Books in this section are often read and commented on by someone in the age group they are intended for. Obviously books for young children are written about by their parents! The reviews represent their personal opinions only.
Congratulations to Jasbinder Bilan for winning the 2019 Costa Children's Book Award with her début novel Asha & the Spirit Bird, published by Chicken House.
The Taylor Turbochaser by David Badiel and illustrated by Steven Lenton reviewed by Anne Coates.
Station Jim by Louis de Bernieres Illustrated by Emma Chichester Clark
Bing's Christmas Bauble Books, Paddington's Post and Paint by Sticker – three superb books for children reviewed by Anne Coates.
The Princess Rules by Philippa Gregory – charming stories for modern girls reviewed by Anne Coates.
HarperCollins Children’s Books has just published a glorious highly-illustrated non-fiction hardback children’s gift book of Our Planet based on the hugely successful Netflix series written by Matt Wyman, illustrated by Richard Jones, with a foreword by Sir David Attenborough, in partnership with WWF.
Anne Coates reviews the latest two books in the Hannah the Spanner series:Hannah the Spanner and the Diamond Robbery and Hannah the Spanner and the Racing Car written by Stuart Simmonds and illustrated by Bill Greenhead.
We Are Artists by Kari Herbert is, quite simply, a beautiful book to cherish and treasure, writes Anne Coates.
Lottie and Elizabeth Bull's review of Roald Dahl’s Beastly Brutes and Heroic Human Beans, by Stella Caldwell, illustrated by Quentin Blake and published by Carlton Books.
In their first book for children, The Kids' Book of Paper Love, authors Irene Smit and Astrid van der Hulst, the pages overflow with fun and pull-out activities for writing, drawing, folding, crafting, playing and sharing. Reviewed by Anne Coates.
Passing The Torch is a collection of interviews with past and present sportswomen across a variety of disciplines, all sharing with Mary the highs and lows of their careers and the motivation that propels them forward. It is a book to excite and inspire a new generation of girls to take up sport and to experience the many benefits that it can bring including confidence, camaraderie and particularly important to Mary, physical strength. Anne Coates reviews.
Anne Coates reviews Max The Detective Cat – The Catnap Caper by Sarah Todd Taylor and illustrated by Nicola Kinnear.