Festive Countdown- Week Three!

ONE WEEK TO GO! Norfolk Schools will have finished for the holidays this week and while we’re looking forward to a little break, we’re also keeping busy putting together project boxes for the New Year. If you’re feeling particularly organised and are looking toward 2016, you can find a list of our spring term INSET courses here, as well as details about our ‘Language is Power’ conference which is taking place in March, and features the 2015 Carnegie winner, Tanya Landman!

Here’s the third instalment of our festive countdown, and some more books we think are worth taking a look at (or even buying or borrowing!)

Advent 2015 Week 3

  •  Heartsong by Kevin Crossley-Holland, illus. by Jane Ray

Venice and Vivaldi’s Four Seasons violin concerto are the themes of this short novel in Crossley-Holland’s story about a mute orphan who finds her voice by playing her flute. Jane Ray was inspired by the true life of Vivaldi and the Ospidale della Pieta, and her beautiful evocations of Venice contribute to this warm, magical story. If you enjoy this, read Jamila Gavin’s brilliant Coram Boy, again based on truth, in this caseThomas Coram’s orphans and composer Handel. (Orchard Books, £9.99 hardback, ISBN 9781408336069)

  • Imaginary Fred by Eoin Colfer, illus. by Oliver Jeffers

Another story with music as a theme, this is a lovely, and very funny, picture book about friendship, to reassure children who may feel different and lonely. (HarperCollins, £12.99 hardback, ISBN 9780008126148)

  • One by Sarah Crossan

Tippi and Grace are 16 year-old conjoined twins who find themselves entering high school for the first time. Written in Crossan’s signature verse from the perspective of Grace this story is truly beautiful. I felt I was able to, in some way, comprehend what it must be like to live permanently attached your sibling. I believe this is a definite contender for Carnegie! (Bloomsbury, £10.99 hardback, ISBN 9781408863114)

  • Box by Min Flyte, illus. by Rosalind Beardshaw

For very young children, this is a flap book which encourages imaginative alternative uses for a box. Great fun to read aloud, children can respond and participate as questions are asked on each page. At the back of the book there is a small box to cut out and make, so perfect for a gift! (Nosy Crow, £9.99 hardback, ISBN 9780857634146)

Our first and second instalments of our festive countdown can be found here and here.


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