Book Review, Picture Books

The Easter Story by Brian Wildsmith

Brian Wildsmith and Oxford Children’s Books have come together to create a beautiful version of The Easter Story. The key events and emotions of this timeless story are shared from the point of view of the donkey: from their arrival in Jerusalem, through the Last Supper, standing before Pilate, the Crucifixion and Resurrection. The donkey… Continue reading The Easter Story by Brian Wildsmith

Book Review, Middle Grade Fiction

The Queen’s Fool by Ally Sherrick

The Queen’s Fool is an intriguing historical adventure set at the Tudor court. King Henry and Queen Katherine are on the throne and everyone must bow to their will. Young Cat Sparrow sees the world differently from other people. Her innocent perspective takes readers on an eye-opening journey with love, family and friendship at the… Continue reading The Queen’s Fool by Ally Sherrick

Book Review, Middle Grade Fiction

Bigfoot Mountain by Roderick O’Grady

Connection with nature and respect for life in the wild is central to this story of love and healing. Twelve-year-old Minnie lives in remote North American mountains with her stepfather Dan. Since her mother passed away, life just hasn’t been the same and she hasn’t been able to shake the feeling of loss that threatens… Continue reading Bigfoot Mountain by Roderick O’Grady

Book Review, Middle Grade Fiction

Agent Zaiba Investigates: The Haunted House by Annabelle Sami

The Haunted House is a real ‘who dunnit’ as readers try to solve this fun, spooky mystery along with Zaiba and her friends. A new family has moved into Oakwood Manor but someone doesn’t want them there. Is it a ghost or is it a member of the community who wants the old house for… Continue reading Agent Zaiba Investigates: The Haunted House by Annabelle Sami

Book Review, Middle Grade Fiction

Harley Hitch and the Iron Forest by Vashti Hardy & George Ermos

I can’t wait for the world to meet Harley Hitch! She’s sassy and smart, impulsive and full of initiative – such a fantastic role model for girls and boys. Harley Hitch and the Iron Forest is a delightful romp through a mechanical forest bursting with STEM-fuelled girl power! Harley lives in Inventia with her dog,… Continue reading Harley Hitch and the Iron Forest by Vashti Hardy & George Ermos

Blog Tour, Book Review, Middle Grade Fiction, Young Adult

Show Us Who You Are by Elle McNicoll (Blog Tour)

Twelve year old Cora Byers is brave and bold. She is also autistic. She knows who she is (and who she isn’t). Life isn’t always easy (especially since she lost her mum) but she’s learned how to cope and make the best of many challenging situations. She understands what makes her different, even if she… Continue reading Show Us Who You Are by Elle McNicoll (Blog Tour)

Book Review, Middle Grade Fiction

Twitch by M.G. Leonard

Non-fiction meets delightful narrative in this story bursting with fascinating facts about all sorts of birds and the intriguing world of birdwatching. M.G. Leonard has gone above and beyond with her knowledge of birds and passion for her hero to come out on top no matter how many challenges he faces. Twitch is a story… Continue reading Twitch by M.G. Leonard

Blog Tour, Book Review, Middle Grade Fiction

Peril at the Bake Off by Ruth Quayle & illustrated by Marta Kissi (Blog Tour)

Peril at the Bake Off is a brilliant children’s mystery story. Ruth Quayle has captured the essence of childhood when life is one big adventure. This story is about kids being kids - having fun and getting into all sorts of trouble with their cousins. Bella and Joe are spending the summer with their granny… Continue reading Peril at the Bake Off by Ruth Quayle & illustrated by Marta Kissi (Blog Tour)

Blog Tour, Book Review, Picture Books

The Perfect Fit by Naomi Jones & James Jones (Blog Tour)

The Perfect Fit is the perfect combination of Maths and PSHCE wrapped up in a colourful, friendly picture book. Inspired by their eldest son trying to make friends at nursery, Naomi and James Jones have created an engaging book so many children (and parents) will be able to relate to. Triangle is desperate to have… Continue reading The Perfect Fit by Naomi Jones & James Jones (Blog Tour)

English Teaching, Reading

Developing Reading Comprehension Skills by Kate Heap

  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… Continue reading Developing Reading Comprehension Skills by Kate Heap