Graphic Novel, Middle Grade Fiction

When Stars are Scattered by Victoria Jamieson and Omar Mohamed

I don’t have a lot of experience of graphic novels and really wanted to broaden my reading experiences so when the opportunity came up to read this book that I'd heard so many good things about, I jumped at the chance. I was blown away by how clearly and boldly the message and emotion of… Continue reading When Stars are Scattered by Victoria Jamieson and Omar Mohamed

Book Review, Picture Books

Kindness Grows by Britta Teckentrup

Kindness Grows is a peek-through picture book with a difference. Each double page spread shows the contrast between what happens when we behave negatively or positively. On the negative side, children shout, disagree and use mean, ugly words. These words can’t be taken back. Friends are left alone. There’s a crack between them and it… Continue reading Kindness Grows by Britta Teckentrup

Book Review, Picture Books

Owl Always Love You by Patricia Hegarty & illustrated by Bryony Clarkson

Owl Always Love You is an absolutely lovely peek-through board book to share at bedtime. With opportunities to touch, peek, look forward and look back, it will engage young readers in a gentle goodnight. Set in a forest of warm autumnal colours, each page is full of adorable baby animals for readers to fall in… Continue reading Owl Always Love You by Patricia Hegarty & illustrated by Bryony Clarkson

Book Review, Picture Books

It’s Only One by Tracey Corderoy & illustrated by Tony Neal

Life in Sunnyville is perfect – the neighbours are friendly, people are courteous and everywhere is lovely and clean. Then one day, Rhino drops a sweet wrapper. It’s only one piece of litter but it makes a BIG difference. Soon everyone is dropping “only one” and the town changes. Next, giraffe picks “only one” flower… Continue reading It’s Only One by Tracey Corderoy & illustrated by Tony Neal

Book Review, Non-fiction Books

Stephen Hawking – Trailblazers Series by Alex Woolf

Stephen Hawking from the Trailblazers biography series is an incredibly detailed look at this great scientist’s life. It is respectful of children’s abilities and desires to understand more complex details as it delves into Hawking’s theories, discoveries and amazing legacy. This book is perfect for anyone who loves science and admires Hawking’s work. There is… Continue reading Stephen Hawking – Trailblazers Series by Alex Woolf

Book Review, Non-fiction Books

365 Words Every Kid Should Know by Lauren Holowaty & illustrated by Martina Motzo

365 Words Every Kid Should Know is the perfect book for every KS2 / KS3 classroom or for home to help children develop their vocabulary in a fun way. With a new word for every day of the year, this handy book provides the spelling (with helpful tips), meaning, word origin and example sentences to… Continue reading 365 Words Every Kid Should Know by Lauren Holowaty & illustrated by Martina Motzo

Book Review, Early Reader, Middle Grade Fiction

Mr Dog and a Deer Friend by Ben Fogle with Steve Cole & illustrated by Nikolas Ilic

In this fifth book in the series, Mr Dog is back helping animals in need. Whenever there’s an animal who needs a friend, he is always happy to lend a hand! In this adventure mystery, Mr Dog finds a sweet young deer in trouble. After rescuing her, he does all he can to help her… Continue reading Mr Dog and a Deer Friend by Ben Fogle with Steve Cole & illustrated by Nikolas Ilic

Book Review, Middle Grade Fiction

The House of Clouds by Lisa Thompson & illustrated by Alice McKinley

The House of Clouds is an honest, touching story of life with elderly grandparents and all the ups and downs it brings. Tabby isn’t thrilled that her grandad has come to live with them. The house is changing, Mum has to help him all the time and his dog, Buster, is smelly and always needs… Continue reading The House of Clouds by Lisa Thompson & illustrated by Alice McKinley

Book Review, Middle Grade Fiction

October, October by Katya Balen & illustrated by Angela Harding

“I’m so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers.” ~ Anne of Green Gables October, October is a powerful story of love, discovery, challenges, loss and rebuilding. 11-year-old October lives in the forest with her father. They are wild and love everything about their off-grid existence. They rely on themselves and the… Continue reading October, October by Katya Balen & illustrated by Angela Harding

Book Review, Picture Books

The World Made a Rainbow by Michelle Robinson & illustrated by Emily Hamilton

The World Made a Rainbow is an incredibly beautiful book for our times. Published in 2020 for the children of 2020, it is a story families will relate to and be able to look back on in years to come as a reminder of how we all coped with lockdown. The Covid19 pandemic and its… Continue reading The World Made a Rainbow by Michelle Robinson & illustrated by Emily Hamilton