Book Review, Middle Grade Fiction

The Incredible Record Smashers by Jenny Pearson & illustrated by Erica Salcedo

The Incredible Record Smashers is a laugh-out-loud story that hits the reader right in the heart. Bravely addressing a challenge so many children face, Jenny Pearson skilfully leads Lucy on a journey of discovery. Caring for a parent struggling with depression is hard. This story does not shy away from that. Through humour, empathy and… Continue reading The Incredible Record Smashers by Jenny Pearson & illustrated by Erica Salcedo

Book Review, Picture Books

Jeremy Worried About the Wind by Pamela Butchart & illustrated by Kate Hindley

With a bright, eye-catching cover, Jeremy Worried About the Wind is just the kind of picture book children want to pick up and explore. Perfect for any child who has ever felt a little worried, this book reassuringly addresses those concerns through a funny, slightly silly story. Jeremy is a worrier. He worries about everything… Continue reading Jeremy Worried About the Wind by Pamela Butchart & illustrated by Kate Hindley

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

Queen of King Street by Tom McLaughlin

Queen of King Street is a laugh-out-loud satire of the British Royal Family and their relationship with the rest of the country. When Bertie, the Queen’s younger brother, gambles away absolutely everything in a game of Happy Families, the Royal Family has to give up the crown and everything else. They move to King Street… Continue reading Queen of King Street by Tom McLaughlin

Book Review, Middle Grade Fiction

The Night Bus Hero by Onjali Q. Rauf

Review by Lucy, age 10 I love Onjali Q. Rauf’s books because they are about kids helping fix the problems around the world. They inspire young people to look around to see who they can help to be happier and safer with their families. The Night Bus Hero is one of these amazing books that… Continue reading The Night Bus Hero by Onjali Q. Rauf

Book Review, Non-fiction Books

Captain Tom Moore by Maria Isabel Sanchez Vegara & illustrated by Christopher Jacques

Captain Tom Moore is another fantastic book in the Little People, Big Dreams series from Maria Isabel Sanchez Vegara. The Little People Big Dreams series is the most beautiful set of non-fiction children’s books I have ever come across. Each gorgeous hard cover book is a child-friendly biography of a significant person from history.  There… Continue reading Captain Tom Moore by Maria Isabel Sanchez Vegara & illustrated by Christopher Jacques

Book Review, Picture Books

Afraid of the Dark by Sarah Shaffi and Isabel Otter & illustrated by Lucy Farfort

Afraid of the Dark is a story with which so many children can identify. Amy is moving to a new house. She’s worried and unsure about this new start. No matter what, it just doesn’t feel like home. Her new room is strange and scary. There are unusual sounds and monsters in the dark. During… Continue reading Afraid of the Dark by Sarah Shaffi and Isabel Otter & illustrated by Lucy Farfort

Book Review, Picture Books

The Littlest Yak by Lu Fraser & illustrated by Kate Hindley

The Littlest Yak is absolutely delightful! Gertie the Great is the sweetest little yak with big dreams. She is tiny but capable of so much. Like many little ones, she longs to be grown-up and able to do grown-up things. “There isn’t any Bigness in me!” she sighs. Gertie even goes so far as to… Continue reading The Littlest Yak by Lu Fraser & illustrated by Kate Hindley

Book Review, Picture Books

Umbrella by Elena Arevalo Melville

Clara is alone in the park when she comes across a very special umbrella. Not only does it give her exactly what she needs, but she is able to share this magical provider with everyone who comes along. Lessons of sharing, selflessness and community are emphasised in this positive, up-lifting story. This ability to help… Continue reading Umbrella by Elena Arevalo Melville

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