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Recommended reads for August 2021

Crime at Sea The Secret Detectives, Ella Risbridger Isobel Petty, immediately reminiscent of Mary Lennox in the Secret Garden, has been...

Recommended reads for July 2021

Spies, tech and friendship Amber Undercover, E M Norry ​Amber's just an unassuming fourteen year old teen, with a best friend, Vi, a...

Recommended reads for June 2021

Fantasy, adventure and science The Longest Night of Charlie Noon, Christopher Edge Inventive, original storytelling, merging...

Recommended Reads for May 2021

Younger Readers No Breathing in Class, Michael Rosen My children's absolute favourite poetry book by the brilliant Michael Rosen. We've...

Recommended Reads for April 2021

Younger readers Hotel Flamingo, Alex Milway A really wonderful first chapter book that celebrates a young girl's determination and the...

Recommended Reads for March 2021

Younger Readers This is London, M. Sasek First published in 1959, this is such a charming book. Sasek shares his impressions of London...

Recommended reads for February 2021

Younger readers The Sheep Pig, Dick King-Smith Dick King-Smith was a farmer, teacher and a writer. His love of animals and his...

Recommended reads for January 2021

Younger readers Mr Penguin and The Lost Treasure, Alex T Smith Lots here to amuse younger readers. Mr Penguin is a likeable detective, a...

Recommended reads for December 2020

Younger readers The Worst Witch, Jill Murphy This is a lovely gentle read. The vocabulary is very accessible for younger readers. There...

Recommended reads for November 2020

Younger readers One Dog and His Boy, Eva Ibbotson Ibbotson was a gentle, kind writer who managed to capture the feelings of children with...

Recommended reads for October 2020

Younger readers Esio Trot, Roald Dahl My youngest daughter came home from school one day and told me a secret. She had worked out that...

Recommended Reads for September 2020

Evie and the Animals, Matt Haig Matt Haig writes with such empathy. This is reflected beautifully in his stories for children. In this...

Recommended Reads for August 2020

Mister Cleghorn's Seal, Judith Kerr A charming, beautifully illustrated slim chapter book by the author of The Tiger Who Came to Tea. ...

Small but mighty

Just finished reading this little book of lively heart-warming short stories by Atinuke, which will now be passed on to my six year old....

Summertime reading, The Great Godden

I spent a glorious hot Summer week in Suffolk and managed to read The Great Godden, the latest young adult novel by Meg Rosoff. This is a...

Holy Batman, this is good

Set in the 1970s, Lenny's Book of Everything by Karen Foxlee is the story of a young girl, Lenny, and her brother, Davey, who is...

Recommended reads for July 2020

People, Blexbolex Created by the French silk-screen artist Blexbolex. A collection of images of different people with different roles. ...

Spectacular science

Unlike novels, non-fiction books don't always need to be read from cover to cover or in any particular order for them to make sense. In...

A return to nature

An ode to the natural world and the lost words of nature. This is a bold,beautiful oversized book that you will want to refer to again...

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