Book Review, Middle Grade Fiction

The Wondrous Prune by Ellie Clements

The Wondrous Prune is a magical treat exploding with empathy and PSHE themes. Dealing with bereavement, moving house, starting at a new school, friendships, bullying and being pushed into criminal activity is all dealt with sensitively and in a way that empowers children. Prune is just an ordinary kid who wishes she could be a… Continue reading The Wondrous Prune by Ellie Clements

Book Review, Middle Grade Fiction

Birdsong by Katya Balen

The healing power of nature and music weaves its way through this stunning story. In Annie, Katya Balen has created another character who is so unique and so real. Her inner voice is strong, vibrating with emotion and truth that will gently wind its way inside the reader and change them. This is a book… Continue reading Birdsong by Katya Balen

Blog Tour, Book Review, Middle Grade Fiction

The Ogress and the Orphans by Kelly Barnhill ~ Blog Tour

Kelly Barnhill tells stories that stay with readers long after the book has ended. I loved The Girl Who Drank the Moon with its exploration of kindness, strength and positivity so when I was asked to take part in this blog tour for The Ogress and the Orphans, I jumped at the chance. What is… Continue reading The Ogress and the Orphans by Kelly Barnhill ~ Blog Tour

Book Review, Picture Books

The River by Tom Percival

The movement of the river, the changing of the seasons and the details of the beautiful setting lay the foundations for this powerful story about friendship, grief and healing. Rowan loves to play by the river with his fun-loving dog. The emotions of the river echo the emotions of the boy - light and joyful… Continue reading The River by Tom Percival

Book Review, Picture Books

Chicken Little and the Big Bad Wolf by Sam Wedelich

When I was small, the story of Chicken Little was one of my favourites. I remember listening to it at preschool and keeping one eye on the sky just in case it started falling! We first meet this modern Chicken Little in Chicken Little: The Real and Totally True Tale! Chicken Little and the Big… Continue reading Chicken Little and the Big Bad Wolf by Sam Wedelich

Book Review, Non-fiction Books

Lift-the-Flap Questions and Answers about Racism by Jordan Akpojaro & illustrated by Ashley Evans

This high-quality life-the-flap book from Usborne tackles a complex issue in a really accessible way. Thought-provoking, challenging and fun, children are able to explore all the key questions they have about racism and find immediate answers. With straightforward explanations, children learn about the importance of respect, the history of racism and how their own positive… Continue reading Lift-the-Flap Questions and Answers about Racism by Jordan Akpojaro & illustrated by Ashley Evans

Book Review, Middle Grade Fiction

The Extraordinary Colours of Auden Dare by Zillah Bethell

In a dystopian future where the world is at war over the scarcity of water, we meet Auden Dare. At just 11 years old, he has a lot to deal with: his father is away fighting, his mum is doing her best to look after him, prices of every day items are sky-rocketing and his… Continue reading The Extraordinary Colours of Auden Dare by Zillah Bethell

Book Review, Picture Books

Who Will Love Me When You’re Gone? by Anna Friend & Jake Biggin

Who Will Love Me When You're Gone is a beautiful picture book published in conjunction with Grief Awareness Week 2021. *** "My love for you can never leave, It's like the sun, the air you breathe..." Jack's mum is very poorly, and he's worried about what will happen when she's gone... Will Mummy take her… Continue reading Who Will Love Me When You’re Gone? by Anna Friend & Jake Biggin

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