by SHARON FRIED-JONES
Words and Your Heart by Kate Jane Neal (Simon and Schuster)
Never underestimate the power of words is the point of this heart-warming read. It gently explains that what you say can have an effect on a person’s feelings. With playful illustrations set against a simple colour palate, this book about being kind is just the ticket at a time of year where consumerism is at an all time high.
The Wildest Cowboy by Gareth Jennings and illustrated by Sara Ogilvie (Pan Macmillan) Brought to you by the writer and director of Sing, uber talented Garth Jennings has come up with a cracking story of what happens when Bingo B. Brown turns up in a town they call Fear. A rip-roaring rhyming tale vibrantly illustrated by Sara Ogilvie. Julia Donaldson fans will enjoy this.
Sticker Art by The Variety of Life by Nicola Davies and Lorna Scobie (Hodder Children’s Books)
Make space on your shelves for this big but beautiful book which explores the diversity of our planet. It is absolutely stunning to look at and there are so many facts for young minds to absorb. This timeless book brings non-fiction to life in a way which all ages can appreciate. This is really such a great book – absolutely beautifully done. Treat your kids to it.
Harper and the Fire Star by Cerrie Burnell and illustraded by Laura Ellen Anderson (Scholastic)
This is the fourth instalment of the successful Harper series – a girl with a rare musical gift. It sees Harper and her friends on a mission to help the Wild Conductor win back his place in the magical Circus of Dreams. Laura Ellen Anderson’s illustrations really bring the story to life with her zingy illustrations.
Optical Illusions by Gianni A. Sarcone and Marie-Jo Waeber (QED Publishing)
Now this is exactly the kind of book that will keep young minds busy. Jam-packed with brain-whizzing tricks of the mind, not only do you find out the science behind the illusions but there’s a whole section on how to create your own. One for kids and adults alike.
101 Video Games To Play Before You Grow Up by Ben Bertoli (Walter Foster Junior)
If you’re struggling to get your child off their video consoles for more than 10 minutes, buy them this book which they’ll actually have to read before returning to Fifa 18. This is bucket-list territory and is perfect for all big kids!