Children’s book of the week: I Want My Hat Back

In ‘I Want My Hat Back’, a bear is searching for his missing hat.  He meets various animals along the way, and he receives a lot of different answers to his question.  This is a funny story which ends with a twist. Continue reading “Children’s book of the week: I Want My Hat Back”

Children’s Book of the Week: Room on the Broom

This week, the children’s book of the week is Room on the Broom by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler.  This is a wonderful story of a kind witch and her cat, three helpful animals, and a menacing dragon.   Will they all fit on the witch’s broom?  Here are five resources to help you explore the story further. Continue reading “Children’s Book of the Week: Room on the Broom”

Children’s Book of the Week: Giraffes Can’t Dance

Giraffes Can’t Dance by Giles Andreae and Guy Parker-Rees, is the wonderful story of a giraffe who finds his own rhythm with the help of his little friend the cricket.  What will happen at the Jungle Dance?  We have put together some great resources to explore the story further.  Take a look! Continue reading “Children’s Book of the Week: Giraffes Can’t Dance”

Children’s book of the week: We’re Going on a Bear Hunt

This week for our children’s book of the week, we have We’re Going on a Bear Hunt by Michael Rosen and Helen Oxenbury.  This is a wonderful tale of adventure as a family bravely venture out to find a bear. We’re not scared, are you? Continue reading “Children’s book of the week: We’re Going on a Bear Hunt”

Children’s Book of the Week: Elmer


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On 23 May, join us in celebrating Elmer’s birthday.  This year, Elmer is celebrating everyone’s true colours.  Why not put on your favourite brightly coloured clothes and have a look at some of these wonderful Elmer resources? Continue reading “Children’s Book of the Week: Elmer”

Author event with Sangeeta Bhadra

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Cover page of children's book, Sam's Pet Temper
Sam’s Pet Temper, illustrations by Marion Arbona

Both children and parents were delighted by a reading of “Sam’s Pet Temper” by author Sangeeta Bhadra at Notting Hill Gate and Kensington Central libraries on Saturday 30 May.

In the story Sam’s temper is initially great company, and so he decides to take it home as a pet. Before long, however, it becomes too hard to handle and he begins to wish it would leave him alone…

Author Sangeeta reading from her book
Sangeeta reads from her book

Sam’s temper in the story is a real life naughty creature adorably illustrated by Marion Arbona. At the end of the reading, the children were invited to take part in a fun creative activity where they imagined and drew their own tempers.

Sangeeta visited Notting Hill Gate and Kensington Central libraries as part of a whistle-stop libraries tour with her debut children’s book, which has been published in Canada, in English and French, and will soon be published in Italy and South Korea. Sangeeta kindly presented Notting Hill Gate and Kensington Central libraries with signed copies of the book for our readers to enjoy.

Sangeeta's signature on the inside cover of 'Sam's Pet Temper'
Sangeeta kindly gifted us signed copies of ‘Sam’s Pet Temper’

Many thanks to Sandeep, Gaynor and of course Sangeeta for a great event!

Cilip Carnegie & Kate Greenaway medals 2014

The nominations for two of the most prestigious prizes in children’s and young people’s writing and illustration have been announced!  The CILIP Carnegie Medal is awarded annually by children’s librarians for an outstanding book for children and young people while the CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal is awarded for an outstanding book in terms of illustration for children and young people.

Notable winners in the past include the famous Terry Pratchett, Philip Pullman, CS Lewis and Raymond Briggs, Shirley Hughes and Quentin Blake for their much-loved illustrations.  

Check out this year’s nominations at The Cilip Carnegie & Kate Greenaway Chilren’s Book Awards website. There are a couple that catch our eye: The Reluctant Assassin by Eoin Colfer and A Dream of Lights by Kerry Drewery…

In the Reluctant Assassin, a Victorian orphan named Riley is apprenticed to illusionist and crook Albert Garrick. One of Garrick’s would-be victims is a scientist from the future and after a failed assasination attempt on the scientist’s life,  Riley is transported through a wormhole to 21st century London with Garrick hot on his heels. Riley meets Chevron Savano, a seventeen-year-old FBI agent and together they must defeat Garrick who is determined to track them down and return to Victorian London to wreak havoc with his 21st century knowledge… 

Eoin Colfer's The Reluctant Assassin
Eoin Colfer’s The Reluctant Assassin

In A Dream of Lights, Yoora is a teenage girl  struggling to survive in a rural village in North Korea. To escape the daily misery of her life, she dreams of the lights of foreign cities. But her world falls apart when she falls in love with the wrong person and her community turns against her. Her father is killed, and she is taken to a mountain prison camp. Will she ever escape? But Yoora is about to learn an important lesson: love can surprise you, and it can come in many forms…a powerful and moving novel.

A Dream of Lights by Kerry Drewery
A Dream of Lights by Kerry Drewery

Happy reading!