Links we like

On this page, you will find a list of websites and blogs that we like and thought you might find interesting too. (Please note that we do not endorse these sites.)

Please feel free to share suggestions of what you enjoy reading or following by emailing spope@st-michaels-oxf.oxon.sch.uk.

Childtastic Books – http://www.childtasticbooks.com 

This is my own blog, where I look at all areas of children’s literature, from picture books to young adult fiction. The blog started out as a colloration between my daughter and I so we could review books from a parent’s and child’s viewpoint but now my daughter is older, she is doing her own thing! I’ve carried the blog on and, in addition to the book reviews, I also write posts on literacy. My particular interests lie in encouraging reading for pleasure (whatever a person’s age!), engaging families and the wider community to become involved in reading, and academic literature regarding children’s literature, after I completed an MA in the subject with Roehampton University.

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Book Lover Jo – https://bookloverjo.wordpress.com/

Jo Clarke is a primary school librarian who is always on the look-out for great books to recommend to encourage children to read for pleasure. She reads a wide variety of primary fiction books so that she can find personal recommendations for individual children. Jo is also a huge advocate of the importance of picture books for older readers and has devoted a large area of her school library to these.

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Booktrust – http://www.booktrust.org.uk/

This charity strives to encourage a love of reading in people of all ages. There are many useful elements to the site, including ‘Bookfinder’, where you can search for books by age and by interest.

LoveReading4Kids – www.lovereading4kids.co.uk/ 

Created by a team of book lovers, this website claims to ‘only feature books we have read and believe are great reads in their category’. A unique tool is their free 10-15 Opening Extracts of each of their Featured Books (and there are more than 12,000) so you can try before you buy (or borrow).

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National Literacy Trust – http://www.literacytrust.org.uk

According to the National Literacy Trust, one person in six in the UK has only the most basic literacy skills, which holds them back in all areas of their life. The Trust works to improve literacy for people of all ages through a variety of national projects, often through schools, and runs a helpful website – http://www.wordsforlife.org.uk – which provides reading-related information, competitions and activities for parents, grouped by age.

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