Fairy tales and me

Hi everyone, I hope this month has treated everyone fairly. This year has sped by so quickly it feels strange to see people preparing for Christmas!! My oldest niece turns seven this week!! I still can’t believe it since it feels as if it was yesterday when she was a giggling baby!! Today’s post is a bit of a present for her as she loves her fairy tales just like I did when I was her age!

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Fantasy reads this November

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Hi everyone, this November I will be taking you all on a magical journey into the realms of fantasy!! This is actually a genre that is slightly out of my comfort zone but there are some elements that appeal to me. For instance, fairy tales, mythical beasts, wait…I’ve done it again…you’ll just have to press the button to find out more…

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New kid by Jerry Craft

Hello everyone, I hope this new month is treating everyone well. Down here in New Zealand, the clocks have changed and our days are slightly longer. Summer is around the corner!! This next read is an inspirational graphic novel about a young African American boy and his adventures in a new school. If you remember your first day in a new one, then you, like me will surely relate with him. Have a read and find out…

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Seven Stories of Iconic African American Women

Hi everyone, this extra post this week is about seven iconic African American women. I hadn’t realised just how powerful and courageous the words and actions of these women were until I  read their stories. These seven that I chose are just some of the many amazing stories that are out there!! Read on to find out which seven I chose…

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Special post on Refugees and Displacement

Hi all, I hope you are all having a good month so far. Down here in New Zealand summer is just slowing down and autumn is around the corner. I hope the selection of titles this month have provided a glimpse into a culture that is different to yours. Everyday in my line of work I see new faces and hear languages I haven’t heard before spoken by both adults and children. It makes my heart sing to embrace them all into the community I serve. This special post is my way of honouring those families I help, sometimes on a daily basis.

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Celebrating diversity this February

Hello everyone, let’s herald February together with a resounding welcome to diversity!! In this new era with growing diversity in our communities, it’s only right that our young readers are able to see themselves portrayed in the books that they read. My focus this month is on titles with young boys and girls from diverse ethnicities. Adventure reads, school stories, historical stories and even the odd fantasy tale awaits to delight you this month!!

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Awkward series by Svetlana Chmakova

Hello everyone, this week’s review is about another series of books I found. They have something special about them: they are all graphic novels. Set in a typical American middle school, we’re treated to a unique look into the daily lives of a group of tweens. If this has captured your attention because your ‘tween’ will read only graphics, then have a read of this delightful series!

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Four more autism tales for you

Hi everyone, hope you enjoyed Scarlet Ibis as much as I did. Ever since reading it I have been avidly looking for other reads about autistic kids. I have had the experience of meeting a few in my time but didn’t get a proper chance to get to know them. These reads feature a main character who has autism and details their adventures!! Hope you enjoy reading these books!!

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