May Reads

Here are the kids top reads for the month of March all scoring 4 or 5 stars.

    Night Flights by Philip Reeve illustrated by Ian McQue – fabulous stories linking the books in the series beautifully
    Ms Marvel (x4) – humorous witty comic full of adventure
    Spies in St Petersburg by Katherine Woodfine illustrated by Karl James Mountford – as good as book 1, the perfect spy story
    The Alchemyst by Michael Scott – great adventure full of magic & fantasy, want to read the next is the series

  • Princess in Black: Takes a Holiday by Shannon & Dale Hale illustrated by LeUyen Pham- I liked seeing the see the Goat Avenger working with Princess in Black
  • Mr Penguin & the Fortress of Secrets by Alex T Smith – loved it especially the big chase. I was awestruck by the pictures
  • Railway Children by E Nesbit – you never knew where the story would take you
  • Super Magic Frozen Forest by Matty Long- lots of funny things to look out for in the pictures.

Dragon in the Library

The Dragon in the Library written by Louie Stowell & illustrated by a Davide Ortu.

Dragons & libraries the perfect combination for a great read especially when you add in an engaging group of young friends, a dastardly villain and the glorious creature, half dog half dragon, dogon.

We thoroughly enjoyed this read. From the moment Kit discovers her powers & uncovers the secrets of the library we were hooked. As always with power comes great responsibilities as well as an evil villain to defeat.

There was plenty of excitement and laughs as we followed Kits adventures, along with her friends & teacher, to save the day by saving the library.

One of those reads we were happy to dive right back into for a second time as it was so much fun, highly recommended.

March Reads

Here are the kids top reads for the month of March all scoring 4 or 5 stars.

  • Mortal Engines by Philip Reeve – a thrilling adventure that keeps you hooked at every word but beware the sad ending
  • Artemis Fowl and the Time Paradox by Eoin Colfer
  • Politics for Beginners by Alex Frith, Rosie Hore, Louie Stowell and Kellan Stover
  • Amelia Fang & the Half-Moon Holiday by Lauren Ellen Anderson

    Rosie Revere & the Raucous Riveteers by Andrea Beaty and David Roberts – an entertaining funny book all about never giving up even if things are going wrong.
    Nightlights by Lorena Alvarez Gomez – has such amazing pictures and colours.
    Little Bears Spring by Elli Woollard and Briony May Smith – I like it because when things seemed terrible there was light and the pictures are beautiful.
    The Ice Monster by David Walliams and Tony Ross – is very funny & made me laugh out loud.

Illustrated Library

Libraries & librarians in picture books

The book Without a Story by Carolina Rabei

Discover life in the library at night & where the importance of readers is explored.

Lola Dutch is a little bit much by Kenneth & Sarah Jane Wright

Meet the unstoppable Lola Dutch who has great ideas including heading to the library.

Heading home with ALL the books

The Covers of my Book are Too Far Part (and other grumbles) by Vivian French & Nigel Baines

A book celebrating all that is brilliant about books & reading. Snippets of bookish thoughts & experiences

A horse librarian

An asian Harry Potter 👍🏽

February Reads

Here are the kids top reads for the month of February all scoring 4 or 5 stars. This month they got to read part 8 of a long running favourite graphic novel series and plenty of exciting stories.

Supernova by Kazu Kibuishi (Amulet Series Book 8) – a comic series full of adventure & twists & turns.

In The Hands of the Goddess by Tamora Pierce (Alanna Series Book 2) – is exciting to see what happens next to Alanna & in this book she meets a magical cat.

Ninja Kid: From Nerd to Ninja by Anh Do and Jeremy Ley – a funny book with a silly grandma who makes amazing inventions.

Pages & Co: Tilly & the Bookwanderers by Anna James – an exciting book with great literary recommendations

The Starspun Web by Sinead O’Hart – a super good science fiction book involving quantum dimensions.

Race to the Frozen North by Catherine Johnson illustrated by Katie Hickey – history that everyone should know about, the story about the first man to the North Pole, Matthew Henson forgotten about because of the colour of his skin.

January Reads

Here are the kids top reads for the month of Jan all scoring 4 or 5 stars. It was the month they both discovered manga series they liked from the local library as well as re-reads of favourite series.

  • Sea (Huntress Trilogy) by Sarah Driver – an exciting adventure book set in a complete fantasy world.
  • Goblins by Philip Reeve – a funny read with a great adventure.
  • The Stormkeeper’s Island by Catherine Doyle – a magical amazing read with heart (highly recommended)
  • Fullmetal Alchemist by Hiromu Arakawa – magic & wizardry 

  • The Legend of Podkin One-Ear by Kieran Larwood & David Wyatt – its a great adventure series.
  • Bunny vs Monkey by Jamie Smart – is really really funny.
  • Splatoon vol 1 by Sankichi Hinodeya – liked the characters & their cool names.
  • Harry Potter & the Philosophers Stone by J.K.Rowling & Jim Kay – thrilling & I wanted to know what happens next.

Mini Bookish Village – Advent

In Dec 2018 I created a mini bookish house/hotel/library/castle/zebra crossing etc. each day leading up to Christmas based on some of our fave reads. 

Luckily with such fantastic illustrated fiction it was easy to copy iconic buildings to hide an advent treat behind.  It was also a fun way to rediscover some glorious books & reminisce about why we enjoyed them so much.

Here are some close ups and pics of all the wonderful books that they were based on which we highly recommend.

Going from the top row –

And last but not least a series we discovered watching the Blue Peter book awards and has become a huge favourite. 


Harry Potter series by JK Rowling (we also love the illustrated series by Jim Kay)

Wizards of Once by Cressida Cowell

Riddle of the Runes Dr Janina Ramirez Illustrated By David Wyatt

Pugs of the Frozen North by Sarah McIntyre & Philip Reeve 

Witch Wars by Sibéal Pounder & illustrated by Laura Ellen Anderson

House on Chicken Legs by Sophie Anderson

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl illustrated by Quentin Blake

Ottoline series by Chris Riddell 

Uncle Stories by J.P Martin illustrated by Quentin Blake

Nothing to See Here Hotel by Steven Butler illustrated by Steven Lenton

Hilda by Luke Pearson

Wild Robot by Peter Brown

King Flashypants by Andy Riley

Dave Pigeon by Swapna Haddow illustrated by Sheena Dempsey

Beetle Boy series by M.G Leonard illustrated by Júlia Sardà

Bunny vs Monkey by Jamie Smart

The Murderer’s Ape by Jakob Wegelius

Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle

The Sinclair’s Mysteries by Katherine Woodfine illustrated by Karl James Mountford 

Mango and Bambang by Polly Faber illustrated by Clara Vulliamy

The Girl Who Saved Christmas by Matt Haig illustrates by Chris Mould

The Hobbit by J.R Tolkien

Alcatraz vs the Evil Librarians by Brandon Sanderson 

Podkin One Ear by Keiran Larwood illustrated by David Wyatt

Hilarious picture books

A couple of picture books that have had the kids rolling on the floor with laughter.Oi Duck-Billed Platypus by Kes Gray & Jim Field.

Cat, dog & frog are back for a fourth book and this time they face a ‘crowd of animals with impossible-to-rhyme-with names’. The only solution is to rhyme with their first names. 

Glorious brightly coloured pages of animals sitting on the absurd & wonderful rhymes to wrap your tongue around, comedy gold.

Going on a volcanco by Andy Stanton and Miguel Ordóñez

This book does what it says on the cover ‘So funny you’ll ERUPT with laughter’ and no matter how many times we read it (quiet a lot) it does not fail at making the kids laugh out loud.

A simple tale of Dwayne & Jane-o, going to the volcano told in repetitive rhyming couplets. Adding an -o to the end of words triggered endless chuckles, as did the funny characters including ‘Roger the incredible colour-changing cat’. 

The perfect silly read.

Summer Reading Map

In the summer son decided to read books set in different countries. So after drawing & painting a map of the world, asking our local bookshop & twitter for suggestions he was ready to set off.

It was an epic journey discovering new authors, trying different genres, hunting out books set in exotic locations & remembering to write a postcard from each book. 

Books read:

ANTARCTIC – Below Zero by Dan Smith

ARCTIC – Voyage to Magical North by Claire Fayers

BRAZIL – Journey to the River Sea by Eva Ibbotson

CANADA – Spynosaur in The Spys the Limit by Guy Bass

CHINA – Ghosts of Shanghai by Julian Sedgwick

EGYPT – Jake Atlas and the Tomb of the Emerald Snake by Rob Lloyd Jones

FINLAND – Big Game by Dan Smith

FRANCE – Gommer Goof:Mind the Goof (Gaston Lagaffe) by Andre Franquin & Jerome Saincantin

Peril in Paris by Katherine Woodfine

INDIA – Running on the Roof of the World by Jess Butterworth

INDONESIA – Kick by Mitch Johnson

IRELAND – Midnight (Skullduggery Pleasant) by Derek Landy

ITALY – Inkheart by Cornelia Funke

MEDITERRANEAN SEA – Illegal by Eoin Colfer

MEXICO – Jake Atlas and the Hunt for the Feathered God by Rob Lloyd Jones

PAKISTAN – I Am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and was Shot by the Taliban By Malala Yousafzai with Christina Lamb

RUSSIA – House with Chicken Legs by Sophie Anderson

Spirou & Fantasio in Moscow by Tome & Janry

UK  -Itch by Simon Mayo

The Whispering Mountain by Joan Aiken

USA -Wonder by R J Palacio

From the Mixed-up Files of Mrs. Basil by E. Frankweiler

Pony on the twelfth floor by Polly Faber and Sara Jennings

This week we have been reading Pony on the Twelfth Floor by Polly Faber illustrated by Sarah zjennings
This is a story about a girl called Kizzy who’s dreams come true when she discovers a pony in her local supermarket. Looking after a pony when you live in a tower block without your mum finding out is however not without its problems. 

We were not pony mad when we started the book but by the end Kizzys unwavering love of all things horses & her dedication to caring for Flapjack completely won us over. 

Kizzys schemes to keep flapjack & fulfil her dreams of learning to ride kept us completely hooked & often in fits of giggles, anything relating to horse poo were a particular favourite with daughter (luckily this featured a lot)

This funny read with its tremendous heart depicts the power of friendship & community in helping realising your dreams. (Another key message is drawing horses takes lots of practise)