Reviews, Top Picks

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

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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On Diversity in Children’s Books

This post is the first in a series of features on diversity in children's books. This particular one doesn't contain any book suggestions, but please keep on reading. I'd like to talk a bit about why diversity is so important. It's a truth almost universally acknowledged that children are shaped largely by their environment and… Continue reading On Diversity in Children’s Books

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Top Picks: Christmassy Capers

Christmas is almost upon us, and for the past month all of the shops have been playing Christmas tunes. If you're feeling ready for the holiday season, why not put your feet up with a few of these festive favourites. After all - It's cold outside! Mistletoe and Murder by Robin Stevens Wells and Wong… Continue reading Top Picks: Christmassy Capers

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Review: Malkin Moonlight by Emma Cox

Every journey begins with one paw step. Malkin Moonlight is the tale of an unwanted black cat who survives in spite of all of the odds to do great things for all of Cat-kind. He is given the gift of his name by the moon, and is told he has a destiny. On his adventures… Continue reading Review: Malkin Moonlight by Emma Cox

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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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Review: Word of Mouse by Chris Grabenstein and James Patterson

Isaiah is a very special mouse. Born in a research laboratory as one of 97 small yet exceptional mice, he escapes in an incredibly dramatic opening sequence. Once out in the scary, wild world of the suburban US, it becomes clear that his bright blue fur isn't the only thing different about him - he… Continue reading Review: Word of Mouse by Chris Grabenstein and James Patterson