Mrs Sydney’s famous World’s Smallest Library

I have always adored reading and sharing books, firstly with my own children and then with those I have taught. The ‘World’s Smallest Library’ was something I started to try to share my love of reading and the books I have enjoyed with more people: mostly children but also other adults. Although I read many books at home, there are only so many I can read aloud to my class so the library provides a home to those which might otherwise just sit and gather dust. As I review the books I read, I add them to the library and share these high quality books with those who might also enjoy them – both children and staff. I’m sometimes asked to share my recommendations by parents and this is an aide memoire for my thoughts.

A rainbow of books to explore…

Why children’s books?

I’ve always preferred a well-written children’s book to a poorly-written adults’ one. There are many who believe we are in a ‘golden age’ of children’s literature and while I enjoy reading, I also delight in talking about books with like-minded people.

There is no specific order to the books I write about here, other than adding my thoughts as I complete them. Sometimes the book is one that is newly published and a ‘hot topic’, while on other occasions the book is one new to me, but nobody else.

Having stuck to fiction books aimed at upper KS2 when I started blogging, I have now started reading more non fiction and books aimed at younger readers too – both to further my own reading experience and to cater for those children in my class for whom these are a better choice. I also dip my toes into the occasional Young Adult title as well.

Can there be any greater thrill than seeing your name in a book by an author you love? Huge thanks to Simon James Green for this dedication in his new title Sleepover Takeover!

Currently reading:

The Myriad Mysteries of Eartha Quicksmith (Quicksmiths 2) by Loris Owen

For more of my book-related musings, follow me on Twitter: @jacquiS21

All opinions are my own.

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