The Hospital Dog, written
by Julia Donaldson, illustrated by Sara Ogilvie, Published by Macmillan
World renowned rhyme master is back with a new picture book set to warm your heart. Paired with uber talented Sara Ogilvie again, these creators of The Detective Dog are back with The Hospital Dog. Featuring a smart and plucky Dalmatian, this dog visits the children’s ward of the local hospital bringing hope, cheer and a helping paw. Dot the Dalmation cheers everyone up and is a valued member of the team! What happens when Dot herself needs some care and attention though? All ages will enjoy spending time with Dot and reading this delightful story. A powerful story of love, courage and kindness! Too Much Stuff, written and
Illustrated by Emily Gravett, Published by Two Hoots
Another sure to be classic picture book from the wonderfully talented Emily Gravett. Sitting in a nest are four perfect eggs waiting to hatch, eagerly watched by the magpie parents. Feeling as though their nest needs more they fly around gathering items…going from small to large to giant. There is simply not enough space and now there is too much stuff! The other animals watch in awe as the nest becomes unrecognisable and then the eggs start to hatch…in a panic, the magpies give everything away and tidy up! A reminder that we do not need so much stuff and the benefits of reducing, reusing or recycling! Marney’s Mix-Up, written by Jane Rushmore,
illustrated by Sally Darby, Published by Owlet Press
Marney has to fend for himself this winter and as Autumn sets in, he thinks it will be easy to search for nuts to store away. He isn’t sure where to begin and soon most of the nuts have been hidden away. Braving the other side of the park, he meets a creature speaking a strange language and runs to hide. Curiosity soon sets in and Marley asks who the creature is and what the language was, but no one could help. Marney must find and talk to the creature. Finding answers, Marney also realises that he has greater similarities to the creature than differences. Delightful and colourful illustrations highlight the autumn scenes and story perfectly. How to be a Bug Warrior, written by Parent-Child Dino Research Team, adapted by Stephanie Stahl,
illustrated by Loyal Kids, published by Little Steps Publishing
Dinosaurs have been getting ill and the dinosaurs need to start wearing masks and washing their hands more. With obvious similarities, this is a lovely book to share the worries, learn to adapt to the new normal and understand the current COVID situation. With simple and clear instructions for wearing a mask, being safe and healthy, I can see this being a perfect read aloud for younger children. When one young dinosaur gets ill, the doctor explains how it happened. With handy hints and useful information at the back, this acts as a great guide. The
Fox on the Swing, written by Evelina Daciūtė, illustrated by Aušra Kiudulaitė, Published by Thames and Hudson
I came across this book in a children’s book shop and I couldn’t be parted from it. I adored the cover and style of the text inside and once I read the story, I knew it was a keeper. Paul and his family live in a tree and every afternoon, he would get rolls and walk through the park. Happening upon a fox on a swing, they start up a unique friendship. Fox has some classic statements that would prompt for some brilliant discussions in a class. When Paul needs to move to a new tree with his family, he is worried he won’t see the fox anymore. An incredible story of finding happiness and friends! The illustrations are superb and cleverly detailed.
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I am a primary school teacher, turned librarian. Now I have the title Reading Advocate for ASSET Education Trust, based in Suffolk.
I read constantly and have more books than bookshelves, but I wouldn't have it any other way.
I celebrate reading every day at work and at home with my two children, aged 11 and 9.
I sit on the National Executive Committee for the Federation of Children’s Book Groups and run an OU/UKLA Teachers as Readers group!
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I am SO excited for Too Much Stuff, I love Emily Gravett’s books and Tidy is a big fave!