The House Cup Reading Challenge

This is my first time trying out a reading challenge – being a total Potterhead I couldn’t resist this! I saw this on Kelsey’s Cluttered Bookshelf and will be joining Team Ravenclaw under the oversight of my head girl Alex from BooksyDaisy Hogwarts Student Questionnaire Name: Christina Hogwarts House: Ravenclaw Wand Type: Laurel wood with…

Book Review: Pirates in the Library

Pirates in the Library Written by Nadia Ali Illustrated by Jake Tebbit 40 pages Published by Star Bright Books Age range: 6 + Publication date: 15th October 2016 Summary (from Goodreads): Prepare to set sail for the adventure of a lifetime with fierce Captain Jake when he discovers a treasure map that leads him, his…

Book Review: Feather

Feather Written by Cao Wenxuan Illustrated by Roger Mello Translated by Chloe Garcia-Roberts 40 pages Published by Archipelago Books Age range: 5 + Publication date: 10th October 2017 Summary (from Goodreads): A philosophical picture book from one of China’s most celebrated children’s authors and 2016 Hans Christian Andersen Award-winner Cao Wenxuan. A feather is blown…

Book Review: Be Brave Little One

Be Brave Little One 34 pages Written and illustrated by Marianne Richmond Published by Sourcebooks Jabberwocky Publication date: 3rd October 2017 Age range: 2+ Summary: (from Goodreads) From the author of If I Could Keep You Little comes Be Brave Little One, which honors and celebrates the power of courage in every child. Perfect for…

Book Review: Wolf Children

Wolf Children Written by Paul Dowswell 290 pages Published by Bloomsbury Publication date: 24th August 2017 Age range: 13 + Summary (from Goodreads): It is July 1945, Hitler’s Third Reich has fallen, and Berlin is in ruins. Living on the edge of survival in the cellar of an abandoned hospital, Otto and his ragtag gang…

Multilingual flashcard: Notebook

The second tool in your stationery arsenal and probably the most important. What if the idea for what will be your best-selling novel appears and you can’t capture it in a notebook before it evaporates back into the ether? Notebook in 10 languages. How many of you are guilty of buying pretty notebooks, then hesitating…

Book Review: Shelter

Shelter By Céline Claire Illustrated by Qin Leng 42 pages Published by Kids Can Press Age range: 3+ Publication date: 3rd October 2017 Summary: (from Goodreads) As a big storm approaches, two strangers arrive in the forest. All the animal families, safe in their homes, are worried. They wonder, What are they doing there? What…

Book Review: Princess Lila builds a Tower

Princess Lila builds a tower Written by Anne Paradis Illustrated by Karina Dupuis 32 pages Published by CrackBoom! Books Publication date: 16th May 2017 Age range: 4 + Summary (from Goodreads): Princess Lila lives in a beautiful castle and has everything she could ever desire—well, almost. She yearns to venture beyond the forest, explore her…

Book Review: Nyxia

Nyxia Written by Scott Reintgen 384 pages Published by Michael Joseph (Penguin UK) Publication date: 12th September 2017 Age range: 14+ Summary (from Goodreads): Emmett Atwater isn’t just leaving Detroit; he’s leaving Earth. Why the Babel Corporation recruited him is a mystery, but the number of zeroes on their contract has him boarding their lightship…

Multilingual flashcard: Lost Boys

Continuing with the Peter Pan theme – the Lost Boys in 10 languages. In the book, the Lost Boys are children who fall out of their prams when their carer is otherwise occupied – if not claimed within a week, they join Peter Pan in Neverland. Girls, as Peter explains, are fall to clever to…

Multilingual flashcards: Neverland

‘Second star to the right and straight on until morning!’ Follow Peter Pan and discover Neverland in 10 languages. I love the variation in names in different languages for this one – in Italian ‘The island that never was’ and in Chinese ‘The kingdom that doesn’t fall from dreams’