Ask the book buyer...about the books that will keep kids entertained over the Easter holidays
Spring has sprung! The blossom is out, the clocks have gone forward and we’re revelling in the extra evening light. For many of you, Spring also means the Easter school holidays are approaching and you will be looking for ideas to keep young minds occupied, so here are a few books that could just do the trick - plus an exciting competition - says Jarrold book buyer Holly Ainley.
Spring has sprung! The blossom is out, the clocks have gone forward and we’re revelling in the extra evening light. For many of you, Spring also means the Easter school holidays are approaching and you will be looking for ideas to keep young minds occupied…
In the children’s book department we have plenty of activities to try: guess the number of chocolate eggs in the jar (closest guess wins the lot), hunt for hidden Easter eggs, try a Farmyard Tales activity sheet, plus we have a special opportunity for children to enter a Worst Witch colouring competition and win a family ticket to see The Worst Witch at Norwich Theatre Royal on April 20th!
We’ve also put together some of our top children’s book recommendations to provide readers young and old with inspiration over the Easter break. We look forward to seeing you and helping you choose some new books to read together.
Super Sloth by Robert Starling
For ages 3+
Super Sloth isn’t fast. He can’t fly. But when his arch enemy Anteater makes off with some prize mangoes, Super Sloth vows to save the day... You might already know Robert Starling thanks to his earlier book about a bad-tempered dragon, Fergal is Fuming. Super Sloth brings us another unlikely super hero and is equally hilarious and delightful with irresistible illustrations. We were lucky enough to have Robert visit us to sign copies and recommend for hours of giggles.
The New LiBEARian
by Alison Donald, illustrated by Alex Willmore
For ages 3-5
Don't forget, all our children's fiction paperbacks are buy one get on half price. This magical, captivating picture book celebrates libraries and the importance of story time, with adorable illustrations. When the librarian is late for story time, the children go off to look for her and follow mysterious paw prints to find a bear sitting at her desk. Although they love this new, growling LiBEARian, it soon becomes clear he has escaped from a book and need to go home!
Poppy and Sam’s Easter Egg Hunt
Sam Taplin and Simon Taylor-Kielty
Many of us remember the Farmyard Tales collection from our own childhoods: iconic illustrations and the challenge to find the little yellow duck. The publisher have just relaunched these nostalgic stories for a new generation, with the first 7 available now. Poppy and Sam’s Easter Egg Hunt is a board book suitable for all ages, featuring Poppy and Sam down on Apple Tree Farm with their animal friends and the yellow duck is still there on every page!
Hayley the Hairy Horse by Gavin Puckett
Gavin Puckett’s ‘Fables from the Stables’ series are the perfect books for reading together and practising reading aloud; written in comical rhyming verse each story has a positive message, focusing on a different horse, from Murray the Race Horse to Colin the Cart Horse. Hayley the Hairy Horse has great hair but must protect herself when violinist La Rue tries to steal her tail to make a new violin bow! Part black and white, part colour illustrations.
Song for a Whale
A heart-warming, powerful story for 12+ readers about dealing with isolation, overcoming struggle and finding a connection. Iris is a young deaf girl determined to make a difference – she’s never let her deafness define her but it’s hard not to feel lonely, especially since her deaf grandfather died. She finds solace in her electronics workshop where she loves taking apart antique radios. When, during a science lesson about sound waves, she finds out about a whale who is unable to communicate with other whales, she becomes determined to show him that someone in the world knows he's there. Beautifully written.
That's Not My series...
This bright, cheerful, well-loved baby books series is celebrating its 20th birthday this year and now boasts titles from That's Not My Angel to That's Not my Zebra with everything in between (That’s Not my Mermaid, Unicorn, Fox, Llama, Badger, Baby…). Perfectly-sized board books with interactive, touchy-feely elements, these are a sure-fire way to entertain little ones and we have a special offer of two for £10 across the range this Easter.