Book Review, Picture Books

Paris Cat by Dianne Hofmeyr & illustrated by Piet Grobler

1920’s Paris and a bold, adventurous cat who believes in herself from the tip of her tail to the ends of her whiskers makes for a wonderful combination! Cat starts life as a Paris alley cat – nothing special, nothing important but she has a dream. She wants to make something of herself and find… Continue reading Paris Cat by Dianne Hofmeyr & illustrated by Piet Grobler

Book Review, Non-fiction Books

Shark Super Powers by Jillian Morris & Duncan Brake, illustrated by Steve May

Shark Super Powers is an engaging encyclopaedia of extraordinary shark facts! Written by real shark experts and with an introduction by Steve Backshall, well-known naturalist and explorer, this book is perfect for readers who are already shark-obsessed and those who want to learn more about these amazing creatures. There are fascinating facts about fourteen unbelievable… Continue reading Shark Super Powers by Jillian Morris & Duncan Brake, illustrated by Steve May

Book Review, Picture Books

Rex The Rhinoceros Beetle by M.G. Leonard & illustrated by Duncan Beedie

Rex is a wonderful rhinoceros beetle who would love to be as fearless and as strong as his friend, Buster. Buster has so many big stories about all of his rainforest adventures and Rex is in absolute awe of him. However, Buster might not actually be as brave as he seems.  Will Rex be able… Continue reading Rex The Rhinoceros Beetle by M.G. Leonard & illustrated by Duncan Beedie

Book Review, Illustrated Fiction, Middle Grade Fiction

Do Not Disturb the Dragons by Michelle Robinson & illustrated by Sharon Davey

Girls can do anything and Grace is determined to prove it! Never mind the rules – 947 of them to be precise – telling her all of the things she can’t do! Do not climb the castle turrets, do not lie to the king, do not stay in the bath until your skin goes wrinkly… Continue reading Do Not Disturb the Dragons by Michelle Robinson & illustrated by Sharon Davey

Book Review, Middle Grade Fiction

Agent Zaiba Investigates: The Poison Plot by Annabelle Sami & illustrated by Daniela Sosa

Agent Zaiba Investigates: The Poison Plot is the second brilliant book in the Agent Zaiba mystery series for children age 8+. The first, The Missing Diamonds, was published by Stripes Publishing in February 2020. It’s the day of the school summer fete – Zaiba’s favourite day of the whole year! There will be treats, games… Continue reading Agent Zaiba Investigates: The Poison Plot by Annabelle Sami & illustrated by Daniela Sosa

Illustrated Fiction, Middle Grade Fiction

Annalynn the Canadian Spy by Shawn Robinson

Annalynn the Canadian Spy: Terrible Tissues by Shawn Robinson is a slightly wacky and 100% fun Canadian mystery! This early chapter book for age 7+ is a welcome taste of home for Canadians living in the UK! 10-year-old Annalynn is just going about her everyday life and trying to look after her poorly family when,… Continue reading Annalynn the Canadian Spy by Shawn Robinson

Book Review, Middle Grade Fiction

Wilde by Eloise Williams

Eloise Williams writes with magic and passion. Her latest book, Wilde, is the perfect combination of the everyday trials of Year 6 and a wonderfully mystical story. Wilde is a young girl with a whole collection of troubles. When she arrives at her aunt’s house in the town of Witch Point in Wales, she knows… Continue reading Wilde by Eloise Williams

Book Review, Middle Grade Fiction

A Kind of Spark by Elle McNicoll

A Kind of Spark by Elle McNicoll is a story of identity, strength and finding your voice. 11-year-old Addie wants nothing more than to be understood and to be heard. She lives in a world where only a very few people truly understand how she thinks and feels but there are many people who don’t… Continue reading A Kind of Spark by Elle McNicoll

Article, Reading

5 FANTASTIC BOOKS TO DEVELOP EMPATHY IN CHILDREN

In 2017, Empathy Lab founded Empathy Day. This year, developing empathy is more important than ever as the entire world is living through incredibly challenging times. In order to support and care for each other, we need to build up our empathy skills. I have written an article about books that develop empathy for Barrington Stoke publishers and… Continue reading 5 FANTASTIC BOOKS TO DEVELOP EMPATHY IN CHILDREN