The British Museum

Another year over...


What a book-filled year this has been! In many ways, it has not been the easiest; however, there is always so much to be thankful for.


We have read many marvellous books this year. Creating our long list was really challenging; whittling it down to the short list even more so, but we ended up with an amazing group of books. 


Twitter if full of people's lists of 2017 favourite books and I agree with many of the choices that are out there. I have read so many books that I have enjoyed- far more than I have time to review- enabling me to recommend and share with colleagues and children. Thank you to everyone who has taken the time to tell us when they have found our reviews useful- particularly those in education who we hope we are supporting with our awards. Please continue to get in touch and let us know if you have any ideas!

SO -favourites of 2017! Where do I begin..?


Mr Penguin and the Lost Treasure by Alex T Smith. I absolutely adored this one. Expect to hear a lot more about this in the new year as it is one of our current teacher reading group titles and will be discussed in January!


This is NOT the Zoo for You by Ross Collins. This has had such an excellent response from children I have shared it with. You can read our review here.

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Grumpy Frog by Ed Vere- I am married to the original! You can read our review here.

The Great Gran Plan by Elli Woollard and Steven Lenton.  A review of this treasure will be coming soon! Such a great book to engage children with story and illustration.


So gorgeous! Origami, Poems and Pictures from The British Museum. You can read about our attempts at origami here.


Best book of the year. If you haven't read it, why not? You can read our review here   and find out about my trip to Heligan here.


I know I shouldn't just choose our winners, but I love this book. It's humour- and the importance of its message- make it a real hit! You can read our review here.

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Such a beautiful book- both in words and illustrations. A Story Like the Wind by Gill Lewis, illustrated by Jo Weaver. You can read our review here.

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Running on the Roof of the World by Jess Butterworth. Such a gripping story. You can read about the book and the launch here.

Cell 7 by Kerry Drewery, follow up to Day 7, is a great read for older children. 

That's 10- but there are so many more I could add- the whole of our long list for starters! I have read well over 300 books this year and so many have been really enjoyable for a whole range of reasons. For this list, I tried to pick things that other people haven't mentioned, but that doesn't mean I didn't enjoy theirs too!  Some of the books I have read and loved recently belong to next year- we are already gathering titles for next year's awards.

All at NSTBA wish everyone a fantastic, bookish, safe and happy 2018. 

Tomorrow is the first blank page of a 365 page book. Write a good one.


Beautiful Board Books!


'A Walk in the Countryside' explores opposites using sweet illustrations showing friends as they enjoy themselves on a day exploring the countryside before heading home. 


Each double spread offers a picture with plenty to discuss and enjoy. The words are clearly printed on lovely thick pages. 

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'Mummy!' is a delightful lift the flap book set in Ancient Egypt. Each picture is full of details of daily life and the flaps lift to reveal objects complete with their hieroglyphs. The simple repetitive text is perfect for joining in with. An board book with a difference!

National Trust: Up and Down- A Walk in the Countryside by Rosalind Beardshaw

Nosy Crow ISBN: 978-0857639448

The British Museum: Mummy!  byLerryn Korda

Nosy Crow  ISBN:978-0857639493

Books from The British Museum


'Mixed-Up Masterpieces- Funny Faces' is a wonderful book which allows children to explore some of the wonders of The British Museum. Masks, busts, mummies, carvings... lots of different faces from different times and cultures can be mixed up to make the bizarre and the humorous.


However, before long, interest in and discussion about the 'real' face emerges. Notes at the back tell the reader what the object is and when and where it was created. A QR code offers the opportunity to discover more about each one and there is always the possibility of visiting The British Museum itself and tracking down each one, giving a real focus to a visit. 


'Opposites' uses objects from the collection to illustrate concepts like 'inside' and 'outside', 'cold' and 'hot'. Using paintings and objects, this robust little book will be enjoyed again and again . Discussions could be hadabout why each image was chosen as well as what they might have been created for.


Another book in the series is 'Colours'. This also uses a wonderful range of objects to illustrate all shades of a colour. A dot of the colour to match is by the name on each page so there is no confusion about the colour being identified in the images. Again, each object is identified at the end of the book so discussion is encouraged beyond just naming the colour.


A brilliant way of introducing children to the wonders of the British Museum from the earliest age, these books could equally be used with older children. Their quality ensures they will stand up to repeated enjoying!

The British Museum: Mixed Up Masterpieces- Funny Faces

Nosy Crow   ISBN: 978-1788000796

The British Museum: Colours

Nosy Crow  ISBN: 978-0857639691

The British Museum: Opposites

Nosy Crow  ISBN: 978-1788000871