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Bodies, Organs and Systems form the last part of this blog series courtesy of BookLife Publishing.

The children loved the look of these books but it was the teachers who were really keen to get their hands on them! They could foresee plenty of opportunities to use these in lessons and were begging to keep them.

Again, the strength of BookLife is that these are all part of a series.

Authors of this series are Robin Twiddy, John Wood, Charlie Ogden, Kirsty Holmes, Grace Jones and William Anthony.

Brilliant body books with exciting new covers, new ways of sharing the science in our bodies and the use of cartoons are sure to entice readers to choose these books. The teachers loved the bold colours and knew these would appeal more than some books which have been around for a long time.

All suitable for KS2, these take children through organs such as your ears, lungs and skin or help us to take a closer look at viruses and parasites.

Great use of technical terms, scientific explanations and diagrams prove just how amazing our bodies are.

A huge thank you to BookLife Publishing for their kindness in sending such high quality books. The children were so excited to be a part of the reviewing process.


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Hobbies and Sports are my focus with the next set of books from BookLife Publishing. Two books about coding and programming and one about swimming. The computer focused books were quickly snapped up by the students, proving how relevant those titles are for children. I admit to being surprised at just how popular the swimming title was as well.

Wonderful books to capture the interests of children

The Perfect Program by Kirsty Holmes, What is Coding by Steffi Cavell-Clarke and Thomas Welch

The comments from children who read these titles were, “it looks really interesting”, “loved learning the history of code and Alan Turing”, “the illustrations were excellent”.

Coding and Programming are so popular and relevant for students, some of whom now aspire to be gamers or youtubers when they are older. Code Academy and The Perfect Program is part of 6 book series about the basics of coding and computers. What is Coding is also part of a 6 book series looking at the basics such as databases, computer languages and staying safe online.

Both titles are perfect for KS2 students who are keen to know more about how things work and understanding the basics of computers and technology. These are vital skills for the children today, many of whom are more advanced than I am in terms of computers.

The Science of Swimming by Emilie Dufresne

Children are fascinated by water and swimming, most of my classes today having experienced lessons and time in pools.

Comments about this title included, “I love the cover design using the shapes”, “it gives good tips for jumping in and floating”, “they are using science to help explain how we swim-that’s so cool”.

With high level vocabulary, scientific terms and diagrams, this would suit Upper KS2 perfectly. Other sports included in the “Science of” series are Athletics, Cricket, Football, Ice Hockey and Tennis.

This series would fly off the shelves as it takes a different approach to sports and provides great tips to become better through using scientific techniques.


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Yesterday the series “Why Do I…?” was the feature set of books from BookLife Publishing. Today, I have chosen the selection of books featuring animals. Animals are always very popular books in a school library, and these were snapped up quickly in our review session.

Reptiles to Food Webs to Eating Habits- A Great Selection

All of these titles are part of a series. This is a strength of BookLife. They have well planned and researched titles that go well together in a series. It gives schools a perfect opportunity to ensure a range of learning comes from their titles.

Children’s comments included, “good detail”, “love the pictures of real reptiles”, “reptiles are more interesting than I thought”, “animals eat gross things”, “lots of people will like this book”.

Forest Food Webs by William Anthony

This is one titles in the Food Webs series. Other titles include Desert, Ocean, Grassland, Mountain and River.

Many of the animals are from North America and although recognisable to the children, many commented they would like to see a real moose or beaver. I think this added to the appeal of the book, and the photos are beautiful.

Great information about the animals featured on each page

Written in the first person, you read each page as though you are each animal. Great use of vocabulary and diagrams to show the food web. Simple enough to be used in younger year groups. Many of our children thought a Year 1 or 2 would love these books too!

Animals Eat What? Bones and Bodies by Holly Duhig

Part of a 4 book series, other titles include Blood and Guts, Rubbish and Waste and Sick and Poo. The children were right…animals eat gross things. A fascinating look at the diets of animals around the world.

The animals have a Top Trumps style rating chart that the children loved and used to compare the animals. Again, as many of the animals were familiar, they loved looking at the pictures and learning new facts.

The covers, design and features of these books are all high quality. Great use of colours and pictures, ensuring the children were keen to pick these up first!

Reptiles: Reproduction by Joanna Brundle

Other titles in the 4 title Reproduction series are Birds, Fish and Mammals. All of these would be brilliant in a school library.

This title appealed to the Upper KS2 children as there was plenty of text, higher level vocabulary and scientific terms. Many of them felt this would be a challenging read but an enjoyable one.

They were captivated by the gharials and sea turtles, constantly flipping between these reptiles for more information. I really liked the layout of each page, using captions and headers. It makes the book easy to navigate and read.

A brilliant set of books for those animal loving children in your school!


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BookLife Publishing have very kindly sent a box of books to be read and reviewed. I opened the box excitedly and it struck me that I shouldn’t be the only one to enjoy the process of reading and writing about them!

I work with a small school of 45 children. As the classes are mixed, it is sometimes hard to find appropriate and fun activities that appeal to all. This activity was met with excitement, curiosity and a sense of responsibility! The children in Years 3,4,5 and 6 all felt incredibly privileged to have new books to browse.

I set the task of choosing a book, reading it and studying it. I then asked them to think about whether they would recommend it, share it and want to use it in lessons. The resounding answer was YES! Even before they read all the books.

My reviews will be broken into four days of reviews and will include my thoughts as well as those of the students. Today I am promoting a series entitled, “Why Do I…?”

Written by Kirsty Holmes, Harriet Brundle and Madeline Tyler

As soon as the children saw the titles of these, there were squeals of delight. Bodily functions seem to be unique in uniting boys and girls in wanting to read about poo, dribble, snot and blood. These are a colourful, fun and engaging way to learn about the systems of the body.

Comments from children included the following; “it looks interesting and a bit gross- just what I like” and “itching totally feels like bugs crawling on you”.

We all agreed that children aged 6 and older would love this set of books. The pictures inside are very engaging and sometimes funny, perfect for the younger learner.

The entire series answers their title questions perfectly and in a simple and effective way. Using some higher level vocabulary balanced with an easy description makes them perfect for the library or classroom.