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A Novel
Alan Gratz - May 01, 2018 (first published in 2017)
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-Readers, librarians, and all those books that have drawn a challenge have a brand new hero.... Stand up and cheer, book lovers. This one's for you.- --Kathi Appelt, author of the Newbery Honor-winning The UnderneathAn inspiring tale of a fourth-grader who fights back when her favorite book is banned from the school library--by starting her own ill...
Simon Smith
Apr 05, 2021
What a fantastic book this is. @AlanGratz nails the need for children to have the freedom to read what they want, even if we don’t particularly like their choices. It’s a brilliant book of quiet rebellion and I loved it very much. @GalwayMr there is so much I want to discuss      source
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Todd Nesloney
Thao Lam - Apr 15, 2018
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New from the creator of Skunk on a String comes Wallpaper, a wordless picture book in Thao Lam’s signature paper collage style. It tells the story of a young girl whose family moves into a new house. Outside, she can hear other kids playing, but she’s too shy to say hello. So she picks at the old wallpaper in her room―revealing an entryway to a fan...
Simon Smith
Mar 29, 2021
@Kathylambert100 “Wallpaper” by Thao Lam is a lovely wordless book about finding the courage to say hello, it’s also a bit wild      source
My Cat Looks Like My Dad
Thao Lam - Apr 15, 2019
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New from the creator of Wallpaper and Skunk on a String comes a witty and uplifting picture book that will speak to families of all varieties about how family really is what you make it.Minimal text paired with bright paper-collage illustrations create comparisons on each spread in which the narrator talks about their family--especially the strikin...
Simon Smith
Mar 29, 2021
@gllgtt “My Cat Looks Like My Dad” by Thao Lam is a lovely, funny book about the nature of family and embracing its quirks. It’s a really happy book.      source
Goalkeeper's Revenge
Bill Naughton - Aug 14, 2012
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One of a series of top-quality fiction for schools, this is a collection of stories of a Lancashire childhood, of football in the streets, fishing, fighting and school, of growing up and looking for work, and of characters such as Spit Nolan the champion trolley-rider, and Sam Dalt the goalkeeper....
Simon Smith
Mar 23, 2021
@rosannamcg Bill Naughton...what a book! One of the best short stories ever.      source
The Arrival
Shaun Tan - Oct 01, 2007
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A man gives his wife and daughter a last kiss and boards a steamship to cross the ocean. He's embarking on the most painful yet important journey of his life--he's leaving home to build a better future for his family. Shaun Tan evokes universal aspects of an immigrant's experience through a singular work of the imagination. He does so using brillia...
Simon Smith
Mar 20, 2021
@Inkybat Brilliant book and a great find.      source
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Arthur and the Golden Rope
Brownstone's Mythical Collection 1
Joe Todd-Stanton - Feb 04, 2020
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The first book in the Brownstone's Mythical Collection series, now in paperback with an all new cover from creator Joe Todd-Stanton! Little Arthur Brownstone is the town oddity, until he is tasked with defeating the horrendous giant wolf Fenrir, who is terrorizing the Icelandic countryside and has extinguished the warming fire that keeps Arthur's t...
Simon Smith
Mar 16, 2021
@G_M_P_SClass4CS @clpe1 @toddstanton1 Love that. Brilliant book.      source
Up the Mountain Path
Marianne Dubuc - Oct 02, 2018 (first published in 2017)
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Mrs. Badger, an avid collector and naturalist, takes a weekly journey up to Sugarloaf Peak, greeting her friends on the way and sharing her discoveries with them. One day she meets Lulu, a very small cat, who wants to go with her to the top of the mountain. On the way, Lulu learns to take care of the natural world, help those in need, and listen to...
Simon Smith
Mar 14, 2021
@HlMacmeekin @ClubPicturebook @one_to_read @sam_creighton @f33lthesun @PaulWat5 @LTeacher123 @GalwayMr @Misterbodd @BookIslandBooks What a wonderful book      source
Bear Island
Matthew Cordell - Jan 26, 2021
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Bear Island is a heartfelt picture book about healing after loss by Caldecott Medalist Matthew Cordell.Louise and her family are sad over the loss of their beloved dog, Charlie. "Life will not be the same," Louise says, as she visits a little island that Charlie loved.But on a visit to the island after Charlie's death, something strange happens: Sh...
Simon Smith
Feb 25, 2021
Another day another amazing book. “Bear Island” by @cordellmatthew is a gentle, thoughtful book about loss, dealing with grief and ultimately hope. This delightful book is real treasure. #PicturebookPage      source
Me + Tree
Alexandria Giardino - Mar 02, 2021
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A young girl and an old tree learn from each other how to find their purpose and foster healing in the world....
Simon Smith
Feb 22, 2021
@Alex__Giardino @balbusso_twins @mrjamesmayhew @sam_creighton @one_to_read @richreadalot @rcharlesworth @f33lthesun @PaulWat5 @nicolakidsbooks @sophieinspace @GalwayMr It’s a truly lovely book. The story is beautifully told.      source
The House by the Lake
One House, Five Families, and a Hundred Years of German History
Thomas Harding - Jul 03, 2017
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A Finalist for the Costa Biography Award Longlisted for the Orwell Prize Named a Best Book of the Year by The Times (London) • New Statesman (London) • Daily Express (London) • Commonweal magazine In the summer of 1993, Thomas Harding traveled to Germany with his grandmother to visit a small house by a lake on the outskirts of Berlin. It had been h...
Simon Smith
Feb 20, 2021
@PaulWat5 @SwailesRuth @cguillain @f33lthesun @sam_creighton @Misterbodd @LTeacher123 @one_to_read @richreadalot @rcharlesworth Love that book. The narrative flow is great. I like that it adds a human story to the period.      source
What Did the Tree See
Charlotte Guillain - Nov 24, 2020
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Told in gentle rhyming verse, this beautiful non-fiction picture book follows the story of an oak tree on a hilltop as it witnesses life changing around it over the course of hundreds of years. From the time when hunters chased deer through the woodland, to when trees were cleared for farmland, to the smog and factories emerging during the industri...
Simon Smith
Feb 20, 2021
A fantastic timeline and tree lifecycle finish it off. What a brilliant book. Perfect for Year 1 and up. Going to couple it with local maps and a local history timeline. Perfect.      source
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