OK- so I have to stop somewhere! Here are my last few festive treats for your stocking!
An Angel Just Like Me
Mary Hoffman (author), Cornelius van Wright and Ying-Hwa Hu (illustrators)
Frances Lincoln Children's Books ISBN: 978-1845078744
An excellent story for raising questions for discussion. Tyler wonders where the angels like him are. The story takes him on a journey to discover the answer.
Beautifully illustrated, some important and interesting issues are raised in a very accessible way. Children enjoy the story and can use Tyler's experiences to openly discuss his questions and raise those of their own.
A must for every classroom!
A Small Miracle
Dragonfly Books ISBN: 978-0375871504
Told in pictures, this is a story of kindness and love; a story about caring for others; a story with the true meaning of Christmas at its heart.
I have used this frequently in school- mainly with Year 6 children- and have always been delighted with how inspirational children have found it. Excellent for discussion, drama, PSHE, citizenship (being British!), cultural differences, religious traditions and customs- the Christmas story!-the book is also an excellent starting point for so many different types of writing: journalistic, recount, narrative, poetry, discussion, persuasion...
Not to be missed!
Karen and Jonathan Langley
Frances Lincoln Children's Books ISBN: 978-0711221161
A heart-warming story about the relationship between a father and son. Little Jimmy is the star in the school play. Dad goes to work and as the play starts, Jimmy can't see him in the audience- will Dad make it in time to see Jimmy shine?
Such a lovely story- again with much to recommend it for classroom use.
This is the Star
Joyce Dunbar (author) and Gary Blythe (illustrator)
Corgi Children's ISBN: 978-0552528221
Another beautifully illustrated book in which the story of the Nativity is told as a cumulative poem. This could be used as a lovely way of building a nativity scene, for drama, to inspire writing... but, as with all these lovely books, primarily to be enjoyed as a story!