This heartwarming tale of two sea creatures in need of affection is a massive hit in our house. Octopus? Whale? Pop up pages? Adorable illustrations? The book is already a winner in the girls’ eyes BUT it also has lashings of heart and the twin narrative is particularly outstanding for helping preschool to KS1 aged … Continue reading Hugs and Kisses -Sam Hay and Emma Dodd
The Girl with the Shark’s Teeth in some ways is a departure from Cerrie Burnells’s previous picture and early chapter books in being longer and concentrated MG novel that addresses some ‘older’ themes and issues but at its heart retains the same values of magic, wonder, kindness and inclusion. This song of the sea is … Continue reading The Girl with the Shark’s Teeth – Cerrie Burnell
Does anyone else remember the Ladybird books? Short and snappy abridged but highly illustrated versions of classic Disney films, they bridged the gap for emerging readers between picture books and chapter books as early chapter books, were not a big focus in children’s publication at the time. My mother wanted us to enjoy books so … Continue reading Pages of my Childhood – Books rediscovered
This offering from DK Books looks at the Life Cycles of Butterflies showing variation between species and their role as pollinators making this a must-have for anyone teaching children about life cycles especially perfect for Year 2 classrooms and primary libraries. In classic DK style this is fabulously interesting and gives lots of facts in … Continue reading RHS How does a Butterfly Grow?
Whenever the seasons move perceptively into the next I have a selection of picture books that come out to mark the change so as we packed away the festivities of Christmas, I put away our Christmas books on a special shelf and brought down the Winter books. For a few years now we have constantly … Continue reading Wintery Tales- Changing out our Seasonal Books
We enjoy the magical and mystical and both the girls adore a book with witches, fairies, magical creatures and myths. However, one thing I noticed especially when collating a Halloween collection is that a lot of widely available witch books fall into one or more of the standard tropes- green, warty, evil or wish harm … Continue reading Classic Children’s stories- Dorrie & The Blue Witch
We have a big basket of Christmas themed books that are hauled out every December to celebrate the season and we added some wonderful books this year. Littlefae and Tinyfae adore the change of books and have firm favourites in their collection but this year we had a lot of new Christmas themed books that … Continue reading The 5 ‘Faevourite’ books of Christmas 2018