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Roald Dahl

Roald Dahl Word of the Week: sloshbuckling

sloshbuckling (adjective) Definition: Something that is sloshbuckling makes a lot of fuss and noise, like a whirring bellypopper. Example: ‘If you is taking these sloshbuckling noisy bellypoppers any closer, all the giants is waking up at once and then pop goes the weasel.’ – The BFG Don’t be biffsquiggled! Sloshbuckling sounds like buckswashling, but they … Read more

Planet Stan

Book of the Month: Planet Stan

Planet Stan Written by Elaine Wickson and illustrated by Chris Judge Stanley loves space, calm and pie charts. His younger brother Fred loves dinosaurs, chaos and mess, and is prone to leaving snails under Stanley’s bed and ladybirds in his lunchbox. Surely they must have something in common? With the clock ticking down to the … Read more

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Picture books for older readers

Who says we have to leave picture books behind in KS1? These wonderful books use spellbinding illustrations to introduce children to big ideas. A Child of Books Oliver Jeffers, Sam Winston Age: 5+ | Oxford Level 7 A beautiful picture book all about the wonder and importance of books. What’s not to like? Buy on … Read more

Winnie and Wilbur: The Naughty Knight

Book of the Month: Winnie and Wilbur: The Naughty Knight

Winnie and Wilbur: The Naughty Knight Written by Valerie Thomas and illustrated by Korky Paul In this brand-new adventure from Valerie Thomas – with iconic illustrations by Korky Paul – the nation’s most-beloved witch and her ever-patient cat discover what it was like to be a knight in medieval times. With a little magical help … Read more

Ben Davis’ top 10 funny books

Now, I might be biased here, but I think funny books get a raw deal. They don’t tend to get loads of awards or critical adulation, but they are hard to write. Try and think of something funny right now. Go on. No, not that picture of my face, something else. It’s tricky, isn’t it? … Read more

Roald Dahl

World Book Day costume ideas

This year’s World Book Day is on 1 March 2018. Make this wonderful celebration of books and reading extra special with our no-sew World Book Day costume ideas. Not only do they feature some of our favourite children’s book characters, they all require absolutely no sewing whatsoever, which means you can spend less time making … Read more

Harriet Muncaster’s top 10 magical books

My favourite books are those that have a special atmosphere you can find yourself getting lost in. This happens for me firstly through the illustrations. I know you shouldn’t judge a book just by its pictures, but I’m a very visual person and illustrations are such a great way to capture a child’s (or a … Read more

Matty Long’s top 10 fantasy books for under 5s

Greetings! My friends at Oxford University Press have handed me the noble quest of picking out 10 books for children under five that feature fantasy themes and other worlds, which is pretty tough considering there’s a wealth of such material open to kids as they start to get into chapter books. So you’ll find no … Read more

Tom McLaughlin’s top 10 hilarious books

We all need to laugh, it’s my middle name, or at least it’s in the middle of my last name which is sort of the same – right? Anyway, I’ve made a list of rib ticklers, elbow gigglers and spine chucklers that’ll hopefully give you a laugh or two. This list of is made up … Read more

Bee Boy

Book of the Month: Bee Boy by Tony de Saulles

Bee Boy Written and illustrated by Tony de Saulles Following a long and successful career as an illustrator, Tony de Saulle’s bee-rilliant book Bee Boy combines his wonderful artwork with a superhero story that is entertaining and educational in equal measure – perfect for children aged 7+ who like funny illustrated fiction. Half bee, half … Read more