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Booklists

The downloads in this area of our website are all book lists.

These feature some of our favourite titles and there are selections to suit all ages.

We will add to this area regularly, so please check back soon to see what's new.

Booklists
27/10/2017
November Literature Review

November Literature Review

What if thoughts really do become things? What if the power of the human mind could be used to summon that which we needed? And what if our imagination could save us in the most unexpected of situations? It’s not…

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02/10/2017
Meeting Lauren Child and Kate DiCamillo

Meeting Lauren Child and Kate DiCamillo

We had a wonderful opportunity last week to spend an evening with Lauren Child, UK Children's Laureate and Kate DiCamillo, the former U.S National Ambassador for Young People's Literature. This was hosted by another favourite author (and children's book blogger/radio…

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30/09/2017
October 2017 Literature Review

October 2017 Literature Review

It is the human condition to have preferences, to enjoy predictability and routine but there is much to be said about leaving one’s comfort zone, trying new things and pushing boundaries. There have been numerous studies on ‘growth’ versus ‘fixed’…

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21/09/2017

Books with Strong Geographical Links

We have chosen some of our favourite books that have clear and distinct geographical links! There is a mixture of longer and shorter narratives with specific geographical settings, narrative non-fiction texts that give us information about geography or have strong…

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18/09/2017
Why the Book is the Hook

Why the Book is the Hook

A few years ago, when the curriculum we've come to know, and (maybe love is too strong a word) make our own was merely in draft form, we were asked to prepare an example of planning for a group of Heads…

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29/08/2017
September 2017 Literature Review

September 2017 Literature Review

In times where things may appear rather bleak in our world, literature is always going to be the medium through which beauty, tales of resilience, exploration and discovery can be transferred to readers the world-over. And what better time than…

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09/08/2017
Thinking Thematically

Thinking Thematically

One of our favourite things is when we are asked to visit a school to help shape their English curriculum. This is an enjoyable task for many reasons: it allows us to recommend texts that we believe will both engage…

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01/08/2017
August Literature Review

August Literature Review

With the summer holiday in full-swing, some of us are away, planning to be away or about to return home and so there is something of a theme to this month’s Literature Review - there’s no place like home! And…

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27/07/2017

Full and Fractured Fairy Tales

Fairy tales are vital to refer to for plot and character when it comes to teaching any narrative form...Hans Christian Anderson’s tales feature heavily here and The Brothers Grimm are widely attributed as being the collectors of many of these…

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26/07/2017

Books with Distinct Historical Links

Some of these books are based on actual events but have a ‘fiction feel’ about them. Others are based in that time period and do well to create an authentic story within the time frame.

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26/07/2017

Books with Distinct Scientific Links

We have chosen some of our favourite scientific books – there’s something here for everyone to get geeky about! There is a mixture of narratives that contain scientific characters and contexts, narrative non-fiction texts that give us information about scientists…

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26/07/2017

Very Important Picture Books

How do we define ‘important’? Well, it’s a picture book so the pictures need to be good. And where there are words, they need to be good too. But more importantly the message needs to be STRONG and that will…

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26/07/2017

Wordless Picture Books

Here is a list of just some of our favourite wordless picture books. From collage and layering, to intricate pencil-drawn images, from watercolour to block colour, these books show the range and possibility of wordless texts and demonstrate why we…

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26/07/2017

Novels for Younger Readers

This was a fun list to write. Actually, this age is all about being a little humorous. So, how we did we choose them? Well, they needed to be books of the smaller variety, not too dense and ideally with…

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01/07/2017
July Literature Review

July Literature Review

In the height of summer and as the school holidays approach, we've selected some texts that we think would make lovely holiday reads for children. Whether sitting in the sun, travelling on a long journey or curling up on a…

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01/06/2017
June Literature Review

June Literature Review

As always, we have been spoilt for choice in selecting texts for this month’s review and were delighted to find, among the many newly-published children’s books, that two authors we already adore have new works on the bookshop shelves: Neil…

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02/05/2017
May Literature Review

May Literature Review

We’ve been absolutely spoilt in putting together this month’s literature review- there is such an array of wonderful books that have just been published and we’ve greedily inhaled several in order to whittle down our selection to three: Tidy by…

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18/04/2017
April Literature Review

April Literature Review

We’ve selected three very different books for our April Literature Review: the first is about a triangle; the second – a rabbit; and the third is a non-fiction work of art about animals. We hope reading these you feel inspired…

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18/03/2017
Learning to Love the Language of Grammar

Learning to Love the Language of Grammar

We love listening to the radio when we're in the office, and when the band London Grammar came on the other day, it got us thinking about grammar not just in London but across all the land: how is the…

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02/01/2017
Adapting to Adaptations

Adapting to Adaptations

We've all been there. You read a book and you fall in love with the characters. You imagine the character's looks. You see the scenery. In some cases you even become the characters! And then you go to see the…

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08/12/2016
Staff Picks for 2016 with some Christmas Bibliotherapy!

Staff Picks for 2016 with some Christmas Bibliotherapy!

We are often asked what books we would buy for our own children or for friends. Here's an insight into some our top picks of 2016 that may be landing in a stocking near you soon... Pippa recommends... Ada Twist,…

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Blog & Booklists

  • November Literature Review

    Posted On: 27/10/2017

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  • Meeting Lauren Child and Kate DiCamillo

    Posted On: 02/10/2017

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  • October 2017 Literature Review

    Posted On: 30/09/2017

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