Teacher Review of Amara and the Bats

Amara and Bats is written and illustrated by Emma Reynolds There are some great picture books which will help build our understanding of others AND how to care for our environment. Big thanks to Vicky a year 4 teacher for this review. Amara loves bats – like really really loves bats. She loves their cute little faces, their wings and every fact she can find. She regularly visits her local…

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The Rewilders by Lindsay Littleson

  The Rewilders is an exciting middle grade novel set in the Scottish Highlands. It’s a heartfelt and thoughtful story about two children Esme and Callum. It will open up questions about re-wilding and peer pressure. Highly recommend for 9 to 12 years, who love adventure, care about environment and are looking for something a bit different.   Having loved several of Lindsay Littleson’s books I was delighted to get…

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Five non-fiction books that should be every KS2 library.

How does Chocolate Taste on Everest? by Leisa Stewart-Sharpe  Great for 6 to 12 years What an amazing book!  If you want to introduce children and young people to some of the most extreme places on our planet, in an almost playful way, where they can feel like they are adventurers exploring these unique landscapes, this is the book you need. As a children’s bookseller I support a number of…

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Three amazing picture books exploring: personal challenges and change and transitions 

    All 3 picture books are absolutely gems, the kind of books you will want to keep on coming back to. At the heart of each story is a message to the reader that they can be anything they want to be, no matter what the circumstances or challenges and with opportunity and support they can overcome these difficulties.    I Talk Like A River by Jordan Scott and…

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Five books to explore: anger, fear, jealousy and friendship

In this blog I highlight some my favourite picture books and hybrid graphic novels which can help children and young people explore theirs and others feelings and emotions. With a focus on: anger, frustrations, jealousy, fear and friendship.  Barbara Throws a Wobbler by Nadia Shireen  Another fantastic picture book by Nadia Shireen. Great for 3 to 12 years.    Barbara’s day doesn’t get off to the best of starts. I…

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Fab six: exploring nature and environmental issues

Taking-Time by Jo Loring-Fisher Taking time to listen Taking time to feel Taking time to cherish you and also cherish me This illustrated poem encourages the reader to pause and notice the natural world around them. Published by Lantana publishing, an indie publisher with an excellent reputation for diverse books. Each double page spread has a child in a different part of the world. There is a map showing their…

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Fab Five Non-Fiction: science and geography

Earth Shattering Events by Robin Jacobs and Sophie Williams This non-fiction book is packed full of information and annotated diagrams to explore many natural disasters, one of my favourite geography topics.  Includes: Earthquakes, Tsunamis, Volcanoes and Tropical Cyclones, but also other hazards such as blizzards and hailstorms and wildfires. For each natural disaster there are clear explanation of how it happens with supporting diagrams. Then it explores the effects on…

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Interview with author of Boundless Sky, Amanda Addison

I really enjoyed interviewing Amanda Addison author of Boundless Sky. A children’s picture book about the parallel journeys of a swallow and refugee girl called Leila. Combining bird and human migration help to make this book accessible to a wide age range, and to build empathy and understanding about those that are forced to flee their home. Amanda Addison began her creative career as an illustrator at the Chelsea School…

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Alien Jam and Legend of Kevin

Review by Toby (age 8): I loved reading An Alien in the Jam Factory because it was so funny but a bit serious too. We know Chrissie so it was really exciting to read her book but that isn’t why I love it. I find reading hard and the words get jumbled on the page. It puts me off but I love hearing stories. My mum read Alien in the…

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Stick and Fetch and Bad Panda

It has been such a delight over the past 3 years to see many new illustrated chapter for emerging readers. There are so many more possibilities for engaging readers early than there once was. I have especially dual-colour illustrated stories, where two colours are used for the illustrations. It makes them feel more like picture books but also gives them their own identity. Here’s a review of two great illustrated…

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