Following on from our list of books for younger children last week, here’s five of the best new books for 13+ and young adults. One of the authors, Somerset-born Josh Martin, will be at Bailey Hill Books in Castle Cary from 6pm on Friday 17 March, pen in hand ready to sign copies of his fantasy novel Ariadnis.Read more
Late night sewing panic aside, World Book Day is actually all about fostering a love of reading in kids isn’t it? So I asked Claire over at the stupendous Bailey Hill Bookshop in Castle Cary to come up with a list of newly published brilliant kids books that will help do just that…Read more
Here you go, the fourth of the Muddy book guides to help you decide the best tomes for Christmas: the top 10 fiction picks for kids 8-12. Don’t buy on Amazon, hop over to your local bookshop!
Star Wars Galactic Atlas
This is the must have Christmas present for Star Wars fans of all ages. We just love how big it is… no really, it’s huge!Read more
The third in our series of best Christmas books comes from Waterstones in Yeovil. Yes, I know it’s a chain but Marcus and the rest of the staff there make the shop feel like an independent, promoting local authors and helping to organise the annual Yeovil Literary Festival an’ all, so I’m including them here on the blog. They’ve put together their list of fave picture books. If you quote ‘Muddy Stilettos’ at the checkout in the shop (Yeovil Waterstones only), you can get 10% off these titles until Christmas Eve!Read more
Stick Man, The Brewhouse, Taunton, Fri 4-Sat 5 Nov
You wouldn’t think a show about a stick would be much cop but the story of the Stick Man who’s carried away from his family by a playful dog after going for a morning jog, and has all sorts of adventures on his way back home, is poignant and funny. The trio of actors from Scamp Theatre use everything from umbrellas to rubber beach rings to turn Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler’s famous book into a brilliant kids’ show.Read more
If you can prise their fingers off their smartphones and iPads for a few minutes, slip one of these brilliant books (as recommended by Frome’s independent Hunting Raven Books) into their hands and look forward to some quiet time that doesn’t involve a Clash of Clans or a Pixel Gun.
Harper and the Circus of Dreams by Cerrie Burnell
This is an irresistible tale about Harper and her friends’ adventure in the spectacular Circus of Dreams.Read more
Continuing on from the top 10 chapter books for children, here are the top 10 picture books, courtesy of Muddy Stilettos Surrey…
What the Ladybird Heard Julia Donaldson (author) and Lydia Monks (illustrator)
A storytime favourite. Super villains Hefty Hugh and Lanky Len hatch a plot to steal the prize cow and only the ladybird can save the day! All of Julia Donaldson’s books are fun to read out loud but this one has a great rhythm to it.Read more
On World Book Day, celebrating best first novels by women authors – a selection of debut fiction by Hunting Raven Books of Frome…Read more
The Somerset Levels and the mesmerising aerial acrobatics of the starling murmurations – just one of Somerset author Tamsin Cooke’s favourite places…Read more