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Five middle grade fiction releases fans of mythology and magic shouldn’t miss

Young readers who love mythology and magic books are in for a treat this Spring. New releases of middle grade books include a growing range of fiction based on ancient myths. Seeing myths from different cultures brought to life will be exciting for fans of Percy Jackson and other mythology adventures. There are also great books for kids who enjoy magical adventures in fantastical worlds.

Many action and adventure books for children have a boy as a lead character. The lead character is often a great role model for young readers. These books can be enjoyed by both girls and boys, and more balance is needed in gender representation. It is encouraging to see that more of the new books coming out feature a girl as the main character.

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Book review: Stormbreaker – the first Alex Rider action-packed adventure

Stormbreaker, Alex Rider, Book one 
Anthony Horowitz
Walker Books, 2000
Book type: Children’s fiction – action and adventure
Approximate age: 9+

Book review by Toothy, age 10

I am only ten so this might not be that descriptive, just thought you should know that. (Don’t worry Toothy, you are doing great: Ed./your Mum). So this review is about the Alex Rider book series  by Anthony Horowitz. There are eleven books in the series so far. This review will cover the first book.

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How to make the most of your library to get children reading with confidence

This is the second in a series of posts providing tips and support to get children reading with confidence. Part one looked at ways to reduce pressure associated with reading, have a relaxed approach and make sure lots of books are available. Here in part two of the series, I expand on accessing plenty of books by making the most of your local library. I share ideas for what to do if your child insists they have no interest in books. And I consider the benefits of allowing children to explore the library and make their own reading choices.

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Books, Children's books, Children's Picture Books

For a kids’ picture book with a positive message try The Pirates Next Door

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“When pirate family the Jolley-Rogers move to Dull-on-Sea, rumours of shocking behaviour start spreading around the town. Only little Matilda can’t wait to meet the fascinating new family next door!”

The Pirates Next Door starring The Jolley-Rogers
Jonny Duddle
Templar Publishing, 2011
Book type: Children’s Picture book
Approximate age: 5+

If you are looking for a fun picture book with a positive and thoughtful message The Pirates Next Door is a good choice. This month’s featured children’s books was a big favourite for bedtime stories when my son was younger.

If you grew up in a sea-side town like myself, you too might find Dull-on-Sea very familiar. The town is affectionately portrayed. But it is “too busy in the summer… and in winter it shut down”.

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Books, Books for the grown-ups, Non-Fiction

An empowering insight into the experience of living with autism

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“Naoki Higashida was born in Kimitsu, Japan in 1992. He was diagnosed with autism in 1998…”
The Reason I Jump: One boy’s voice from the silence of autism

Naoki Higashida
Sceptre, 2014

This month’s featured book for grown-ups provides insights on a subject many of us would benefit from understanding better. Naoki Higashida was 13 when he wrote The Reason I Jump about his childhood experience of autism.

Higashida wrote using an alphabet grid developed by his mother. He found using non-vocal communication was an effective way to overcome his communication challenges. This opened up ways for him to express and share his feelings and thoughts fully.

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Books, Children's books, Children's Fiction - Fantasy, Children's Picture Books

11 charming books for kids who love witches and wizards

A reading round-up of spell-binding books for kids

Are your children big fans of witches and wizards and all things magical? Are you are looking for more magical books for kids?

My children’s book of the month is a magical story of witches and wizards by Cressida Cowell. In keeping with the theme of magic, this month’s reading round-up is full of witches, wizards and magicians. I’ve included magical books for young readers from toddlers to teens. Please note: all age range guidelines given in bold are 100% approximate and flexible.

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Tips to get children reading with confidence

Does your child lack reading confidence? Do they finding reading hard or do they lack interest or enjoyment in reading?

If you answer yes to any of these questions – don’t worry – you are not alone. Let me start by explaining one of the reasons I write on a blog about supporting children reading. At home we had always read a lot to our son, and he had always enjoyed books. However, when it came to the stage of reading for himself it did not always come easily to him. Well-meaning teaching professionals directed us to a lot of resources. These included intensive phonics programmes and many structured activities around reading. I worried a lot and started to look for more ways to support him.

Positive steps to get children reading with confidence

Beyond some overwhelming advice, I found some great tips and information to get children reading more. Most importantly, I found tips for children to enjoy reading and feel happy and confident about it. I want to share some of the ideas which worked best for us. These tips helped to reduce stress rather than adding to it. One of the most important lessons I learned is that this experience is not rare; and there are lots of positive steps that you can take.

So if you are feeling bewildered, try these tips to help get your children reading with confidence. Hopefully without reducing both you and them to tears. Because no child or parent needs that!

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Take your children on a magic books reading adventure

Featured Children’s Book of the Month for January 2018 – The Wizards of Once by Cressida Cowell

This month’s featured children’s book recommendation is a treat from the author of the How to Train Your Dragon book series. It was received well by critics on its release in 2017. My personal children’s book tester who loves magic books, certainly enjoyed the book and gave it a huge thumbs up.

“I like magic books. This book’s got magic. I really liked Wish, the Warrior Princess because of the power she didn’t know she had.” Toothy, age 10

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Books, Books for the grown-ups, Science Fiction / Fantasy / Dystopian Fiction / Speculative Fiction

Are you looking for a great book to kick start your 2018 reading goals?

Featured Book of the Month for January 2018 – The Bone Clocks by David Mitchell

Happy new reading year! Here’s hoping your  2018 reading will be packed full of exciting new books and adventures. This year I will be continuing to share reading recommendations and tips for children and grown-ups. However, I intend to explore books in more depth. I’ll be choosing one featured book for grown-ups and one featured book for children per month to explore fully. In January my featured book for grown-ups is The Bone Clocks, which is an incredible and engrossing read.

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Books, Books for the grown-ups, Science Fiction / Fantasy / Dystopian Fiction / Speculative Fiction

Books to read for those gripped by The Handmaid’s Tale in 2017

In this post I will be taking a break from discussing children’s books and recommending some great books to read for grown-ups. With winter now firmly set in, get comfy and cosy and into some potentially uncomfortable but gripping reading.

2017 was the year of The Handmaid’s Tale

This list features some of the most striking reading I have enjoyed this year. Earlier in 2017 the compelling and disturbing TV adaption of Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale reverberated with many. Watching the show inspired me to re-read the 1985 novel. After that, other novels sharing similar themes to the disturbing world of Gilead kept coming my way.

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