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The Girl and the Ghost
Hanna Alkaf - Aug 04, 2020
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I am a dark spirit, the ghost announced grandly. I am your inheritance, your grandmother’s legacy. I am yours to command.Suraya is delighted when her witch grandmother gifts her a pelesit. She names her ghostly companion Pink, and the two quickly become inseparable.But Suraya doesn’t know that pelesits have a dark side—and when Pink’s shadows threa...
Simon Smith
Dec 08, 2020
@teacher_mr_r Love that book. Can I add “The Girl and The Ghost” by @yesitshanna it’s just fantastic, by turns spine-chilling and funny, full of folklore. It’s a cracking debut book.     source
If You Come to Earth
Sophie Blackall - Sep 15, 2020
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From two-time Caldecott Winner author-illustrator Sophie Blackall!If You Come to Earth is a glorious guide to our home planet, and a call for us to take care of both Earth and each other.This stunning book is inspired by the thousands of children Sophie Blackall has met during her travels around the world in support of UNICEF and Save the Children....
Simon Smith
Dec 05, 2020
@nicolapenfold @redgierob @SophieBlackall @Mat_at_Brookes @PaulWat5 @marygtroche @jonnybid @_Reading_Rocks_ @HachetteKids Love that book Rob... you may want to get this.     source
Everybody Counts
A counting story from 0 to 7.5 billion
Kristin Roskifte - Feb 04, 2020 (first published in 2018)
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This fun book teaches you to count from 0 to 7.5 billion, but also to do so much more. Follow the characters’ stories through the book and see how their lives collide with those of others. There are a lot of secrets to be discovered for the sharp-eyed! You’ll see that everyone is different, everyone has their own life, and that—most importantly—eve...
Simon Smith
Dec 02, 2020
@owlsometeaching @one_to_read Pretty sure it’s this. It’s a brilliant book.     source
When You Look Up
Decur - Jun 02, 2020
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Visually stunning, tactile, and mesmerizing, this graphic novel is a debut at the summit from a self-taught Argentinian visionary.Lorenzo isn't happy about moving. But in his new room, he finds an old desk with what seems likes hundreds of drawers. Each even has its own smell! Deep inside the desk, he finds a book and begins to read. When he looks ...
Simon Smith
Dec 01, 2020
@KarlDuke8 It’s one of mine too...brilliant book.     source
Hike
Pete Oswald - Mar 17, 2020
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Take to the trails for a celebration of nature -- and a day spent with dad.In the cool and quiet early light of morning, a father and child wake up. Today they're going on a hike. Follow the duo into the mountains as they witness the magic of the wilderness, overcome challenges, and play a small role in the survival of the forest. By the time they ...
Simon Smith
Dec 01, 2020
Next in my Top 40 #BestPicturebooks2020 Is “Hike” by @peteoswaldart. It’s just a wonderful celebration of nature and but more importantly it’s a book about father and child relationships and how we make memories and build those lasting bonds. A hug of a book. #PicturebookPage     source
In the City
Chris Raschka - Sep 29, 2020
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From Caldecott Award–winning and New York Times bestselling author Chris Raschka, this tender and fun-filled picture book celebrates unexpected friendship and city life from the perspective of pigeons!How do two friends find each other? Why choose this one, not another? Are two friends just meant to be— I for you and you for me? Two pigeons fly thr...
Simon Smith
Dec 01, 2020
So begins my top 40 #BestPicturebooks2020 They’re not numbered though I will do a top 10. First up is “In The City” by Chris Raschka. Its a vibrant joyous tale about appreciating the natural wonders around us and celebrating life. A deep smile of a book. #PicturebookPage     source
Adrian Simcox Does NOT Have a Horse
Marcy Campbell - Aug 14, 2018
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Adrian Simcox tells anyone who will listen that he has a horse--the best and most beautiful horse anywhere.But Chloe does NOT believe him. Adrian Simcox lives in a tiny house. Where would he keep a horse? He has holes in his shoes. How would he pay for a horse?The more Adrian talks about his horse, the angrier Chloe gets. But when she calls him out...
Simon Smith
Nov 24, 2020
@LTeacher123 This is a bit more complex and digs behind it. Brilliant book.     source
I Talk Like a River
Jordan Scott - Sep 01, 2020
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What if words got stuck in the back of your mouth whenever you tried to speak? What if they never came out the way you wanted them to? Sometimes it takes a change of perspective to get the words flowing.I wake up each morning with the sounds of words all around me. And I can't say them all . . . When a boy who stutters feels isolated, alone, and in...
Simon Smith
Nov 14, 2020
@LTeacher123 @Mat_at_Brookes It’s definitely in my top twenty...top 10...top 5...top 2 books of the year.     source
The Gritterman
Orlando Weeks - Feb 01, 2019
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'Extraordinary and original' Raymond Briggs'A tender fireside story about an ageing labourer ... witty, affectionate ... enchanting, in the vein of The Snowman' Evening Standard'Sometimes it feels like I might be the only person awake in the whole country. People might find that a lonely thought. Not me...' As the rest of the world sleeps, the Grit...
Simon Smith
Nov 11, 2020
@rcharlesworth @TeresaCremin @Toriaclaire @2dollarsonsunup @_Reading_Rocks_ @vashti_hardy @samuelsedgman @MGLnrd @PrimaryRocks1 @MrEPrimary @MrBoothY6 @MrEFinch @one_to_read @BookSuperhero2 @richreadalot Still a real favourite of mine... the sense of loss is palpable. Beautiful book.     source
The Boy and the Gorilla
Jackie Azúa Kramer - Oct 13, 2020
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This profoundly moving tale about a grieving boy and an imaginary gorilla makes real the power of talking about loss.On the day of his mother’s funeral, a young boy conjures the very visitor he needs to see: a gorilla. Wise and gentle, the gorilla stays on to answer the heart-heavy questions the boy hesitates to ask his father: Where did his mother...
Simon Smith
Nov 10, 2020
Well this brought a lump to the throat. The Boy and the Gorilla” by @JackieKramer422 and @CindyDerby is beautifully profound book about dealing with grief and loss. The relationship between father and child is wonderfully realised. Stunning. #picturebookPage     source
The Next President
The Unexpected Beginnings and Unwritten Future of America’s Presidents (Presidents Book for Kids; History of United States Presidents When They Were Young)
Kate Messner - Mar 24, 2020
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An inspiring and informative book for kids about the past and future of America's presidents.Who will be the NEXT president? Could it be you? When George Washington became the first president of the United States, there were nine future presidents already alive in America, doing things like practicing law or studying medicine.When JFK became the th...
Simon Smith
Nov 07, 2020
Today’s book recommendation is very topical “The Next President” by @KateMessner and @MrAdamRex. It is a book full of respect, facts and hope for the highest office in America. A book that sums up hopes and aspirations and encourages children to dream. #PictureBookPage.     source
Animal Farm by George Orwell
I, Cosmo by Carlie Sorosiak
How We Got to the Moon by John Rocco
Trowbridge Road by Marcella Pixley
The Wanderer by Peter Van den Ende
As You Wish by Cary Elwes
Three Squeezes by Jason Pratt
#Tumeke! by Michael Petherick
The Beast Warrior by Nahoko Uehashi
This Was Our Pact by Ryan Andrews
The Beast Player by Nahoko Uehashi
Fox & Goldfish by Nils Pieters
Town Is by the Sea by Joanne Schwartz
The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore by William Joyce
Paper Son by Julie Leung
A Song for Will by
Battle Bunny by Jon Scieszka
Knights & Bikes by
Africa, Amazing Africa by Atinuke
Catch That Chicken! by Atinuke
Professor Astro Cat's Atomic Adventure by Dr. Dominic Walliman
Shadowsmith by Ross MacKenzie
Lark by Anthony McGowan
Rook by Anthony McGowan (author)
Pike by Anthony McGowan
Brock by Anthony McGowan
The Thief Lord by Cornelia Funke
Wabi Sabi by Mark Reibstein
Facts vs. Opinions vs. Robots by Michael Rex
A Game of Fox & Squirrels by Jenn Reese
Here in the Real World by Sara Pennypacker
Orphans of the Tide by Struan Murray
Small in the City by Sydney Smith
Driftwood Days by William Miniver
The Whispers by Greg Howard
Coraline by Neil Gaiman
The Skylarks' War by Hilary McKay
Developing Children's Critical Thinking through Picturebooks by Mary Roche
Rocket Says Look Up! by Nathan Bryon
The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman
Moonshot by Brian Floca
Once Upon a Star by James Carter
The WASP FACTORY by Iain Banks
Fire Girl, Forest Boy by Chloe Daykin
Booked by Kwame Alexander
Once by Morris Gleitzman
The Wolf Wilder by Katherine Rundell