• Booklists,  Fiction

    Animal Stories – Chapter Books

    “Believe me, my young friend, there is nothing – absolutely nothing – half so much worth doing as simply messing about in boats.” – Kenneth Grahame, The Wind in the Willows The days are long and bright, and summer is in full swing! This time of year always reminds me of this wonderful quote from The Wind in the Willows – the image of rowboats and picnics, and lazing your way down a babbling river. It got me thinking about all my other favourite books where animals take centre stage! Those books where the animals tell their own story, and you are drawn into their wonderous world. With such memorable characters…

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    Books About Books!

    With World Book Day being celebrated this week, it seemed the perfect time to put together a list of my favourite books that are all about books! The day often gets swept away in the excitement of costumes (and last minute panic!) so I couldn’t resist picking some fantastic stories that put books at their centre and celebrate a love of reading! Which books would you add to the list? Picture Books Middle Grade Young Adult Happy Reading! Click on the book if you would like to purchase your own copy!   Note: All links are Amazon Affiliate links. I may earn a small commission from these links, at no cost whatsoever to…

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    Favourite Felines

    August 8th is International Cat Day! In children’s literature, we find so many memorable felines – from the Cheshire Cat to Greebo, Mrs Norris and Crookshanks, Macavity or Tom Kitten – we all have our favourite cat who adds that extra special something to the story. To celebrate this day of furry friends, here are The Curiosity Cupboard’s top five picture books where cats take centre stage in their very own stories! Six Dinner Sid This has been a firm bedtime favourite for nearly 30 years – the story of a sly cat who manages to get six dinners every day by fooling six neighbours into thinking he is their…

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    Cupboard Top Fives: Shakespeare

    Shakespeare is a fantastic study topic and can take you down many different paths. It is not just about studying the plays, you can explore the wider history of the period and spark some great project work. Just a few of the places your learning can take you – Theatre and the Stage Poetry and Rhythm Acting and Performing Costume Language Life in Elizabethan England Shakespeare’s Biography London To springboard your discoveries I have put together a Top Five list of my favourite books on the Bard! These give a great base for studying the plays and are perfect for children of all ages. Shakespeare Stories for Children – Andrew…