There have been two interesting children’s book award shortlists announced in the last few weeks; firstly, take a look at the CLIPPA Poetry list on their website over here.
We know that Joseph Coelho’s Overheard in a Tower Block has proved popular, and that he is an entertaining and inspiring poet to invite into school.
Sarah Crossan is brilliant at writing moving and involving novels in verse, and she has succeeded yet again with Moonrise, for older teens.
For the full Little Rebels Shortlist 2018, take a look over here.
We think Mr Bunny’s Chocolate Factory by Elys Dolan is hilarious, while some of the other books on the list are extremely serious: Welcome to Nowhere by Elizabeth Laird for example. Kim Slater’s 928 Miles from Home covers lots of issues for teens, but all very plausibly and sensitively done.
Below are this week’s Friday Reads and don’t forget: you can find our past recommendations here.
Apryl: Town is by the Sea by Joanne Schwartz, illustrated by Sydney Smith
Another from this year’s Greenaway shortlist, this is a story told from the perspective of a coal miner’s son, living by the sea while his father mines below. As each day passes, the presence of the water and what lies beneath it looms, the brightness of the water contrasted with the darkness of the coal mines.
It’s a lovely story about the legacy of growing up in a mining town with beautiful illustrations reminiscent of seaside paintings.
(Walker Books, £7.99 paperback, ISBN 9781406378863)
Harriet: Chicken on the Roof by Matt Goodfellow, illustrated by Hannah Asen
A lovely varied collection of poems, some funny, some serious, some atmospheric, some punning and most rhyming.
The black and white illustrations maintain a light mood. Matt Goodfellow is a primary school teacher and is happy to visit schools – but he does live in Manchester!
(Otter-Barry Books Ltd, £6.99 paperback, ISBN 9781910959909)
Zoë: National Theatre: All about the Theatre by Marina McIntyre
This is a great book for anyone interested in theatre. It covers all aspects of a theatre production from make-up to directors to puppeteers to sound and more.
There are lots of facts about the way theatre has developed over the years, from Greek tragedies to modern drama; photos and quotes from current stage actors; insights from the behind-the-scenes professionals involved in putting on a play.
It makes you realise how many people are involved in a stage production, even though there may only be a few on the stage for the performance!
(Walker, £12.99 hardback, ISBN 9781406358698, find it at a Norfolk Library)