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Online Children's Book Festival - June 26th and 27th 2021

We're hosting a free children's book festival - and you're invited.

This special event grew out of our Ian Gilbert finding himself on a Zoom coffee morning chat with a wide range of authors, all brought together by Sue Atkins, TV's celebrated 'parenting coach'.

Post-lockdown, it is even more vital to help children develop their reading skills - and that all-important love of reading. So, we felt that bringing these wonderful authors together and giving each one 20 minutes to share their book, read a short extract and explain what drove them to write would be a really useful and enjoyable thing to do.

So that's what we're doing.

Simply check out all the great titles below and follow the links to reserve your free front-row seats. You can come to as many as you like.

And thank you for sharing this page with other educators, parents, librarians and anyone who has an interest in wonderful books for children.

Many thanks and see you soon.

 

Saturday 26th June

It's OK by Jodie Greenslade

The world at the moment is a pretty strange place. Us grown ups are finding it tricky to understand our feelings and emotions so just imagine how tough our children must be finding it! It's OK is a beautiful, short book that helps children explore the ways in which they may be feeling and helps them to understand that it's ok not to be ok.

Age 5-7 

9.00am

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Madelyn's Exciting Beach Adventure by Sharon Joffey

A little girl goes to the beach for a fun filled day with her parents. While there, she notices debris laying all over the beach. She takes matters into her own hands and cleans up the beach. That evening when her parents put her to bed her mommy says to her, "Even young children can have a big impact on keeping our earth clean."

Age 4-12

9.30am

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The Perfect Mask by Claire Lamb

This book is an insight into the lives of special needs parents, capturing the emotional demands of being a mother and balancing a busy life with the added pressure of having children with additional needs. It explores societal and professional pressures, friendship, mental health and the all-important message of speaking out when it is ok not to be ok all of the time.

For Parents

10.00am

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Peter Pants and His Collection of Silly Poems by David - Pep the Poet - Anderson

How does one sum up Peter Pants? Easy … Venture into a world where pants dance, washing baskets come to life and neckties talk. Meet some insects with accents and listen to the scarecrows and snowmen who love to rap. A world where ladybirds are feminists and ninjas like to bake.

Age 6-11

10.30am

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Daniel's Dream: Monster Mountain by Leanne Brown

This book is a beautiful story about a young boy, Daniel, who is shy, kind and often worries about things that happen in his life. When he goes to sleep at night, his dreams take him on magical adventures. However, this particular night is different... This is a quirky, award-winning children’s book that serves as a gentle introduction to mental health issues.

Age 6-12

11.00am

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The Can Do Kids Journal by Sue Atkins

My Journal is bursting with tried-and-tested activities that will empower children with skills they need in this time of turbulence, change & uncertainty. This fun-filled illustrated book is perfect for developing resilience, confidence and a growth mindset. It offers kids a multitude of engaging guided activities to help them make lots of small changes that will make a BIG difference in their day-to-day lives.

Age 7-13

11.30am

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The Mini Adventures of Freddie by Kate Ball

In this colourful storybook, first aid is brought to life by the adventures of young Freddie. Not only does Freddie get into his own scrapes, but he also knows exactly what to do when his Mummy has a fall. A must read for families who want their children to learn this valuable life skill. You just never know when you or your child could save a life!

Age 3-7

12.00

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Time2Play: Marc's First Visit by Marcia Rowe and Kelita Wood

This book, with worksheets included, is fun, colourful and educational. It highlights the importance of life skills and life values for children under 8 years. It's all about a little boy who attends a play group class for the first time and, during his day, he subconsciously learns a lot of life skills and life values. The worksheets at the back of the book highlight these and encourage meaningful conversations between the child and the grown up to develop understanding.

Age 4-8

12.30pm

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Mission Dyslexia by Julie McNeill

A fun, interactive book full of drawing and writing activities to open up helpful conversations around self esteem, self understanding and confidence. The strategies help develop strengths to tackle everyday challenges posed by reading, writing, organisational skills or telling the time. The colourful cartoons and dialogue encourage readers to name their feelings and develop strategies to overcome challenges.

Age 7-12

2.00pm

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How Food Shapes Your Child by Louise Mercieca

How Food Shapes Your Child combines health facts and predictions, showing how lifestyle is linked to future health. It covers nutritional science such as building a brain and how to engage children in the biology of their own body. It is also a practical hands on family friendly cook book.

Age 4-10

2.30pm

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TAM's Journey The Beginning by Amanda Peddle

More ways of encouraging children to manage their emotional responses - and in a much more understandable way - are sorely needed in times such as these. Teaching children and young people the ‘how and why’ of emotions can remove stigma and calm some of the worries they may have and, by sharing a learning experience like a story, they can develop their understanding of why we act and react the way we do.

Age 8-108

 3.00pm

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Help! My Toddler is Not Eating by Dr Elizabeth Roberts

Are you struggling to know how to feed a picky toddler? Have mealtimes become a battle? Are you are worn out by a constant round of mealtime meltdowns and resorting to preparing food on demand in an attempt to get a picky child to eat something, anything! Written by a registered dietitian and child feeding specialist, this book offers a comprehensive, scientifically based plan to tackle selective and fussy eating in young children.

For Parents

June 4.00pm

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Orion's Messenger by Antonia de Winter

Orion's Messenger is a flight of fantasy, firing the imagination by transporting children to a magical place called Blue Sky Island. Follow hero Alex, and Ordompom, a hapless wizard. With talking creatures and a magnificent golden eagle called Orion, all pitted against the schemes wrought by nasty ogre The Grizzly Grumpot. Children will be engrossed and page turning for the duration of this delightful, colourful book!

Age 7-11

4.30pm

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Isaac and the Red Jumper by Amanda Seyderhelm

Isaac is heartbroken when his best friend dies. His red jumper turns grey with grief. It's only after Isaac understands love never dies, that his jumper turns red again. Engaging picture book with questions for an adult to ask a bereaved child and start a conversation, and creative exercises.

Age 4-10

 5.00pm

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Sunday 27th June

Simple Activities For Toddlers by Lisa Forsythe

Harness power of play to create beautiful life-long memories with your child. Focussing on developing the fundamental skills of toddlers, using resources you already have at home. The ideas save you time and money. Take the step towards reducing the overconsumption that plagues many families.

Age 2-6

10.00am

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The Creative Songwriting Journal by Sophie Garner

A beautiful journal teaching children how to express themselves through creative songwriting. Packed with exercises, quotes and ideas, Sophie's approach to building confidence and supporting well-being through the simple art of songwriting is built on 27 years as a full-time singer, songwriter, vocal coach and MA graduate.

Age 7-12

10.30am

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The Rainbow Blots by Carlie Wright

The Rainbow Blots is a bold, beautiful children’s storybook and accompanying song, designed to teach children the seven colours of the rainbow, in the correct order. But to young readers, it will just seem like loads of fun, as they interact with the ‘Blots’ while they go about their day, play with colour-related objects and morph into their favourite thing. It’s unique to say the very least.

Age 2-6

11.00am

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You Can Change the World! by Margaret Rooke

More than 50 young people talk about how they've changed their own lives and the world around them. Young campaigners, fundraisers, volunteers and others show how they help the environment, beat online bullying, support those who are struggling, and deal with their own difficulties in a way that makes them stronger.

Age 9-16

11.30am

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Meditation for Children by Shelley Wilson

Children of all ages can learn and enjoy the benefits of meditation. Designed to help access creative abilities through relaxation and imagination, these stories help develop the necessary tools needed at a young age for lifelong healthy habits of managing stress and anxiety while also improving learning skills.

Age 5-9

12.00

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The Little Paws Hotel - Olive by Clare Luther

Olive helps young children explore big emotions and physiological reactions associated with worry, anxiety and separation anxiety. Written in thoughtful rhyme with relatable key words and beautiful illustrations this book helps young children recognise themselves, offers gentle suggestions of how to work through the challenges and promotes meaningful conversations.

Age 3-8

12.30pm

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Your Happy Child 10 Proven Steps to Raising a Happy Child by Usha Chudasama

This book lays the foundation to build resilience for your child's life and future challenges. Uniquely, blending the up-to-date theory of positive psychology, neuroscience and holistic practices, it takes you step-by-step through scripted, fun and practical activities, powerful techniques and strategies to create the ideal setting for raising a happy and confident child.

For Parents of Children 5-11

2.00pm

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Cats’ Eye View of... Litter by Octovia Lonergan

Tibby is upset! The humans have left a frightful mess in the park... Join Ozzy, Tibby, Leo and Mimi as they share their thoughts. Children will enjoy this rhyming story, and get to know all about littering, with a little help from the furry feline friends.

Age 5-7

2.30pm

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Erin and Roderick Discover Families by Fliss Goldsmith

A picnic in the park brings up questions as to what makes a family a family? They all look so different. We soon learn that whatever the question, let love guide the answer. Diversity, equality and inclusion through love, tolerance and understanding.

Age 4-8

3.00pm

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The Secret of the Golden Cauldron by Jayne Avery

A fun and exciting fantasy tale but also an invaluable tool for parents and teachers to help children to want to eat healthily, build self esteem and combat bullying. Follow TG on his adventures with the Rainbow Warriors. Meet Candy Floss, the Fast Food Fiend, Billy the Burp and Captain Retlas

Age 7-10

4.30pm

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The Little Iceberg from Nicky Murray and Suzanne Zeedyk

The Little Iceberg holds a secret. She's not just cold and lonely. She's frightened too. It is a little bird, singing songs of compassion, who helps her find a place of belonging. This is the metaphoric story of a child who is able to embark on a journey of healing because she no longer has to cope with loss and trauma on her own.

Age 4-11

5.00pm

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Please Stay Here - I Want You Near by Dr Sarah Mundy

An interactive (lift-the flaps) picture book to support children, and parents, to understand and manage separation anxiety. What’s unique about this book, written by Clinical Psychologist, Dr Sarah Mundy and part of Parenting Through Stories, is that children are asked questions not just about the characters experiences but about their own.

Age 2-4

5.30pm

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Pixie Van Dimple and the Wrong Kind of Artificial Intelligence by Lynn McAllister

Pixie Van Dimple, the centre of all the drama, the protagonist and heroine, is a typical girl. She goes to school, hangs out with her friends in the park, has sleepovers, loves shopping and is always hungry! She also loves her phone! Everyone has one and they are all connected - all is not well in smart phone world though as there are many dangers... she has been warned... what is the fuss about? Well, she will soon find out and it is truly disturbing...

Age 8-13

6.00pm

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How to be a Front Runner by Dr Alan Beggs

The 11 Plus experience can be horribly stressful. The good news is that the resilience, grit, and mental toughness that pupils so desperately need can be learned by using this workbook. In it they will find some of the simple, yet powerful techniques which are used by highly competitive sports performers to succeed.

Age 9-11

6.30pm

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To Be Confirmed

Making the Most of Author Visits with Ellie Powling of Speaking of Books

Author visits are a great way of sparking an interest in reading  - and writing - and can bring a book alive for all children. Even the most reluctant of readers! In this conversation, Ellie will share tips and ideas on what to look for in choosing an author, how to plan properly to ensure the visit goes superbly well and how to keep the benefits coming, long after the author has gone.

For Teachers

TBC

Screen Captured by Sean Herman

This book highlights the difference between positive screen time - education, connectedness, and creativity - and being 'screen captured', where we are manipulated by tech companies to crave the infinite feed. It reveals a growing obsession among children with the social validation they receive online and equips adults with critical questions to ask to give kids the best of technology - while eliminating the worst of it.

For Parents

TBC

Love Will Never Die: Helping children through bereavement -  by Clare Shaw

Following the death of a loved one, it is vital that children have the opportunity to grieve. Using direct but child-friendly language, this book addresses the mixed emotions felt by a child during that process. It offers support and understanding alongside areas where the child can express themselves through writing and drawing.

Age 4-11

TBC

Big H and Little h Dog by Victoria Smith

Little h Dog is no ordinary dog and Big H is no ordinary owner. What will Big H do to help his little pup's poorly muscles? Where does the Super Vet fit in? And will Little h Dog ever get to chase a ball in the park again? A story with heart and humour that gently introduces disability and inclusion and the importance of friendship, kindness and perseverance.

Age 3-8

TBC

Bumper the Bumblebee and Friends by JT Scott

Join the adventures with Bumper the Bumblebee and his friends in the garden, solving problems, having fun and learning things along the way.

Age 0-5

TBC

Larry at Number 10 by E.C. Radcliffe

Larry is Top Cat at Number 10 - that is until his boss, the PM gets a dog called Dilyn. Larry is important and the hero of the mouse-catching scoreboard. So what possible job can dopey Dilyn do? His whiskers out of joint, Larry tries (and fails) to put Dilyn in the doghouse - but then catastrophe strikes as a cat-burglar breaks in and cat-napps Larry! Can Dilyn save the day?

Age 1-5

TBC

The Board Game Family: Reclaim Your Children from the Screen by Ellie Dix

A roadmap to integrating board gaming into family life, filled with irresistible ways to engage even the trickiest of teenagers and manage game nights with flair. Become skilled at navigating the unfolding drama of competition, thwarting the common causes of arguments and binding together a happier, more socially cohesive family unit.

For Parents

TBC

Mud Boy by Sarah Siggs

Mud Boy is a valuable whole-school resource. Children don’t always understand what bullying is, what it feels like, or how to get help if it’s happening to them. Mud Boy was written to help children understand the importance of being kind and what to do if others aren’t.

Age 5-11

TBC

A Mind of Their Own by Katharine Hill

This is a practical and empathetic guide to building our children’s emotional resilience and enabling them to step into the future with confidence and hope. As the country emerges from lockdown, its message is particularly timely but the tried and tested strategies it contains are timeless.

For Parents

TBC

What's Wrong Arty? by Linda Beckett

What's Wrong Arty? is a therapeutic adventure for young children. Arty shows children how important it is for them to share their worries with someone they trust. A problem shared is a problem halved after all! Arty's friends rally round him to find a solution so Arty can be a happy bear again.

Age 0-7

TBC

The Secret Live of Two Googly-Eyed Cats by Henrietta Mackenzie

My book was written in support of GOSH, in gratitude for the diagnosis and treatment of my daughter. It’s about Penny and her two toy cats who creep out at night in search of fun and adventure. Aiming to empower children to be more courageous and helps teach them kindness.

Age 2-5

TBC

A Day at the Farm by Lesley Berrington

From a series of inclusive story books which feature positive images of disability, teaching respect, acceptance and understanding for the differences we have. Hattie and Nisha have a great day out with their mummies, meeting farm animals, feeding the lambs and enjoying a tractor ride. Nisha wears leg braces and uses walking aid and this isn't mentioned in the text.

Age 3-5

TBC

A Search for Happiness by C A Bowley

Zob is a grumpy alien on a visit to earth. Can you help him find the happiness clues hidden amongst the pictures? Explore kindness in the classroom, positivity in the playground, creative hobbies in the home, exercising, spending time in nature, sleep and more! A beautiful, colourful, rhyming picture story book, ideal for starting conversations about happiness and wellbeing.

Age 3-8

TBC

My Child's Different by Elaine Halligan

This book draws lessons from the transformational journey of a young man, whose ADHD and dyslexia meant he was an atypical learner, written off by the education system but who went on to become an entrepreneur. The book explores the enabling role that teachers and parents can play in maximising the potential of children who are seen as ‘different’ or ‘difficult’.

For Adults

TBC

Bella the Butterfly by Belinda Murphy

Bella the Butterfly incorporates a very child-friendly introduction to mindfulness, chakra colour balancing, meditation, Reiki healing and positive affirmations to help children be more present, relaxed and balanced. And brings with it all the proven benefits of mindfulness.

Age 2-12

TBC

Hank the Hungry Monster by Julie Derrick

The idea for this book came as a results of the author's daughter's battle with severe OCD. It aims to help adults identify early signs of OCD and to help children speak up to intrusive thoughts, before they take hold. 50% of proceeds go to CAMHS as a thank you for their support. 

Age 5-8

TBC

Secrets to Parenting Without Giving a F^ck by Sue Donnellan

This parenting book (with wisdom for teachers) that delivers a proven playbook for developing happy, accountable and well-adjusted children. Learn how to end tantrums, eliminate back-talk, minimise yelling, get willing cooperation and prevent stressful behaviour before it even starts. 

For Adults

TBC

Mitchy Titch - All Around the World by Avril O'Brien

Come along with Mitchy and his friends as they have lots of fun doing yoga all around the world! "Mitchy Titch loves yoga and does it every day. The stretches are so good for him. They really help him play!" A beautifully illustrated book, taking Mitchy and his friends on a trip around the world, practising yoga poses to help build confidence and inner strength.

Age 2-8

TBC

Winning @ English from Snow Tiger Media

This fun-filled, colorful and diversity representative activity book helps support learning now that children have started school. Written with teachers to be in line with the national curriculum, it is full of enjoyable exercises in reading, handwriting and phonics. 

Age 4-5

TBC

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