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New Book Releases – June 2016

This post will keep you up to date with titles coming out next month and will be divided into categories of Picture books, Children’s books and Young Adult Books. June is a busy month for new releases so there will be links to extra titles and order forms.  Please comment and let us know if… Continue reading New Book Releases – June 2016

Carnegie Longlist 2016 · Carnegie Nominations 2016 · Carnegie Shortlist 2016

Fire Colour One by Jenny Valentine

From the mind of award-winning author Jenny Valentine, Fire Colour One is a vibrant and thought-provoking novel.  It tells the tale of teenager Iris and how she discovers that her estranged biological father Ernest is in fact nearing the end of his life.  While in the company of her incorrigible mother and stepfather, Iris struggles… Continue reading Fire Colour One by Jenny Valentine

Greenaway Longlist 2016 · Greenaway Nominations 2016 · Greenaway Shortlist 2016

Captain Jack and the Pirates by Peter Bently and Helen Oxenbury

We first met Jack when he fought the dragon in King Jack and the Dragon and once again the young characters in this book are very appealing. They are beautifully drawn with a huge amount of expression and imagination. The pictures with no colour seem to be telling the ‘real’ story with the full colour… Continue reading Captain Jack and the Pirates by Peter Bently and Helen Oxenbury

Greenaway Longlist 2016 · Greenaway Nominations 2016 · Greenaway Shortlist 2016

There’s a Bear on My Chair by Ross Collins

This is the simple story of a mouse trying to get a bear to move out of his chair. As the mouse tries different tactics you can’t help but feel sorry for him as you see his frustration visibly building page after page. The illustrations are bright and bold and the text is large and… Continue reading There’s a Bear on My Chair by Ross Collins

Carnegie Longlist 2016 · Carnegie Nominations 2016 · Carnegie Shortlist 2016

The Ghosts of Heaven by Marcus Sedgwick

‘The Ghosts of Heaven’ has been split into four parts and can be read in any order. The first story is following a girl in pre-historic times; the second is about a young woman called Anna who is accused of witchcraft in the 1630’s; the third is the story of a therapist working at an… Continue reading The Ghosts of Heaven by Marcus Sedgwick

Carnegie Longlist 2016 · Carnegie Nominations 2016 · Carnegie Shortlist 2016

Five Children on the Western Front by Kate Saunders

I must be one of the few people who never read Five Children and It at school so I had no expectations of what this book should be like. There was a good balance between the real life story of World War 1 and fantasy story of the Psammead which moulded together very well. Some… Continue reading Five Children on the Western Front by Kate Saunders

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“Do you see what I see?”: How to interpret picture books.

“What does the composition of the picture tell you about the characters? How does the use of space make you feel? What does the viewpoint tell you about what’s happening? And why is the dog talking?!” I’ve often sat in front of a class or a book group with a Greenaway shortlisted title in my… Continue reading “Do you see what I see?”: How to interpret picture books.