Book Review: Nothing by Yasmeen Ismail

Once again, Yasmeen Ismail has created another imaginative and truly formidable character as the protagonist in her latest picture book, ‘Nothing‘. Lila is busy in her own world, wrestling an octopus, riding a chariot and flying like the birds. But when her Mum asks her what she’s up to, she always responds with ‘Nothing‘. Here, […]

via Nothing by Yasmeen Ismail (Bloomsbury) — picture books blogger

Book review: Mr. Particular

Mr Particular Jason Kirschner Sterling Superhero he may be, but the particular superhero of Jason Kirschner’s debut picture book hasn’t been given his name without reason. Yes, he’s able to perform all manner of amazing feats such as car lifting (toy cars that is), and outrun trains – the kind you see at the zoo […]

via Mr Particular & Super-Powered Ollie — Red Reading Hub – Jillrbennett’s Reviews of Children’s Books

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



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.

New Book Alert

Very excited to share details about this new book alert. A gentle lyrical picture book that facilitates bonding by promoting interactive play between parent and child. CLICK HERE to order your copy.

Mother’s Day

CLICK HERE to browse for Mothering Day stories. Dear Mum…Your Mother’s Day letters interesting article in the The Guardian to celebrate Mothering Sunday which also happens to be on the date of my birthday this year!

International Book Giving Day 2015

Give a Book on Valentine’s Day, 14th February 2015 is also International Book Giving Day. At Early Years CPD Barefoot Books we continually stress the importance of sharing stories as way of connecting with families and communities to support children’s literacy. Lovely to hear how others around the world are doing the same.

International Book Giving Day 2020

I spy with my little eye lots & lots of excitement and preparations across the globe.

Tales of events in Cambodia, Hungary, Australia and the Philippines are reaching our ears.

There are book fairies (librarian Angela Reynolds) dusting off their wings to deliver books in Nova Scotia, Canada.

Routes To Reading are taking nominations of nurseries in Bristol, UK for their IBGD giveaway. You can nominate here.

Fiona Roberton has designed this gorgeous poster, which I’m totally in love with. After the weekend, a copy is definitely going on my wall!

Fiona Roberton Fiona Roberton

The response to our bookmarks and bookplates has been astounding. Here they are being used as a wonderful centre piece ready for the big day …

Marlleen Montelongo Marlleen Montelongo

Mowmacre Hill Primary School in Leicester, UK are not only holding a bookmark competition, every pupil in the school will receive a bookmark and book on Friday!

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