Book Reviews: Secret, Secret & Mouse’s Best Day Ever

Secret, Secret Daisy Law Jessica Kingsley Publishers In this rhyming contemplation of secrets of all kinds, the child narrator takes readers and listeners through many different kinds of situations and secrets that children may experience. Having worked in various roles in education for over thirty years (and had children disclose to me) I know and […]

via Secret, Secret & Mouse’s Best Day Ever — Red Reading Hub – Jillrbennett’s Reviews of Children’s Books

Book Review: Ada Twist, Scientist

Goodness only knows how Andrea Beaty and David Roberts do it! After the roaring success of Rosie Revere, Engineer and Iggy Peck, Architect, they’ve only gone and done it again with the highly anticipated ‘Ada Twist, Scientist‘. A curious young girl from a very young age, Ada breaks the mould of a ‘normal’ toddler in more ways […]

via Ada Twist, Scientist by Andrea Beaty & David Roberts (Abrams) — picture books blogger

Toy Appeal

We were very happy to support Newham Recorder’s Annual Toy Appeal in partnership with Community Links, with a donation of books and other resources. The donated gifts will be distributed to disadvantaged children living in the borough of Newham and there are a number of drop off points where donations can be made. Why not get involved! Click on the following links to find out more.

Toy Appeal – Where to donate your gifts

Toy Appeal – Sporting Stars help launch Christmas campaign

Toy Appeal – First donations of toys, books and money


World Nursery Rhyme Week

We’re looking forward to World Nursery Rhyme Week, which starts tomorrow and we’ll be sharing some of our favourite rhymes and other tips to get you reading or singing to your young ones throughout the week. To register and to find out more about the celebration click here .

Big Book Sale

We’re having a Big Book Sale in aid of the National Literacy Trust. Please join us! Mavericks Books’ author Billy Coughlan will be joining us to lead two story-time sessions and to conduct a book signing for her book “Not Without My Whale”. On the day, you will also be able to purchase and or swap books, enter a fundraising raffle for prizes donated by local businesses and a signed copy of the following titles:


Aerodynamics of Biscuits

Not Without My Whale

Kindly donated by Maverick Books.


Date: 6th December 2015

Venue: Georgian Village

Time: 11.00am – 14.00pm


Pledge a gift for FRED

11535911_974097879301459_7788613453155734874_nWe’re getting behind Fathers Reading Every Day (FRED) by sharing details of the Fatherhood Institute’s  crowdfunding campaign to get dads into the reading habit by simply reading a bedtime story to their children. A bedtime story with Dad supports children’s wellbeing, promotes attachment, literacy, communication and language development. To watch the campaign video, read more about the campaign and to pledge click here.

National Women in Engineering Day

darasclevertrap_ukuspb_fc_rgb_72dpi_425px_w-4National Women in Engineering Day (NWED) is a day dedicated to highlighting the achievements of women in engineering. What are you going to do promote National Women in Engineering Day on 23rd June 2015? If you’re stuck for ideas check out this site .

We’re going to use our story of an engineer princess to  inspire young girls to look at the opportunities for and achievements of women within this area of work. You can find out more ‘Dara’s Clever Trap‘ here. Be sure to look at the NWED website, where there are some fantastic resources available to help you promote the day.

Fathers’ Story Week 15 – 21 June

BFB_Facebook_FathersDay_504x504_0415We’re helping to spread the word about Fathers’ Story Week which starts 15th June and runs right up until Fathers’ Day on 21st. The annual ‘taster event’ organised by the Fatherhood Institute has been urging schools and early years settings up and down the country to get involved.

There are some great resources are available here to help you engage Dads and father figures during that week. For some additional stories click here. For articles and gift ideas for fathers day browse our page on Pinterest below.