Book Review, Middle Grade Fiction

Dragon Rider series by Cornelia Funke

Packed full of adventure, magic and danger, the Dragon Rider series is just right for middle grade fantasy lovers who want to be carried away on quests to amazing places with the most unlikely friends. These epic adventures are perfect for fans of the Dragon Mountain series or those who are ready to move on… Continue reading Dragon Rider series by Cornelia Funke

Book Review, Non-fiction Books

It’s Up to Us: A Children’s Terra Carta for Nature, People & Planet by Christopher Lloyd

It's Up to Us: A Children's Terra Carta for Nature, People & Planet is a gorgeous collection of illustrations from 33 award-winning artists. Each page is bright, full of detail and uniquely powerful. Lyrical descriptions of the key elements of our world and our human connection to them lead readers towards a "Terra Carta" -… Continue reading It’s Up to Us: A Children’s Terra Carta for Nature, People & Planet by Christopher Lloyd

English Teaching, Reading

Developing Reading Comprehension Skills for Years 3/4

Following the success of the Developing Reading Comprehension Skills books for Years 5-6, I'm thrilled that the next two books in the series are now available to pre-order: Classic Children's Literature and Classic Poetry for Years 3-4. Developing Reading Comprehension Skills is a series of eight reading comprehension books for children, focusing on high-quality literature and… Continue reading Developing Reading Comprehension Skills for Years 3/4

Book Review, Middle Grade Fiction

The Santa List by Kieran Crowley

This could be the best or the worst Christmas ever! It can be tough to be a kid – a cheeky word here, a bad decision there and all of a sudden, you’re in trouble. It’s even worse if when it’s Christmas and the risk of landing on Santa’s Naughty List influences every action. Aisling… Continue reading The Santa List by Kieran Crowley

Book Review, Middle Grade Fiction

Time School: We Will Stand with Them by Nikki Young

Time School: We Will Stand with Them is the third book in the brilliant time-slip series by Nikki Young. Each story centres around a different period in history set against the backdrop of Hickley, a Yorkshire mill town. Four friends – Nadia, Jess, Tomma & Ash – each discover a connection to their past that… Continue reading Time School: We Will Stand with Them by Nikki Young

Book Review, Middle Grade Fiction

The Song That Sings Us by Nicola Davies

The Song That Sings Us is a powerful novel encouraging empathy for the Earth and challenging readers to take up the fight of protecting our world from the damage of greed and power. When their rebel mother dies in an attack on their mountain home, Harlon and twins, Ash & Xeno, are left to pick… Continue reading The Song That Sings Us by Nicola Davies

Book Review, Illustrated Fiction, Middle Grade Fiction

Stuntboy: In the Meantime by Jason Reynolds & Raul the Third

Portico Reeves is the greatest superhero you’ve never heard of! His secret power – making sure all the other heroes in his life stay super and safe. No matter what, he has to protect his secret identity so no one discovers he is Stuntboy. This empathy-building illustrated novel is perfect for readers age 8+. The… Continue reading Stuntboy: In the Meantime by Jason Reynolds & Raul the Third

Activity Books, Book Review, Picture Books

There’s No Such Thing as Elves by Lucy Rowland & Katy Halford

A little boy is full of Christmas spirit. When his best friend says there’s no such thing as elves, he’s shocked and determined to prove they do. Readers are invited to join in the search and discover for themselves if there’s really no such thing as elves in this fun search and find book. All… Continue reading There’s No Such Thing as Elves by Lucy Rowland & Katy Halford

Book Review, Picture Books

Bright Brown Baby: A Treasury

With beautiful rhyming text and gorgeous illustrations celebrating families and time spent together, Bright Brown Baby: A Treasury is a collection of five lyrical poems to share with your baby. This is a book to read again and again encouraging black and brown babies to see how extraordinary they are. The aim is to help… Continue reading Bright Brown Baby: A Treasury

Book Review, Non-fiction Books

The Magical Unicorn Society: Unicorns, Myths and Monsters by Anne Marie Ryan, Olga Baumert & Kristina Kister

I’m always captivated by anything to do with folklore so this book caught my attention right away. A collection of eight stories, it introduces readers to the mythical creatures that exist alongside unicorns. With incredible artwork reflecting the majesty of these creatures, young readers will devour each engaging chapter. With a myth file, diagram and… Continue reading The Magical Unicorn Society: Unicorns, Myths and Monsters by Anne Marie Ryan, Olga Baumert & Kristina Kister