How do we know what makes a children’s book good?
Being Agatha by Anna Pignataro is an example of a beautiful story many young children could relate to.
At Biblio Kids children are matched with high quality books they will want to read.
If your child needs a book which deals with specific issues, such as anxiety, grief or divorce, Biblio Kids can give expert advice
Bully on the Bus
I asked my 9yo to read this book, Bully On The Bus by Kathryn Apel. She couldn’t put it down and when she had nearly finished, I asked her what she thought about it she said ‘I felt the feelings Leroy did.’ and THAT is exactly what high quality literature should do. This book is so powerful in its descriptive language, conveying emotions and situational reality. It has a constructive, positive resolution without descending into clichés.
Jenny Angel by Margaret Wild, illustrated by Anne Spudvilas, shows the courage of those who face a battle with a terminal disease, directly and indirectly. To be used carefully as it evokes such raw emotions, but shows the beauty of love, strong relationships, compassion and honesty in the face of death.
Louis Sachar holes
What an incredible tale of hope and resilience. This young adult novel, Holes by Louis Sachar, is beautifully written and crafted with 2 stories cleverly linked. So many engaging details. Highly recommended!
Separation anxiety is common at this time of year with lots of children starting school or child care and experiencing new feelings of anxiety.
Owl Babies by Martin Waddell is a sensitive depiction of separation seen from both sides. The child, unsure of why their parent or carer is away from them, and the adult going about their tasks of caring for their young, knowing they will be back soon. Patrick Benson’s beautiful illustrations add so much depth to this story.
Sometimes when you don’t feel like going somewhere or doing something, you have reasons you don’t want to share. Somewhere Else by Gus Gordon is the tale of George the goose,who always finds a reason to stay home when his friends invite him out. All it takes is someone who understands and helps to find a way through.
The Singing Hat
Some books are written with quirkiness to help convey complex ideas. The Singing Hat by Tohby Riddle is a delightful story which addresses the way we treat those who fall outside our idea of ‘normal’. He uses descriptive language and sophisticated illustrations incorporating collage. The story is a sensitive but gently humorous exploration of social isolation, inclusion, problem solving and compassion.
Today we have NO PLANS
Take some time to wind down over the holidays. This story, about hectic lives and the need to slow the pace, by Jane Godwin and Anna Walker, is a great reminder of the need to dream, imagine and relax.
The Little Girl at the Window by Tetsuko Kuroyanagi shaped my ideas on children’s behaviour…Sometimes our expectations as educators are not parallel to the ideas of children. This is not ‘naughtiness’.
Totto Chan shows how creativity and free-spiritdness are beautiful qualities.
As educators, we should be embracing the way children see the world and gently guiding them, as her extraordinary headmaster and founder of the school, Sosaku Kobayashi, does. Based on a true story
Voices in the park
Good quality Children’s Literature has many layers. Voices in The Park by Anthony Browne, is the same outing to the park viewed from four different characters in the story. Four different perspectives and social commentaries in the sub-text. Details in the illustrations and font styles add to this thought-provoking book.