Library Loot: Non-fiction galore!

Library Loot: Non-fiction galore! Wow, it’s been an age since I posted one of these, despite the fact that I have been borrowing tonnes of books from the library, as always. I’m there at least once a week to pick up reservations and grab books from the ‘Recent Arrivals’ section, plus buy books in the…

Multilingual flashcard: Scorpion

Multilingual flashcard: Scorpion Learn how to say scorpion in 10 languages! This may seem like an odd choice of flashcard for December, but I have always had a soft spot for scorpions. As a kid, I wanted one for a pet and proceeded to adopt one as a pet when visiting America at seven years…

Multilingual flashcard: Coral

Coral in 10 languages Hands up if you thought coral was a plant – anyone? I remember reading that coral was an animal, but always thought of it as in the same category as seaweed, etc. It turns out that it’s much more complex than that! Coral are invertebrate animals which generally live in colonies…

Multilingual flashcard: Fish

Multilingual flashcard: Fish There are 33, 600 known species of fish in the world, with more diversity than any other vertebrate species. They are important to humans, both as a cultural icon and as a food source, with one sixth of the world’s protein provided by fish and fish products. The most commonly used collective…

Multilingual flashcard: Crab

Crab in 10 languages Crabs have existed since the Jurassic period (200- 145 million years ago) and live all over the world, in fresh and sea water and on the land, with around 850 species currently known to humans. They are decapod (ten-legged) crustaceans. Just as an aside, how many people learned about decapods from…

Multilingual flashcard: Manta Ray

Multilingual flashcard: Manta Ray Learn how to say ‘Manta Ray‘ in 10 different languages. I’ve decided to create some multilingual flashcards for various species of animals, starting with sea creatures, inspired by the growing awareness of our deleterious impact on the biodiversity of our oceans. First up is the Manta Ray. They live in warm…

Author interview: Gill Lewis

Author interview: Gill Lewis I am so excited to have Gill joining me on the blog today to talk about her writing – thank you so much for agreeing to be interviewed Gill! First, could you tell us a bit about yourself and how you became a writer? My journey to becoming a published writer…

Book Review: Run Wild

Run Wild Written by Gill Lewis 96 pages Published by Barrington Stoke Publication date: 15th July 2018 Summary (from Goodreads): Award-winning author Gill Lewis makes her debut to the Barrington Stoke list with a stunning tale of the wild that hides in us all. Run Wild is a thought-provoking and touching story that celebrates the…

Multilingual flashcard: Cheetah

Cheetah in 10 languages This is the fastest land mammal alive, reaching speeds of up to 70 mph over short distances. However, cheetahs are considered vulnerable as there are just over 7000 cheetahs left alive in the wild. This is due to poaching, habitat loss, the illegal pet trade and conflict with humans. In the…

Multilingual flashcard: Caterpillar

Caterpillar in 10 languages Following on from Spring flowers, I started thinking about the creepy crawlies that seem to come out of the woodwork when the weather gets nicer. I’ve already spotted some intrepid ants venturing into the classroom looking for crumbs left from the children’s lunches, and a few sleepy bumblebees seem to waking…

Waiting on Wednesday: When The Mountains Roared

When the Mountains Roared Written by Jess Butterworth 282 pages Published by Orion Publication date: 5th April 2018 Genre: Contemporary, Travel Age range: 9+ Summary (from Goodreads): I thought we’d live here forever. But then I thought Mum would be here forever too. When Ruby’s dad uproots her from Australia to set up a hotel…