Women ROCK!

There's no denying that our young women have some stunningly good role models to look up to. There's a rich herstory of game-changing women across all fields of life. The key is re-writing the history books to bring these women to the surface and celebrate them as they deserve. And that's where books like these... 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 →

Encounters by Jason Wallace

Encounters by Jason Wallace (Andersen) is a story of layers and discovery. Each chapter covers the same time period told from the point of view of different characters. Their stories overlap and as a reader you learn more details as you see events from different perspectives. It raises the question of reliable witnesses and trustworthy storytellers... Continue Reading →

Like Other Girls by Claire Hennessy

'Here's what Lauren knows: she's not like other girls. She also knows it's problematic to say that - what's wrong with girls? She's even fancied some in the past. But if you were stuck in St Agnes, her posh all-girls school, you'd feel like that too. Here everyone's expected to be Perfect Young Ladies, it's even a song... Continue Reading →

Imaginative play with the owl and the pussycat

I love picture books that inspire children’s imagination. I love it when a book echoes children’s play and suggests ways for them to explore a story and create their own adventures. The Adventures of the Owl and the Pussycat by Coral Rumble and Charlotte Cooke (WackyBee Books) is a delicious re-imagining of the well-known rhyme... Continue Reading →

My London: Colour, Draw, Explore

My London: Colour, Draw, Explore by Majel van der Meulen is a fabulously fun and funky colouring book/activity book/finding out book, perfect for taking along on a trip to London. 'Follow the river Thames on a unique trip through London. From Big Ben to Tower Bridge, explore all the famous landmarks and spot things you've never... Continue Reading →

Countless by Karen Gregory

I inhaled this book. I was emotionally involved from the very start and couldn't bear to put it down.  'When Hedda discovers she is pregnant, she doesn't believe she could ever look after a baby. The numbers just don't add up. She is young, and still in the grip of an eating disorder that controls... Continue Reading →

Goodbye Days by Jeff Zentner

'Can a text message destroy your life? Carver Briggs never thought a simple text would cause a fatal crash, killing his three best friends, Mars, Eli, and Blake. Now Carver can't stop blaming himself for the accident and even worse, there could be a criminal investigation into the deaths. Then Blake's grandmother asks Carver to remember her... Continue Reading →

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