Book Review, Chapter Book (7-9), Middle Grade Fiction

Brilliant Books from Barrington Stoke – September 2021

Books from Barrington Stoke are so often my go-to recommendations for teachers and parents. First and foremost, they are fantastically engaging stories from some of the best, current authors in the UK. The quality of the writing is incredible and children are soon carried away in the adventures. What makes Barrington Stoke books really special… Continue reading Brilliant Books from Barrington Stoke – September 2021

Activity Books, Book Review, Non-fiction Books, Picture Books

Super Books from Scholastic – September 2021

Saving Mr Hoot by Helen Stephens Ben is sure he hears an owl outside his bedroom window but no one else has noticed him. Mr Hoot takes Ben’s biscuit and steals his glove but still no one believes him. When spring comes, there are plans for tree felling in the area. Mr Hoot’s home is… Continue reading Super Books from Scholastic – September 2021

Book Review, Picture Books

Rock and Roll by Hazel Terry

Rock and Roll is a unique picture book that children will treasure. Celebrating the beauty of the world, it shows the value of a lifelong friendship and how elements of life are so intricately connected. Two boulders stand strong year in and year out. Over time, the seasons change, and eventually, people come. They leave… Continue reading Rock and Roll by Hazel Terry

Book Review, Non-fiction Books

Secrets and Spies: The Underground World of Espionage by Anita Ganeri & Luke Brookes

Children (and adults) are fascinated by the world of espionage. Going all the way back to ancient civilisations, people have found ways to go undercover and find out just what their enemies are up to. This book covers it all, revealing the secrets of spies throughout history. Do you have what it takes to be… Continue reading Secrets and Spies: The Underground World of Espionage by Anita Ganeri & Luke Brookes

Book Review, Middle Grade Fiction

The Raven Heir by Stephanie Burgis

Triplets, unique powers, a family secret and a lost heir – perfect ingredients for a captivating fantasy adventure! Cordelia, Rosalind and Giles live with their mother and older brother in an enchanted castle deep in the forest. Rosalind longs to be a fierce knight, Giles a wonderful singer, and Cordelia – she just longs to… Continue reading The Raven Heir by Stephanie Burgis

Book Review, Guest Post, Non-fiction Books

Ireland: The People, The Places, The Stories by Rachel Pierce ~ Guest Post

I'm thrilled to welcome Rachel Pierce to Scope for Imagination with a fascinating guest post. Her new book is bursting with intriguing information about this wonderful country and culture. The Hidden History of Ireland by Rachel Pierce, author of Ireland: The People, The Places, The Stories Ireland is an island of stories. They are woven… Continue reading Ireland: The People, The Places, The Stories by Rachel Pierce ~ Guest Post

Book Review, Non-fiction Books, Picture Books

September Picture Books from Little Tiger

Home: Where our Story Begins by Patricia Hegarty & Britta Teckentrup Britta Teckentrup has to be one of my favourite picture book illustrators. She depicts nature in such a soft, gentle manner that really brings the animals to life in their habitats. The creatures are absolutely adorable yet still natural rather than artificial and animated.… Continue reading September Picture Books from Little Tiger

Article, English Teaching, Reading

15 Brilliant Books to Bridge the Gap Between Primary and Secondary

I'm thrilled to share my book recommendations for children making the jump to high school in an article for True Education Partnerships. My twins start Y7 this week and they have enjoyed so many of these books. Click here to go to the article Click on the covers below to find out more or purchase… Continue reading 15 Brilliant Books to Bridge the Gap Between Primary and Secondary

Blog Tour, Book Review, Picture Books, Uncategorized

The Dragon with the Blazing Bottom by Beach

The Dragon with the Blazing Bottom is the laugh-out-loud tale of a dragon in trouble. He’s lost his spark and no matter how hard he tries, he can’t blast the knight with his fiery breath. It turns out he hasn’t been eating the right foods so the knight comes up with the hottest, fieriest, fizzing… Continue reading The Dragon with the Blazing Bottom by Beach

Book Review, Middle Grade Fiction

The Unexpected Tale of Bastien Bonlivre by Clare Povey

Waterstones Children’s Book of the Month – September 2021 The Unexpected Tale of Bastien Bonlivre is a wonderful romp through Paris with a charming bookish mystery. Dastardly villains who don’t care about anyone but themselves think they have a brilliant plan to ensure a terrible writer meets his looming deadlines. Bastien is determined to outsmart… Continue reading The Unexpected Tale of Bastien Bonlivre by Clare Povey