on and gorgeous illustrations with bright fluorescent colours, this is a fab book for sharing and discussing. Olaf the giraffe is excited when he finds a book. He settles down to read it but is... Continue Reading →

The Explorer 

Katherine Rundell has a beautiful way of making writing like new. Her phrases are bright and unexpected jewels, waking you up to the world. She gives seriously good simile! Her descriptions transport you to the amazon and throw you in to the jungle. The Explorer is an adventure in language as well as storyline. 'From his seat... Continue Reading →

Goodnight, Boy

Goodnight, Boy by Nikki Sheehan is a small book in that, like a Sarah Crossan, it is sparse, poetic, considered. But it is also huge beyond compare. In heart, in depth and in hope. It is one I will come back to again and again. 'A tale of two very different worlds, both shattered by the... Continue Reading →

All About Cats

Cats sleep all day, never getting up to mischief... right? Hmmm. Not so much! All About Cats by Monika Filipina (ChildsPlay) is a peek at what happens when the humans are out of sight and cats are left to their own devices.  Starting their own band, going crazy with the art equipment and getting creative in... Continue Reading →

My Little Book of Big Freedoms

Politically, our world is in a bit of a mess at the moment and it can be hard to explain things to our young folk. And yet, the latest election in the UK in particular has shown us the importance of educating our youth in politics, in empathy, in tolerance and equality. Our children are... Continue Reading →

Never Take a Bear to School

I love a starting school story. It's such an important time for children - and their grown ups - and can often be fraught with worry, mostly on the part of the parents! Sharing books about a potentially worrisome situation is a wonderful way to start a discussion and soothe those worries away. Especially when... Continue Reading →

If Found…

If Found Please Return to Elise Gravel (Drawn & Quarterly) is a wonderful, wonderful thing. Part sketch book, part inspiration manual, part how-to-draw book, it is like nothing I've come across before. Elise Gravel has given children an insight into her sketch book, her inspiration and her techniques. Designed in a sketch book format, complete with... Continue Reading →

Troublemakers by Catherine Barter

Troublemakers by Catherine Barter (Andersen Press) is a political coming of age story about memory and the stories that ground us and bind us to our past and our families. It's beautifully written and had a place in my heart within the first few pages. 'In three years I will be able to vote and... Continue Reading →

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