An easy reading book for 8 – 12 year olds about a young teen boy and a girl who climb a tree to save it and end up finding themselves and inspiring a whole town.
Charlie is the kind and clever big brother, Lola his inquisitive busy-body little sister. In this latest book, Lola is confused by numbers – if mum says they can choose one thing from the shop each, is that two things?
“It’s hard not to immediately fall in love with a dog who has a good sense of humour.” When ten-year-old Opal meets a huge scrawny-looking dog running loose in the Winn-Dixie grocery store she is inextricably drawn to him. Called Opal by her father, a kind but preoccupied preacher, she is a little girl in need of some loving and kindness and this dog seems destined for her.
“Underneath the cherry tree in our garden there is a little hole. We found it one day when I bounced my ball and it didn’t come back.”
The mystery of who made the hole and what lives inside fills this little boy with wonder and imaginings
Being left with a babysitter is often no fun – especially when it’s a new babysitter and your mum and dad leave a strict list of rules and instructions. Luckily Aunt Amelia follows the rules with a little twist – whatever they say don’t do – she does!
Little Louie is so excited to tell his story but nothing goes as planned. From jelly to chunky peanut butter falling on his head, Louie keeps on, admirably trying to get his story across. Kids will learn that no matter what happens, persevering cheerfully is what’s important, not finishing perfectly.
An absolute must-have for any child’s library – the tale of a father and his three children going on a bear hunt ticks all the boxes. Beautiful, whimsical illustrations by award winning Helen Oxbury. A clever funny and slightly scary interpretation by Micheal Rosen and a delightfully theatrical chorus: “we can’t go over it, we can’t go under it, oh no we’ll have to go through it!”
This was one of the first books I read many years ago by the talented Niki Daly. Shepherd goes into the city with his Gogo (grandmother) to help her do the shopping. Gogo walks very slowly, but Shepard likes to take his time as well, hence his nickname Songolola, which is Zulu for millipede.
By Jon Klassen (Walker)
Age 0-3, 4-6
This Is Not My Hat has just earned the double honour of winning both the Kate Greenaway medal and the Caldecott Award. A delightfully simple moral tale with a twist of humour about a fish who steals a hat and thinks he’ll probably get away with it. Probably.
When Albert le Blanc arrives in Mr Jolly’s toy shop, he immediately catches everyone’s attention. Not because he’s so big, but because he doesn’t have a smile.
Winnie the Witch is something of a celebrity in children’s literature. What makes Winnie a winner is her friendly, scatter-brained personality. She’s literally an accident waiting to happen – luckily a touch of magic usually sets her straight.