International Book Giving Day

Annual event to share the love of books on Valentine’s Day. The aim of the day is to get ‘books into the hands of as many children as possible’. To find out how you or your organisation can get involved visit the event website here.

Resource: Practical Politics by Titus Alexander

Timely and topical resource that should feature in every educator’s tool kit. As a Post 16 Educator involved in the delivery of subjects such as social cultural and spiritual studies and citizenship, I was very interested to read about this new title and have ordered a copy. This blog post from the IOE (Institute of Education) London Blog explains more about it. Should make for some more informed lessons and discussions.


Day of the Girl

idgc_2015-195x250International Day of the Girl Child (Day of the Girl) is an annual event to highlight issues around gender inequality facing young girls. The theme for this year  is Girls’ Progress = Goals’ Progress: What Counts for Girls. Find out more by clicking through to the links on this post.


Book Review: The Wish Tree

As winter draws ever nearer, we just love the enchanting wintery tales that start appearing. ‘The Wish Tree‘ is a magically written story by Kyo Maclear and most empathetically illustrated by Chris Turnham. Charles wants to find a wish tree, I mean who wouldn’t? But his siblings don’t believe that such a thing exists. Luckily […]

via The Wish Tree by Kyo Maclear & Chris Turnham (Chronicle Books) — picture books blogger

Book Review: I Am a Very Clever Cat


I am a Very Clever Cat Kasia Matyjaszek Templar Publishing With such an arresting cover, this book will be hard to resist. Its narrator, Stockon, is certainly not short on self-esteem: “I am a very clever cat,” he tells us by way of introduction and goes on to demonstrate some of his skills. His greatest […]

via I Am a Very Clever Cat / Two Can — Red Reading Hub – Jillrbennett’s Reviews of Children’s Books

Book Review: Ada’s Ideas

In this enthralling story, comes an exquisite interpretation of Ada Lovelace’s extraordinary life. The daughter of the infamous poet Lord Byron and the mathematician Anne Millbanke, Ada was destined for great things. So much so, she became the world’s first computer programmer, long before computers were even invented. During her formative years, Ada’s mother took her […]

via Ada’s Ideas by Fiona Robinson (Abrams Young Readers) — picture books blogger

Book Reviews: Animal Magic, Cuddly Cow, Portly Pig, Baby Elephant & Baby Reindeer


Animal Magic Phil Allcock and Gina Maldonado Maverick Arts Publishing Delightfully playful is Phil Allcock’s nonsense rhyme featuring what starts out as a hedgehog – a funny one – and morphs into eight other animals – small and smaller. There’s a hopping one, a wiggler… a strutting clucker, a quacking swimmer, a jogger, a hopper […]

via Animal Magic, Cuddly Cow, Portly Pig, Baby Elephant & Baby Reindeer — Red Reading Hub – Jillrbennett’s Reviews of Children’s Books

Book Review: Lucy & Company

‘Lucy & Company‘ is a trio of everyday stories extraordinarily brought to life by Marianne Dubuc in her own beautifully understated style. It takes a playful look at friendship and taking adventures together. Be it finding buried treasure or the perfect picnic place. In each gloriously simple and whimsical tale, there’s an overwhelming tenderness and childish innocence […]

via Lucy & Company by Marianne Dubuc (Kids Can Press) — picture books blogger