Dec 8th: Claire Zinkin (aka MinervaMoan) chooses The Snowman
The Story: A young boy builds a snowman in the garden. In the middle of the night he wakes, and sees that the snowman has come alive.
It’s Christmas! by Tracey Corderoy & Tim Warnes
It’s Christmas! is a festive, feelgood story which makes us laugh. Parents, as well as children, will identify with Archie’s infectious, and sometimes overpowering, enthusiasm for all the preparations. Chaos reigns throughout the story and we love the humour in the illustrations.
Matilda by Roald Dahl & Quentin Blake
Matilda is one our favourite fictional heroines and her story is our favourite Roald Dahl story. She loves books, she’s strong minded, determined, feisty and all of these attributes lead her, against all odds, to find her own happy ending. Two other people also stand out in Matilda’s story, both are supportive and encouraging and…
Our top 3 Charlie & Lola stories chosen in celebration of the new Children’s Laureate, Lauren Child
We were so excited when we heard yesterday that Lauren Child has been named as the new Children’s Laureate. Lauren is the tenth Children’s Laureate and succeeds Chris Riddell. You can read more about the Children’s Laureate’s role on the Children’s Laureate website. We are huge fans of Lauren Child’s work and I loved her…
Monkey Puzzle by Julia Donaldson & Axel Scheffler
The discovery of a Monkey Puzzle sticker book in a bookshop led us to pull an old favourite off the bookshelf and read it again. We love this cleverly written story which intertwines humour and learning in a fun way. It was definitely one of the most well read stories when my daughter was younger and there’s…
Sunk! by Rob Biddulph
We love Rob Biddulph’s first picture book, Blown Away, in which we were introduced to Penguin Blue and his friends. Now they’re back in another story, Sunk!, a fun, rhyming adventure about pirates and friendship.
The Lumberjack’s Beard by Duncan Beedie
We absolutely love The Lumberjack’s Beard! A lumberjack needs to make a living but how does it affect the woodland animals when he cuts down the trees, burns the leaves and branches and sends the logs down the river? This beautifully illustrated, entertaining and humorous story shows how the ecosystem is affected by tree felling and…