CKG Review – What you need to know about the Greenaway Shortlist (Part I)

Just in time for today’s medal ceremony – brush up with our handy visual guides to the eight outstanding titles nominated for this year’s Greenaway Medal. Can you decide who’s going to win the coveted prize?

Harry Potter - Greenaway 17A Great Big Cuddle - Greenaway 17Tidy - Greenaway 17Wild Animals Of The North - Greenaway 17

What We’re Reading Wednesday: Bear & Hare: SNOW!

This week we’ve been making our way through some of the nominated titles for the 2016 Greenaway Medal. Bear and Hare: SNOW!  by Emily Gravett seemed an appropriately seasonal choice to share with you this Wednesday…

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A simple story with minimal words but full of Emily Gravett’s trademark wit and charm. We’re told that “Hare loves snow”, but what of Bear? What ensues is the story of a whole friendship in microcosm. Continue reading

6 picture books to put a SPRING in your reading

The sun is shining, the grass is growing, the birds are busy and the trees are full of blossom – to celebrate the arrival of Spring we’ve got six perfect springtime reads.

Bog Baby by Jeanne Willis, illustrated by Gwen Millward

Bluebell Wood is bursting with the promise of Spring and magic. Whilst out walking two sisters find something very special – it’s much better than a newt or a frog, they find a bog baby! Small and blue with wings like a dragon, the girls decide to make him their secret: “I won’t tell if you won’t”. But the bog baby is a wild thing, and when he becomes poorly, the girls decide they must tell their mum. And she tells them the greatest lesson, if you really love something, you have to let it go. A tender tale with a strong moral lesson – the magical illustrations are sure to appeal to little imaginations. Continue reading