Library Loot: Quests, Ghosts and Swimming

Library Loot: Quests, Ghosts and Swimming   I love my library, don’t you? Every week I get to discover both anticipated and unexpected new books to read and it’s all completely free! This week I have picked up a selection of reservations that I made based on books other people have recommended and a general…

Books about Refugees

Books About Refugees   World Refugee Day is held on 20th June around the world. Today (11th June) is also Empathy Day. What better day to share this list? In the U.K. Refugee Week is held around this time in order to celebrate the contribution that refugees have made to the U.K. and to help…

Mini-Reviews: Girls in Politics

Mini-Reviews: Girls in Politics When I have the choice between reading another book or reviewing the one I have just read, I usually choose to read another one. As much as I adore shouting about books on my blog, reading is, after all, my first love! Therefore, I have decided to do some mini-review posts…

Book Review: Herstory

Book Review: Herstory Herstory: 50 women and girl who shook the world Written by Katherine Halligan Illustrated by Sarah Walsh 112 pages Published by Nosy Crow Publication date: 1st March 2018 Summary (from Goodreads): Instead of just studying history, let’s think about HerStory too! In this uplifting and inspiring book, children can learn about 50…

Six for Sunday: 2019 kidlit must-reads (so far!)

Six for Sunday: 2019 kidlit must-reads (so far!) Have you read many books for children in 2019? What have you read and enjoyed so far this year? Could you narrow it down to only six books? After looking at what I’ve read (135 books so far) I found this really tricky so I have actually…

Book Review: No Ballet Shoes in Syria

Book Review: No Ballet Shoes in Syria No Ballet Shoes in Syria Written by Catherine Bruton 272 pages Published by Nosy Crow Publication date: 2nd May 2019 Summary (from Goodreads): Aya is eleven years old and has just arrived in Britain with her mum and baby brother, seeking asylum from war in Syria. When Aya…

The Funny Thing about Funny Books

Originally posted on Library Girl and Book Boy:
Those of you who follow my blog or engage with me on Twitter will know that I am passionate about children’s books, all children’s books, and the power they have to transform a child’s life.  There are few more powerful things parents can do for their children…

Book Review: Welcome to Our World

Book Review: Welcome to Our World   Welcome to Our World Written by Moira Butterfield Illustrated by Harriet Lynas 64 pages Published by Nosy Crow Publication date: 7th June 2018 Summary (from Goodreads): Children all over the world are very different, but they also have much in common. In this beautifully illustrated book, young children…

Book Review: Colour of People

Book Review: Colour of People Colour of People Illustrated by Mauricio Negro 32 pages Published by Little island Books Publication date: 5th July 2018 Summary (from the publisher): People come in different colours. But no matter what they look like, people all eat when they’re hungry, shiver when they’re cold, smile when they’re happy. Originally published in Brazil, this wordless…

Multilingual flashcard: Cello

Cello in 10 languages Happy Friday everyone! How are you planning to spend your weekend? Today’s multilingual flashcard is for the cello, a beautiful instrument that is commonly used both in orchestras and in smaller ensembles. The most famous piece of cello music is probably Bach’s Cello Suite No. 1 I haven’t listened to that…

Multilingual flashcard: Flute

Multilingual flashcard: Flute Flutes are the earliest existing musical instruments, with examples having been discovered from around 43,000 years ago, made from bone. Flutes can be made from a variety of materials, including metal, wood, bone, fibreglass and many more. The name ‘flute’ actually refers to a family of instruments, varying in size and material….

Multilingual flashcard: Happy Birthday!

Happy Birthday to me! This is just to say thank you to everyone who has taken the time to say Happy Birthday today! While a birthday isn’t as much of an event for adults as it often is for children, I have been really touched by how many people have wished me well today and…