Book Review, Picture Books

Bloom by Anne Booth & illustrated by Robyn Wilson-Owen

Words have power – power to build up, power to tear down, power to encourage and power to defeat. Words can cause someone to wilt but also help someone to truly bloom. Such is the wonderfully significant message of this beautiful story. Every day, a lovely little girl visited a magnificent flower on her way… Continue reading Bloom by Anne Booth & illustrated by Robyn Wilson-Owen

Book Review, MG Fiction (8 - 12 year olds)

The Clockwork Crow by Catherine Fisher

The Clockwork Crow is an engaging combination of Welsh folklore and clockwork magic. This gothic Christmas tale is a must read for every fan of fairies, frost and mysteries. Seren Rees is an orphan who has lost everyone close to her. As she travels to live with her godfather and his family is a small… Continue reading The Clockwork Crow by Catherine Fisher

Book Review, Illustrated Fiction, MG Fiction (8 - 12 year olds)

A Mummy Ate My Homework by Thiago de Moraes

A Mummy Ate My Homework is the first book in a fun new time-travel adventure series by Thiago de Moraes, the incredibly creative author and illustrator of The Myth Atlas.  11 year-old Henry loves school and learning. He thinks the summer holidays are boring and he can’t wait to get back to finding out new… Continue reading A Mummy Ate My Homework by Thiago de Moraes

Book Review, Non-fiction Books

The International Day of the Girl by Jessica Dee Humphreys & the Hon. Rona Ambrose, illustrated by Simone Shin

In 2012, the United Nations dedicated a day to promoting gender equality and championing the rights and achievements of girls everywhere. Each year, the 11th October is a day to give voice to the issues affecting girls in their communities. Girls are strong, smart, creative and brave. They are inventive, talented, caring and funny. They… Continue reading The International Day of the Girl by Jessica Dee Humphreys & the Hon. Rona Ambrose, illustrated by Simone Shin

Book Review, Picture Books

Dare by Lorna Gutierrez & illustrated by Polly Noakes

Dare to be different - dare to speak up - dare to be true to yourself. Dare, be brave, take a leap, take a chance. Lorna Gutierrez’s & Polly Noakes' charming and encouraging picture book, Dare, challenges readers to dream big and reach beyond their everyday actions. Full of inspirational phrases and friendly illustrations, children… Continue reading Dare by Lorna Gutierrez & illustrated by Polly Noakes

Book Review, Non-fiction Books

Aretha Franklin by Maria Isabel Sanchez Vegara & illustrated by Amy Blackwell

Aretha Franklin is another fantastic book in the Little People, Big Dreams series from Maria Isabel Sanchez Vegara. The Little People Big Dreams series is the most beautiful set of non-fiction children’s books I have ever come across. Each gorgeous hard cover book is a child-friendly biography of a significant person from history.  There are… Continue reading Aretha Franklin by Maria Isabel Sanchez Vegara & illustrated by Amy Blackwell

Book Review, Non-fiction Books

Corazon Aquino by Maria Isabel Sanchez Vegara & illustrated by Ginnie Hsu

Corazon Aquino is another fantastic book in the Little People, Big Dreams series from Maria Isabel Sanchez Vegara. The Little People Big Dreams series is the most beautiful set of non-fiction children’s books I have ever come across. Each gorgeous hard cover book is a child-friendly biography of a significant person from history.  There are… Continue reading Corazon Aquino by Maria Isabel Sanchez Vegara & illustrated by Ginnie Hsu

Book Review, Non-fiction Books, Picture Books

Everybody Feels Worried by Moira Harvey & illustrated by Holly Sterling

Everybody Feels Worried is full of practical advice and a clear understanding of the real-life situations children are facing. Life can be worrying, especially at the moment, and it’s so important that children learn to cope with their worries and build resilience and strength to face each new day. This book addresses the “What if…”… Continue reading Everybody Feels Worried by Moira Harvey & illustrated by Holly Sterling

Book Review, MG Fiction (8 - 12 year olds)

The Ship of Shadows by Maria Kuzniar

The Ship of Shadows, beautifully crafted by Maria Kuzniar, is a book to be read slowly. Savour the intricate descriptions that cause the Spanish and Moroccan settings to leap of the page and into your imagination. Aleja is a girl hungry for adventure. Inspired by stories of explorers and pirates, she longs for a life… Continue reading The Ship of Shadows by Maria Kuzniar