This September my daughter is starting school. It’s a big step and I’ve been on the hunt for the best books to help prepare her for the transition to school. Here are my top ten fiction and non-fiction books with emotional wellbeing and educational themes that will help children starting school. Plus a bonus bingo game!
I am thrilled to be sharing a multi-illustrator interview with the creators of the ground-breaking new picture book, Hey You!, written by the world-class, Dapo Adeola.
Interview with author of Sunflower Sisters. Thisis a story that follows two best friends, Amrita and Kiki, on their journey through self-love, sisterhood and the power of loving one another.
It’s paperback publication day for The Perfect Shelter by Clare Helen Welsh and Åsa Gilland. I heard SO many good things about this book and they were all true! This beautiful book about childhood cancer and the bond between sisters pulls at the heart strings. The story is told in first person through the eyes... Continue Reading →
Grandad's Camper by Harry Woodgate captures a granddaughter’s visit to see her Grandad, who is mourning the loss of the love of his life, Gramps.
Rita has one wish: she really, really, really wants a pet rabbit. So, when Grandpa reveals that her birthday present is not a fluffy rabbit, but is in fact a scaly, speckled, spiky bearded dragon called Spike, Rita is not happy.
Jack loves dodos and wishes he had one for a pet. In fact, he wishes he had lots. But he soon discovers that pet dodos can be quite a lot of trouble!
This laugh-out-loud series featuring a magical llama has a super important message about standing up for yourself and finding your voice (literally). Llama on a Mission is the second book in the series (following on from Llama Out Loud) and is perfect for fans of Sam Copeland’s Charlie Changes into a Chicken series.
"Shhh. Beware. My dad is a grizzly bear." Or is he? And what happens if you meet a grizzly bear out in the wild? A gigantic, terrifying, hungry grizzly bear?
What Happened to You? by James Catchpole and Karen George is the first picture book to answer a very important question: how do we teach our children, despite any curiosities they may have, to be always be respectful to disabled people?
an ingenious book that invites you to step back in history by stepping into traditional homes from different eras. Starting with the grand manor houses of the 13th century right up to a modern day eco-friendly house you might expect to see on Grand Designs.
he Forgettery is a magical adventure by a little girl and her granny. This exquisite picture book is one of my top picks for 2021!
Mother's Day picture books Dreams for our Daughters Songs for our Sons How to Spot a Mum I Love Mummy Every Day Love
So, how are rainbows made? Well, there’s the scientific answer. And then there is this beautifully illustrated picture book, that answers the question another way. This book is all about how we can create a rainbow as a symbol of hope. And that is what a loving grandad explains to his granddaughter, one cloudy day.
You Choose meets The Hungry Caterpillar in this fabulous interactive picture book. The story begins with a grumpy mummy who is utterly fed up of the family eating the same old boring beige foods like chicken nuggets, pasta, chips, cereal and crisps. She decides that this week they are going to play the supermarket game.
Milo Imagines the World by Matt de la Peña & Christian Robinson is about a little boy’s journey. Physically, he is going on a train journey. But emotionally, Milo is going on a much more powerful kind of journey. Milo realises that you can’t judge someone by their appearance.
A Shelter for Sadness by Anne Booth and David Litchfield is a remarkable and poignant story about living with sadness
Based on Tom’s lived experience, The Invisible is the story of a girl called Isabel, living in poverty, who finds a way to bring the community together.