Top Ten Books That I Am Going To Read To My Class

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Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the wonderful The Broke and The Bookish. This week’s list are the Top Ten Books That Would Be On Your Syllabus If You Taught. I am actually a recently qualified teacher so this topic excites me very much! In fact, a week today I start my first position!

I have decided to slightly amend the topic and talk about books I hope to introduce to the children! This year my class are 6-7 year olds, so I will start with books for them! I will then list 5 books that I would use with older children (7-11 years)

5 books for the 4-7 year olds!

Roald Dahl- Matilda

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To be honest, I think I’ll read more than Matilda by Roald Dahl to my class!

The True Story of The Three Little Pigs- Jon Scieszka & Lane Smith

The True Story of the Three Little PigsThis is a reimagining of the Three Little Pigs from the Wolf’s point of view! I’m sure my class will LOVE it!

Who’s Afraid Of The Big Bad Book?- Lauren Child

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Lauren Child is a popular children’s author. I think this book will appeal to a wide range of children. The main character visits many well known fairy tales! I love my fairy tale stories and so do children!

And Tango Makes Three- Justin Richardson and Peter Parnell

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I read this book earlier this year as part of my Banned Books feature with my sister, Beth. It’s the fictionalised tale of a true story of two male penguins raising a penguin chick. It’s cute and well worth reading, especially to show different types of families.

Handa’s Surprise- Eileen Browne

140499I love this story, it’s simple and fun and children seem to adore it!

5 books for 7-11 years old

The Girl Who Walked On Air- Emma Carroll

The Girl Who Walked On Air

This book is a fantastic adventure story which is incredibly descriptive and atmospheric. I imagine this book would inspire some fantastic creative writing!

A Room Full of Chocolate- Jane Elson

A Room Full of ChocolateThis book does deal with an illness, so I would have to be cautious which the children I used it with. It does however, deal beautifully with friendship and family.

Blackberry Blue- Jamila Gavin

Blackberry Blue: And Other Fairy TalesThis book has wonderful fairy tales within!

Gangsta Granny- David Walliams

Gangsta Granny

Children seem to adore David Walliams! I have this book ready and raring to go.

Cloud Busting- Malorie Blackman

Cloud BustingI absolutely adore this book which is written in verse. I can’t wait to explore it with children!

What books would you teach if you were a teacher? Feel free to leave a link to your post this week and I’ll stop by!

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Luna’s Picks 2014: The Books Are Now Reviewed!

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My good friend Luna at Luna’s Little Library recommended some awesome books for me. Each month of 2014 she gave me a selection of choices out of her collection of books. I picked one and then I left it to readers to decide my next read. Here are the books that I reviewed over the year.

January

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February

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 March

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 April

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May

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May brought me the first book that I didn’t agree with Luna with. That is Riot. Please check out my review if you’re interested in why I didn’t enjoy it as much. You’ll find a link there to Luna’s review so you can read a differing opinion.

June

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 July

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August

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 September

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October

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November

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December

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As you can see, I had an amazing year with the books Luna recommended! I have found some authors that I will certainly looking out for in the future. Luna’s Picks will return again, but not this year as both Luna and I are incredibly busy! Thanks once again to Luna for providing this wonderful feature for me!

Blackberry Blue

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How did I get it?:
I bought it!

Synopsis:

Prepare to enter a world of magicians, enchanted forests, talking animals and wicked witches . . .

Here are six magical stories to thrill and enchant you. Watch Blackberry Blue rise from the bramble patch; follow Emeka the pathfinder on his mission to save a lost king; join Princess Desire as she gallops across the Milky Way on her jet-black horse.

These beautifully written and original stories will delight readers of all ages, and the stunning illustrations by Richard Collingridge will take your breath away.

Thoughts:

I picked this book out of my choice of Luna’s Picks for this month. I thought it was a stunning read, which I believe will delight many from young children, to teenagers to adults. The magical stories feel incredibly original and the beautiful illustrations just enhance the wonderful stories.

I’m not sure why this little gem hasn’t been more widely read or discussed on the blogosphere. I’m hoping that the stunning cover and intriguing synopsis will encourage more readers to give it a go! It’s something different to the usual fairy-tales out there. I can’t pinpoint a favourite story, because they were all so enjoyable. I loved the vividness of each story. I could picture it so easily in my mind.

The characters are so intriguing and much more interesting than typical fairy-tales and that’s coming from someone who loves a fairy-tale!

Would I recommend it?:
Of course!

It is well worth reading these beautiful fairy-tales!

Stacking The Shelves #69- The one with fairy-tales and series

 

Click on the image to take you to Tynga's blog to learn more!

Click on the image to take you to Tynga’s blog to learn more!

Stacking The Shelves is all about sharing the books you’re adding to your shelves, be it buying or borrowing. From ‘real’ books you’ve purchased, a book you’ve borrowed, a book you’ve been given or an e-book they can all be shared!

As ever, click on the book image to get to the Goodread’s page!

It’s been quite a busy book week! I’m very excited about the books I’ve got though. Again, I’m never sure when I’ll get to them, but hopefully sometime soon! 🙂

NetGalley:

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Stronger Than YouJolene Perry– I thought this book had an intriguing synopsis. I enjoyed Jolene’s previous book, The Summer I Found You, so I thought I’d give this book a try!

Thirteen WeddingsPaige Toon– I’m a big fan of Paige Toon’s writing, so I was delighted to be approved for this book! I always find her writing a bit different to your average chick-lit. The characters connect to previous books and there’s usually a lot more depth too.

LandlineRainbow Rowell– I’m SO happy that I got approved for this book. I fully intend to read it soon.

The Opposite of LoveSarah Lynn Scheergar– Again, I was intrigued by the synopsis.

A Different MeDeborah Blumenthal– I’m not sure what I’ll make of this book, but I’m very willing to try it out!

Big thanks to publishers Orion, Simon and Schuster UK and Albert Whitman & Company for review copies of these books!

Bought for my kindle:

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NumbersRachel Ward– After reading The Drowning and thoroughly enjoying it, I thought it was time to check out this trilogy. I can’t wait to read it, but you know what it’s like… so many books on my kindle to get through!

Throne Of GlassSarah J.Maas– I really shouldn’t be starting more series but I just can’t help it. This author has been on my ‘get-to’ list as soon as I can. Hopefully I can read it soon.

Bought:

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Noughts and CrossesMalorie Blackman– I have heard so many good things about this series. I can’t believe that I haven’t read it before!

The Ask and The AnswerPatrick Ness– I’m looking forward to continuing this series.

WildwoodColin Melot– I’ve seen this book in the shops and around booktube. It looks gorgeous and totally my sort of thing.

BreadcrumbsAnne Ursu– This is based on The Snow Queen. I have a bit of a fairy-tale feel this week!

EverboundBrodi Ashton– I can’t wait to carry on with this series too!

Thousand WordsJennifer Brown– I’ve loved everything that Jennifer’s written so far, so I’m looking forward to seeing if this book gives me the same feels!

Blackberry Blue and Other Fairy-TalesJamila Gavin– I have had this book on my radar for so long now, I’ve finally got my hands on a copy!

What have you added to your shelves this week? Please feel free to leave your link to your post and I’ll stop by! 🙂

 

RHCP Summer Blogger Brunch

Yesterday I attended Random House Children’s Publishers summer blogger brunch at Random House’s lovely offices in Pimlico alongside many other wonderful bloggers. This is the first time I’ve met up with fellow bloggers and I have to say, they were all absolutely lovely. It’s nice to be around so many like-minded people that don’t judge you for your bookish habits/obsessions!

The first thing we did was to help film Lauren Kate’s UK book trailer. Her book Teardrop is coming out in November. We had to write down the last thing that made us cry on a card. Luckily (for me) we were able to hide our faces as we were photographed. I can’t wait to see the result of this video. I’m also looking forward to reading Teardrop. I haven’t read any Lauren Kate books before so I’m intrigued…

Unfortunately Beth Reekles was unwell, so couldn’t attend as guest speaker. We did have her lovely editor Lauren Buckland to answer some questions and discuss Wattpad and Movellas. It was incredibly interesting.

The RHCP team told us about a few upcoming releases. All of which sound fabulous! I’ve highlighted the top five that I’m particularly looking forward to. (Click on the book image to take you to the Goodreads page, an easy way to add it to your TBR pile 😉 )

Far Far Away Tom McNeal

Published 4th July 2013

Published 4th July 2013

In a small town where nothing ever happens, everything is about to change..

Jeremy can hear voices. But when he admits this, the townspeople of Never Better treat him like an outsider. Life has been tough after his mother left and his father became a reculuse, but one voice in particular proves his salvation: the voice of the ghost of Jacob Grimm. Jacob watches over Jeremy, protecting him from an unknown dark evil whispered about in the space between this world and the next.

But when a provocative local girl Ginger takes an interest in Jeremy (and his unique abilities), a heartbreaking chain of events is put into motion. As anyone familiar with the Grimm Brothers know, not all fairy tales have happy endings..

Hurt- Tabitha Suzuma

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Published 5th September 2013

A new thrilling, emotional novel for teenagers from award-winning author, Tabitha Suzuma.

At seventeen, Matheo Walsh is Britain’s most promising diving champion. He is wealthy, popular- and there’s Lola, the girlfriend of his dreams.

But then there was that weekend. A weekend he cannot bring himself to remember. All he knows is that what happened has changed him.

Matheo is faced with the most devastating choice of his life. Keep his secret, and put those closest to him in terrible danger. Or confess, and lose Lola forever.

Stay Where You Are And Then Leave- John Boyne

Published 26th September 2013

Published 26th September 2013

From the bestselling author of THE BOY IN THE STRIPED PYJAMAS comes a moving and uplifting story of an ordinary boy’s search for his missing father during the First World War.

The day the First World War broke out, Alfie Summerfield’s father promised he wouldn’t go away to fight- but he broke that promise the following day. Four years later, Alfie doesn’t know where his father might be, other than that he’s away on a special, secret mission.

Then, while shining shoes at King’s Cross Station, Alfie unexpectedly sees his father’s name-on a sheaf of papers belonging to a military doctor. Bewildered and confused, Alfie realises his father is in a hospital close by- a hospital treating soldiers with an unusual condition. Alfie is determined to rescue his father from this strange, unnerving place..

Blackberry Blue- Jamila Gavin

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Published 7th November 2013

Step into a magical world of enchanted forests, talking animals and wicked witches….A breathtaking collection of six brand-new fairytales by award-winning author Jamila Gavin.

Here are six magical stories to thrill and enchant you. Watch Blackberry Blue rise from the bramble patch; follow Emeka the pathfinder on his mission to sava a lost king: join Princess Desire as she gallops across the Milky Way on her jet-black horse.

These beautifully written and original stories will delight readers of all ages, and the stunning illustrations by Richard Collingridge will take your breath away.

The Ransom of Dond- Siobhan Dowd

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Published 7th November 2013

A previously unseen story by acclaimed, multi-award winning author Siobhan Dowd, with exquisite artwork by Pam Smy.

She’d known from the day she learned to walk what destiny awaited her.

Wonderfully atmospheric, this is the haunting story of Darra-who, as the thirteenth child to be born to her mither, is destined to be sacrificed to Dond, the dark god of the underworld. On the day she turns thirteen she’ll be rowed out to sea, where she will leap overboard with a rock tied to her ankle. She can’t think of a worse birthday present.

As ever, Siobhan Dowd’s compelling prose swells with emotion from the first page.

I’m so excited about these new releases and I can’t wait to get my hands upon a copy! Every blogger at the event was also given a goody bag with Cross My Heart by Carmen Reid, Rolling Dice by Beth Reekles and Teardrop by Lauren Kate amongst other goodies. I can’t wait to get stuck into these books.

The summer blogger’s brunch was a pleasure to attend. I loved meeting the RHCP team who are delightful and other lovely book bloggers.