Author guest post and interview: Joanne O’Connell

We are delighted to welcome our first author, Joanne O'Connell, to the ELS blog. Joanne's debut novel, Beauty and the Bin, is a warm, funny and timely story, exploring food waste, fast fashion, friendship, and very embarrassing parents. Full of quick and practical ideas for greener living, Beauty and the Bin is an inspiring read … Continue reading Author guest post and interview: Joanne O’Connell

Book review: The Tindims of Rubbish Island by Sally Gardner and Lydia Corry

On the blog this week we will be looking at books that encourage children and young people to think about the natural world and the small, everyday things we can all do to protect it. In our first post, ELS library assistant Sarah finds inspiration from The Tindims of Rubbish Island. Printed in dyslexia-friendly font … Continue reading Book review: The Tindims of Rubbish Island by Sally Gardner and Lydia Corry

Let’s Talk About Mental Health

To mark Children’s Mental Health Week taking place 1-7 February 2021, ELS librarian Alex selects a range of non-fiction books that can be used with KS2 and KS3 students to discuss mental health and wellbeing. Now more than ever it's important to talk to children about mental health and wellbeing. ELS has a perfect range of non-fiction … Continue reading Let’s Talk About Mental Health

Book review: Maggie Blue and the Dark World by Anna Goodall

ELS librarian Samantha follows a one-eyed cat into the unknown in Anna Goodall's debut novel Maggie Blue and the Dark World. Maggie Blue is an outsider, both at home and at school. She lives with her eccentric aunt Esme, and has no friends other than the irascible Hoagy, a stray cat who can talk to … Continue reading Book review: Maggie Blue and the Dark World by Anna Goodall

Keep those bright sparks shining bright!

To mark Children's Mental Health Week taking place 1-7 February 2021, ELS library assistant Sarah selects a range of picture books that offer comfort to young children and encourage positive conversations about mental health and wellbeing. Looking for a gentle and positive way to open a conversation with your children about mental health?  Then look … Continue reading Keep those bright sparks shining bright!