Five Empathy reads for primary schools

In this blog post I introduce you to 4 picture books with empathy themes and one short chapter book, all of which would make an excellent edition to any primary school library. Three of the titles are in Empathy Lab’s 2024 selection.   The Girl Who Became a Fish By Polly Ho-Yen, illustrated by Sojung Kim-McCarthy What a gem of a book, I can see there are many reasons why…

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One Button Benny and the Dinosaur Dilemma

By Alan Windram and Chloe Holwill-Hunter    I was delighted to discover One Button Benny a few years ago. Me and my son both agreed it was just the kind of quirky, inventive robot and space story that my son would have loved when he was in reception, year 1 and year 2. So I was excited to be asked to join the blog four for the third picture book…

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Blog: 5 Fantastic Non-Fiction Books About Birds

  One Little Egg: Exploring Nature for Curious Kids By Becky Davies and Charlotte Pepper A great non-fiction book for KS1 and EYFS,  in a sturdy board book format. Plenty to interest older kids too. This intuitive lift the flap non-fiction book is a wonderful introduction to birds and exploring outdoors which will really appeal to young children. I love the original start to this book, with a page on…

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Non-fiction review: Prehistoric World (Kallie Moore) and That’s Life (Mike Barfield)

With illustrations by Becky Thomas and Lauren Humphrey An introduction to me and my discovery of children’s non-fiction  As a children’s independent bookseller I have loved building up my knowledge of non-fiction texts. In the past 5+ years I’ve supported teachers, teaching assistants, and librarians to to find books they need to support their curriculum I owe a debt of gratitude to a number of people in bookish Twitter without…

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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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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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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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