A children’s novel won Costa Book of the year!

Only the second children’s novel to win. The first was Phillip Pulman’s The Amber Spyglass. Another book onto my reading list… Age recommendation on Amazon is 11+ Read more via the link below: Children’s novel The Lie Tree wins Costa Book of the Yearhttp://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-35412946

The Reluctant Dragon by Kenneth Grahame

I’ve not heard of much else written by Kenneth Grahame, apart from Wind in the Willows of course, so this book intrigued me. I was pleasantly surprised with this quaint little story about a young boy discovering a dragon in the mountains near by. The dragon is not very stereotypical, in that he is actually…

I am Malala, by Malala Yousafzai

Many of you will have heard of Nobel Prize winning Malala Yousafzai. A young woman brought up in Pakistan, who campaigns for education of children across the world, in particular, girls. I rarely read biographies, never really thought that it was my thing. After reading this book, I’ve changed my mind about this genre of…

Then by Morris Gleitzman

You often find with the second in a series, that you finish the book feeling a bit deflated and thinking that it didn’t live up to the expectations of the first one. Well, I’m glad to say that Then was just as good as Once.  Felix and Zelda have managed to escape a train taking them to a…

And then, she read ‘Then’.

 I absolutely loved ‘Once’ by Morris Gleitzman, a fantastic story of a Jewish boy in Poland who doesn’t really understand what on earth is happening in the world around him.   This boy, Felix, is so naive in his outlook that it’s really easy to empathise with him. I read it as a class reader…

# – The children’s word of 2015

I know that ‘#’ is used by many people on a daily basis, whether it be on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram for example. But for it to actually be the children’s word of the year? What do you think? I can see how using a hashtag can help emphasise words/meanings, as well as show sarcasm….

BBC 2 – 500 word writing competition!

I’ve just had a parent share with me on Facebook that it is coming up to the time of year when BBC Radio 2 start talking about kids writing. It’s their famous ‘500 words’ competition where children ages 5-13 can show off their writing talent. There are two age categories, 5 – 9 and 10…

Always…

I was really sad to hear the news that actor, Alan Rickman, has died. It’s always sad to hear when someone is poorly and then passes away. It’s a reminder to me that we should always be grateful for what we have and the enjoy all the adventures that life takes us on. You may…

CBBC Book Club

I had no idea that CBBC had their own book club! What a great idea! This could be another great way to get up to date with new and exciting books quickly and easily. They asked viewers what their favourite books were and flicking through the comments, they seem to be reading similar stuff to…

What’s your favourite Michael Morpurgo book???

What? She’s asking us to choose just one favourite Michael Morpurgo book?! How on earth am I going to decide? Being a life long fan myself, I have read almost all of the books on this poll. In fact, I was given Kensuke’s Kingdom as a leaving gift from my primary school when I was in year 6!…

Out of My Mind, by Sharon M Draper

First and foremost, thank you to Maisie for recommending me this book. It was a fascinating read which I would highly recommend to those in Upper KS2 (there is an age suggestion on the back of 10+) This book is about a girl called Melody who has cerebral palsy. This condition, which she has had…