Africa books edit for younger readers

One of the things we love about reading with kids is the wider world it opens up for them and the book we sent our Parakeet subscribers last month is the perfect example. Too Small Tola is set in bustling Lagos, Nigeria, and stars Tola, a young girl who lives with her brother, sister and grandmother. Here we share 6 more books set in Africa which you might like to look out for.

Posted on Thursday, April 2, 2020

Reading the classics

When asked which books you think a child should have read by the time they reach their teenage years, many parents would reel off a list of classics. But how accessible are they really to today’s young readers? Why do we spend so much energy trying to get our kids to read the classics, when there is such a wealth of fantastic (and high quality) children’s publishing happening right now? We share our thoughts on this thorny issue and three new adaptations of classic texts which have impressed us recently.

Posted on Sunday, February 23, 2020

Highly illustrated books for kids aged 8+

Not only do illustrated books make beautiful gifts, they can also be a great gateway to more challenging content for struggling or reluctant readers. They are inclusive and great for sharing – books for the whole family to enjoy, young and old. So we're sharing just a few of the highly illustrated chapter books worth looking out for.

Posted on Saturday, February 1, 2020

5 brilliant kids’ books set in Australia

The book we sent our Cockatoo subscribers this month tells the story of a young boy and his family who have immigrated to Australia. Between that and the current bushfire crisis, this amazing country is very much at the forefront of our minds at the moment. Here are five chapter books set in Australia which we think would make perfect reading for anyone who would like to explore more about life Down Under.

Posted on Friday, January 17, 2020

Great new books on our shelves

The Parrot Street Support Crew were lucky enough to unwrap loads of new books this Christmas and we thought it would be fun to share a few of the highlights.

Posted on Tuesday, January 7, 2020

9 of our favourite Christmas books

Christmas is coming and that means it’s time to dig out our favourite Christmas reads! Reading for us is a social experience and a brilliant way to spend some precious family time. Here is our round up of our favourite Christmas books for kids.

Posted on Wednesday, December 11, 2019

The Parrot Street Christmas gift guide for bookworms

There have been some truly amazing books published this year by some of our favourite authors and illustrators. So, in our Christmas gift guide for bookworms, we are pleased to be able to highlight some of the best books published this year, all of which we think would make great stocking fillers.

Posted on Wednesday, November 27, 2019

6 kids’ books starring animal heroes

Kids love animals and animals feature in many of our favourite children’s fiction books. Creating animal characters with human features and personality traits offers authors a way of exploring difficult situations and some of the insecurities kids feel themselves in a way that is relatable but not too serious. Here are six more brilliant kids’ books with heroic animal characters!

Posted on Monday, November 18, 2019

7 detective novels for kids who love a mystery!

This month we have sent our Cockatoo subscribers an absolutely cracking murder mystery novel, packed with drama and intrigue and starring an inspiring pair of sisters and aspiring detectives. Here we share 7 more chapter books for children aged 5 to 11 starring some of our favourite literary detectives.

Posted on Thursday, October 10, 2019

6 books for primary-aged kids that take you on a journey

This month we sent our subscribers two fantastic books that vividly evoke the thrill and adventure we experience when we take a journey. Both stories depict journeys of discovery and courage. They explore what it means to push boundaries and to understand your sense of self, what it means to belong and what you are capable of. Inspired by these remarkable books, we’ve put together a list of six more middle grade titles that take us on a journey.

Posted on Wednesday, August 7, 2019

Great series for making the transition to chapter books

Taking that step from picture books to being read chapter books can seem like a big milestone in any child’s reading life. We’ve picked 5 chapter book series for kids that we think are perfect for making the transition to chapter books. They’re all highly illustrated but long enough that the story is enjoyed over the course of a few reading sessions.

Posted on Monday, June 24, 2019

Funny books for kids who love animals

This month we sent our subscribers a very funny book about a boy who discovers he can change into animals – anything from a flea to a rhino, sometimes at the most inconvenient times and always with hilarious consequences. Animals in books also provide the opportunity for lots of humour – and kids love funny books! We're sharing seven of our favourite funny books for animal-lovers.

Posted on Friday, May 17, 2019

All books are for everyone – keeping our book club gender neutral

One of the things that makes our kids book club unique is that, within the two different age categories, everyone gets the same book. It’s a book **club**, after all, and our aim is to develop an inclusive community of book-loving kids and parents who enjoy sharing their reading experience with others. We share the thoughts behind our books choices and 5 series recommendations that are great for both boys and girls.

Posted on Friday, May 3, 2019

Our pirate book edit

Ahoy, me hearties! This month we sent our Parakeet subscribers a swashbuckling pirate adventure, which inspired us to come up with this edit of our favourite pirate-themed books for kids.

Posted on Friday, April 12, 2019

Our edit of kids’ fiction books set in Africa

This month we sent our Cockatoo subscribers a very exciting book in which a London schoolboy heads to Kenya to meet his Maasai family and learn all about life in the African savannah. If you’re inspired to explore Africa, here’s a list of middle grade fiction titles that we think make an excellent introduction to this amazing continent.

Posted on Monday, March 11, 2019

2019: your year of reading?

We thought we’d share with you one of our own New Year’s resolutions in the hope that it will inspire you to make 2019 your year of reading. We’ve decided to set our families a reading challenge – everyone can take part and we’re looking forward to swapping notes on the books we’ve each read.

Posted on Thursday, January 3, 2019

Our favourite books of 2018

Having thought back through the year we came up with these 10 fabulous titles which we’ve particularly enjoyed sharing with our families. Some are new books, others are old favourites and all of them would make a fantastic present under the tree this Christmas.

Posted on Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Our Christmas book edit

Have you started your Christmas shopping yet? With only a month to go, we’re sure you are already racking your brains for Christmas gift ideas. It won’t surprise you to hear that, in our opinion, books make the best gifts for kids of all ages! So we've shared five of our Christmas favourites.

Posted on Wednesday, November 21, 2018

The power of funny books

Funny books are a serious business. It’s easy to dismiss them as frivolous and silly, but for nurturing a love of reading and encouraging reluctant readers in particular, they are extremely powerful.

Posted on Friday, November 16, 2018

Our Halloween reading recommendations

We've recently enjoyed reading (and re-reading) some Halloween-related books with our kids. Here we share our top 6 spooky reads for you to try.

Posted on Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Our favourite female heroines

Children’s literature is packed full of inspiring and empowering female characters. We were spoiled for choice when compiling this list, so share just five of our favourites.

Posted on Friday, October 12, 2018

Our favourite graphic novels

Graphic novels are a great way of getting emerging and reluctant readers of all ages reading by themselves. They are a feast for the eyes, packed full of images to help engage young readers, while at the same time offering the sort of complex plot lines and deeper characterisation that middle grade readers are ready for. We share some of our favourite books and series for you to explore.

Posted on Wednesday, October 10, 2018