Book Review, Illustrated Fiction

BLOG TOUR: Baller Boys by Venessa Taylor & illustrated by Kenneth Ghann

Baller Boys by Venessa Taylor is the book every football-crazy child has been waiting for! Aimed at children who absolutely love football, especially boys, this exciting, heart-warming story will encourage even the most reluctant reader to give it a try. Soon they will be swept away in the play-by-play action. I can think of numerous… Continue reading BLOG TOUR: Baller Boys by Venessa Taylor & illustrated by Kenneth Ghann

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

The Day We Met the Queen by Onjali Q Rauf – Book Review by Lucy, age 10

In April 2019, I went to Waterstones for an Easter holiday treat. I chose The Boy at the Back of the Class by Onjali Q. Rauf. I picked it up because the plain cover had all the writing on the back of a boy’s rucksack. When I turned it over and read the blurb, I… Continue reading The Day We Met the Queen by Onjali Q Rauf – Book Review by Lucy, age 10

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

The Wild Way Home by Sophie Kirtley

The Wild Way Home is a captivating story of self-discovery and realising what is truly important in life. In the stillness of the forest, twelve-year-old Charlie and his friends explore the ancient paths and walk where many people have come before. When Charlie discovers a special deer tooth, he has no idea to whom it… Continue reading The Wild Way Home by Sophie Kirtley

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

The Super Miraculous Journey of Freddie Yates by Jenny Pearson

The end of Year 6 is supposed to be exciting - the start of a new adventure - but for Freddie Yates, a sudden turn of events causes him to question everything he knows. For someone who loves facts, this is very unsettling. He decides to set off on his greatest adventure to find a… Continue reading The Super Miraculous Journey of Freddie Yates by Jenny Pearson

Book Review, Illustrated Fiction

The Worst Class in the World by Joanna Nadin & Rikin Parekh

The Worst Class in the World written by Joanna Nadin and illustrated by Rikin Parekh is a laugh out loud collection of crazy school adventures. According to their headteacher, Mrs Bottomley-Blunt, Class 4B is LITERALLY the worst class in not just the school, but in the entire world. They spend most of their time coming… Continue reading The Worst Class in the World by Joanna Nadin & Rikin Parekh

Article, Reading

What is the best new children’s book you’ve read recently?

In April 2020, I asked this question to teachers, authors and book reviewers on Twitter. Over the next two days, I received the most wonderful array of recommendations that will keep us reading for months! Most recommended: Crater Lake by Jennifer Killick Orphans of the Tide by Struan Murray The Highland Falcon Thief by M.G.… Continue reading What is the best new children’s book you’ve read recently?

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

Sequin and Stitch by Laura Dockrill

Sequin and Stitch, written by Laura Dockrill and illustrated by Sara Ogilvie, is a wonderfully crafted story of family, dreams and home. It is overflowing with empathy for the struggles and joys faced by so many children. The layers of meaning are stitched together beautifully to create a story that is enjoyable to read yet… Continue reading Sequin and Stitch by Laura Dockrill

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

The Highland Falcon Thief by M.G. Leonard & Sam Sedgman

From the very first chapter, The Highland Falcon Thief felt like home. Full of suspense and anticipation, the familiarity of the trains I love mixed with mystery and history carried me away. Once I started, I couldn’t stop and read the book in a day – what a lovely day it was! Eleven-year-old Hal Beck… Continue reading The Highland Falcon Thief by M.G. Leonard & Sam Sedgman

Article, English Teaching, OAA (Outdoor & Adventurous Activities), Reading, Writing

Learning Beyond the Classroom with Literacy Inspired Outdoor Education

There is so much scope for imagination when children are given opportunities to learn beyond the four walls of their classroom and explore the wider world through outdoor learning. The Michael Morpurgo novel, Kensuke’s Kingdom, is an engaging story which can be linked to many fantastic cross-curricular units in Upper Key Stage Two. “Journeys”, “The… Continue reading Learning Beyond the Classroom with Literacy Inspired Outdoor Education