Book Review, Picture Books

Never Mess with a Pirate Princess by Holly Ryan & illustrated by Sian Roberts

Never mess with Prudence the Pirate Princess and definitely don’t steal her teddy bear! She loves Little Ted, her royal bear, and will do anything to protect him. When a band of dastardly pirates who love to steal teddies make off with it, she is determined to get him back. Sir Frank, a gallant knight,… Continue reading Never Mess with a Pirate Princess by Holly Ryan & illustrated by Sian Roberts

Book Review, Picture Books

Dear Earth by Isabel Otter & illustrated by Clara Anganuzzi

Dear Earth is a beautiful book about a planet full of incredible wonders. This planet is also so, so fragile and needs our love and care. Humans have hurt the Earth but they can heal it too. Tessa’s grandpa tells her about his adventures. She wants to be an explorer just like him and decides… Continue reading Dear Earth by Isabel Otter & illustrated by Clara Anganuzzi

Book Review, Non-fiction Books

Above & Below: Sea and Shore by Harriet Evans & illustrated by Hannah Bailey

Above and Below: Sea and Shore is a unique split page “lift the flap” non-fiction book that reveals ocean habitats above and below the waves. Through beautiful, detailed illustrations and interesting facts, readers are shown the fascinating living things along the coastline, in the polar oceans, in estuaries and many other salt water habitats.  Gorgeous… Continue reading Above & Below: Sea and Shore by Harriet Evans & illustrated by Hannah Bailey

Book Review, Early Reader

The Long Way Home by Corrinne Averiss & illustrated by Kristyna Litten

The Long Way Home is a beautiful, hardcover, early reader book for children who are just taking their first steps into longer stories. Each page is overflowing with gorgeous, soft colour. Kristyna Litten’s warm illustrations are full of personality and the wonderful relationship between the young elephant and his grandmother shines through. Otto and Nanu… Continue reading The Long Way Home by Corrinne Averiss & illustrated by Kristyna Litten

Activity Books, Article, Book Review, Reading

Developing Reading Comprehension Skills Series

Classic Poetry: Years 5-6 is the second book in the Developing Reading Comprehension Skills series. It contains twelve classic poems. Each poem is accompanied by eight sets of questions based on the Key Stage Two Reading Content Domains. Classic poems give the reader a window into the past, to another time or another place, while… Continue reading Developing Reading Comprehension Skills Series

Article, Book Review, Picture Books, Reading

Whole School Picture Book Ideas for World Book Day 2021

I’m pleased to have been asked by True Education Partnerships to write an article about picture books that can be shared with the whole school on World Book Day (or any day). There are so many wonderful stories to choose from. I've selected four books that build empathy, inspire, and bring people together. Please visit… Continue reading Whole School Picture Book Ideas for World Book Day 2021

Blog Tour, Book Review, Middle Grade Fiction

Monster Max and the Bobble Hat of Forgetting by Robin Bennett & illustrated by Tom Tinn-Disbury (Blog Tour)

Monster Max and the Bobble Hat of Forgetting is the first in a brilliant new comedy adventure series for 7 to 9 year olds. Nine year old Max looks like a normal boy on the outside but, on the inside, he’s anything but! Descended from a family of magical monsters, he has an amazing secret.… Continue reading Monster Max and the Bobble Hat of Forgetting by Robin Bennett & illustrated by Tom Tinn-Disbury (Blog Tour)

Blog Tour, Book Review, Non-fiction Books

What Did the Tree See? by Charlotte Guillain & illustrated by Sam Usher (Blog Tour)

The inspiration behind What Did the Tree See?  Special guest post by Charlotte Guillain I’ve wanted to write a book about an oak tree for a long time. I live very close to the Blenheim Palace estate in Oxfordshire, where some of the oldest oaks in Europe can be found. Their location is kept secret,… Continue reading What Did the Tree See? by Charlotte Guillain & illustrated by Sam Usher (Blog Tour)

Book Review, Middle Grade Fiction

Mort the Meek and the Ravens’ Revenge by Rachel Delahaye & illustrated by George Ermos

Mort the Meek and the Ravens’ Revenge celebrates everything kids find hilarious! It is deliciously gruesome and appetisingly deadly. Creepy characters, bossy baddies and brain-eating ravens fill the pages with grotesque fun. George Ermos’ brilliant illustrations add to the spark of the story and pull readers in. Brutalia is an island of terrifying ugliness. The… Continue reading Mort the Meek and the Ravens’ Revenge by Rachel Delahaye & illustrated by George Ermos

Book Review, Non-fiction Books

Looking Up: An Illustrated Guide to Telescopes by Jacob Kramer & illustrated by Stephanie Scholz

Looking Up is an absolutely wonderful non-fiction book about the history and science of telescopes. It is packed full of information showing readers how people have learned to use light to magnify things around them. From other objects on earth to the moon to far off planets, telescopes bring the unknown closer. For hundreds of… Continue reading Looking Up: An Illustrated Guide to Telescopes by Jacob Kramer & illustrated by Stephanie Scholz