A recommendation from Imogen

I am lucky enough to work with children from years 3 to 6 during guided reading lessons. In this time we talk about what we enjoy reading, look at a range of texts, read aloud and recommend books to each other. After looking at this blog, Imogen (from lower KS2) said that she would like…

Anne Boleyn and Me: The Diary of Elinor Valjean, London 1526-1536

The popularity of children’s books written in the style of a diary has exploded in recent years. Tom Gates, Diary of a Wimpy Kid and Dork Diaries are just a few series which seem to appeal to so many children regardless of age or gender. I’m not too keen on this new style if I’m honest….

The Hen Who Dreamed She Could Fly by Sun-Mi Hwang

Never heard of it. An international bestseller? For adults? That’s probably why I don’t recognise the title, I stick to the kids sections nowadays. That’s what I said to my friend when she told me about a story she had read for a book club she goes to. I was intrigued, so I stuck it on…

Coming soon…

OK. I admit it. I’ve actually read a few non-children’s books recently and feel as though I am doing a disservice to the blog. I haven’t neglected my duties – here are some books I have read which I think you might like. I’ve also chucked in a picture of my cat for good measure…

Pooh Bridge

My friend and I took a stroll down to a little village called Hartfield in East Sussex. It is in the woods here that the original Pooh Bridge stands, the woods in which the characters from A A Milne’s stories of Winnie the Pooh is inspired from. I would recommend anyone to take a stroll this…

El Deafo by Cece Bell

I was asked to read this book by a teacher at my school. All us teachers were given a different book and had to feed back to each other what we liked and didn’t like about them, considering which year groups or types of children might enjoy them. I was excited when I found out…

Literature Festivals

In the last few months I have tried to schedule in a couple of book themed trips, meeting authors and listening to talks at various literacy festivals in my local area. The first literature festival I went to was in Cranbrook, the highlight being a talk from the author Julian Clary and illustrator David Roberts. As…

Savvy by Ingrid Law

Crikey, I can’t believe I’ve only just got round to writing about Savvy. It seems like I read it such a long time ago on the advice from James’ cousin from America, Sabby. In no way does my lateness this reflect any lack of enthusiasm for the book, I think that I’ve just got a…

The Bolds by Julian Clary

The Bolds by Julian Clary is based on the premise that animals are actually much more intelligent than us humans give them credit for, which let’s face it, is most probably true. I was really attracted to the look of this book, the style of the illustrator is pretty unique and more detailed than illustrations I…

If you go down to the library today…

This year, I have been asked to be in charge of the library at my school. Over the summer holidays I have had lots of ideas for themes, interactive displays and ways to get all children into reading a range of texts. This first term, it made sense to have a Roald Dahl theme as…