The Pirates Next Door The Jolley-Rogers picture book reading inspiration book reviews book blog feature
Books, Children's books, Children's Picture Books

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

picture book The Pirates Next Door
“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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The Reason I Jump by Naoki Higashida - insights on autism book review book in hand featured Reading Inspiration
Books, Books for the grown-ups, Non-Fiction

An empowering insight into the experience of living with autism

The Reason I Jump by Naoki Higashida - insights on autism book review book in hand Reading Inspiration
“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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Take your children on a magic books reading adventure kids book of the month The Wizard of Once Photo by ReadingInspiration.com
Books, Children's books, Children's Fiction - Fantasy

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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Tom Gates Epic Adventure by Liz Pichon
Books, Children's books, Children's Fiction - Humour, General Reading Tips

Tom Gates books – laugh out loud adventures for your kids

I am really pleased to introduce our first guest contributor – Anna. She would like to recommend a series of kids books that has been appreciated and enjoyed in her family by her son “Bee” and previously by his older sister. We also hear from Bee on why he loves the Tom Gates book series.

“They are interesting. I like how he does cheeky things, how he follows his dreams cause he plays in a band.” – Bee, 8.

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