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Floss The Playground Boss – Corrinne Averiss & Sam Usher

Floss says STOP, Floss says GO!  Floss says YES, Floss says NO! Floss is the playground boss! That is until a new boy named Peter moves into the house on the opposite side of the playground from Floss. When Peter decides he doesn’t want to play along with Floss’ rules, she learns that having …


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Usborne Tales for Little Children – Various

This collection of old fairy and folk tales from across the world, retold by various authors and illustrators for an anthology published by Usborne Children’s Books. The perfect length for a bedtime story, these were told – one per night – to Spike as she relaxed in her cot before …


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Where Bear? – Sophy Henn

Once there was a bear cub who lived with a little boy. But over time the bear cub grew . . . and grew . . . and GREW! And did things that bears do . . . and do . . . and DO! One day the boy looked …


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Mum’s The Word – Timothy Knapman & Jamie Littler

A funny rhyming tale with adorable illustrations showing the importance of a mother’s love. When a little dog tries to find the word that feels like a cuddle and is as warm as a goodnight kiss, he discovers that the word is… ‘Mum!’ *** This adorable picture book was published …


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Finding the right genre for your child to make them a book lover for life

Memories of reading a book when we were a child, that just gripped us and we couldn’t put down, can stay with us for a life time. These experiences can be where a real love for reading begins. So, when it comes to encouraging our children to read, it makes …


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Pilot Jane and the Runaway Plane – Caroline Baxter & Isabela Ciesimska

Join Pilot Jane, a fun and fearless airline captain, as she travels the world with her best friend Rose, a high-speed passenger jet. Together Jane and Rose have exciting adventures and form a perfect team, delivering their passengers safely to destinations as far afield as Alaska and Australia. But when …


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Rebel of the Sands – Alwyn Hamilton

“They said the only folks who belonged in Deadshot after dark were the ones who were up to no good. I wasn’t up to no good. Then again, I wasn’t exactly up to no bad either.” She’s more gunpowder than girl—and the fate of the desert lies in her hands. …


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Inspirational places to write… that aren’t coffee shops

Some writers need a quiet, distraction-free space to do their best work. Others thrive in busy and bustling environments with plenty of stimulation for new ideas. Whatever you prefer, where you write has a significant impact on what you write. The sad truth about many modern writers is that they’re …


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Spike’s Bedtime Stories #2

Welcome to Spike’s Bedtime Stories. This was meant to be weekly but we won’t talk about how long ago the last one was… sorry about that!   This post’s collection of bedtime stories were actually read a few weeks ago and have since (mostly)been returned to the library. I love …


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There’s a Pig up my Nose- John Dougherty & Laura Hughes

What if a PIG got stuck up your NOSE? How ever would you get it out?  When Natalie has to go to school with a pig stuck up her nose, her whole class gets together to find a way to get the pig out. But how will they do it?  The zany humour …