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Tuesday, 29 August 2017

New Books for Little Heroes

The Mini Reviewers have always loved to dress up and they have certainly come up with some imaginative outfits in the past but recently it seems to be all about crime fighting heroes and pesky bad guys. So when we saw The Rainbow Factory were holding a Superhero Extravaganza this summer, we had to book tickets. 

If you are local to Leeds and haven't visited The Rainbow Factory yet, do check out their website as they offer some incredible storytelling adventures. We have been a few times now and each visit is always a little different. During our last visit the Mini Reviewers got to make their very own Supertato, decorate masks and shields and, of course, train to be Superheroes. I think they looked pretty convincing, don't you?

Since our visit we've been keeping an eye out for some new "super" reads. Here are five of our favourite new books for little heroes...

Sunday, 27 August 2017

Novel Non-Fiction for Younger Kids

The Mini Reviewers are now 1, 3 and 5 years old. Over the past year there have been some incredible non-fiction releases aimed specifically at the younger end of the children's market. Here are five non-fiction books that we feel really stand out from the crowd...

Five Favourite School Books and a Back To School Tradition

The summer holidays have flown by and as August ends our thoughts turn to the start of a new school year, an exciting time but also one that can be uncertain and nerve-wracking for so many. Here the uniform has been purchased, tried on and (almost) labelled and Mini Reviewer, Izzie, is raring to return to school. However when Izzie started school last year, we all had our fair share of nerves! So if you have an apprehensive school starter or a child that is a little reluctant to go back to school, don't panic! There are lots of books out there offering gentle reassurance and showing that school can in fact be lots of fun! Here are our five favourite books celebrating school life as well as a little "Back To School" tradition of our own.

Going To School by Rose Blake is a great new book for children starting school or who are in their first few years of primary school. The colourful double spreads show a day in the life of a young school girl and her classmates. Starting with her journey to school and finishing with home time, we join her for playtime, lunchtime as well as all the lessons in between. With so much to spot and discuss, this book will help talk about starting or returning to school in a positive and cheerful way.

Buy here: Going to School, Rose Blake, Frances Lincoln Children's Books