End of Term 2017!

Crikey! It’s the actual END OF TERM for Norfolk schools today- where on earth has the last academic year gone?!

That’s a question we’ve uttered on multiple occasions this week especially as our summer term project boxes arrived back in office; we’ve already begun planning for the September “back to school” project rush- we’re sure six weeks will fly by…!

As it’s the start of the long break, we have a Friday Reads special as our Librarian, Harriet, has picked some special holiday reads- find them all below and why not visit your local Norfolk library to see if they have them in stock…


Lighter reads for juniors for the holidays

  • The Secret Diary of John Drawbridge: Medieval Knight in Training by Philip Ardagh, illustrated by Jamie Littler

Published in conjunction with the National Trust, the cover announces ‘Only the Facts are True’;  (maybe needs to be said these days!), so although this is an amusing tale in typical Ardagh style there is also information about life in medieval times dotted through the book, mostly as footnotes. The story is in the form of a diary, and is complemented by entertaining illustrations from Jamie Littler.

  • Daisy and the Trouble with Chocolate by Kes Gray

Another fun story about cheeky Daisy. You wouldn’t think there could be any trouble with chocolate, but Daisy can turn a trip to Chocolate Land upside down, particularly as she is looking after the school hamsters at the same time…

  • There’s a Werewolf in my Tent! by Pamela Butchart, illustrated by Thomas Flintham

Maybe don’t read this if going camping this summer! This author writes hilarious award-winning novels for junior age children. This one is about a school camping trip which goes scarily wrong when strange things start happening at night. Could they be linked to the teacher who has such hairy legs?

  • Superdad’s Day Off by Phil Earle, illustrated by Steve May

Phil Earle writes great novels for all age children. This one is in the Little Gems series published by Barrington Stoke, the company who specialise in publishing great books for dyslexic young people. The Little Gems are for younger children, and are full of coloured illustrations with minimal text on each cream-coloured page. This story is about very normal Stanley who has a ‘superdad’, but Stanley himself, through being brave, proves himself heroic. The pictures are cartoony in best superhero style and the reader can take a superhero quiz at the end of the book.


  • Go Wild in the Woods: an Adventure Handbook by Goldie Hawk & Rachael Saunders

This little book is full of information about the great outdoors. It is an attractive package, with an elastic bookmark attached so you can take it with you and, for example, identify animal poo, or discover ten ways a stick could save your life. It is associated with the National Trust, but it would be informative and enjoyable in any outdoor area with a few trees.

  • The Street Beneath My Feet by Charlotte Guillain, illustrated by Yuval Zommer

You will need quite a lot of space to open this book out fully, so take it to the beach and look at it as you try to dig down to Australia! Turn it sideways and each beautifully illustrated  page will take you deeper and deeper into the earth; in fact right from the street to the inner core. Down you go through human and animal detritus, then rocks to magma. Then on the other side you will gradually come back up again, this time looking more at the different type of rocks and geology.

 Picture books

  • It Starts With a Seed by Laura Knowles and Jennie Webber

A slightly old-fashioned style of pictures illustrate this poem about the life cycle of a sycamore tree. It is simple and clear, and describes not just the growth of the tree but also the rich wildlife that makes use of the tree. A fold-out page at the back of the book reveals some more details.

  • Grumpy Frog by Ed Vere

Another hilarious picture book from Ed Vere, this one is about Grumpy Frog – who is very insistent that he is NOT at all grumpy. He is typically childlike in his rapid changes of mood, and this is an amusing dialogue between perhaps the author and frog that young children will very much relate to.

  • Tree by Neal Layton

This sweet picture book is subtitled ‘an environmental fable’ which might sound a bit worthy, but the illustrations and minimal text keep everything light and humorous. Loads of inference can be made from the pictures which reveal far more than the large text actually states. Lovely!

Don’t forget, if you’re after EVEN MORE recommended reads, you can find our Friday Read archive just here.


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