As a parent, grandparent and former teacher, I have tried to make my books fun, inspiring, imaginative, educational and I have included vocabulary that is age-appropriate but also sometimes challenging to stretch the child’s learning and reading skills. Below I will give guidance and an outline of my books in age order starting with the ones aimed at the youngest readers. If you do read these books and enjoy them it would be great if you could leave a review.
Age group: To be read to 4-8 years old. To read themselves 6-8 years old
What is it about ? Sam is an only child who lives in the country. He loves to explore and play outside, but his mother isn’t fond of his messy ways. One day Sam’s mother says something strange to him, which leads him to make friends with an extraordinary creature.
Themes: Imagination, play, friendship, dreams, adventure, nature
Age group: To be read to 5-8 years old. To read themselves 6-8 years old
What is it about? Eleanor wonders where dreams comes from. Her mother tells Eleanor about the Dreamsmith. Eleanor meets the magical Dreamsmith and learns all about the special ingredients that are used in dreams and how dreams are made.
Themes Dreams, the senses, feelings
Age Group: To be read to 5-9 years olds. To read themselves 7-9 years old. This is a book with short chapters so it can be read one chapter a night or day if chosen.
What it is about: Rory Gumboots is a hedgehog who wears red gumboots, and lives in the quiet tranquil area of woodlands known as Noddinghead Nook. One day the peace of Noddinghead Nook is shattered by the threat of Monster Machines…..
Themes: Woodland animals, wild flowers, conservation and environmental protection, diggers.
Hattie And Jacques Love London
Age Group: To be read to 5-8 years old. To read themselves 7-10 years old
What it is about: When Hattie a mouse from London England, meets Jacques a mouse from Paris France, a wonderful friendship begins. They join the French au-pair Sophie, and the twins Bobby and Bella on a trip around London. They visit many landmarks and have some adventures on the way.
Themes: Mice, friendship, London and London landmarks, Paris, twins, geography.
Frances Darwin Investigates:
Age group: To be read to 6-9 years old. To read themselves 8-12 years old. This is a book with chapters so it can be read one chapter a night or day if chosen.
What it is about: One day Frances Darwin finds a bit of torn paper on the ground. This excites Frances as she would love to be a detective. This bit of paper sends France on a ‘wild goose chase’ that leads her to find a stray dog called Bouncer. Finding out about Bouncer leads her onto to find his owner, who becomes a big part of Frances’s life. Before Frances knows it she has become involved in an investigation to find out who is dog-napping dogs in the local area. During her inquiries she meets and makes friends with the Randall children Tom and Cindy, who help her capture the dog-nappers. As well as this, Frances’s formidable Gran becomes friendly with Bouncer’s owner, and Mrs Marsh next door makes friends with Hannah Mortimer, a retired teacher. They both had dogs taken, and help with planning to foil the dog-nappers.
Themes: dogs, friendship, adventure, mystery
A Posy of Wild Flowers
Age Group: To be read to 6-9 years old. To read themselves 7-12 years old
What is it about? A children’s book of poetry by Eileen Moynihan about wild flowers and trees found in Ireland, with Irish names added. It is Illustrated with fabulous flower fairies painted by Angela Corkery.
Themes: Wild Flowers, Trees, Nature