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What to read on National Read A Book Day!

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Looking for your child’s next book or a reading list which covers a certain theme?

We know it can be a bit overwhelming trying to choose what to read, so to celebrate upcoming National Read A Book Day on Sunday 6th September, we’ve put together a few book lists covering a range of themes for you to explore! Discover some of our most recent releases along with older treasures waiting to be re-discovered.

Check out our recommendations below.

Empathy

Bloom

Filled with colour, creativity and warmth, Bloom is a touching book about the power of kind words by celebrated author Anne Booth and illustrated by Robyn Wilson-Owen. How can we make the people around us bloom?

Under the Great Plum Tree

An unlikely friendship between Miss Bandari and Mr Magarmach forms when the pair meet at the foot of a plum tree deep in the heart of India. One day their friendship is tested but with courage, trust and forgiveness they discover that living happily together tastes just as sweet as Miss Bandari’s golden plums.

A Bottle of Happiness

Written by Pippa Goodhart, A Bottle of Happiness is a joyous and resonant fable about the gift of sharing, with unusual and spectacular illustrations by the Iranian artist Ehsan Abdollahi.

 

Environment

The Snowman and the Sun

The Snowman and the Sun brings together two of our favourite seasons (and two we would never think to join up!). This exciting picture books has a lot of fun waiting for readers, with a little bit of science along for the journey! This charming story teaches young children about the water cycle.

Last: The Story of a White Rhino

Published on 22nd September, on World Rhino Day, Last is a deeply moving picture book about wildlife conservation from renowned author Nicola Davies, reinforcing the power of hope and positive action. This is her exciting debut as an illustrator!

Alive Again

Springtime is a period of growth, rebirth and change. Alive Again explores the cyclical nature of the seasons. During this difficult time, it can help children see that everything can return to how it was before. Spring will always return as will the feelings and experiences it brings.

 

Sharing

Fair Shares

Fair Shares is an inspiring tale of friendship and fairness. As we return to school, it is a timely tale for all young readers. Written by Pippa Goodhart, alongside illustrations from Anna Doherty, this story shows us how we are all different and our abilities reflect that!

Quill Soup

Quill Soup is a witty tale about the benefits of sharing our resources, and opening our arms to those in need. Noko is a stranger to the villagers and therefore, they are unwilling to give him any food. However, once they all come together, they create something beautiful and delicious for everyone to enjoy.This African version of Stone Soup celebrates generosity and kindness.

There’s Room for Everyone

There’s Room for Everyone is a timeless yet topical allegory for war and the refugee crisis. Surely, if we are kinder to one another, there will always be room for everyone? This is a beautiful and profound picture book — a testament of our time and a touching allegory for war and the refugee crisis. This young child’s reflections carry a profound message of peace and tolerance.

 

Worries and Fears

Felix After the Rain

Felix After the Rain is an accessible and hopeful story about the importance of opening up about our feelings. Through her beautiful words and illustrations, Dunja Jogan’s overriding message shows children just how they can take charge of their worries or anxieties.

Grobblechops

A timeless tale of monsters under the bed, Grobblechops is based on a story by the thirteenth-century poet, philosopher and Sufi mystic Rumi. Amir’s worried about the monster under the bed! What if it has huge teeth and growls like a lion? What if it tries to eat him up? But Dad reassures Amir that if the monster family comes to play, then Amir might just make a friend instead.

When I Coloured in the World

When I Coloured in the World is a simple yet profound poem about changing the world by the award-winning Iranian poet Ahmadreza Ahmadi, and illustrated by Ehsan Abdollahi. This is a book for children who know more about the world than we usually give them credit for, and gives them a wonderful creative agency to make it better.

 

Identity 

Paris Cat

From dynamic duo Dianne Hofmeyr and Piet Grobler, Paris Cat is a feline tale of reinvention and staying true to your roots. Bumping into historical figures Josephine Baker and Edith Piaf on her adventures through Paris, Cat is forced to decide whether the spotlight is for her.

Dare

Dare is an inspirational poem full of messages of empowerment, encouragement and the joy of daring to be the best person you can be. This simple yet inspirational picture book encourages children everywhere to dare to dream big, to help others and speak out for what is right, but also to take time for simple joys and to be comfortable in their own skin.

Thinker: My Puppy Poet and Me

Acclaimed African-American poet Eloise Greenfield brings this adorable collection of poetry to life for young readers. Seven-year-old Jace and his puppy Thinker are poets  but Thinker has to keep quiet in public, and he can’t go to school with Jace – he might recite a poem, and then Jace’s friends will say he’s weird. But what happens when Jace takes Thinker in for Pets’ Day?!

The Little Black Fish

The Little Black Fish is a fearless tale of questioning norms and daring to be different. Little Black Fish may be small, but he has big questions and the determination to find answers. Whilst his fellow fish are too scared to do anything different from their set routine, Little Black Fish swims over the edge of the pool, into the stream and river.

 

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