Where else can you find book recommendations?

I found the book reviews below in a magasine for teachers. I like the look of The Accidental Prime Minister by Lee Rider – now on my book wish list! As a class, we followed the general election closely, lots of people took an interest in politics to keep up with what was going on.  The…

The Parent Agency by David Baddiel

Barry is fed up with his parents and wants new ones, this story follows him on his rather weird journey to find the ‘perfect parents’. A really original idea from David Baddiel (a famous comedian who you may know from the song ‘football’s coming home’ that inevitably gets playe A LOT when the world up…

The London Eye Mystery by Siobhan Dowd

What an addictive story! I’ve spent most of the afternoon reading it! It’s a brilliant mystery story which is written in the first person by the character Ted. Ted has aspergers – this means, as he puts it, his brain is a bit different to other people’s, it’s a bit like a computer. Teds honest…

Just purchased! 

  Recommended by Rick Riordan, author of the Percy Jackosn series. Lots of good feedback from people who have read it on amazon, some even say that it is better than her other well known series – The Hunger Games. Looking forward to getting into another series! 

Want more than just the book?

Have you ever read a book and wanted to keep yourself in that world whilst you wait for the next one? Wanted to find out more about characters or places you visit through the pages? There is so much more available online – much more fun than wasting time on the Xbox! A couple of…

Hitler’s daughter

Another story which is related to WW2 which was highly thought provoking, yet accessible for your average year 5/6 reader is Hitler’s Daughter  by Jackie French. It is based on some children telling stories to each other whilst waiting for the bus for school. One of the children starts to tell a story about a…

The curiosity of how children lived during WW2

Many children, including myself when I was at school, have a fascination with stories written about children during the war. Goodnight Mister Tom by Michelle Magorian was my class reader in year six which is imprinted on my mind. I also thoroughly enjoyed the film which does do it justice, although William’s mum was terrifying!…

Where to read?

Finding the right place to read can be tricky. During the day, if the weather is not nice, I have in the past tended to gravitate towards the sofa. The fundamental problem for me with reading on the sofa is the gradual move from vertical to horizontal – the snooze is inevitable. I have been…

A couple of my recent favourites…

I enjoy reading books for children no matter what the level of challenge. In my classroom, we all acknowledge that reading has so many positives: it helps us develop our understanding of phonics and how sounds blend together to make words; it aids us to build upon our vocabulary; we can learn to empathise more…