Roald Dahl

Roald Dahl Word of the Week: time-twiddler

  time-twiddler (noun) Plural: time-twiddlers Definition: A time-twiddler is someone who lives for a very long time. Giants are ancient time-twiddlers who have been living for centuries. Example: ‘Giants is never dying,’ the BFG answered … ‘Mostly us giants is simply going on and on like whiffsy time-twiddlers.’ – The BFG Did you know? When … Read more

The Accidental Father Christmas

Book of the month: The Accidental Father Christmas

The Accidental Father Christmas By Tom McLaughlin The latest in the hilarious ‘Accidental’ series, this book is an absolute Christmas cracker for readers aged 9-12 and a great choice for fans of David Walliams. Ben is a passionate young lad who wants nothing more than to have his Dad at home for Christmas. Since his … Read more

Mum and daughter reading together

What are reading schemes and why do they matter?

What are reading schemes? A reading scheme is a series of books that have been carefully written to support the process of learning to read and to help children make progress as readers. What educational researchers know about how children learn to read – and how best to motivate them to learn – is changing … Read more

Winnie birthday cake

Happy Birthday, Winnie!

Our top 10 unforgettable Winnie and Wilbur moments Friday 13 October 2017 marked the 30th birthday of our favourite witch Winnie and her loyal sidekick Wilbur! Over the past 30 years the Winnie and Wilbur series by Valerie Thomas and Korky Paul has sold over seven million copies in more than 10 languages. This year, … Read more

magical tales

Magical tales for 5 – 7 year olds

Halloween doesn’t have to be scary. Treat younger children to these magical tales of fairies, witches and some rather pesky cats! Isadora Moon Goes on a School Trip Harriet Muncaster Her mum is a fairy and her dad is a vampire and she is a bit of both. Isadora’s classmates are all a bit frightened … Read more

Sky Dancer

Book of the Month: Sky Dancer

Sky Dancer By Gill Lewis A brand new novel from the best-selling and award-winning author of Sky Hawk. Perfect for readers aged 9+ and fans of Michael Morpurgo. Can Joe find the courage he needs to protect the Sky Dancers? Sky Dancer is a highly topical and emotionally powerful novel about the plight of the … 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