An Excellent Month in Publishing

Yesterday was Super Thursday, which saw hundreds of books released in anticipation of Christmas, all vying to be bestsellers. However, if you were to search Super Thursday, very few children’s books make it into the press as key titles to look out for, when in fact some amazing children’s books were released yesterday! Heck, the whole of October is a stellar month for children’s publishing. Here are some titles that I think you should definitely get your hands on this month!

Death in the Spotlight – Robin Stevens

Death in the Spotlight: A Murder Most Unladylike Mystery

My Mum Tracy Beaker – Jacqueline Wilson

My Mum Tracy Beaker

Kingdom of Ash – Sarah J Maas

Kingdom of Ash (Throne of Glass)






Wundersmith – Jessica Townsend

Wundersmith: The Calling of Morrigan Crow Book 2 (Nevermoor)

The Truth Pixie – Matt Haig

The Truth Pixie

Grandma Bird – Benji Davies

Grandma Bird






The Story Orchestra: The Sleeping Beauty – Jessica Courtney-Tickle

The Story Orchestra: The Sleeping Beauty

Matilda at 30 – Roald Dahl

Matilda at 30: Chief Executive of the British Library

Grandpa Christmas – Michael Morpurgo, Jim Field

Grandpa Christmas






Skycircus – Peter Bunzl

Skycircus (The Cogheart Adventures #3)

Amelia Fang and the Memory Thief – Laura Ellen Anderson

Amelia Fang and the Memory Thief (The Amelia Fang Series)

The Train to Impossible Places – P.G. Bell

The Train to Impossible Places (Train to Impossible Places #1)






The Way Home for Wolf – Rachel Bright, Jim Field

The Way Home For Wolf

The Clockwork Crow – Catherine Fisher







Have you read any of these yet or are you looking forward to any of them? Have I missed any brilliant October releases?




A beautiful introduction to some of Shakespeare’s most popular plays.

I don’t like Shakespeare.

I chose to download A Stage Full of Shakespeare Stories to see if it would make a good gift for my friend who has a degree specialising in Shakespeare, and had very little expectation of enjoying it much myself.

I can’t put it down.

This book is simply stunning with just enough illustrations to add depth to the text without making it too focused on the illustrations, and the stories have been adapted in a way that really explains the original plays (which made no sense to me when I read them) and makes them enjoyable to read! I’ve loved every story in the book, and found that it was a lovely book to dip in and out of.

I can’t recommend A Stage Full of Shakespeare Stories highly enough as an introduction to Shakespeare or as a gift for someone who loves Shakespeare already! It’s definitely one to be loved by all who read it, whether you’re young or old.

Thank you to Quarto via NetGalley for the eBook of this title!

WWW Wednesday: 3rd October 2018

So…welcome back to WWW Wednesday after an unexpected couple of month hiatus! I’M SORRY! I actually love these posts as well, I just haven’t been on my laptop and haven’t been blogging much. Today, I bring you day three of Blogtober which I’m really trying to keep on top of!

a stage full of shakespeare stories
What are you currently reading? 

I’m very surprised to say that I am loving my current read which is A Stage Full of Shakespeare Stories by Angela McAllister. It’s simply stunning and I’ve found it to be the most accessible book for Shakespeare and have actually enjoyed reading the stories.

What did you recently finish reading?

I’ve barely read anything lately, but one book that I did love and have recently finished was The Bear, The Piano, The Dog and the Fiddle by the wonderful David Litchfield. As usual, I wasn’t disappointed and highly recommend this title.

What do you think you’ll read next?

I DON’T KNOW! I’m in a mega reading slump. I have so many wonderful books on my TBR though!



The beautiful first title from The Story Orchestra series.

This book is simply gorgeous, with a lovely story to accompany Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons. It is a bit more of a wordy book, but it’s fun to be able to press the buttons and hear different parts from the music which correlate to what’s happening on that page – this makes it a really good introduction to music for little ones and for the understanding of how music can tell a story. It’s definitely more of a gifty book and older children will probably appreciate the music leading the story and the facts about the orchestra and score itself a lot more than younger children.

Personally, I really hope that there are even more stories to come from The Story Orchestra (Beethoven please!) as it is something different, I’d have to say it’s probably the best noisy book available (it’s not just sounds…I can deal with my sister pressing all the buttons. It’s good!), and it can help to spark a love of music as well as reading!

I received this book when I was a bookseller from the publisher, Quarto – thank you!



A stunning sequel to The Bear and the Piano from one of the brightest talents in children’s books today.

Generally, if a book involves David Litchfield illustrations, you can be guaranteed that it’s a good one, especially when he’s also the author. Grandad’s Secret Giant was my picture book of the year for 2017, and The Bear and the Piano is definitely a favourite and very much deserving of all the love surrounding it. The Bear, the Piano, the Dog and the Fiddle, no surprise, is just as good.

I actually love this sequel more than the first book; it was heartbreaking and heartwarming with a very clear and meaningful message about friendship and sharing, and how things may not always work out how you expect but true friendship will always shine through. It is such an important book for adults as well as children to read and love.

I can’t recommend The Bear, the Piano, the Dog and the Fiddle enough and it’s one that I hope finds as much love as the first book! Fans of David Litchfield will not be disappointed, and I hope that he finds many more new fans with the release of this title!

Thank you so much to Christopher and Ellen at Quarto for my copy of this book!

THE NIGHT DRAGON – Naomi Howarth


A beautiful look at how it’s okay to be different and on the importance of trying.

I know you shouldn’t judge a book on its cover, but, seriously, look at this one! It’s such a beautiful illustration that I just had to read the book!

The Night Dragon is a gorgeous story that’s perfect for people to read to young children, all about how we are all different and unique in our own ways, and how you don’t have to be the same as everyone else. It also highlights the importance of trying and not giving up, and believing in yourself and others.

I really enjoyed reading The Night Dragon, especially for the illustrations which were so beautiful and colourful! The end of the story was so heartwarming and the illustrations complimented that perfectly.

Thank you to Frances Lincoln via NetGalley for the eBook of this title!

JOSEPHINE BAKER – Isabel Sánchez Vegara


One of my favourite additions to the Little People, Big Dreams series!

I adore the Little People, Big Dreams series, and, since looking into the titles in this series, Josephine Baker is one that I really wanted to learn more about and read! So, I was very excited to see it go up on NetGalley and just had to read it straight away.

So far, this has been one of my favourite books in the series; the illustrations compliment the story beautifully and are simplistic without being boring. It was fascinating to learn about a brave and inspirational woman who I hadn’t heard of before.

This book is definitely aimed at older children; it covers some of the trickier periods of history to explain to young people, but, nevertheless, it is an important one for learning about race, the Second World War and following your dreams in the face of adversity.

Thank you to Frances Lincoln Children’s via NetGalley for the eBook of this title!

HARRIET TUBMAN – Isabel Sánchez Vegara


Full of bold imagery, Harriet Tuban is among the latest titles in the gorgeous Little People, Big Dreams series.

I love the Little People, Big Dreams series so I am so glad that I get to read the latest additions to the series on NetGalley! First up of the new titles coming out in June is Harriet Tubman which I found really interesting! I’ve never heard of Harriet Tubman, who was an influential woman in America in the early twentieth century.

I liked the illustrations in this book, which I think children will find engaging as they’re very bright and colourful. The only thing I would say is that it’s probably aimed at slightly older children due to the nature of the book at times, although it’s an important topic.

Harriet Tubman is a must for any collector or lover of this series!

Thank you to Frances Lincoln via NetGalley for the eBook of this title!

GRANDAD MANDELA – Ambassador Zindzi Mandela, Zazi and Ziwelene Mandela


A beautiful book for children and adults alike looking to learn a little about the life of Nelson Mandela.

Having loved other books published by Frances Lincoln, when approached by the publisher to read Grandad Mandela I decided why not! I am very glad that I did because it was such an informative read that was easy to digest.

I shamefully don’t actually know that much about Nelson Mandela and the apartheid, so this book was a really good introduction to him and what he did. Narrated in a way that’s engaging for children, Grandad Mandela is told from the perspective of his daughter and great-grandchildren as they ask their grandma questions about her father. Add to that it is beautifully illustrated throughout by Sean Qualls, and you’re on to a winner here.

I’d definitely recommend Grandad Mandela for fans of the Little People Big Dreams series, and for those who would like to learn the basics about Nelson Mandela and what he did for South Africa!

Thank you very much to Frances Lincoln Children’s via NetGalley for the eBook of this title!

BABY BIRD – Andrew Gibbs, Zosienka


A cute story all about finding your wings despite adversity.

Beautifully illustrated by Zosienka, Andrew Gibb’s Baby Bird is a gorgeous picture book about a little bird who is a bit different. Baby isn’t like the other hatchlings; he has one twisted, small wing. Throughout the course of the book, we see him try to learn to fly like the other birds until he meets a friend who helps him to have an alternative way of looking at things.

I like how the story is all about not giving up, and finding different ways of doing things if at first you don’t succeed. Baby Bird is such a lovely book; it’s really made by the illustrations and I look forward to seeing more work from Zosienka!

Thank you to Frances Lincoln Childrens via NetGalley for the eBook of this title!