Fans of Dooley’s first Frankie adventure, ‘Frankie’s World,’ will be pleased to know that they can catch up with Frankie again and see how things are going at senior school following her diagnosis of autism. I had the chance to ask the creator of this graphic novel series, Aoife Dooley, some questions about the creation … Continue reading ‘Finding My Voice,’ by Aoife Dooley.
Blog tour: ‘Art and Joy – best friends for ever,’ by Danielle Krysa.
One of the amazing things about young children is the enthusiasm and joy with which they approach their creative endeavours. When is it that doubt starts to set in and that creative freedom switches to something more conformist? In some cases, the pressure to make things ‘perfect’ can become a real barrier to a child’s … Continue reading Blog tour: ‘Art and Joy – best friends for ever,’ by Danielle Krysa.
Children’s Book Award Blog Tour: ‘Where has all the Cake Gone?’ by Andrew Sanders, illustrated by Aysha Awwad.
Welcome to my stop on the Federation of Children’s Book Groups’ ‘Children’s Book Award.’ I’m hosting a piece from nominated author, Andrew Sanders, about how it feels have his book ‘Where has all the Cake Gone?’ nominated this year. As a children’s book author, seeing my latest book, Where Has All the Cake Gone? get shortlisted for … Continue reading Children’s Book Award Blog Tour: ‘Where has all the Cake Gone?’ by Andrew Sanders, illustrated by Aysha Awwad.
Empathy Day Blog Tour: ‘What If? Pig,’ by Linzie Hunter.
I am a huge fan of using books to help develop emotional awareness and empathy in children so was thrilled to be invited to celebrate one of the amazing titles from this year’s Empathy Lab #ReadForEmpathy collection. This year, Empathy Day is being celebrated on Thursday 8th June. Empathy Lab’s aim to is harness the … Continue reading Empathy Day Blog Tour: ‘What If? Pig,’ by Linzie Hunter.
‘Libby and the Highland Heist,’ by Jo Clarke, illustrated by Becka Moor.
You may have already read Libby’s first adventure, ‘Libby and the Parisian Puzzle,’ or perhaps you’re searching for a new middle grade mystery series to get your brain whirring. Either way, you are going to love the second instalment in Jo Clarke’s ‘The Travelling School Mysteries’ series! ‘After a tumultuous term in Paris, Libby and … Continue reading ‘Libby and the Highland Heist,’ by Jo Clarke, illustrated by Becka Moor.
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.
Halloween Reads (ages 0-7)
It’s that time of year when you might be looking for a gently spooky read to get your little pumpkins into the Halloween mood. In this post, I’m sharing a selection of book suitable for readers aged between newborn and seven-years-old. Each features characters who perhaps don’t quite match up to their scary exteriors. ‘Easy-to-use … Continue reading Halloween Reads (ages 0-7)
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 Spell Tailors,’ by James Nicol, illustrations by Jenny Zemanek.
James’ Apprentice Witch series is one of my favourites so I have been waiting, and waiting, and waiting for him to release a new book. Am here it is! The Spell Tailors! Just as full of magic, but a long way away from the protective charms and spells being performed by Arianwyn… Be sure to … Continue reading Blog tour: ‘The Spell Tailors,’ by James Nicol, illustrations by Jenny Zemanek.
Blog tour: ‘Key Player,’ by Kelly Yang.
I think anybody with tweens or who teaches Year 6 upwards, should have heard of Yang’s ‘Front Desk’ series which follows the life of Mia Tang and her family as they try to fit in with the American way of life whilst staying true their Chinese roots. If you haven’t, then you need to get … Continue reading Blog tour: ‘Key Player,’ by Kelly Yang.
Blog tour: ‘The Dangerous Life of Ophelia Bottom,’ by Susie Bower.
Today’s post feature a fast-paced middle grade mystery with a twist. A humorous read for anyone who’s ever felt a little bit like an outsider. Read author Susie Bower’s piece about how her own childhood experiences helped shape Ophelia’s story. ‘Ophelia Bottom longs for an ordinary life: to have normal, well-behaved parents rather than embarrassing … Continue reading Blog tour: ‘The Dangerous Life of Ophelia Bottom,’ by Susie Bower.
Blog tour: ‘The Best Bear Tracker,’ by John Condon, illustrated by Julia Christians.
Today I’m sharing a picture book which is a must-read for any bear hunters out there. PLUS, I’ve got a brilliant bearish craft activity to help keep young readers amused… ‘The BEST BEAR TRACKER in the world is on the lookout! But can she find a bear?How do you spot a bear? In The Best … Continue reading Blog tour: ‘The Best Bear Tracker,’ by John Condon, illustrated by Julia Christians.
Blog tour: ‘Brave Dave,’ by Giles Andreae & Guy Parker-Rees.
I am always on the look out for new picture books which empower children to be themselves. Brave Dave (by the pair behind ‘Giraffes Can’t Dance’) does just that. It is great for opening up conversations about how we all have different strengths and are all brave on different ways. Make sure you read Giles’ … Continue reading Blog tour: ‘Brave Dave,’ by Giles Andreae & Guy Parker-Rees.
Blog tour: ‘Kitty Quest: Trial by Tentacle,’ by Phil Corbett.
If you’re looking for a bold, frankly hilarious, adventure to tempt fans of Dogman or Bunny vs. Monkey, then your search is over! This title comes highly recommended by my youngest son who is quite picky about what he’ll read. Scroll down for an extract to see what all the fuss it about… ‘The islands … Continue reading Blog tour: ‘Kitty Quest: Trial by Tentacle,’ by Phil Corbett.
‘Knight Sir Louis and the Sorcerer of Slime,’ by The Brothers McLeod.
It’s here! The third instalment in the hilariously bonkers series about Knight Sir Louis and life in Castle Sideways. Read on to find out more and to discover author Myles McLeod’s piece about writing funny, working with your brother, AND some top reading recommendations. King Burt the Not Bad is in a huff with his … Continue reading ‘Knight Sir Louis and the Sorcerer of Slime,’ by The Brothers McLeod.
Blog tour: ‘Rex: Dinosaur in Disguise,’ by Elys Dolan.
Woo hoo! I absolutely love ANYTHING Elys Dolan writes so I was pleased to seen a brand new highly-illustrated chapter book drop through my letter box… Rex is king of the dinosaurs: carnivores want to be him and herbivores want to be eaten by him... That is, until a pesky Ice Age comes along and … Continue reading Blog tour: ‘Rex: Dinosaur in Disguise,’ by Elys Dolan.
Blog tour: ‘You Can’t Let An Elephant Drive a Racing Car,’ by Patricia Cleveland-Peck, illustrated by David Tazzyman.
Once again, an elephant and his friends wreak havoc across the pages of this book in the newest instalment in this snort-inducing series! “Have you ever seen a weightlifting wombat, or a figure-skating alligator?How about a pole-vaulting hippo, or an octopus . . . playing table tennis?Get ready for all sorts of hilarious animal antics … Continue reading Blog tour: ‘You Can’t Let An Elephant Drive a Racing Car,’ by Patricia Cleveland-Peck, illustrated by David Tazzyman.
Blog tour: ‘A Robot Squashed My Teacher’ by Pooja Puri, illustrated by Allen Fatimaharan.
If you’re looking for a riotous adventure packed with ingenious inventions and lists, look no further! (But perhaps take a look at ‘A Dinosaur Ate My Sister’ too!) “Before you start reading, there are a few things you should know: 1. I, Esha Verma, am a genius inventor extraordinaire.2. I like lists.3. I did not … Continue reading Blog tour: ‘A Robot Squashed My Teacher’ by Pooja Puri, illustrated by Allen Fatimaharan.