National Share a story month

May is national share a story month. Why not share some of the stories below ?

A playful, warm and funny story following a boy with a wild imagination and his lively family, from brand new creative duo: Swapna Haddow and Dapo Adeola.

Shhh. Beware. My dad is a grizzly bear.

In this family, it’s just possible that Dad is a grizzly bear . . . He has fuzzy fur, enormous paws and loves the outdoors. He sleeps a lot even in the cinema and when he’s awake, he’s always hungry, usually eating up all the honey. What else could Dad be? But sometimes, when it’s scary at night, a lovely big bear hug is just what is needed.

A hilarious debut picture book written by Swapna Haddow author of the Dave Pigeon series and illustrated by the brilliantly talented Dapo Adeola author of Look Up!


The brand new adventure in the bestselling, blockbuster Supertato series, from Sue Hendra and Paul Linnet! Perfect for even the most reluctant of bathers – and, of course, Supertato fans EVERYWHERE!

It is night-time in the supermarket, and it’s the veggies’ weekly bath. But…what’s this? SOMEONE has been meddling with the bubble bath and that can only lead to one thing: BUBBLY TROUBLY!

Are Supertato and the veggies all washed up? Or can they clear the aisles and POP that pea back where he belongs?

Find out in Supertato’s newest, irresistible laugh-out-loud adventure!

A laugh-out-loud picture book that explores our emotions and reassures toddlers that having the wobbles is OK.“Wibble wobble, wibble wobble, Jelly on a plate” When Jelly is entered into the ‘Best Food Competition’, it makes him wobble with worry. Everyone loves chicken nuggets and pizza – but does everyone love jelly? Suddenly he’s filled with self-doubt. But soon Jelly learns that the things that make us different should be celebrated… and that it’s definitely OK to have a wobble every now and then.

When Tomas discovers a strange old tree at the bottom of his grandad’s garden, he doesn’t think much of it. But he takes the funny fruit from the tree back into the house – and gets the shock and delight of his life when a tiny dragon hatches! The tree is a dragonfruit tree, and Tomas has got his very own dragon, Flicker …

Tomas soon finds out that life with Flicker is great fun, but also very … unpredictable. Yes, dragons are wonderful, but they also set fire to your toothbruth and leave your pants hanging from the TV aerial. Tomas has to learn how to look after Flicker – and quickly. And then something extraordinary happens – more dragonfruits appear on the tree. Tomas is officially growing dragons …

The first book in a sparky and utterly enchanting new series.

Enter a world of Egyptian pharaohs and ancient curses from the Queen of Historical Fiction.

London, 1922.

A discovery from ancient Egypt . . . A cursed package . . . The untold story of a young pharaoh . . .

When Lilian Kaye finds a parcel on her grandad’s doorstep, she is shocked to see who sent it: a famous Egyptologist, found dead that very morning, according to every newspaper in England!

The mysterious package holds the key to a story . . . about a king whose tomb archaeologists are desperately hunting for.

Lil and her friends must embark on an incredible journey – to return the package to its resting place, to protect those they love, and to break the deadly pharaoh’s curse . . .

Chaya, a no-nonsense, outspoken hero, leads her friends and a gorgeous elephant on a noisy, fraught, joyous adventure through the jungle where revolution is stirring and leeches lurk. Will stealing the queen’s jewels be the beginning or the end of everything for the intrepid gang? With cover illustration by David Dean.

Must-have March Reads

Here are some great reads for March . . . .


Created with RHS, the UK’s leading gardening charity. 

This fun-filled RHS adventure handbook is bursting with ideas to help kids discover the great outdoors and get closer to nature.

Grow your own herb garden, build a tepee, learn how to read a map, discover what’s outside your
front door.

Two Sisters

The latest in Voices, a series about the unsung heroes of our past. 

Two Sisters is a heart-stopping adventure based on real historical events.

Kereen Getten takes readers on a journey of sisterhood, struggle and survival from Jamaica to Britain.

Can You Keep a Secret?

If you met a dragon, could you keep it secret?

The magical new picture book from award-winning illustrator,
Melissa Castrillón.

Winnie has a secret: there’s a dragon in the forest and he’s the last one left in the world. If the grown-ups them, they’ll be in danger.

When Can I Go Back To School? 

A reassuring journey through a child’s common worries and fears during the worldwide pandemic.

When school suddenly shuts one day, Billy is worried about what will happen next. Will things ever return to how they were before?

Part of the the Big Little Hearts series written to support families dealing with traumatic events in life.

Horrible Histories
New Editions 

Discover all the foul facts in your favourite Horrible Histories books with a brand new striking newspaper look.

The perfect series for children who like their history a little more gory.


I Was There:  Ira Aldridge
The Shakespearean Actor

I Was There is the perfect introduction for younger readers into stories from the past. 

Ira Aldridge tells the exciting story of the African-American actor, Ira Aldridge, who rose to fame on the London stage.

A brilliantly imagined first-hand account of a child’s experience of
nineteenth-century London and the vibrant life of the theatre. Complete with black and white illustrations throughout.

Unicorns Don’t Love Rainbows

A brilliantly funny and heartfelt story about empathy, kindness, celebrating what makes us different.

I do not like smiling, I do not like cake,I do not like ice cream. I stomp over rainbows and will not say ‘Whoop!”

If you think that all unicorns love rainbows then think again, because this unicorn most certainly doesn’t!

February reads

Snuggle up with some good reads for February . . . .

Ten Tremendous Tales

The latest brilliant instalment in the number one bestselling series from author and illustrator, Liz Pichon.

A laugh-out-loud, fully illustrated collection of stories starring Tom Gates and his friends, family and foes!

Featuring: a delicious chicken pie, getting stuck in a lift with Delia, the horror of winning afternoon tea with teachers as a tombola prize, the Incredible Wafer Boy and some ants in some very tiny pants…

The Boy Who Made Everyone Laugh

A heartfelt, hilarious, against-all-odds triumph of a story about a boy with a stammer.

Billy is an eleven-year-old boy with a big dream: a stand-up comedian delivering pinpoint punch-lines and having audiences hang on his every hilarious word. A tough career for anyone, but surely impossible for Billy, who has a stammer.

How will he find his voice, if his voice won’t let him speak?


Mindful Monsters

A fun and exciting picture book to introduce children to mindfulness Mindful Monsters supports the charity Scope.

This exciting picture book is packed with monster fun and friendly advice for parents and children to try out mindful activities at home. A funny and thoughtful read-aloud story.

Welsh Fairy Tales, Myths & Legends

A complete collection of much-loved Welsh fairy tales, myths and legends, bound in a beautiful new edition.

Enjoy Wales’s rich heritage of myth and fairy tales.

From magical Welsh dragons that destroy a castle night after night, to a princess made out of flowers and a fairy changeling bother.

Jelly Had a Wobble

The next picture book from the bestselling picture book duo, Michelle Robinson and Tom Knight.

Jelly learns that the things that make us different should be celebrated… and that it’s definitely OK to have a  every now and then.

A fantastically funny book about being true to ourselves and letting our emotions shine.

Chicken Little

A brand new take on the enduring classic, Chicken Little.

When something falls from the sky and bops Chicken Little right on the head, he looks high and low to figure out what it was.

The debut picture book from NYC-based artist, Sam Wedelich. This is the real and totally true tale of Chicken Little.

Reading online

We believe in nurturing children’s pleasure for reading as children who read on a regular basis, in school and at home, have a higher chance of fulfilling their academic potential and achieving success in later life.

We would like to share the below resources and websites that can be accessed by your children throughout their time taking part in remote learning at home or digitally at any time:

Oxford Owl eBook Library – Y1-6

We have access to the Oxford Owl eBook library. Go to and click on Log in. Your child’s class teacher should have shared the username and password with your child. Once you have logged in, click on Oxford Owl eBook library and choose the appropriate age group for your child. Children can read any of the books from within that section. You can also search for specific books which your child’s teacher may share with you.

Borrowbox – Gateshead Library

We would also like to take this opportunity to remind you about Borrowbox, an online library service offered by Gateshead Library. It is a downloadable app on which your child can borrow up to 10 eBooks to read at home. This would be great for promoting reading for pleasure but also for ensuring that your child has access to a range high-quality books during the week at home. If your child is not already a member of Gateshead Library, you can join online and you are given log-in details to sign into the Borrowbox app. For more information and to join the library online, please visit

Letters and Sounds – Early Years and KS1 – Additional Phonics Lessons

If your child is in KS1, they will still be receiving phonics work. There is a good range of Letters and Sounds online videos arranged by year group and focus sounds available at .

Virtual School Library – Oak National Academy

Oak National Academy have partnered with National Literacy Trust to bring children a virtual school library. Every week a popular children’s author or illustrator will provide you with free books, exclusive videos and their top three recommended reads. To access this, visit

Authors Reading their Novels Aloud

Children can access videos of authors reading their novels aloud on the below website: https://www.booksfortopics/com/storytime-online

CBeebies Storytime – Early Years

This app has been designed to support reading in EYFS. The stories are interactive and there are currently over 40 stories in the library (with more being added all the time).