Books for starting school and kinder

So, I’ve had a great break from the usual rhythm of life, and we’ve moved house. Our ‘real’ house is now a shell of its former self – and I mean that literally! The back has been demolished and there are holes in walls where new doorways will fit. I’ll tell you more about that… Continue reading Books for starting school and kinder

Buying stand-alone Christmas books for kids

Children’s books that can stand alone, without any need to continue the drama or extend the characters, are pretty special because they are their own entity. We don’t need to look at the library for number 17, we’re not bored with the characters by book 11 and we can’t predict the pattern of the plot… Continue reading Buying stand-alone Christmas books for kids

Buying Christmas book series for kids

There’s something special about buying a book series, about seeing all the matching spines lined up together on your bookshelf. Lots of kids are collectors, so collecting, let alone reading, the whole set of books can feel like a mighty achievement. I’ve listed some of my favourite kids’ book series, for kids aged six to… Continue reading Buying Christmas book series for kids

The fourteenth summer of Angus Jack – book review

The fourteenth summer of Angus Jack Jen Storer 2015 Harper Collins Children’s Books The story: Angus Jack, fourteen, and his younger sister, Martha, ten, have recently moved to Australia with their father, constantly on the move since their mother’s death a few years ago. It’s summer, school hasn’t started yet, and Angus and Martha don’t… Continue reading The fourteenth summer of Angus Jack – book review