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Review: The Goldfish Boy by Lisa Thompson

A thoughtful and enjoyable read, this book is a fantastic way to introduce the concept of OCD and mental health issues to middle grade readers. Matthew Corbin hasn't left the house in weeks. In fact, he barely leaves his room, except to go into the front bedroom/office of his house to watch his neighbours as… Continue reading Review: The Goldfish Boy by Lisa Thompson

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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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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 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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Non-Fiction November Top Picks – Part 2!

I know - I've already done one of these, but there's just so many fantastic books out there that I really did have to make another one! And so I present to you even more top non-fic picks! BBC Seeking Refuge: Hamid's Story by Andy Glynne The BBC seeking refuge series were a series of… Continue reading Non-Fiction November Top Picks – Part 2!

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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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Top Picks: Non-Fiction November

November is in full swing and you know what that means - it's time for my top Non-Fiction November picks! Non-Fiction is often the poor relation in school libraries. I've even come across a couple of schools where senior staff have decided that "non-fiction is obsolete - after all, we have the internet." I cannot… Continue reading Top Picks: Non-Fiction November

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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