Roald Dahl

Roald Dahl Word of the Week: perambulator

  perambulator (noun) Plural: perambulators Definition: an old-fashioned word for a pram Example: ‘Slowly, almost lazily, the shark opened its mouth (which was big enough to have swallowed a perambulator) and made a lunge at the peach.’ – James and the Giant Peach Did you know? Perambulator means ‘around walker’. It comes from Latin ambulare … Read more

Children’s dictionaries – how to find the right dictionary for your child

Looking up an unfamiliar word in the dictionary can be a daunting task for many children. Without specially written definitions suited to their reading level, using a dictionary will be frustrating and discouraging, with each new definition containing more confusing words than the last! Encouraging children to use an appropriate dictionary on their own terms … Read more

Book of the Month — A Kalle Blomkvist Mystery: Living Dangerously

A Kalle Blomkvist Mystery: Living Dangerously By Astrid Lindgren Suitable for readers aged 9+ and fans of the Murder Most Unladylike series. Kalle Blomkvist returns in another gripping middle-grade mystery from the internationally bestselling author of Pippi Longstocking. Get your budding young detective on the case, and join Kalle Blomkvist and his friends for a … Read more

Book of the Month: Demon Headmaster – Total Control

The Demon Headmaster: Total Control By Gillian Cross Suitable for readers age 8+ Prepared to be hypnotised . . . The Demon Headmaster is back with a brand new look and a brand new adventure! To celebrate the hotly anticipated return of The Demon Headmaster, we’re giving away a complete set of Demon Headmaster books … Read more

Book of the Month: Knighthood for Beginners

Knighthood for Beginners Elys Dolan Age 7+ HUZZAH! What do you do if you fail your dragon certificate? Become a knight, of course! Join Dave the Dragon and Albrecht, his trusty (goaty) steed, on a fantastically funny quest to convince the court that being rather small, distinctly green, and, frankly, A DRAGON, is no barrier … Read more

The Dressing-Up Dad

The importance of dressing up

Dressing up is a brilliant way to encourage empathy. Here, Maudie Smith – author of The Dressing-Up Dad – gives us some fun ideas and easy ways to dress up with our kids. When I visit primary schools I tell children that books are magic. They’re not just books – paper, board and ink – … Read more

Girl looks at books in library

Your local library — a forgotten treasure trove

Guest blogger, Clare Turner, is a Primary School Librarian with a passion for books and reading for pleasure. She has two children of her own. I still remember visiting my local childhood library with my mum. It was a place to explore; a treasure trove containing the keys to hundreds of different worlds. I may … Read more

Mold and the Poison Plot

Book of the Month: Mold and the Poison Plot

Mold and the Poison Plot Lorraine Gregory Cover artwork by Tom Mead Age 9+ He’s got a big heart…and a NOSE to match! Dumped as a baby, Mold has only ever been looked after by potion-maker Aggy, and when she’s wrongly arrested for poisoning the king, he’s determined to rescue her. With his strangely huge … Read more

spring holiday reading

Spring holiday fiction for kids

Take some time to relax with a good book this holiday, with these recommendations for ages 2 to 11. Spring fiction Mr Bunny’s Chocolate Factory Elys Doran Suitable for children aged 2+ Go behind the scenes of Mr Bunny’s chocolate factory! An irresistible look at the workings of Mr Bunny’s chocolate factory, packed with cross-over … Read more