Book Review, Middle Grade Fiction

Melt by Ele Fountain

Melt is a powerful portrayal of Inuit culture, traditions and how we are all shaped by the world around us. Questions about courage, friendship and standing up for what is right are key to the incredible life and death adventure at the centre of this brilliant story. The impact of climate change is described in… Continue reading Melt by Ele Fountain

Book Review, Middle Grade Fiction

Hope Jones series by Josh Lacey & illustrated by Beatriz Castro

Hope Jones is an inspiring ten year old who knows what she believes in and is not afraid to share it. She wants to save the world. Like Anne Frank, Nelson Mandela, Emmeline Pankhurst and so many others who inspire her, she wants to make it clear that the world is a mess and the… Continue reading Hope Jones series by Josh Lacey & illustrated by Beatriz Castro

Book Review, Middle Grade Fiction

The Last Bear by Hannah Gold & illustrated by Levi Pinfold

The Last Bear is truly something special. It is a story about living from your heart and recognising your place in the world. It is a story of learning to communicate and sharing your soul with others. It is a story of strength, compassion and responsibility. Most of all, it is a story of love.… Continue reading The Last Bear by Hannah Gold & illustrated by Levi Pinfold

Book Review, Poetry

A New Kind of Normal by School Poet

A New Kind of Normal is an interactive performance poem aimed at helping children deal with the Coronavirus pandemic. Engaging and fun, the five sections of the poem move through the different thoughts and feelings many children have experienced over the past months. Discussion prompts after each section provide an opportunity to delve deeper into… Continue reading A New Kind of Normal by School Poet

Book Review, Middle Grade Fiction

Willow Wildthing and the Dragon’s Egg by Gill Lewis & illustrated by Rebecca Bagley

While playing with her little brother and the amazing newt they’ve discovered in their garden, Willow Wildthing receives an important message from her friends in the Wilderness. They’re in trouble and they need her help. Venturing into a world that is tangled, untamed and full of extraordinary surprises, Willow goes on an adventure to save… Continue reading Willow Wildthing and the Dragon’s Egg by Gill Lewis & illustrated by Rebecca Bagley

Book Review, Middle Grade Fiction

Frost by Holly Webb & illustrated by Britta Teckentrup

I have been completely taken in by Holly Webb’s gorgeous animal stories full of love, hope and time-travelling adventures! Frost is a wonderful story about a young girl who begins to care for a small fox living in some waste land near her home. Despite warnings from the adults in her life to stay away… Continue reading Frost by Holly Webb & illustrated by Britta Teckentrup

Book Review, Non-fiction Books

Sounds of the Wild by Moira Butterfield & illustrated by Stephanie Fizer Coleman

Sounds of the Wild is a beautiful hardcover non-fiction book with realistic sound effects. Fascinating descriptions and challenging vocabulary make this guide to animals under threat in a wide range of ecosystems around the world a useful addition to every home or classroom bookshelf. Children will thoroughly enjoy investigating this book either on their own or… Continue reading Sounds of the Wild by Moira Butterfield & illustrated by Stephanie Fizer Coleman

Book Review, Non-fiction Books

Green Planet: Life in our Woods and Forests by Moira Butterfield & illustrated by Jonathan Woodward

Green Planet: Life in our Woods and Forests is another wonderful book in the Colours of the World series from Little Tiger Press. It’s rich green, textured hard cover makes it a beautiful non-fiction book for exploring the importance of forest conservation with children. It would be best suited to Key Stage 1 and Lower… Continue reading Green Planet: Life in our Woods and Forests by Moira Butterfield & illustrated by Jonathan Woodward

Book Review, Picture Books

Last: The Story of a White Rhino by Nicola Davies

Last is the story of Sudan, the last male Northern White Rhino in the world. When he was young, he was transported from his lush, brightly coloured home to a grey, lifeless city away from everything that gave him comfort and purpose. His mother was gone and he was left with emptiness and loneliness. He… Continue reading Last: The Story of a White Rhino by Nicola Davies

Book Review, Middle Grade Fiction

The Adventures of Ellie and Boo by Millie Kerr

Boo, the tabby cat, is an incredibly determined kitten! Living with a University of Cambridge masters student who has a passion for wildlife conservation, this instinctive and creative cat learns that there are animals in trouble and, more importantly, she can help.  The Adventures of Ellie and Boo is a book about making a difference… Continue reading The Adventures of Ellie and Boo by Millie Kerr