Book Review, Picture Books

The Tree That’s Meant to Be by Yuval Zommer

Love, support, acceptance and kindness are what make people shine brightly. The same is true for the lovely little fir tree in the gorgeous book. At first, the tree is devastated when it isn’t chosen to become a Christmas tree. Left in the clearing, all alone, it longs to feel needed and loved. The animals… Continue reading The Tree That’s Meant to Be by Yuval Zommer

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

Owl Always Love You by Patricia Hegarty & illustrated by Bryony Clarkson

Owl Always Love You is an absolutely lovely peek-through board book to share at bedtime. With opportunities to touch, peek, look forward and look back, it will engage young readers in a gentle goodnight. Set in a forest of warm autumnal colours, each page is full of adorable baby animals for readers to fall in… Continue reading Owl Always Love You by Patricia Hegarty & illustrated by Bryony Clarkson

Book Review, Early Reader, Middle Grade Fiction

Mr Dog and a Deer Friend by Ben Fogle with Steve Cole & illustrated by Nikolas Ilic

In this fifth book in the series, Mr Dog is back helping animals in need. Whenever there’s an animal who needs a friend, he is always happy to lend a hand! In this adventure mystery, Mr Dog finds a sweet young deer in trouble. After rescuing her, he does all he can to help her… Continue reading Mr Dog and a Deer Friend by Ben Fogle with Steve Cole & illustrated by Nikolas Ilic

Book Review, Middle Grade Fiction

October, October by Katya Balen & illustrated by Angela Harding

“I’m so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers.” ~ Anne of Green Gables October, October is a powerful story of love, discovery, challenges, loss and rebuilding. 11-year-old October lives in the forest with her father. They are wild and love everything about their off-grid existence. They rely on themselves and the… Continue reading October, October by Katya Balen & illustrated by Angela Harding

Book Review, Middle Grade Fiction

My Name is River by Emma Rea

Eleven-year-old Dylan dreams of a wonderful future – a future where he grows up on his family’s farm in Wales, builds a treehouse and plays with his friends by the river. Then, suddenly, one phone call changes everything. A huge pharmaceutical company wants to buy the farm and his family will have to leave. Dylan… Continue reading My Name is River by Emma Rea