Book Review: Ban This Book

Ban This Book by Alan Gratz 256 pages Published by Starscape & Tor/Forge (Imprint of Macmillan USA) Age range: MG (9 +) Summary: (from Goodreads) –Readers, librarians, and all those books that have drawn a challenge have a brand new hero…. Stand up and cheer, book lovers. This one’s for you.- –Kathi Appelt, author of…

Book Review: I will love you forever

I will love you forever Written and illustrated by Tatsuya Miyanashi 40 pages Published by Museyon Age range: In Japan from age 3, for this particular book maybe 5+ Summary: (from Goodreads) A female Maiasaura finds a lost egg in the forest and decides to look after it with her own egg. Surprisingly, a baby…

Book Review: Violet

Violet Written by Tania Duprey Stehlik Illustrated by Vanja Vuleta Jovanovic Published by Second Story Press 32 pages Age range: KS1+ / 5+ Summary (from Goodreads): Violet is happy that her father has come to pick her up after her first day at a new school. But as she races over to meet him, one…

Multilingual flashcard: Magic Potion

Multilingual flashcard 123 – Magic potion in 10 languages. This is one of our favourite activities to do when learning fractions – I give the children some potions and they have to work out the fractions of ingredients. They then get the chance to create their own magic potion, using fractions to represent how much…

Book review: A Different Pond

A Different Pond Written by Bao Phi Illustrated by Thi Bui 34 pages Published by Picture Window Books Age range: All ages Summary: (from Goodreads) Acclaimed poet Bao Phi delivers a powerful, honest glimpse into a relationship between father and son and between cultures, old and new. A Different Pond is an unforgettable story about…

Book Review: Cinderella and the Furry Slippers

Cinderella and the Furry Slippers Written by Davide Cali Illustrated by┬áRaphaelle Barbanegre 32 pages Published by Tundra Books Age range: KS1 or lower KS2 (ages 4-8)   Summary: (from NetGalley) Handsome princes, fancy castles, extravagant balls . . . in this girl-power fractured fairy tale, Cinderella learns that if it looks too good to be…

Book Review: Argyle Fox

Argyle Fox Written and illustrated by Marie Letourneau 32 pages Published by Tanglewood Press Age range: Any age! Summary: (from Goodreads) Argyle Fox, with his signature style, wants to play outside on a springtime day, but the wind is wreaking havoc with his fun and games. As soon as he builds a card tower, climbs…

Book review: The Last Tree

The Last Tree Written by Ingrid Chabbert, illustrated by Guridi 36 pages Published by Kids Can Press “It’s so beautiful!” I whispered. “It’s the first one I’ve seen. “ “Do you think it’s the last tree?” Summary: (from Goodreads) A small boy longed to roll and play in the grass like his father had when…

Multilingual flashcard: Book

Multilingual flashcard 148 – Book in 10 languages. Pretty much the most important word you need to know in any language. Books, unique portals to other worlds, repositories of knowledge, provacators and comforters, ‘portable magic’. Books have been tied up with so many important experiences in my life and I truly believe you can never…

Books for teaching mathematical concepts

I enjoy using books to introduce a new topic in Mathematics or to provide children a fun way to practise or consolidate their skills. Math Curse by Jon Scieszka and Lane Smith is a fun book that looks at all the ways Maths is relevant to our everyday lives. This is an interesting way to…

Roald Dahl themed Maths Resources for Book Week

So next week is Book Week and a lot of schools are building the theme for their week around Roald Dahl as this year marks 100 years since he was born. Kids love Roald Dahl, generally because of his irreverence, bizarre storylines and grotesque characters. As an adult I have to admit that his stories…