Book Review, Middle Grade Fiction

The Tigers in the Tower by Julia Golding

Lose yourself in the rich symbolism and powerful messages of The Tigers in the Tower by Julia Golding. Sahira faces the jungle of Georgian London with no one but two majestic Indian tigers. Having lost her parents to fever on the treacherous sea voyage from Calcutta to London, Sahira must fend for herself and fight… Continue reading The Tigers in the Tower by Julia Golding

Book Review, Middle Grade Fiction

After the War From Auschwitz to Ambleside by Tom Palmer

After the War is the book every teacher of the Holocaust needs. This carefully researched and accurate retelling of the horrors and hopes of the Second World War pulls readers in to the reality faced by three brave Polish Jewish boys who find themselves in the serene beauty of the Lake District in the days… Continue reading After the War From Auschwitz to Ambleside by Tom Palmer

Book Review, Middle Grade Fiction

The Longest Night of Charlie Noon by Christopher Edge

Once upon a time… or once upon a now… Time has so much meaning and sometimes none at all. When Charlie, Dizzy and Johnny become lost in the woods, their night of adventure and mystery gives time an entirely new meaning. This is a book of the unknown – of puzzles, codes, hints and ciphers.… Continue reading The Longest Night of Charlie Noon by Christopher Edge

Book Review, Picture Books

Bloom by Anne Booth & illustrated by Robyn Wilson-Owen

Words have power – power to build up, power to tear down, power to encourage and power to defeat. Words can cause someone to wilt but also help someone to truly bloom. Such is the wonderfully significant message of this beautiful story. Every day, a lovely little girl visited a magnificent flower on her way… Continue reading Bloom by Anne Booth & illustrated by Robyn Wilson-Owen

Book Review, Non-fiction Books

The International Day of the Girl by Jessica Dee Humphreys & the Hon. Rona Ambrose, illustrated by Simone Shin

In 2012, the United Nations dedicated a day to promoting gender equality and championing the rights and achievements of girls everywhere. Each year, the 11th October is a day to give voice to the issues affecting girls in their communities. Girls are strong, smart, creative and brave. They are inventive, talented, caring and funny. They… Continue reading The International Day of the Girl by Jessica Dee Humphreys & the Hon. Rona Ambrose, illustrated by Simone Shin

Book Review, Picture Books

Dare by Lorna Gutierrez & illustrated by Polly Noakes

Dare to be different - dare to speak up - dare to be true to yourself. Dare, be brave, take a leap, take a chance. Lorna Gutierrez’s & Polly Noakes' charming and encouraging picture book, Dare, challenges readers to dream big and reach beyond their everyday actions. Full of inspirational phrases and friendly illustrations, children… Continue reading Dare by Lorna Gutierrez & illustrated by Polly Noakes

Book Review, Non-fiction Books

Aretha Franklin by Maria Isabel Sanchez Vegara & illustrated by Amy Blackwell

Aretha Franklin 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 are… Continue reading Aretha Franklin by Maria Isabel Sanchez Vegara & illustrated by Amy Blackwell

Book Review, Non-fiction Books

Corazon Aquino by Maria Isabel Sanchez Vegara & illustrated by Ginnie Hsu

Corazon Aquino 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 are… Continue reading Corazon Aquino by Maria Isabel Sanchez Vegara & illustrated by Ginnie Hsu

Book Review, Non-fiction Books, Picture Books

Everybody Feels Worried by Moira Harvey & illustrated by Holly Sterling

Everybody Feels Worried is full of practical advice and a clear understanding of the real-life situations children are facing. Life can be worrying, especially at the moment, and it’s so important that children learn to cope with their worries and build resilience and strength to face each new day. This book addresses the “What if…”… Continue reading Everybody Feels Worried by Moira Harvey & illustrated by Holly Sterling

Book Review, Picture Books

Rex The Rhinoceros Beetle by M.G. Leonard & illustrated by Duncan Beedie

Rex is a wonderful rhinoceros beetle who would love to be as fearless and as strong as his friend, Buster. Buster has so many big stories about all of his rainforest adventures and Rex is in absolute awe of him. However, Buster might not actually be as brave as he seems.  Will Rex be able… Continue reading Rex The Rhinoceros Beetle by M.G. Leonard & illustrated by Duncan Beedie