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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a selection of magic books for kids reviews recommendations book blogger reading inspiration
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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Take your children on a magic books reading adventure kids book of the month The Wizard of Once Photo by ReadingInspiration.com
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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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Clockwork by Philip Pullman – this spooky classic will have kids reading like clockwork

Clockwork: or All Wound Up is a mysterious tale. It’s perfect for young readers who love spooky stories. Reading it out loud together on Halloween or a cold winters night –  snuggled and cosy indoors – should be a real treat. Although not a new release, Clockwork by Philip Pullman is a new read for our household.

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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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Books, Books for the grown-ups, Children's books

Summer reading ideas for kids and grown-ups

Looking for summer reading material? We’ve put together our list of books to read for the school holidays so far.

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Kids’ summer reading

Here’s Toothy’s thoughts on what he has been reading so far this school holiday:

Gangster Granny, by David Walliams

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