Book Review, Non-fiction Books, Young Adult

Welcome to Consent by Yumi Stynes & Dr Melissa Kang

What is “Consent” and why is it so important that everyone understands what it means? This book is the ultimate guide to this essential concept – ensuring that readers make important decisions about what they are and are not ok with and how to communicate this to others. Going beyond “Yes means yes” and “No… Continue reading Welcome to Consent by Yumi Stynes & Dr Melissa Kang

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, 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

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

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, Chapter Book (7-9), Middle Grade Fiction

Brilliant Books from Barrington Stoke – September 2021

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 Brilliant Books from Barrington Stoke – September 2021

Book Review, Picture Books

Rock and Roll by Hazel Terry

Rock and Roll is a unique picture book that children will treasure. Celebrating the beauty of the world, it shows the value of a lifelong friendship and how elements of life are so intricately connected. Two boulders stand strong year in and year out. Over time, the seasons change, and eventually, people come. They leave… Continue reading Rock and Roll by Hazel Terry

Book Review, Non-fiction Books, Picture Books

September Picture Books from Little Tiger

Home: Where our Story Begins by Patricia Hegarty & Britta Teckentrup Britta Teckentrup has to be one of my favourite picture book illustrators. She depicts nature in such a soft, gentle manner that really brings the animals to life in their habitats. The creatures are absolutely adorable yet still natural rather than artificial and animated.… Continue reading September Picture Books from Little Tiger

Blog Tour, Book Review, Picture Books

Scaredy Bat by Jonathan Meres & Anders Frang ~ Blog Tour

When my children were little, there were certain bedtime stories they would ask for again and again. If Scaredy Bat had been around ten years ago, it definitely would have been one of them. This charming story has everything a little audience wants: loveable characters, a feeling of injustice, a brave little hero and a… Continue reading Scaredy Bat by Jonathan Meres & Anders Frang ~ Blog Tour

Book Review, Picture Books

Together by Jane Chapman

Together is a beautiful picture book that teaches young readers that sadness doesn’t have to last – there is comfort in friendship and community. Being together is always better than being alone. This story follows a little gorilla alone in the jungle. Something big and scary comes along. It seems frightening but it’s actually a… Continue reading Together by Jane Chapman