One of the best parts of being a children's writer is that it gives me the perfect excuse (if any were needed!) to read children's books - it's part of my actual job. I like to read a mix of the new books everyone is talking about, all the brilliant books by my lovely author friends, and other older books that may have been a bit forgotten (often ones that I've picked up on a charity shop haul!).
I tend to lose track so I'll add to this list of books as soon as I read them, each with a one-line review (I'll also list the books I recommend to my Book Pen Pals schools or Patron of Reading school).
Do let me know if there are any great books out there you think I should add to my to-read pile (which is already Officially Out of Control!)
|A fascinating collection of short stories from some of the best YA writers around - something in here for everyone (for older teen readers)|
|Running, family, memories and doing the right thing - a lot packed into a short book and perfect for Remembrance|
|Short and sweet stories - an old-fashioned feel to this collection (in a good way). It reminded me of story anthologies I loved as a child|
|A warm and relatable story about coping with change, fitting in and making friends - looks at creativity and intellectual property too!|
|An intriguing story of family secrets and the value of friendship, told with a fascinating use of language (may not be suitable for some younger readers)|
|A deeply moving story of love, resilience and the power of imagination, infused with warmth and humour|
|A beautifully told story of kindness and friendship and trying to make a difference|
|Funny, fierce, frantic mystery-busting fun - a fantastic read.|
|The heart-breaking true story of a young refugee's perilous journey from Afghanistan|
(some difficult content may not be suitable for younger children)
|A warm and gentle tale of friendship across generations, with a sprinkle of magic|
|An exciting magical adventure, original and richly-imagined||.|
This month's Book Pen Pal recommendations.
|Two girls from very different backgrounds finding their way and becoming friends.|
|The amazing true story of adventurer, Matthew Henson, first to reach the North Pole.|