Book Review, Early Reader

Madam Squeaker by Pip Jones & illustrated by Paula Bowles

Madam Squeaker is the story of an adorable mouse with something important to say. The rats are eating everything and think they can do anything they like.  Not only that, but they want to send all the other animals to Bogland and have Hollyhock House to themselves. Following the advice of a wise owl, Minetta… Continue reading Madam Squeaker by Pip Jones & illustrated by Paula Bowles

Article, Reading

Classic Poetry: Developing Reading Comprehension Skills

Developing Reading Comprehension Skills is a series of eight reading comprehension books for children, focusing on high-quality literature and the full range of question types assessed in the KS2 SATs and 11+ Reading Comprehension papers. The series gives children opportunities to tackle more complex vocabulary, explore how authors use language to impact their readers and develop… Continue reading Classic Poetry: Developing Reading Comprehension Skills

Book Review, Non-fiction Books

Tragedy at Sea: The Sinking of the Titanic by David Long & illustrated by Stefano Tambellini

Tragedy at Sea: The Sinking of the Titanic is a beautifully detailed non-fiction retelling of the story of the legendary ship and its demise in 1912. Starting with the race across the ocean, it moves through every major aspect of its construction, engineering, travellers, crew, safety, the route and that massive iceberg. Lessons learned after… Continue reading Tragedy at Sea: The Sinking of the Titanic by David Long & illustrated by Stefano Tambellini

Book Review, Middle Grade Fiction

Buck ‘N’ Bronco Hit the Road! by Guy Bass & illustrated by Steve May

Buck ‘N’ Bronco: Hit the Road! is a hilariously fun lower middle grade story from Barrington Stoke. Full of silly antics, jokes and a bit of toilet-humour, children will love laughing along with Buck and Bronco as they set off into the wide world. The Happy Ranch theme park has closed and is going to… Continue reading Buck ‘N’ Bronco Hit the Road! by Guy Bass & illustrated by Steve May

Book Review, Non-fiction Books

Look What I Found in the Woods by Moira Butterfield & illustrated by Jesus Verona

Look What I Found in the Woods explores the forest from a child’s point of view – full of awe and wonder at all of the amazing things hidden inside. With gentle rhyme and packed full of information, readers will want to read it again and again. Opportunities to search and find will encourage them… Continue reading Look What I Found in the Woods by Moira Butterfield & illustrated by Jesus Verona

Book Review, Non-fiction Books

Go Wild in the Mountains by Goldie Hawk & illustrated by Rachael Saunders

Go Wild in the Mountains is a valuable resource for anyone who loves adventures and exploring. From beautiful views to perilous peaks to spotting amazing wildlife, this book contains everything kids need to know about exploring mountains safely. Beginning with “what is a mountain” and how they’re formed, it covers so much about these incredible… Continue reading Go Wild in the Mountains by Goldie Hawk & illustrated by Rachael Saunders

Book Review, Middle Grade Fiction

How to Save the World with a Chicken and an Egg by Emma Shevah

How to Save the World with a Chicken and an Egg is a wonderful eco-adventure. Full of facts and tips about how to help save the earth, it combines mystery with a new friendship and a unique relationship with animals. Nathanial and Ivy tell the story from their individual points of view as they try… Continue reading How to Save the World with a Chicken and an Egg by Emma Shevah

Book Review, Middle Grade Fiction

The Three Impossibles by Susie Bower

After loving Susie Bower’s first book, The School for Nobodies, I was really looking forward to her second middle grade fantasy with Pushkin Press. The Three Impossibles is a fascinating story of secrets, discovering the truth and the power of having an enquiring mind. 11-year-old Mim’s mother died the day Mim was born when a… Continue reading The Three Impossibles by Susie Bower

Book Review, Non-fiction Books, Picture Books

Books about Saving Turtles and Protecting Oceans

Turtle Rescue by Jonny Marx & illustrated by Xuan Lee Turtle Rescue is a fun story packed full of information about protecting oceans and the animals who live there. Fact meets fiction as Flora and Fauna, a marine biologist adventurer and an inventor, go on holiday by the sea. Locals cleaning up the beach need… Continue reading Books about Saving Turtles and Protecting Oceans

Book Review, Picture Books

Sometimes: A Book of Feelings by Stephanie Stansbie & illustrated by Elisa Pagnelli

With beautiful rhyming text and an honest discussion of emotions, Sometimes: A Book of Feelings explores the ebb and flow, the highs and lows of life. The beautiful metaphor of the sea helps young readers to understand how our feelings develop and change. The gorgeous colours of the brilliant illustrations by Elisa Paganelli reflect the… Continue reading Sometimes: A Book of Feelings by Stephanie Stansbie & illustrated by Elisa Pagnelli