Welcome back, Norfolk Schools!

Norfolk schools are back in session this week and don’t we know it- our phone hasn’t stopped ringing since Wednesday! We’re running full steam ahead here and we’re excited for the autumn term to get into full swing.

The September issue of our Book Bites newsletter is now online and can be read here; it’s one of the best ways to stay up-to-date with ELS news, plus we always include a little bit of extra info we think is worth being aware of.

Our team have shared their Friday Reads below, which are back after their summer mini-break.  If you’re after more recommendations, you can find our archive here.

Apryl: My Mum’s Growing Down by Laura Dockrill

Laura is one of my most favourite authors currently writing books for young people, and she also happens to be a brilliant poet so you can imagine how thrilled I was to hear that she’d crafted this book of poems for children.

Illustrated by David Tazzyman, this is a brilliant collection about Mums and their relationships with their children. Laugh out loud funny, Dockrill proves just why she’s one of the best contemporary children’s authors around!

(Faber, £6.99 paperback, ISBN 9780571335060, find it at a Norfolk Library)

Harriet: Splotch and Splat! by Rocio Bonilla

A great title for a great art book, with fun, simple instructions on how everyone can get creative in art. It’s an invitation to use our eyes and be more analytical about what we see around us.

Can’t write any more – I just have to have a go at turning a doodle into a bug myself…

(Scribblers, £10.99 paperback, ISBN 9781912006595)


Zoë: Letters from the Lighthouse by Emma Carroll


This is a wonderful story set in 1941 which I thoroughly enjoyed. I was even moved to tears towards the end, such is the skill of Emma Carroll’s writing.

Olive’s sister, Sukie, goes missing during an air raid whilst they, along with their brother, have been to the cinema. This adds to their mother’s worries as her husband, their father, was shot down over France some months earlier. She decides it time for Olive and Cliff to be evacuated – to Devon where their neighbour’s sister, Queenie, lives.

Olive believes Queenie is Sukie’s penpal so is very surprised to meet a rather different Queenie to the one she had pictured in her head. There are secrets to be discovered in Budmouth Point and when Olive discovers a coded message hidden in her mother’s coat (given to her as hers was too small), she is sure is it linked to Sukie’s disappearance. After all, she had been wearing the coat the last time Olive had seen her…

Independent readers will really enjoy this story as it so absorbing. As a class story it would support topics on WWII, evacuation and refugees.


(Faber, £6.99 paperback, ISBN 9780571327584, find it at a Norfolk Library)


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