Autumn is one of my favourite times of year; the weather is mild, the leaves are a whole rainbow of colours and the evenings are starting to get dark. It’s the perfect time of year for snuggly down under a blanket and sharing a book with someone you love. I have five seasonal books which … Continue reading Autumnal Reads to Snuggle Up With
I have received a number of beautiful and informative non-fiction titles about the wonderful animal kingdom in recent weeks. A subject of constant fascination amongst children and adults alike, they’ll be spoilt for choice with this gorgeous selection. ‘Hello World Animals’ by Nicola Edwards, illustrated by L’Atelier Cartographik (360 Degrees) This stunning hardback book with … Continue reading The Animal Kingdom
I am very honoured to be kicking off the blog tour for the Lollies 2018 - a celebration of some of the funniest children’s reads out there! I have always believed in the power of funny books to help transform children into readers and to address tricky issues in an accessible way. Unfortunately, some people … Continue reading Welcome to the Lollies 2018 – being a judge & introducing the short-list.
A year ago, a stunningly beautiful non-fiction book was published which caused a huge sensation in the media and amongst educators, with crowd-funding campaigns being launched to get thousands of copies into schools. ‘The Lost Words’ is a magical tome full of the disappearing language of the wild. This enchanting book aims to revive words … Continue reading ‘The Lost Words,’ by Robert MacFarlane and Jackie Morris.
I was immediately intrigued by ‘Sign Here’ as I’ve noticed that children always seem to have a fascination with filling in official-looking forms - shopping lists from a well-known Scandinavian furniture store, order slips from catalogue companies...the list goes on! So when ‘Sign Here’ arrived, packed full of more unusual forms to complete, I just … Continue reading ‘Sign Here,’ by Gabrielle Djanogly, illustrated by Adele Mildred.
This beautiful collection of illustrated biographies from Lantana Publishing is inspired by Nobel Peace Prize Laureates and endorsed by Amnesty International, and marks Lantana’s first foray into the world of non-fiction. What does peace mean to you? This illustrated collection of biographies focuses on some of the people who have had the most inspirational ideas … Continue reading ‘Peace and Me,’ by Ali Winter & Mickaël El Fathi.
Today I’m highlighting a gorgeous mini hardback series from 360 degrees. Absolutely crammed full of facts and beautiful illustrations, these books are aimed at enhancing children’s knowledge on a range of essential topics. Transport and Travel by Sandra Lawrence, illustrated by Jem Maybank Vehicles are a source of endless fascination in our household so this … Continue reading Mini Hardbacks and Mega Minds
The Summer holidays are upon us. Five weeks of relaxing in the sunshine whilst the children gambol around merrily, amusing themselves and behaving impeccably. Or, five weeks of rain, boredom, complaining and niggling. Whichever sounds closest to the holiday you’re having, one of these titles might just provide a window of calm and tranquility in your … Continue reading Summer Holiday Boredom-Busters
Protecting our oceans in a hot topic at the moment, with campaigners and some big business working to try to reduce the amount of pollution being dumped into the sea. Plastic in particular is being highlighted as a significant danger and was, interestingly, the most-used word in Radio 2s ‘500 Word’ story-writing competition for children. … Continue reading Sailing the Seven Seas
I’ve featured this brilliant biographical series written by Matt and Tom Oldfield, with covers by Dan Leydon, on my blog before (click HERE for a link) and it has proved a massive hit with my own children and any other child I’ve offered them too! This being the case, I am DELIGHTED that there have … Continue reading Ultimate Football Heroes – the remix!
I was extremely excited to be invited by Scholastic to be on the judging panel for this year’s Lollies. Although the short-list is decided by the judges, the winners are decided purely by readers, librarians and teachers so make sure you visit http://www.scholastic.co.uk/lollies to vote! Michael Rosen, children’s novelist, poet and former Children’s Laureate, today announced … Continue reading The Laugh Out Loud 2018 Book Awards (Lollies) Short-list!
“Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world.” Harriet Tubman. Herstory is a gorgeous collection of biographies featuring some of the world’s most inspiring women and girls. Drawn from all walks of life and … Continue reading ‘Herstory – 50 Women and Girls Who Shook the World,’ by Katherine Halligan, illustrated by Sarah Walsh.
Today, three stunning non-fiction books grace the pages of my blog, each of them teaching me something new about the amazing world we live in. A Year in the Wild by Helen Ahpornsiri (Big Picture Press) A stunningly beautiful book with artwork crafted from hand-pressed blooms and foliage. These are then carefully cut and arranged … Continue reading The Beauty Of Nature
Today we’re travelling back in time to the realms of the Ancient Egyptians and Ancient Romans with two book from an excellent new non-fiction series by James Davies. Meet the... Ancient Egyptians The book starts off with a map and background information which explains how Egypt was united into one Kingdom by Menes. This … Continue reading Meet the Ancients…
Every so often a book series comes along which is to children what catnip is to cats - highly addictive and likely to result in great excitement. William Bee’s Wonderful World of Tractors and Farm Machines The third title in William Bee’s extremely popular series showcases William’s fantastic collection of farm machines. Within its pages … Continue reading William Bee’s Wonderful World…
‘Trailblazers who dared to be different.’ This year has already provided many fantastic excuses to celebrate amazing women. We’ve had the 100th anniversary of the first women gaining the right to vote in this country, and on the 8th March, it’s International Women’s Day. If you consider these events excellent reasons to buy a new … Continue reading ‘Anthology of Amazing Women,’ by Sandra Lawrence, illustrations by Nathan Collins.
Numbers are everywhere. They’re all around us and are often a source of fascination for young children. From their birthdays to house numbers, children soon learn that numbers are important. This beautiful picture book is by best-selling author and illustrator, Taro Gomi, who currently lives in Tokyo, Japan. It shows just where numbers can be … Continue reading ‘I Know Numbers!,’ by Taro Gomi.
Information books are an inexhaustible source of entertainment in our household, with both my children spending hours poring over photos and illustrations and sharing the fascinating facts they’re learnt . This selection of brilliant new books from non-fiction super-giants, DK, is sure to contain something new for everyone. 13 1/2 Incredible Things You Need to Know … Continue reading Wonders of Nature from DK.
Welcome to 'The Bee Book.' Prepare to ‘bee’ amazed by this beautiful hardback book which celebrates the mind-blowing creature which is the bee and make sure you read t the end for a special behind-the-scenes peek into Charlotte’s sketch book. The Bee Book is absolutely packed full of information about the often misunderstood fuzzy little … Continue reading ‘The Bee Book,’ by Charlotte Milner.
I am thrilled to be part of the blog tour for Dinosaurium - the stunning new title in the Welcome to the Museum series, written by Lily Murray and featuring over 60 full colour spreads by Chris Wormell, each packed with glorious details. I am also more than delighted to be giving away an amazing signed … Continue reading ‘Dinosaurium,’ by Chris Wormell and Lily Murray.