As the world of work slowly stops and the tinsel starts to fade, we hope you find all that you wish for this Christmas, and that the simple things of life, including a good book, cheer you along the way.
The Team at Books Go Walkabout
Ten year old Isla has moved from Edinburgh to the Orkney Islands in North Scotland, with her parents, to start a new life after the sad loss of her brother.
Isla is finding life in the Orkneys hard, especially with her dual heritage.
But Isla finds the stories about Selkies, an ancient Orcadian legend, which shows them as half human and half seal.
This is the start of her journey of recovery.
Corey’s Rock is a beautiful book in a really appealing shape and format. The superb illustrations on every page are a joy to uncover and real depth and warmth to this deeply moving story.
Sita Brahmachari is a highly acclaimed award-winning author. Her books include Artichoke Hearts, winner of Waterstone’s Children’s Book Prize 2011 and my favourite is Jasmine Skies, which was nominated for the Carnegie Prize 2013. Sita is also an Amnesty Ambassador and Writer in Residence at Islington Centre for Refugees and Migrants.
Illustrator Jane Ray has many wonderfully illustrated children’s books to her name and is a well renowned artist. Her books include Stories of Sun, Stone and Sea and Zeraffa Giraffa.
Otter- Barry Books has a reputation for publishing very talented authors and illustrators who will make a difference to children’s lives and this book is a real highlight.
Highly recommended for all ages
We Build Our Homes is a beautiful book to have and to read. It is packed with information about how different creatures make their homes. Each page has a stunning picture with the text woven into the illustrations.
Another great book from Lorna Knowles and Chris Madden.
The front cover is beautiful, and shows a shiny blue, bower bird making his home with all sorts of useful and interesting things, like a wrist band and jam jar top.
On the back of the book a beaver wanders across his lodge as he makes a dam under which he and his family can live.
These are small stories of incredible animal architects. It is not only humans who can create incredible structures around the world; there are weaver birds, gophers, termites, honey bees, meerkats and moles.
The world map shows locations and key facts for each animal with lists for mini beasts builders and mammal builders.
We Build Our Homes follows on from Laura’s previous book called We Travel So Far and Once Upon a Jungle, The Coral Kingdom, and It Starts with a Seed, which was awarded the Margaret Mallett Award for Children’s Non-fiction.
Laura Knowles has a love of natural history and along with Chris Madden, they have produced this creative and visual book of facts and creatures, making every little creature come alive on every page.
A great book from publishers Word and Pictures, part of The Quarto Group, making books open the doors of children’s imagination and exploring other worlds.
Recommended for all ages and especially for ages 6-10 years.