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GUEST POST: Jo Cotterill and Cathy Brett chat “Electrigirl”
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Today I am really pleased to feature a book which I think really is super in many ways and this book is Electrigirl by Jo Cotterill and Cathy Brett. We are always after engaging middle grade fiction; well, you don’t get much more engaging than that! When mobile phone company CyberSky set up new offices in Holly Sparkes’ hometown and decide to   thank locals by giving...

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FABULOUS FIVE: Jonny Lambert presents five fabulous animal books
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I am delighted that the blog tour for Jonny Lambert’s Little Why is stopping here  today and that Jonny was kind enough to take part in our latest Fabulous Five feature. Little Why (Little Tiger Press) tells the story of a baby elephant who gets easily distracted while on the journey to the water source with the rest of his herd. He keeps being called back...

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Booktrust’s Bear’s Reading Adventure
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Today is National Libraries Day and I can think of no better way to celebrate than to take children to visit their local libraries. Even better, it is the perfect opportunity for a child’s first ever visit to a library and hopefully to instill a lifelong habit. I still remember being taken to the library as a child. I bet you do too! If anyone needs...

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Finding Winnie
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Finding Winnie

Jan 26, 2016

Lindsay Mattick (text) & Sophie Blackall (illustrations) (Orchard books) Finding Winnie won the prestigious Caldecott Medal in the USA a few weeks ago. I’ll admit I have had the book for a while and had put it aside, but the win  prompted me to look at it again, and it was a delightful surprise.  We all know the real story behind Christopher Robin, but possibly not...

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Give a Book this Christmas: Picturebooks for all ages
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You know me, I am VERY partial to a good picturebook. Here is a selection of beautiful picturebooks to suit all ages. Olivier Tallec is one of my favourite French illustrators, ever since I came across his excellent Rita et Machin series (Rita and Whatsit) and his brand new title Who Done It? (Chronicle Books), with extra thick front and back covers is perfect...

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Give a Book this Christmas: Classics
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There are so many wonderful Christmas themed books available at this time of year but I do think Christmas is also a great time to introduce children with some classic tales. Here are a few, all re-imagined visually, which you might want to consider.   A story full of dogs and illustrator Alex T. Smith were always going to be a match made in heaven,...

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FABULOUS FIVE: Five Fabulous Christmas present ideas from The Alligator’s Mouth
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It is always a joy to hear about a new children’s bookshop opening and watching, from afar, all the exciting things they are doing around children’s books. This March, The Alligator’s Mouth opened in Richmond, and is owned by Tony and Margaret, both former booksellers at The Lion and the Unicorn, which closed a couple of years ago. It seems such an amazing place with...

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Some festive reading (2): picturebooks
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Every Autumn comes a new wave of Christmas picturebooks, from reissued classic to all singing and dancing novelty books. Here is a small selection of some that have caught my eye. Similarly to Refuge and Mog’s Christmas Calamity (see my review here),  there is something quite special about the message conveyed in The Christmas Eve Tree by Delia Huddy and Emily Sutton (Walker Books). A homeless little...

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Some festive reading (1): Fiction
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The festive season is finally upon us and there is nothing quite like a good festive story to put us in the mood. I can’t tell you how much I wish I had read Dash and Lily’s Book of Dares by David Levithan and Rachel Cohn (Harlequin) at Christmas time. I read it this summer, after asking for recommendations for teen romances on Twitter. Because...

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National Non-Fiction November: a Guest Blog by Richard Wilkinson
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  November is the month when the Federation of Children’s Book Groups celebrates non-fiction. To celebrate, I am focusing on Big Picture Press’ superb large format Welcome to the Museum series. The series comprises at the moment of three books, Animalium, Historium and Story of Life.  In the new age of the highly illustrated non-fiction book, these are part of a few who lead the way....

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