Book Ambassadors

Black Water and Sequin and Stitch

  Black Water by Barbara Henderson  Two of my favourite childrens’ authors of historical fiction are Barbara Henderson and Ally Sherrick. So I was most intrigued when I picked up a copy of Black Water and find this quote on the back.   “A glittering, real-life adventure swirling with secrets, suspense and nail-biting action” Ally Sherrick   Black Water is a short historical story (p80) set on the Solway Firth…

Anisha Accidental Detective by Serena Patel and Emma McCann

A review of Anisha the Accidental Detective by Scarlett and Jessica, two pupils at Dry Drayton school.   Scarlett=black Jessica=blue   “Jessica did you enjoy the plot?”  “Yes, I did”  “Why?” “Because I liked the adventure.” “Who were the main characters?” “I think the main characters are Anisha and Milo. Do you agree?” “Yes I do.” Who was your favourite character? “Aunty Bindi she is very dramatic. Who was yours?”…

Nine picture books to foster a love of books and story-time in 4 to 7 year olds

Last November I had a request from a parent with a child in reception for some books for their child. They contacted me with a rather outdated reading list they had been given. Including many classic children’s picture books stories and titles by Julia Donaldson, but not a single picture book that had been published in the last 10 years on it! This got me talking to other parents and…

Grace-Ella Spells for Beginners by Sharon Marie Jones

Grace Ella Spells for Beginners by Sharon Marie Jones. Is one of those books I will always remember reading to my own children.  Here is a quote from my reading pebbles blog: We loved reading Grace Ella together, the characterisation was spot on. My son loved that it featured a cat, he is cat crazy. My daughter loved the magic and that Grace Ella found an inventive way to deal…