Macmillan Books

  • Old Friends by Margaret Aitken & Lenny Wen

    Old Friends by Margaret Aitken & Lenny Wen

    Old Friends is a heartwarming story about finding friends that have the same interests as you, regardless of age and experience. It celebrates the way that wonderful relationships can be enjoyed by young and old and how mutually beneficial the exchanging of ideas and experience between two generations can be.


  • Christmas Book Spine Poems
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    Christmas Book Spine Poems

    If your little bookworm is looking for a festive activity you can have a lot of fun making Christmas book spine poems. Creating book spine poems at school, at home or in the library is a great way to promote literacy skills and encourage children to talk about stories. Book spine poems are also really simple to create! Just…


  • Story Snug’s most viewed posts in 2021
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    Story Snug’s most viewed posts in 2021

    Before I start a new year of blogging I’m taking my annual look back at Story Snug’s most viewed posts in 2021. It was a quieter year on the blog as homeschooling and lockdown made other demands on my time but we read lots of fabulous books and Story Snug still had several visitors –…


  • Story themed Advent Calendars
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    Story themed Advent Calendars

    Over the years we’ve enjoyed various story themed Advent Calendars to help us count down the days until Christmas. We always put our Christmas books away during the year and get them out around the end of November, it’s such a lovely treat to rediscover old favourites and forgotten stories.


  • How Winston Came Home For Christmas by Alex T. Smith

    How Winston Came Home For Christmas by Alex T. Smith

    Are you looking for an advent calendar for your little bookworm?  How Winston Came Home For Christmas is a beautifully illustrated Advent adventure told in twenty four and a half chapters. We first met Winston, a kind, brave and adventurous mouse, in How Winston Delivered Christmas, also an advent story which is such a page turner…


  • International Dog Day – favourite fictional dogs
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    International Dog Day – favourite fictional dogs

    Happy International Dog Day! Do you have a favourite fictional dog? We looked through our bookshelves to find doggy stories that we enjoy reading and after some discussion we came up with a top five list.


  • National Insect Week: Picture Books about Insects
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    National Insect Week: Picture Books about Insects

    June 21st to 27th is National Insect Week which encourages people of all ages to learn more about insects. We’ve learnt lots of fascinating facts about different kinds of insects through reading non fiction picture books but also by doing our own research after reading stories with insect main characters.


  • The Little War Cat by Hiba Noor Khan & Laura Chamberlain

    The Little War Cat by Hiba Noor Khan & Laura Chamberlain

    The Little War Cat is the beautifully illustrated story of a cat whose world is turned upside down when war comes to Aleppo. It’s a story of hope which was inspired by the experiences of Mohammad Alaa Aljaleel, The Cat Man of Aleppo, who works tirelessly to help animals and people affected by the Syrian conflict.


  • The Hospital Dog by Julia Donaldson & Sara Ogilvie

    The Hospital Dog by Julia Donaldson & Sara Ogilvie

    Dot is a hospital dog who lives with her owner Rose. Dot and Rose spend lots of time at the hospital where they comfort patients, parents and even staff. The story provides an insight into a support system for young patients that many readers won’t be aware of and includes a diverse cast of characters,…


  • The Twelve Days of Christmas or Grandma is Overly Generous by Alex T. Smith

    The Twelve Days of Christmas or Grandma is Overly Generous by Alex T. Smith

    The Twelve Days of Christmas or Grandma is Overly Generous is set in the late Edwardian period and the song is given a new and quirky twist by Alex T. Smith. Eloise Jingle receives Christmas presents from Grandma which start innocuously enough but as the days progress they become quirkier and more original until on…