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Article, English Teaching, Reading

Scope for Imagination

“It’s such an interesting world. It wouldn’t be half so interesting if we knew all about everything, would it? There’d be no scope for imagination then, would there?” ― Lucy Maud Montgomery, Anne of Green Gables Scope for Imagination is inspired by a life-long love of reading. For as long as I can remember, books have been… Continue reading Scope for Imagination

Book Review, Picture Books

Slow Down, Monkey! by Jess French & illustrated by Eefje Kuijl

Slow Down, Monkey! is an absolutely gorgeous new picture book about “stopping to smell the roses”. Sometimes we get so busy that life just passes us by. In this book, readers are encouraged to slow down, take their time and appreciate the world around them. It’s Monkey’s birthday and she can’t wait for her party.… Continue reading Slow Down, Monkey! by Jess French & illustrated by Eefje Kuijl

Book Review, Middle Grade Fiction

Across the Risen Sea by Bren MacDibble

Across the Risen Sea is a gripping climate change adventure painting a picture of what life might be like if we continue along the path of rising temperatures and melting polar ice caps. Oceans have risen, lands have flooded, life as we know it is gone. Communities have been forced to move to the hills,… Continue reading Across the Risen Sea by Bren MacDibble

Book Review, Illustrated Fiction

Pizazz by Sophy Henn

Pizazz by Sophy Henn is the first in a fun, new, illustrated series for readers age 7+. Full of superheroes with superpowers, it’s bound to appeal to so many young readers. Most people assume that being a superhero is really cool but Pizazz just doesn’t agree. Her name is embarrassing, she hates her clothes and… Continue reading Pizazz by Sophy Henn

Book Review, Early Reader, Middle Grade Fiction

A Robot Ate My Grandma by Dave Cousins & illustrated by Catalina Echeverri

A Robot Ate My Grandma is the third book in a fun, laugh-out-loud series about a family with a very clever grandmother who invents robots to make their lives easier. In this instalment, Jake and his twin sister, Jess, are taking part in the school performance of Little Red Riding Hood. When they go to… Continue reading A Robot Ate My Grandma by Dave Cousins & illustrated by Catalina Echeverri

Book Review, Middle Grade Fiction

Buddy’s Story by Blake Morgan

Buddy, a chocolate Labrador, has a Very Important Job. He is a Detection Dog for a 12-year-old boy with anaemia. It’s up to Buddy to keep his best friend, Noah, safe and help him do what he needs if he becomes unwell. Using his calm nature, excellent training and outstanding sense of smell, Buddy is… Continue reading Buddy’s Story by Blake Morgan

Book Review, Early Reader

The Secret Kitten and Other Tales by Holly Webb

The Secret Kitten and Other Tales is a wonderful treasury of three of Holly Webb’s lovely stories of friendship, family and trust. The Brave Kitten The Secret Kitten Sammy the Shy Kitten Join Helena, Lucy and Emma as they learn how to care for kittens and form such special relationships with them. With actual information… Continue reading The Secret Kitten and Other Tales by Holly Webb

Book Review, Middle Grade Fiction

The Castle of Tangled Magic by Sophie Anderson

The Castle of Tangled Magic is a book full of the anticipation of something truly special. The wisdom of the elderly, ancient magic and Russian folklore flows off the page in language full of wonder and enchantment. Sophie Anderson is a master storyteller with a richness unparalleled and an ability to draw readers into gloriously… Continue reading The Castle of Tangled Magic by Sophie Anderson

Book Review, Illustrated Fiction

The Story of Babushka by Catherine Flores & illustrated by Ana Beatriz Marques

The Story of Babushka is a delightful tale of being true to yourself and finding your place in the world. The Matryoshka (Russian Nesting Doll) is a charming symbol of Russian folk culture and represents the beautiful layers of women. In this story, we meet the lovely Babushka made up of five unique dolls. Each… Continue reading The Story of Babushka by Catherine Flores & illustrated by Ana Beatriz Marques

Activity Books, Book Review

The Book Dragon Club by Lexi Rees

The Book Dragon Club is a fun and engaging guide to running your own children’s book club bursting with challenges, lists, space for drawing and all the membership cards, bookmarks and details you need for a fantastic club! It may be used by parents, teachers, or even children themselves to organise a series of exciting,… Continue reading The Book Dragon Club by Lexi Rees

Book Review, Middle Grade Fiction

Knight Sir Louis and the Dreadful Damsel by The Brothers McLeod

Knight Sir Louis and the Dreadful Damsel is a light-hearted romp through a silly save-the-day adventure. Sir Louis is the bravest knight in all the lands. He is modest and calm, even in the most bizarre situations. Living in the kingdom of Squirrel Helm with his trusty mechanical steed, Clunkalot, Sir Louis has a lot… Continue reading Knight Sir Louis and the Dreadful Damsel by The Brothers McLeod