Love is my favourite thing by Emma Chichester ClarkLove is my favourite

Plum the dog loves sticks and catching, the park and treats, her mummy and daddy and her friends, but LOVE is her absolute favourite thing.  And it’s hard not to love Plum, even when she’s a little bit naughty….!  A fantastic new picture book with perfect illustrations.

Apple and Rain by Sarah Crossanapple and rain

Sarah Crossan has this wonderful way of creating characters that you fall in love with.  She captures the feelings of being a teenager so well; you can feel the emotion and vulnerability radiating from the page.  This is a story about family.  When Apple’s mother reappears after an eleven year absence Apple believes all of her dreams have come true.  She will finally be with someone who understands her and all of her questions will be answered.  But Apple soon realises that things aren’t always as you expected.  I honestly couldn’t put this down, I just wanted to be reading it all of the time.  A gem. Suitable for younger and older teens.

And Not forgetting the non fiction....We send out so many fantastic non fiction titles every term that it only seems fair to shout about these too!

Shackleton’s Journey by William GrillShakleton

Continuing with the theme of exploration, we had to highlight this beautiful book.  Winner of the 2015 Kate Greenaway award for illustration, this book provides a detailed account of Ernest Shackleton and his crew in their attempt to cross the Antarctic. The wonderful drawings highlight all aspects of the expedition in great detail, from the equipment taken and the dogs chosen for the journey to the perilous conditions and vast frozen landscape.  It offers a great way to learn about an important moment in history.