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, Picture Books

The Christmas Pine by Julia Donaldson & Victoria Sandoy

I love this time of year when shiny, new Christmas stories make their way into the world, sprinkling Christmas spirit around the country. It won’t be long until we’re cuddling up in front of the Christmas tree in the twinkling lights sharing these wonderful books. The Christmas Pine is the story of a beautiful pine… Continue reading The Christmas Pine by Julia Donaldson & Victoria Sandoy

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

Book Review, Picture Books

Steve the Christmas Elf by Billy Dunne & Ben Whitehouse

I love that Christmas books are starting to arrive. There is never enough time to enjoy all of these festive stories! Steve the Christmas Elf is so much fun! Colourful and appealing, it will draw readers in from the very first page. It is a great twist on the usual Christmas story. Steve has always… Continue reading Steve the Christmas Elf by Billy Dunne & Ben Whitehouse

Book Review, Picture Books

Nonook & the Melting Arctic by Ryan Mizzen & Paul Winward

Nanook the polar bear makes it clear that the world is in trouble. The arctic ice is melting, animals are suffering and the world is changing irreversibly. The people who can help are those who are casing the problems in the first place – world leaders and those they lead. People must realise the whole… Continue reading Nonook & the Melting Arctic by Ryan Mizzen & Paul Winward

Book Review, Picture Books

Storm in a Jar by Samuel Langley-Swain & Katie Cottle

Every once in a while, a picture book comes along that is so versatile and meaningful that it will suit children of all ages – from pre-schoolers to teens. Storm in a Jar is one of those books. Addressing the complexity of bereavement and the range of emotions found in grief, it allows children to… Continue reading Storm in a Jar by Samuel Langley-Swain & Katie Cottle

Book Review, Picture Books

Shoo! by Susie Bower & Francesca Gambatesa

I was so excited to read Susie Bower’s debut picture book, Shoo! after enjoying her Middle Grade novels, School for Nobodies & The Three Impossibles so much! Shoo! is the fast-paced, funny story of a woman who doesn’t like animals. When a zoo moves in next door, it’s her worst nightmare! There are animals everywhere… Continue reading Shoo! by Susie Bower & Francesca Gambatesa

Activity Books, Book Review, Non-fiction Books, Picture Books

Super Books from Scholastic – September 2021

Saving Mr Hoot by Helen Stephens Ben is sure he hears an owl outside his bedroom window but no one else has noticed him. Mr Hoot takes Ben’s biscuit and steals his glove but still no one believes him. When spring comes, there are plans for tree felling in the area. Mr Hoot’s home is… Continue reading Super Books from Scholastic – September 2021