The power of poetry and dogs!

There are few things we love more in life than dogs. Add in poetry and you have some very happy librarians. Luckily for us, Cheshire author Ros Roberts has combined the two in her wonderful children's book, Digger and Me. In her guest post, Ros discusses faithful dogs, inspiring poetry, and her special connection to … Continue reading The power of poetry and dogs!

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Cheshire Schools’ Book Award 2023

The students have voted. The shortlists have been confirmed. The books have arrived. So. Many. Books. This can mean only one thing… it’s time for the Cheshire Schools’ Book Award 2023! We would like to thank all the secondary students across Cheshire, Warrington and Halton who nominated books for the shortlist. From spooky shenanigans in … Continue reading Cheshire Schools’ Book Award 2023

Book review: Saving Celeste by Timothée de Fombelle

As World Kid Lit Month – the annual celebration of children’s books from across the world – draws to a close, ELS library assistant Rosie reviews Saving Celeste by French writer Timothée de Fombelle. Translated into English by Sarah Ardizzone, Saving Celeste is an example of how translated books can unlock doors, taking readers into … Continue reading Book review: Saving Celeste by Timothée de Fombelle

Introducing ELS librarian Sarah Kaye

We are very pleased to welcome our new librarian, Sarah Kaye, to the ELS team. Sarah will be responsible for delivering the service to primary schools in Halton, as well as overseeing provision to special schools throughout Cheshire. Over to Sarah! Hello lovely people! I’m Sarah Kaye and I have recently started working as an … Continue reading Introducing ELS librarian Sarah Kaye

Book review: Boy Queen by George Lester

With the winners of the Cheshire Schools' Book Award 2022 due to be revealed on Wednesday 29th June, ELS library assistant Rosie revels in the colour and joy of George Lester's shortlisted novel Boy Queen. George Lester’s Boy Queen captures the attention right from the first look. Rachel Vale’s eye-catching cover sets the tone for … Continue reading Book review: Boy Queen by George Lester

Book review: The Extraordinary Adventures of Alice Tonks by Emily Kenny

Following several futile attempts to communicate with her cats, ELS librarian Samantha reviews Emily Kenny's debut novel The Extraordinary Adventures of Alice Tonks. Alice Tonks was having the worst day ever. Emily Kenny does not waste a single second in her debut novel The Extraordinary Adventures of Alice Tonks, introducing us to Alice, an autistic … Continue reading Book review: The Extraordinary Adventures of Alice Tonks by Emily Kenny

Book review: Show Us Who You Are by Elle McNicoll

To celebrate World Autism Acceptance Week 2022, ELS library assistant Rosie reviews Elle McNicoll's ground-breaking science fiction novel, Show Us Who You Are. Show Us Who You Are by Elle McNicoll is a sci-fi book set in the near future, suitable for children from about 9 to 14 years. It is a story of friendship … Continue reading Book review: Show Us Who You Are by Elle McNicoll

Dyslexia Awareness Week 2021

To celebrate Dyslexia Awareness Week 2021, we've chosen three of our favourite books recently published by Barrington Stoke. With over twenty years of experience publishing dyslexia-friendly books, Barrington Stoke have a huge list of titles to choose from, including picture books for early readers, illustrated chapter books, magical middle-grade stories, gripping Young Adult novels, and … Continue reading Dyslexia Awareness Week 2021