Last week, we wrote about the delightful news from the Booktrust, who have given a Lifetime Achievement Award to husband and wife John Burningham and Helen Oxenbury. They have written and illustrated so many wonderful picture books over the years, and it is VERY hard to pick out any particular favourites, but a few are… Read More Friday Reads Special: John Burningham & Helen Oxenbury!
Every year, January seems to take its time to pass but February hurtles by and before you know it, the half-term holiday is here to greet us. Where has the time gone, etc etc… This week, legendary children’s authors and illustrators, John Burningham and Helen Oxenbury, were given Booktrust’s Lifetime Achievement Award, the first time a… Read More Heading into Half Term…!
We have always looked forward to new titles by Nicola Davies, knowing they will be entertaining and popular with their audience as well as authoritative and quietly educational, as she is a zoologist and has written many books on animals, whether in fiction form, as poetry or non-fiction – or a combination of all those.… Read More Friday Reads Special: Nicola Davies!
We’re nearly two weeks into 2018 and we’ve been keeping busy; on Tuesday, we sent lots of project boxes off to schools to use for this term’s teaching plus they’ll also be receiving this half-term’s issue of our Book Bites newsletter which you can find (and read!) online just here. As this our first post… Read More Hello 2018!
There’s now just a weekend between us and ‘the big day’ and so we find ourselves here we are with the final installment of this year’s Book Advent. This month, we’ve recommended sixteen titles (the last four are below!) from a variety of genres, all of which we think are worthy of your time. If… Read More Merry Christmas & a Happy (book-filled) New Year!
We’ve shared books about nature and some of our favourite fantasy reads and this week, we’ve gone mysterious; see below for the next installment of our Book Advent! Week Three: Mystery Books The Guggenheim Mystery by Robin Stevens Ted has Asperger’s Syndrome, which makes him extra perceptive when it comes to solving crimes. Following on… Read More Book Advent: Week 3!
A few weeks ago, two of our team attended Norfolk’s annual Math’s Conference; you can find our account of last year’s event here, but below you’ll find Zoë’s recap of this year’s conference- and after that, week two of our book advent! The theme to this year’s Maths Conference, organised by Educator Solutions, was variation and… Read More Book Advent: Week 2!
Since 2013, we’ve been counting down the four weeks to Christmas in the best way possible- using books! In that first year, we had our advent book wreath, followed in 2014 and 2015 by our advent book doors. Last year, thanks to our graphic designer friend Liam Drane, we had a very stylish makeover which was very gift tag-tastic indeed;… Read More Our Book Advent Returns!
Here at ELS, we’re keen readers and we don’t just love books for children- we still read age-appropriate books too! Our Librarian Harriet has some thoughts on the importance of reading to our well-being… Grown-ups, read any good books lately – adult books we mean? Tired, stressed, anxious? Perhaps a few minutes quiet reading could help.… Read More Read any Good Books lately?
Taking place this year between 13th-17th November, Children’s Book Week encourages schools, libraries, parents and children to celebrate books and reading for pleasure in any way possible. Organised by Book Trust, it’s a great opportunity to draw attention to the power and importance of reading. As ever, there’s a great ideas list of what you can get… Read More Children’s Book Week 2017