International Children’s Book Day

Since 1967, on or around Hans Christian Andersen's birthday, 2 April, International Children's Book Day (ICBD) is celebrated to inspire a love of reading and to call attention to children's books. As if we needed another excuse to re-read all our childhood favourites! Below is our pick of some of the best loved children's books,… Continue reading International Children’s Book Day

Nursery Rhymes to Share from Bookstart Bear

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Most of us associate nursery rhymes with singing, but their bouncy rhythms are also great for reading aloud. It's a wonderful, fun way to encourage your child's early language development. Some rhymes are for dancing or are full of action, others are a perfect excuse for some snuggle time with your child. You may not know that we have lots of books of nursery rhymes - some containing a single rhyme, some with a whole collection - available from your local library. Here are a few you might like to look at.

10 Essential Poetry Books to get you started

21 April marks World Poetry Day, here are 10 of our suggestions to get you started. Which are your favourites? Let us know below! Ariel, Sylvia Plath The poems in Sylvia Plath's Ariel, including many of her best-known such as 'Lady Lazarus', 'Daddy', 'Edge' and 'Paralytic', were all written between the publication in 1960 of… Continue reading 10 Essential Poetry Books to get you started

The Full cupboard of life by Alexander McCall Smith

About the book Mma Ramotswe, who became engaged to Mr J.L.B. Matekoni at the end of the first book in this series, is still engaged. She wonders when a day for the wedding will be named, but she is anxious to avoid putting too much pressure on her fiance. For he has other things on… Continue reading The Full cupboard of life by Alexander McCall Smith

The No 1 ladies' detective agency by Alexander McCall Smith

About the book The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency is one woman, Precious Ramotswe, working out of a breezeblock office in Botswana. A cross between Kinsey Millhone and Miss Marple, Precious makes an unlikely heroine as she embarks on a very African mystery. Reviewed by Titchfield Abbey WI We all enjoyed this charming book. It… Continue reading The No 1 ladies' detective agency by Alexander McCall Smith

Espresso tales by Alexander McCall Smith

About the book In Espresso Tales, Alexander McCall Smith returns home to Edinburgh and the glorious cast of his own tales of the city, the residents of 44 Scotland Street, with a new set of challenges for each one of them. Bruce, the intolerably vain and perpetually deluded ex-surveyor, is about to embark on a… Continue reading Espresso tales by Alexander McCall Smith

The Accidental by Ali Smith

About the book The Accidental is Ali Smith's dazzling novel about a family holiday and a stranger who upends it. Arresting and wonderful, The Accidental pans in on the Norfolk holiday home of the Smart family one hot summer. There a beguiling stranger called Amber appears at the door bearing all sorts of unexpected gifts,… Continue reading The Accidental by Ali Smith

Moo by Jane Smiley

About the book Brilliantly funny satire set in a contemporary American university. Deep in the wheatfields of the American midwest, Moo University is in a state of disarray...In this witty and biting comedy of manners, Jane Smiley turns her wryly perceptive eye towards a community where men and women, the innocent and the cynical, thinkers… Continue reading Moo by Jane Smiley

A Thousand acres by Jane Smiley

About the book Larry Cook's farm is the largest in Zebulon County, Iowa, and a tribute to his hard work and single-mindedness. His decision to hand the farm over to his 3 daughters is out of character, and Caroline, who has misgivings, is immediately cut out. Reviewed by Friends of Farnborough One person thought this… Continue reading A Thousand acres by Jane Smiley