#NNFN ‘Animal Superpowers: The Most Amazing Ways Animals Have Evolved,’ by Dr Nick Crumpton, illustrated by Viola Wang.

I’m always happy to be a part of the Federation of Children’s Book Group annual celebration of all things non-fiction. Born out of National Non-Fiction Day, the whole month now celebrates all those readers who love nothing more than learning an obscure fact to pop into conversation to surprise people or dipping in and out … Continue reading #NNFN ‘Animal Superpowers: The Most Amazing Ways Animals Have Evolved,’ by Dr Nick Crumpton, illustrated by Viola Wang.

Blog tour: ‘Mountainfell,’ by Katharine Orton, cover by Sandra Dieckmann.

If you are looking for a crisp, magical adventure to snuggle down with, look no further than the latest tale from Katherine Orton. Her writing is always exquisite and guaranteed to transport you right into the heart of the story. Katharine’s also written a special piece about what inspired the host of wonderful, fearsome creatures … Continue reading Blog tour: ‘Mountainfell,’ by Katharine Orton, cover by Sandra Dieckmann.

#NNFN ‘Every Word Tells a Story,’ by Tom Read Wilson, illustrated by Ian Morris.

This is the first of my blog posts helping The Federation of Children’s Book Groups spread the word about some amazing information books during National Non-Fiction November. Today, I’m sharing ‘Every Word Tells a Story’ - a fascinating title about the origins of over one hundred words. ‘See how the English language evolved in this … Continue reading #NNFN ‘Every Word Tells a Story,’ by Tom Read Wilson, illustrated by Ian Morris.

Blog tour: ‘Stand and Deliver,’ by Philip Caveney, illustration by Jill Tytherleigh.

People have long been fascinated by the highwaymen who used to strike fear into the heart of many a wealthy traveller. Lots of us will have studied Alfred Noyes’ famous poem ‘The Highwayman’ at school, and generations of children continue to do so. This book would be a great choice to read along side for … Continue reading Blog tour: ‘Stand and Deliver,’ by Philip Caveney, illustration by Jill Tytherleigh.

Blog tour: ‘The Faber Book of Bedtime Stories,’ illustrated by Sarah McIntyre.

I’m sure that some of us may be lucky enough to remember, as children, having a gorgeous collection of bedtime stories to pore over every night. And I’m also sure that lots of us will have had a particular favourite which we read time and time again before seeking out other titles by the same … Continue reading Blog tour: ‘The Faber Book of Bedtime Stories,’ illustrated by Sarah McIntyre.

Blog tour: ‘Tiggy Thistle and the Lost Guardians,’ by Chris Riddell.

I want to start with a disclaimer: Chris Riddell is my favourite illustrator and I’d buy any of his books just to pore over the illustrations. In fact, I preordered a copy of this from a bookshop who were lucky enough to have some of Chris’s beautiful illustrations to include them. Therefore, it is with … Continue reading Blog tour: ‘Tiggy Thistle and the Lost Guardians,’ by Chris Riddell.

Blog tour: ‘The Woodcutter and the Snow Prince,’ by Ian Eagleton, illustrated by Davide Ortu.

Honestly, I am always so excited when I see that Ian is releasing a new book. His writing is always so honest, emotional, and thought-provoking. It was going to be difficult to produce another picture book to match the beautiful ‘Nen and the Lonely Fisherman,’ but I think he may just have done it! Make … Continue reading Blog tour: ‘The Woodcutter and the Snow Prince,’ by Ian Eagleton, illustrated by Davide Ortu.

Blog tour: ‘Britannia’s Baby Encyclopedia,’ by Sally Symes, illustrated by Hanako Clulow.

Britannica are renowned worldwide for their comprehensive encyclopedias. These are perhaps, a little in-depth for the very smallest knowledge-seekers which makes it doubly brilliant that they’re released a brand new toddler version with sturdy board pages and beautiful full-colour illustrations. ‘The first-ever Britannica Encyclopedia for children under three, in a beautifully illustrated, large-format board book. … Continue reading Blog tour: ‘Britannia’s Baby Encyclopedia,’ by Sally Symes, illustrated by Hanako Clulow.

Blog tour: ‘The Last Whale,’ by Chris Vick, cover by Jessie Price.

Chris Vick is a stunning writer - his debut novel ‘Girl. Boy. Sea.’ was shortlisted for the 2020 Cilip Carnegie award. When I was given the chance to read his newest title, I just couldn’t pass it up! I also have a special Q&A from Chris for you to enjoy! ‘From killers to conservationists, Carnegie-shortlisted … Continue reading Blog tour: ‘The Last Whale,’ by Chris Vick, cover by Jessie Price.

Blog tour: ‘Pizazz vs Everyone,’ by Sophy Henn.

Whoop, whoop! My favourite reluctant superhero is back in another unlikely adventure. And this time she’s battling….herself! ‘BEING A SUPERHERO IS THE BEST THING EVER, RIGHT? WRONG!Everyone’s favourite 9¾-year-old reluctant superhero is back, and she’s facing her biggest challenge yet . . . EVERYONE (and EVERYTHING)! Will it all prove too much? Will Pizazz manage … Continue reading Blog tour: ‘Pizazz vs Everyone,’ by Sophy Henn.

Blog tour: ‘Winnie and Wilbur, Winnie the Witch 35th Anniversary Edition,’ by Valerie Thomas, illustrated by Korky Paul.

I think everybody who’s worked with children over the past thirty-five years must, at some point, have read one of Winnie and Wilbur’s adventures. It seems only fitting that there’s now a beautiful foiled hardback edition of the iconic duo’s first adventure, released to celebrate their 35th anniversary. It’s just begging to be read aloud … Continue reading Blog tour: ‘Winnie and Wilbur, Winnie the Witch 35th Anniversary Edition,’ by Valerie Thomas, illustrated by Korky Paul.

Blog tour: ‘Gross Factopia!’ by Paige Towler, illustrated by Andy Smith.

I love this growing series of seriously fascinating fact-filled finds. First there was Factopia, then there was Return to Factopia, and now there’s Gross Factopia! too, which is (as you may have guessed) crammed to bursting point with some of the most disgusting facts known to mankind! ‘Did you know that sloths poo only once … Continue reading Blog tour: ‘Gross Factopia!’ by Paige Towler, illustrated by Andy Smith.

Blog tour: ‘Brrr!’ by Kes Gray and Nick East.

Have you ever wondered what really happened to the dinosaurs? Well this chilly tale from best-selling author Kes Gray will explain all! ‘Brrr! The Ice Age is coming, the temperatures are dropping and the dinosaurs are frrreezing. Only one thing will keep them warm - woolly jumpers! But dinosaurs can't knit, can they? Find out … Continue reading Blog tour: ‘Brrr!’ by Kes Gray and Nick East.

Blog tour: ‘Rudy,’ by Paul Westmoreland, illustrated by George Ermos.

I’d like to introduce you to a brand new series of first chapter books for developing readers. The ‘Rudy’ series has a cast of spooky characters whose adventures will delight young wolf cubs and leave them howling for more! Rudy and the Monster at School ‘There's a new boy in Rudy's school called Frankie, and … Continue reading Blog tour: ‘Rudy,’ by Paul Westmoreland, illustrated by George Ermos.

Blog tour: ‘The Girl, the Ghost and the Lost Name,’ by Reece Carter, cover by Eleonora Asparuhova.

This is the debut children’s novel from Reece Carter who is best known in his home country of Australia as a nutritionist and author of two non-fiction titles for adults. He had always wanted to write for children and thank goodness he did! Readers are going to fall in love with Corpse in this thrilling … Continue reading Blog tour: ‘The Girl, the Ghost and the Lost Name,’ by Reece Carter, cover by Eleonora Asparuhova.

Blog tour: ‘Agent Asha: Operation Cyber Chop,’ by Sophie Deen, illustrated by Priyanka Sachdev.

Agent Asha is back in another action-packed mission featuring another run-in with nemesis Shelly Belly. This time, the trees in one of Asha’s favourite parks are under threat from the new tech trees, CyberOaks. (to find out for about Asha’s first adventure, click HERE) ‘Top-secret Children's Spy Agency newest recruit, Asha Joshi is back with … Continue reading Blog tour: ‘Agent Asha: Operation Cyber Chop,’ by Sophie Deen, illustrated by Priyanka Sachdev.

Blog tour: ‘The Ultimate Guide to Growing Dragons,’ by Andy Shepherd, illustrated by Sara Ogilvie.

Ever since Tomas and the dragons’ very first outing in 2018, I have been recommending this series to Year 2 teachers across the land. Imagine my delight in learning that there was finally going to be a ‘non-fiction’ guide to accompany it! ‘Tomas, the boy who grew dragons, is officially the Grand High Dragon Master. … Continue reading Blog tour: ‘The Ultimate Guide to Growing Dragons,’ by Andy Shepherd, illustrated by Sara Ogilvie.