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From Scandinavian myths to collections of poetry and wonderful short stories, LoveReading4Kids selects a wide-range of anthologies for your enjoyment.
One of our Books of the Year 2015 Discover eleven wonderful tales in this, ‘An Illustrated Treasury of Scottish Mythical Creatures’. The combination of author Theresa Breslin and illustrator Kate Leiper works beautifully. As an avid collector of fantastical treasuries, I have to admit to an immediate Gollum-esque grab, the moment this appeared on my desk. The gorgeous cover is of the Island Beast, the star of one of the tales, however most of the illustrations aren't quite as menacing as this particular creature. The illustrations reach out to you, with hidden glimpses of creatures as well as the obvious, make sure you don't slide over them as you read, as I loved the “ahah’ moment of the landscape in the Nessie tale. This book is an absolute treat for children as it’s not too frightening. Actually it’s a treat for any age, whether you are new to some of these tales, (as I was), or have grown up with story of the Nuckalavee or the Wulver, it’s quite simply fabulous. ~ Liz Robinson
March 2015 Book of the Month Eric Carle, the world-famous creator of The Very Hungry Caterpillar, loves animals – especially cats. His cat Fiffi is the first favourite animal followed by Peter McCarty’s great big Bunny and Rosemary Wells rather small dog! Lane Smith’s favourite is a handsome elephant while Jon Klassen likes ducks best. Each illustrator has created an original picture in this special catalogue reflecting a wide range of talents. ....................................... All roylaties from this book will be donated to The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art, which was founded by Eric and Barbara Carle in 2002. The Carle exhibits original illlustrations created by picture book artists from around the world. A perfect first art museum experience for children, the museum invites guests to get creative and feel inspired in its galleries, art studio, theatre and picture book library. You can visit The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art in Amherst, Massachusetts, US or at carlemuseum.org.
Shortlisted for the English Picture Book Award 2016 | Powerful and moving, this collection of some of the most famous quotes about freedom including the words of Aung San Suu Kyi and Nelson Mandela make thoughtful statements about the global fight for human rights. Illustrators including Chris Riddell, Oliver Jeffers and Shane Evans have contributed stunning illustrations capturing the different ways of being free.
Gaby Morgan has gathered together a really wonderful selection of poems about mums. There are over 50 in this little volume, some will make you smile, some will probably turn you a bit teary, but each one contains something true about mums and the relationship between mum and child (not to mention granny, step-mum and foster-mum and child too). Contributors range from the well-known – Brian Patten, Paul Cookson, Julia Donaldson, to new and lesser known names, and there are even a few written by children. It’s a book for sharing, and might even inspire children to write a poem for Mum themselves. Perfect for Mother’s Day of course, but too good just for that! ~ Andrea Reece Other lovely Mother's Day books are My Mum Says the Silliest Things and My Mummy.
A beautifully illustrated treasury of captivating animal stories for families to share together. This is the second year of the Mumsnet/Walker Books children's story writing competition resulting in this inspiring collection of 10 winning stories all written by members of the Mumsnet and Gransnet community, and chosen by a celebrity judging panel chaired by Anthony Browne. Each story is accompanied by colourful and lively illustrations. “A wonderful range of funny, lyrical and captivating stories.” Anthony Browne, chair of judges ***You might also like the Mumsnet Book of Bedtime Stories, which features the winners from the 2013 Mumsnet Story Competition and is now out in paperback.
Mumsnet and Gransnet hosted a bedtime story-writing competition among their users. Former Children’s Laureate Michael Rosen selected the ten best to create this vibrant anthology which has something for everyone. There are traditional stories, funny stories, magical stories and everyday stories. Each is beautifully illustrated by some of the best new talents in picture books. ***You might also like the Mumsnet Book of Animals, featuring 10 prize-winning animal stories from the members of Mumsnet and Gransnet.
Shortlisted for the Kate Greenaway Medal 2014 - Winner of the English Association 2013 Prize (Fiction 7-11) Best-selling author Michael Morpurgo’s touching story of a young girl’s exploration of the countryside provides a lyrical link for this rich and varied collection of poems about the countryside which have been selected by Michael Morpurgo and his wife Clare.Following the story provides a path and introduction to each; they can also be readily appreciated by dipping in and finding familiar and unfamiliar gems. Beautifully produced, the illustrations throughout the book capture the changing seasons and changing moods of the countryside in what becomes, overall, a glorious celebration. Stop press... Michael will be appearing at the Cheltenham Festival on Sunday 11th October. Click here to find out more. Further information from the Cheltenham Festival.
A joyful selection of poems of all kinds that celebrate the many and varied aspects of Christmas. There’s U.A. Fanthorpe on the all-important subject of the delivery of presents in Reindeer Report or Ted Hughes on the wondrous properties of snow and the way it changes the world in Snow and Snow. Christina Rossetti captures the emotions of the nativity in Before the Paling of the Stars while the full text of O Little Town of Bethlehem celebrates the moment of Christ’s birth. The selection ends with a quick look forward to the coming of New Year.
November 2014 Book of the Month Best-selling illustrator Tony Ross has gathered together 24 of the most popular stories about Christmas to make a celebratory volume of the time of year. The 24 stories are designed as a countdown to Christmas – one for every night capturing the different kinds of excitement and how it is reflected in verse and prose. Tony Ross’s own feelings of seasonal joy underpin the choices and fuel this beautiful and moving collection with a personal touch.
The Works 2 really does contain poems on every primary-school subject and for every occasion, but it is also a book packed with fantastic poems that will delight any reader. It is a well-crafted anthology which relates literacy work across the curriculum. It has poems about Maths, Science, Geography, History, Religious Education, Information Technology, Design and Technology, Music and Art - plus good choices for assemblies and other themes such as citizenship and the environment. It also has a section dealing with subjects such as bullying, a new baby, death, changing school and making friends. A book packed with gems for dipping into time and time again.
Longlisted for the 2015 CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal - One of our Books of the Year 2014 - July 2014 Non-Fiction Book of the Month What did living through the First World War feel like for relatives at home, especially children, as well as for the soldiers fighting at the Front? Eleven stories inspired by objects from the time of the war are beautifully told by internationally acclaimed authors including David Almond, Tracy Chevalier and Michael Morpurgo. From a butter dish made by a young girl whose life is changed by the war in Maud’s Story by Adele Geras to a Brodie helmet complete with a bullet hole in Our Jacko by Michael Morpurgo the stories bring alive the profound effect of the 1914-18 years. ~ Julia Eccleshare
A poignant and fascinating anthology of tales to remember and commemorate the fallen of The Great War and those who survived the conflict and its aftermath. Collaborating with a wealth of experienced writers including Malorie Blackman, Geraldine McCaughrean and Oisin McGann, Tony Bradman has collated the definitive First World War collection – showing the horror and futility of war as well as moments of camaraderie and friendship. A note from the editor, Tony Bradman “the best way to remember the war is through the words of writers. This is something Wilfred Owen himself recognised. He wrote that 'truthful poets must be truthful', and by this I think he meant that the truth of what happened is to be found in the poems and stories written about it. That's where you'll find an understanding of the impact of the war on people who lived through it and who came after.”
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