Book Review, Middle Grade Fiction

The Storm Keepers’ Battle by Catherine Doyle

The Storm Keepers’ Battle is the action-packed, emotional  conclusion to Catherine Doyle’s Storm Keeper Trilogy. This brilliant middle grade fantasy will carry readers away on an exciting adventure through wind, waves and the magic of memories. The island of Arranmore off the west coast of Ireland is bursting with magic. Good and evil have long… Continue reading The Storm Keepers’ Battle by Catherine Doyle

Book Review, Picture Books

Never Mess with a Pirate Princess by Holly Ryan & illustrated by Sian Roberts

Never mess with Prudence the Pirate Princess and definitely don’t steal her teddy bear! She loves Little Ted, her royal bear, and will do anything to protect him. When a band of dastardly pirates who love to steal teddies make off with it, she is determined to get him back. Sir Frank, a gallant knight,… Continue reading Never Mess with a Pirate Princess by Holly Ryan & illustrated by Sian Roberts

Book Review, Early Reader

The Long Way Home by Corrinne Averiss & illustrated by Kristyna Litten

The Long Way Home is a beautiful, hardcover, early reader book for children who are just taking their first steps into longer stories. Each page is overflowing with gorgeous, soft colour. Kristyna Litten’s warm illustrations are full of personality and the wonderful relationship between the young elephant and his grandmother shines through. Otto and Nanu… Continue reading The Long Way Home by Corrinne Averiss & illustrated by Kristyna Litten

Article, Book Review, Picture Books, Reading

Whole School Picture Book Ideas for World Book Day 2021

I’m pleased to have been asked by True Education Partnerships to write an article about picture books that can be shared with the whole school on World Book Day (or any day). There are so many wonderful stories to choose from. I've selected four books that build empathy, inspire, and bring people together. Please visit… Continue reading Whole School Picture Book Ideas for World Book Day 2021

Book Review, Middle Grade Fiction

The Animals of Madame Malone’s Music Hall by Laura Wood & illustrated by Ellie Snowdon

When I first saw this book, I was immediately reminded of the scene in The Return of Mary Poppins where Mary Poppins and the children visit “The Royal Doulton Music Hall” – with its song that my daughter regularly takes great delight in singing at full volume – especially when she was performing in a… Continue reading The Animals of Madame Malone’s Music Hall by Laura Wood & illustrated by Ellie Snowdon

Book Review, Picture Books, Uncategorized

I Talk Like a River by Jordan Scott & Sydney Smith

I Talk Like a River by Canadians Jordan Scott and Sydney Smith is a powerful picture book told through the thoughts of a young boy who stutters. He is surrounded by sounds. When he wakes up in the morning, the sounds of the words that are all around him become stuck in his mouth stopping… Continue reading I Talk Like a River by Jordan Scott & Sydney Smith

Book Review, Picture Books

A Little Bit Worried by Ciara Gavin & illustrated by Tim Warnes

Sometimes we become so focussed on keeping safe that we lose our sense of fun. Worries take over and anxiety gets the better of us. Weasel is just minding his own business when the weather changes. Rain, wind and hail make him feel small and defenceless. He decides to build a strong house where he… Continue reading A Little Bit Worried by Ciara Gavin & illustrated by Tim Warnes

Book Review, Picture Books

The Invisible by Tom Percival

February 2021 The Invisible is a beautiful and powerful story of identify and sense of self. Everyone is someone and everyone is important. This is a wonderful picture book for building empathy and helping young readers to understand issues of poverty and valuing each individual. Isabel always notices the beautiful things in life. She is… Continue reading The Invisible by Tom Percival

Book Review, Middle Grade Fiction

Swan Song by Gill Lewis

Empathetic author Gill Lewis has teamed up with Barrington Stoke to create a story where children who don’t fit in or who need something different are able to hear their own voice and feel valued for who they are. Dylan is a Year 8 boy who is struggling at school. Lessons are hard, teachers don’t… Continue reading Swan Song by Gill Lewis

Book Review, Middle Grade Fiction

Melt by Ele Fountain – Blog Tour

Melt is a powerful portrayal of Inuit culture, traditions and how we are all shaped by the world around us. Questions about courage, friendship and standing up for what is right are key to the incredible life and death adventure at the centre of this brilliant story. The impact of climate change is described in… Continue reading Melt by Ele Fountain – Blog Tour