Book Review: Midnight At The Zoo

Midnight at the Zoo Faye Hanson Templar Publishing We join Max and Mia on a school trip to the zoo; but this is no ordinary zoo for seemingly there are no animals there at all. So where are the lemurs, flamingos, pandas and salamanders, the lions, meerkats and monkeys? There’s not a single one in […]

via Midnight At The Zoo — Red Reading Hub – Jillrbennett’s Reviews of Children’s Books

National Teaching Assistants’ Day

On 16th September don’t forget to celebrate “National Teaching Assistants’ Day. The day was created by Teaching Personnel to recognise the valuable contribution Teaching Assistants make to the education and support of school children across the UK. On National Teaching Assistants’ Day they are urging schools across the UK to join in the celebrations making the 2016 event bigger and better than ever!”

Source: National Teaching Assistants’ Day Website

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: Two Can

‘Two Can‘ is a clever and positive read for younger children. We are introduced to one child, who can do everything quite well on their own, thank you very much – go on the swing, ride a bike, read a book, but two can’t. Initially, the first child won’t allow another child to join in, […]

via Two Can by Smriti Prasadam-Halls & Ben Javens (Frances Lincoln) — picture books blogger

Independent Bookshop Week

“Independent Bookshop Week (18th to 25th June 2016) is part of the Books Are My Bag campaign, and seeks to celebrate independent bookshops in the UK and Ireland.”   Throughout the coming week there will be events, celebrations, reading groups, storytelling, author signings, literary lunches and face painting!  Find out if your local bookshop is taking part, why not pay them a visit them and help them celebrate. More details here.


In support of literacy

Screen Shot 2015-08-25 at 13.20.11Today is International Literacy Day  a date dedicated to celebrating the ‘joy of reading’ as well as raising awareness of illiteracy and the impact it has on individual life chances. Getting involved is easy, spread the word in your communities by becoming a literacy champion, organise an event to fundraise for books, gift or donate a book, or spread the word online. Click here to access a full list of ideas for events and other awareness raising activities.

If a day of celebrating is not enough for you – you can always get involved with Literacy Week organised by the European Literacy Policy Network (ELINET) which also starts today and ends on 17th September 2015. We’ll be raising awareness via our pop ups and online with new reading suggestions and activities. Get in touch for help with books or resources, let us know what you’ve done or are planning to do celebrate. Most of all have fun!


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.

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.

Barefoot Books Summer Reading Programme

BFB_Facebook_SummeReadingProgramTeasers_960px_ComingSoon-2I’m very excited to share that Barefoot Books’ Summer Reading Programme is launching soon! Twelve weeks of email support designed to help parents and carers prevent summer brain drain.

Features of the support include literacy tips and activities to help you and the children you care for, stay sharp during the summer. Don’t miss out! Click on this link to sign up.