Book Reviews: The Big Bad Mood / Everyone …


The Big Bad Mood Tom Jamieson and Olga Demidova Bloomsbury Children’s Books Beware the Big Bad Mood; he’s always lurking somewhere around on the off-chance that you’ll be having one of those days when everything in the world seems to be conspiring to ruffle your feathers and make you feel thoroughly bad tempered. It’s such […]

via The Big Bad Mood / Everyone … — Red Reading Hub – Jillrbennett’s Reviews of Children’s Books

Book review: When an elephant falls in love

When an Elephant Falls in Love Davide Cali and Alice Lotti Chronicle Books Davide Cali of A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to School and The Truth About My Unbelievable Summer fame brings his sardonic wit to an exploration of falling in love, elephant style. In his straightforward text, he offers, one by one, […]

via When an Elephant Falls in Love / I Love You — Red Reading Hub – Jillrbennett’s Reviews of Children’s Books

Book Reviews: Mr Mustachio / George Pearce and His Huge Massive Ears

Mr Mustachio Yasmin Finch and Abigail Tompkins Maverick Arts Publishing I’ve never seen a moustache quite like that of the star of the show in this funny story. He’s very, very tall and thin, sports a maxi camel hair coat and pointy black boots; and on the day we meet him, is off for a […]

via Mr Mustachio / George Pearce and His Huge Massive Ears — Red Reading Hub – Jillrbennett’s Reviews of Children’s Books

World Space Week 2015

Today is the start of World Space Week an international celebration of science and technology which has been celebrated every year since 4-10 October 1999. Its purpose is summed up in this UN declaration:

“The General Assembly declares 4 to 10 October World Space Week to celebrate each year at the international level the contributions of space science and technology to the betterment of the human condition”

UN General Assembly resolution, 6 December 1999

Click here for the global fact sheet . More details about this annual celebration’s history, aims, activities and events can be found by following this link to the World Space Week website. This year’s theme is ‘Discovery’. TES Resources provides a useful list of resources from early years to secondary. Some places to visit include the Life Science Centre in Newcastle and The Science Museum.

Take a look at our Pinterest board below for a few activity ideas. How are you going to celebrate? What resources would you add?

If you need a few stories to inspire you for this week and beyond take a look at  The Aerodynamics of Biscuits; Space Song, Rocket SongLittle Space Explorers; The Lost Stars; Children of the Sun and Five Little Men in a Flying Saucer.


Whatever you’re up to this summer make time for a spot of play on Play Day. To find out how to get involved visit the Play Day website, we’ve pulled together a few  ideas on our Pinterest board to get you in the mood for play.

Children’s Book Week

FullSizeRender 109This week is 6th – 12th July is Children’s Book Week when children, parents, schools and libraries get together to celebrate reading for pleasure. The event is organised by the Book Trust find out how you can get involved here.

We’re going to be sharing the joy of reading through our Pop Up events where children’s books and other gifts can be bought, and by passing on tips on how to read with your child. Our pop ups are taking place at Spitalsfields Market this week – come down for a visit.

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 Book Start Week 8 – 14 June

ANIMALBOOGIE_GENPBCDEX_FC_TEMP_W_1-2Bookstart supports parents to enjoy reading with their children ‘from as early age as possible’. This week is National Book Start Week and the theme is the jungle. ‘The Animal Boogie‘ is our musical contribution.

Browse over to their site to find out how you can join in with more jungle themed fun ‘to celebrate the joys of reading every day’.  For resources and further information click here.

Child Safety Week 1- 7 June 2015


Child Safety Week is organised by the Child Accident Prevention Trust and runs from the 1st June to 7th June this year. The aim of the week to promote awareness about to keep children safe from serious accidents.

Settings, parents, carers and practitioners can get involved by visiting their website and registering to access resources to organise awareness raising events and activities. Click here for further information. We’re getting involved by circulating information via our blogs and social networks. The resources make great learning tools for teaching child safety – so go on ‘be a safety hero!’

1 – 5 June Bike to School Week

Bear-on-a-Bike_PB_W_1-3Did you know that this week is ‘Bike to School Week’ what a great opportunity to teach youngsters about exercise, staying safe, exploring forms of transport and how to care for the environment.

The campaign is run by Sustrans and there are some fantastic resources to help you deliver a range of activities for children of any age. Click on this link for further details. If you’d like to know what the Bear, one of Barefoot Books’ popular characters gets up to on his bike click here.