Warwickshire Schools Library Service

We are Reading: November 2018

A Children's Book of Mindfulness: Happy by Nicola Edwards

This lovely picture books looks at ways we can be more mindful, by stopping to listen to the sounds around us, thinking about how we feel, discovering our senses and relaxing.  A great books to have in your library or at home.

Are we all Lemmings and Snowflakes? by Holly Bourne

We are introduced to Olive, the main character, in the midst of a crisis; she has taken refuge in a den she’s made in her bedroom away from all the noise of the outside world. Within the first 10 pages she hits crisis point which leads to a referral to Camp Reset “The Country’s first residential camp for brain wellness”,  The story then follows Olive’s month long stay at Camp Reset with a cast of characters dealing with a host of mental health issues.  Although it tackles some serious problems, this book achieves a level of humour which doesn’t feel forced or contrived.  I found myself rooting for Olive and her fellow residents as they attempt to infect the world with compassion and kindness in an effort to combat mental health issues and it left me with the feeling that they were onto something. I think this is a thought provoking story about an issue that we need to talk about more openly.

When the Whales Walked by Dougal Dixon, illustrated by Helen Bailey

This is one of our favourite new non fiction books that takes a look at incredible evolutionary journeys from a time when crocodiles ruled the world, when elephants were tiny and birds had teeth!   It is packed full of information about different animals  and how they have evolved into the animals we are familiar with today.  Great for evolution topic boxes and also for some fact finding reading for pleasure.






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