Great illustrated guide for children who might wish to take part in the Big Garden Birdwatch 2019 #BigGardenBirdWatch. Celebrate the beautiful birds that can be spotted in British gardens in this exquisitely illustrated, cut-paper pop-up. Published in association with the RSPB, this 1.2-metre unfolding guide features a selection of more than 12 popular birds, including the robin, goldfinch and blue tit.

A beautifully illustrated pop-up book of favourite garden birds.  Presented in a stylish slipcase and stunningly illustrated by Lorna Syson, … More

Born OTD in 1934, English illustrator, cartoonist, graphic novelist & author, Raymond Briggs. Fungus the Bogeyman follows one day in the life of the title character, a working class Bogeyman with the mundane job of scaring human beings. The book follows a typical day for Fungus, starting when he wakes up & ending just before he falls asleep. As his day progresses, he undergoes a mild existential crisis, pondering what his seemingly pointless job of scaring surface people is really for.

He is a member of the Bogey society, which is very similar to British society, but Bogeymen enjoy things which … More

Born OTD in 1945, English novelist who writes for children’s literature, Jacqueline Wilson. Her children’s novels frequently feature themes of adoption, divorce, and mental illness, and sometimes written from an historical perspective. Hetty Feather is a Foundling Hospital girl and was given her name when she was left there as a baby. When she is reunited with her mother, she hopes her beautiful new name, Sapphire Battersea, will also mean a new life! But things don’t always go as planned… Follow the twists and turns of Hetty’s adventure as she goes out to work as a maid for a wealthy man.

She longs to be reunited with her childhood sweetheart Jem – but also finds a new sweetheart, Bertie the butcher’s … More

Born OTD in 1960, Neil Gaiman, author of short fiction, novels, comic books, graphic novels, audio theatre, and films. “When a baby escapes a murderer intent on killing the entire family, who would have thought it would find safety and security in the local graveyard? Brought up by the resident ghosts, ghouls and spectres, Bod has an eccentric childhood learning about life from the dead.”

But for Bod there is also the danger of the murderer still looking for him – after all, he is … More

A deeply personal and tender story of war, peace and those who are left behind. One hundred years after the war to end all wars, Jacko’s descendants discover his notebook and the untold stories tucked in its pages. “This war is a nightmare that one day I shall wake from and then forget. And if I don’t wake, then you shall never know. I don’t want you ever to know.”No one seems to know where the scruffy tin hat came from – just that it is very old, from some war or other long ago.

To young Michael and his family it has its uses today: as a child’s toy, a feeding bowl for the … More

Four different voices tell their own versions of the same walk in the park. There’s a bossy woman, a sad man, a lonely boy & a young girl whose warmth touches those she meets Voices in the Park could be incorporated into an Anthony Browne author study & is well suited to work with pupils in upper Key Stage 2 (9-11 years). It is also a good text for group & guided reading, providing opportunities for challenging & reflective reading, at the same time being accessible & appealing to readers who may not have developed the stamina for long novels.

The teaching sequence suggested below, explores voice in literature. The drama and role-play activities provide opportunities for considering the difference … More

The neighbours all complain about the foxes hanging around the flat where Cassie lives, close to the river Thames, but Cassie thinks they’re beautiful. Her favourite is a small fox with a white tail-tip, who she names Frost. One night she catches sight of him out in the snow, looking cold and thin, and decides to sneak him some food.

But Frost seems to want her to follow him. As he leads Cassie towards the river she feels the world … More

Through a hole in the book’s cover, an owl invites you inside to meet a majestic tree & all its forest inhabitants during the changing seasons. With clever peekaboo holes throughout, each page reveals a new set of animals playing & living in the tree—baby bears frolicking in the spring, bees buzzing around apples in the summer, squirrels storing nuts in the fall, & finally the lone owl keeping warm during the winter chill—until another year begins. . . .

Children will love seeing a new set of animals appear and then disappear as each page is turned, and along … More

The stories in this collection have slipped on a sunbeam, skidded on the dew and sprinted fast as a fox to be here with you. Of course, they’re true, puffed on to the page with a hint of lavender and a gust of sage. They tell of Sussex: its sparkling seas; chalk giants; wise witches and crossdressing smugglers.

Once you’ve heard them, you’ll know that when leaves skitter, it’s Puck, the sprite of Sussex, fighting with his sister … More