Book Review, Non-fiction Books, Picture Books

Two Bears by Patricia Hegarty & Rotem Teplow

Two Bears is a beautiful fiction/non-fiction picture book sharing the similarities and differences between polar bears and grizzly bears. The gorgeous illustrations and powerful story of conservation takes me back to my home country of Canada where bears still roam in the wild and need to be protected. The polar bears in the north and… Continue reading Two Bears by Patricia Hegarty & Rotem Teplow

Book Review, Chapter Book (7-9)

Beautiful Books by Holly Webb

Holly Webb has been writing beautiful, heart-warming stories for children since 2004. This year, she celebrates her 50th book in the Animal Stories series and continues to go from strength to strength. My daughter is a huge fan of Holly’s Wintery Tales series. She always looks forward to the next one. This month, we’ve been… Continue reading Beautiful Books by Holly Webb

Book Review, Middle Grade Fiction

Meg and Merlin: Making Friends by Tanya Landman & Sonia Albert

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 Meg and Merlin: Making Friends by Tanya Landman & Sonia Albert

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, Chapter Book (7-9)

Sky by Holly Webb & illustrated by Jo Anne Davies

I received this wonderful book a few months ago and showed it to my daughter who absolutely loves Holly Webb’s Winter Animal Stories. Then, a few days ago, I spotted Sky on Twitter and realised I hadn’t reviewed it. The reason – it never made it onto my TBR pile. Sure enough, I found it… Continue reading Sky by Holly Webb & illustrated by Jo Anne Davies

Book Review, Non-fiction Books, Picture Books

Polly Bee Makes Honey by Deborah Chancellor & Julia Groves

Polly Bee Makes Honey is the second in a collection of four titles showing children where their food comes from. A young girl follows some bees as they work together step by step to create honey. Each page has large, clear illustrations with a few sentences explaining exactly what is happening. There is even more… Continue reading Polly Bee Makes Honey by Deborah Chancellor & Julia Groves

Book Review, Non-fiction Books

As Large as Life by Jonny Marx & Sandhya Prabhat

As Large As Life is one of those books that calls to readers, tempting them to open the cover and explore inside. The animal illustrations are gorgeous – appealing, sometimes slightly scary, and absolutely majestic. They draw the eye around the page until it settles on a favourite, ready to find out more. I love… Continue reading As Large as Life by Jonny Marx & Sandhya Prabhat

Book Review, Picture Books

A Walk in the Woods by Caroline Thornton & Maria Finchenko

There are so many things Bunny wants to do. When she discovers she can't fly like the bees or swim like the toad, she feels so sad. What she doesn't realise is that there are so many things she can do. Owl helps her to see her strengths rather than her flaws and she feels… Continue reading A Walk in the Woods by Caroline Thornton & Maria Finchenko

Book Review, Picture Books

I’m Sticking with You Too by Smriti Halls & Steve Small

Bear and Squirrel are back in this musical story of friendship and acceptance. The two fun, furry friends have a good thing going – they love making music together and everything’s great. When Chicken comes along and wants to join their gang, they decide three is a crowd and there’s simply no room for another… Continue reading I’m Sticking with You Too by Smriti Halls & Steve Small