Blog Tour, Book Review, Middle Grade Fiction

Let’s Get Festive Blog Tour ~ The Miracle on Ebenezer Street by Catherine Doyle

A team of twelve Christmas elves have joined forces to bring you a festive treat - the Let's Get Festive! 12 Days of Christmas Blog Tour Join in every day from the 1st to the 12th of December for our favourite Christmas books! The Miracle on Ebenezer Street by Catherine Doyle A magical snow globe,… Continue reading Let’s Get Festive Blog Tour ~ The Miracle on Ebenezer Street by Catherine Doyle

Book Review, Middle Grade Fiction, Young Adult

Pride and Prejudice: A Retelling by Laura Wood

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 Pride and Prejudice: A Retelling by Laura Wood

English Teaching, Reading

Developing Reading Comprehension Skills series by Kate Heap (Brilliant Publications)

There are now five books available in the Developing Reading Comprehension Skills series: Click on the book covers to find out more and purchase on-line from Amazon: Classic Children's Literature for Years 5-6 Classic Children's Literature for Years 3-4 Classic Poetry for Years 5-6 Classic Poetry for Years 3-4 Contemporary Children's Literature for Years 5-6… Continue reading Developing Reading Comprehension Skills series by Kate Heap (Brilliant Publications)

Book Review, Middle Grade Fiction

Following Frankenstein by Catherine Bruton

This book comes just in time for my twins’ exploration of Gothic Literature in their Year 7 English lessons. Our house has been full of discussions about monsters and darkness, melancholy and death. Following Frankenstein gives a whole new perspective on a classic story. Maggie has always known the tale of the desperate creator and… Continue reading Following Frankenstein by Catherine Bruton

Article, Reading

Classic Poetry: Developing Reading Comprehension Skills

Developing Reading Comprehension Skills is a series of eight reading comprehension books for children, focusing on high-quality literature and the full range of question types from the KS2 reading content domains and assessed in the KS2 SATs and 11+ Reading Comprehension papers. The series gives children opportunities to tackle more complex vocabulary, explore how authors use… Continue reading Classic Poetry: Developing Reading Comprehension Skills

English Teaching, Reading

Developing Reading Comprehension Skills by Kate Heap

  Developing Reading Comprehension Skills is a series of eight reading comprehension books for children, focusing on high-quality literature and the full range of question types assessed in the KS2 SATs and 11+ Reading Comprehension papers. The series gives children opportunities to tackle more complex vocabulary, explore how authors use language to impact their readers and… Continue reading Developing Reading Comprehension Skills by Kate Heap

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

Book Review, Young Adult

Animal Farm by George Orwell

There is no doubt that Animal Farm is a classic. It’s being studied in secondary schools around the country. My own daughter read it in Year 7 and loved the connections to politics and the Russian Revolution. It is fantastic that Barrington Stoke has released this brilliant story in a dyslexia-friendly, unabridged edition. With specially-designed… Continue reading Animal Farm by George Orwell

Article, English Teaching, Reading

Developing Reading Comprehension Skills: Classic Children’s Literature, Years 5-6 by Kate Heap

I’m thrilled to introduce my first reading comprehension book for children in Key Stage Two. This resource for teachers and parents introduces children to a variety of texts from the world of classic children’s literature. They are given opportunities to tackle more complex vocabulary, develop endurance for longer passages and practise each of the eight… Continue reading Developing Reading Comprehension Skills: Classic Children’s Literature, Years 5-6 by Kate Heap

Book Review, Middle Grade Fiction

The Miracle on Ebenezer Street by Catherine Doyle

A magical snow globe, a purple reindeer, a grow-your-own Christmas pudding – The Miracle on Ebenezer Street is bursting with festive treats! This modern reimagining of A Christmas Carol will take the reader on an emotion-fuelled adventure. Hilarious, laugh-out-loud antics join heart-felt moments of dealing with loss and grief.   It’s George’s third Christmas without… Continue reading The Miracle on Ebenezer Street by Catherine Doyle