Books for bedtime to read to children – a selection of books by Jill Murphy, Allan Ahlberg, Maurice Sendak, Michael Rosen, Martin Waddell, Fiona Watt, Claire Freedman, and more; which are ideal for reading to children at bedtime.
Trying to find the perfect children’s bookcase or bookshelf can be a minefield with children’s books coming in all shapes, sizes, and weights. We’ve put together a selection of kid’s bookshelves, bookends & bookcases for storing all your picture books, stories, and kid’s magazines.
Our list of up-to-date GCSE English language and literature revision guides for pupils in years 10 & 11 of secondary schools, chosen by KS4 teachers, heads of departments in the state and independent sectors, tutors and homeschooling parents.
Emily Windsnap and the Pirate Prince is ideal for children in years 5&6 who like to rip through book after book of adventure based thrills and spills. The unique combination of fantasy-tinged seafaring thrills combined with contemporary characters will appeal to a wide demographic of children.
Brilliant Brainz is a vibrant and interesting magazine for children aged 7-11, and one which is ideal for classroom and school libraries. With a wide variety of topics each month, including art, philosophy, music, food, science, sport and tech – there’s something to grab every primary aged child.
Here’s our selection of top new titles coming out in Spring – January, February, March, April and May – 2019. These reading recommendations include picture books, early and middle grade fiction; young adult novels and non-fiction for children aged 5-12.
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Tad by Benji Davies
Cloud Forest by Victoria Turnbull
The Green Giant by Katie Cottle
The Go-Away Bird by Julia Donaldson
Super Sloth by Robert Starling
A Mouse Called Julian by Joe Todd-Stanton
There’s an Alien in Your Book by Tom Fletcher
Grumpycorn by Sarah McIntyre
Captain Sparklebeard by Tim Knapman
Charlie Changes into a Chicken by Sam Copeland
Hotel Flamingo by Alex Milway
Ada Twist and the Perilous Pantaloons by Andrea Beaty
Amelia Fang and the Half-Moon Holiday by Laura Ellen Anderson
We Won an Island by Charlotte Lo
Rory Branagan Detective- The Deadly Dinner Lady by Andrew Clover
Banana Pants! by Emma Wunsch
A Moon Girl Stole My Friend by Rebecca Patterson
Dave Pigeon (Royal Coo) by Swapna Haddow
Lightning Mary by Anthea Simmons
The Last Zoo by Sam Gayton
Kid Normal and the Shadow Machine by Greg James
The Midnight Hour by Benjamin Read
Bad Dad by David Walliams
Bloom by Nicola Skinner
The Boy Who Flew by Fleur Hitchcock
Pog by Pádraig Kenny
The Cosmic Atlas of Alfie Fleet by Martin Howard
12-16 Young Adult Novels
On the Come Up by Angie Thomas
Noughts and Crosses: Crossfire by Malorie Blackman
Children of Virtue and Vengeance by Tomi Adeyemi
Proud by Juno Dawson
Wolf-Light by Yaba Badoe
Toffee by Sarah Crossan
Good Boy by Mal Peet
The Last Voyage of Poe Blythe by Ally Condie
The Truth About Keeping Secrets by Savannah Brown
Non fiction for children aged 5-12
Paper World: Planet Earth by Ruth Symons
Speak Up! by Laura Coryton
D-Day by Michael Noble
Everest by Alexandra Stewart
[Meet the Artist: Peter Blake by Rose Blake
Find Tom in Time by Fatti Burke
The School of Numbers: A Galaxy of Maths by Emily Hawkins
When the Stars Come Out: Exploring the Magic and Mysteries of the Night-time by Nicola Edwards
The Sea by Jill Calder
This page was first published on Mar 02 2019 and last updated on Mar 2, 2019 @ 5:33 pm.
The Girl Who Learned All the Languages of the World – at a glance
School reading lists’s five word review: Inspire a love of language! Children’s book title: The Girl Who Learned All the Languages of the World. Children’s author: Ieva Flamingo. Genre: Children’s fiction. Illustrated by: Chein Shyan Lee. Published by: The Emma Press. Recommended for children aged: 8+. First published: Paperback January 2019. This children’s book is ideal for: reading with your child, encouraging a love of language and etymology, inspiring children to learn new words and learn a new language.
When Lela feels left out and anonymous at her diplomat father’s highfalutin multilingual party, she desperately wants to know what all the guests are saying. Upset that she mistakes the words ‘elevator’ for ‘waiter’ and ‘papa’ for ‘Pope’, she resolves to learn not just one language, but every language in the world.
What follows, in this new story by prolific Latvian children’s author Ieva Flamingo, is a light-hearted quest story into which the interesting words Lela encounters along the way are interspersed. As she tries to decipher a mysterious plea for help, the reader can try and work out Lela’s comical mistranslations before the unexpected truth is revealed at the end.
Each new word Lela stumbles upon is translated into Latvian, French, Finnish, German, Spanish, Italian, Estonian, Swedish, Slovenian, Dutch, Maltese and Russian.
A wide range of interesting words is chosen for each 12-language reinterpretation. Common words such as ‘hello’, ‘Dad’, ‘money’ and ‘water’ will encourage basic communication, and more exciting vocabulary such as ‘bubble’, ‘strawberry’, ‘help’, ‘fart’ and ‘poo’ may well be irresistible for the reader to blurt out in conversation. I suspect each word has been chosen for its interesting sounding foreign counterparts, many of which lend themselves to phonetic reading:
She thought for a while and then taught herself the word BUBBLE.
IN Latvian, it was BURBULIS.
In French, it was BULLE.
In Finnish, is was KULPA.
In German, it was BLASE
In Spanish, it was BURBUJA.
In Italian, it was BOLLA.
In Estonian, it was MULL.
In Swedish, it was BUBBLA.
In Slovenian, it was MEHÚRČEK.
In Dutch, it was BUBBEL.
In Maltese, it was BUŻŻIEQA.
IN Russian, it was ПУЗЫРЬ.
This format is great to read with your child – as a call and respond – and it is bound to interest children in thinking about etymology and the connections and similarities between words in different languages. Bright children will begin to appreciate the common roots. The words are also just fun to try and read out. With the internet only a hand-held device away, this book could spark lots of research and online searching for pronunciations.
This book will appeal to confident readers in primary school years 4-6, aged 8-11 – particularly those who love discovering new words. In literacy lessons, this book would be a great left-field choice for a class reader or book club text. It is well-suited for reading aloud and will be a hit with children who like the sounds of new and unusual words.
For creative writing, using the idea of a story built around sets of 12 researched word translations could provide an interesting starting point for modelled writing or free writing tasks in Years 5 or 6, or as an extension activity for the more able pupil. There’s also a useful ‘Write Your Own Story’ section at the end of the book.
Highly recommended for children interested in languages and discovering new words. Many thanks to The Emma Press for a review copy.
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