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Review: The Eye of the North by Sinead O Hart

It's been a very busy couple of weeks, in spite of the Christmas holidays being in full swing! Amongst the festivities (which I spent abroad in Sweden - I'm actually writing this on the plane back!) I was given the chance to have a sneaky early peek at a copy of The Eye of the… Continue reading Review: The Eye of the North by Sinead O Hart

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Diversity in Children's Books, Featured Topics, Reviews

Diversity in Children’s Books: Diverse Voices

Another of my diversity in children's books posts, this post focusses on self-identified BAME, disabled, and queer authors. First up: why is it important to hear stories from these authors? Honestly, I think it's a bit depressing that this is a question, but publishing is so dominated by a particular white, middle-class group of people… Continue reading Diversity in Children’s Books: Diverse Voices

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Top Picks for Anti Bullying Week

This week is Anti-Bullying Week, and I can think of no better way to talk about bullying than with the help of some of these brilliant books. A word to the wise - some of these will probably make you cry. Some will make you laugh as well. Let's get started! Wonder by R. J.… Continue reading Top Picks for Anti Bullying Week

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Review: The Wolf Wilder by Katherine Rundell

In early 20th Century Russia, or so the story goes, wolves were popular pets - until, that is, they got too big and stopped being cute and playful. At this point the wolves were usually killed. Sometimes wolves were lucky, and sent into the woods, where someone brought them back to what they once were… Continue reading Review: The Wolf Wilder by Katherine Rundell

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Top Picks: Picturebooks for Older Children

This list is mostly the result of a conversation with a Year 4 teacher from earlierĀ  this week, about the importance of picture books for older children. Many people tend to think that once a child can read chapter books, they should leave picture books behind. I really think that's an incredibly short-sighted view: picture… Continue reading Top Picks: Picturebooks for Older Children

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Review: The Many Worlds of Albie Bright by Christopher Edge

In honour of STEM day in the US, today's review is of a book that got all of my Year 4 Reading Gladiators talking about the finer points of Quantum Mechanics. That's right - today's review is of The Many Worlds of Albie Bright. 11 year-old Albie's parents are both scientists for CERN, working on… Continue reading Review: The Many Worlds of Albie Bright by Christopher Edge

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Spooky Stories for Creepy Kids

I know it's a little bit late for a Halloween special, but seeing as year 5 at my school are currently looking at Horror stories, I thought it might be worth putting together a few books with creepy themes to keep you shivering through the dark frosty nights. Now - these books come with a… Continue reading Spooky Stories for Creepy Kids