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Mini Travellers Children’s Book Recommendations for September 2019

Mini Travellers Children’s Book Recommendations for September 2019

It is the time of year for new school uniform, new stationery and of course, new books. We’ve got a fantastic selection this month for children of all ages. Do keep an eye on the Mini Travellers twitter account as there will be a couple of opportunities to win some of the books featured.

Picture books

The Pigeon HAS To Go To School! By Mo Willems (Walker Books)

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The Pigeon is pretty sure he definitely doesn’t want to go to school, that is, until he finds out how he’s going to get there. A hilarious story perfect for anyone feeling a little reluctant about starting at school or nursery.

The Pigeon HAS To Go To School! By Mo Willems (Walker Books)

Ella May Does It Her Way! By Mick Jackson and Andrea Stegmaier (Words and Pictures)

Ella May is an imaginative little girl who likes to do things her own way. She wonders how it would feel to walk backwards, so one day she gives it a try and soon half the town are walking backwards too! A fun story with a strong female character and striking illustrations.

Ella May Does It Her Way! By Mick Jackson and Andrea Stegmaier (Words and Pictures)

Don’t Worry Little Crab by Chris Haughton (Walker Books)

Little Crab is heading to the sea for the very first time and is really excited. But then Little Crab sees just how big the waves are. With bright artwork and plenty of humour this is a brilliant story about what can happen when you’re brave and take a chance. Both my boys and I absolutely love this book.

Don’t Worry Little Crab by Chris Haughton (Walker Books)

5-8 years

Wigglebottom Primary: The Classroom Cat by Becka Moor and Pamela Butchart (Nosy Crow)

Class 2R are kept busy having fun with Classroom Cat, puddle crisps and of course, Imaginary Margaret. Containing three short school stories and plenty of bright artwork, the latest book in this series is perfect for early readers.

Wigglebottom Primary: The Classroom Cat by Becka Moor and Pamela Butchart (Nosy Crow)

Narwhal and Jelly 3: Narwhal Peanut Butter and Jelly by Ben Clanton (Egmont)

Narwhal and Jelly are back but this time Narwhal has a new obsession – peanut butter! With plenty of hilarity and themes of imagination and friendship, my 5 year old son loves this series of early graphic novels.

Narwhal and Jelly 3: Narwhal Peanut Butter and Jelly by Ben Clanton (Egmont)

Little Penguin Rescue by Rachel Delahaye and Jo Anne Davies (Stripes Publishing)

Aspiring vet Fliss is having a snowball fight with friends when she is magically transported to the Antarctic. She marvels at a colony of penguins on the ice but then a snowstorm blows in and a chick becomes separated from its mum. Can Fliss help reunite them? With black and white illustrations throughout, this is perfect for animal lovers.

Little Penguin Rescue by Rachel Delahaye and Jo Anne Davies (Stripes Publishing)

8-12 years

Explorers: Amazing Tales of the World’s Greatest Adventurers by Nellie Huang and Jessamy Hawke (DK)

With photos and illustrations throughout, this is a fantastic collection of stories about amazing men and women who have explored the land, sea and space. Both fascinating and inspiring, I’d recommend this book by travel blogger and journalist Nellie Huang to any aspiring adventurers.

Explorers: Amazing Tales of the World’s Greatest Adventurers by Nellie Huang and Jessamy Hawke (DK)

Out and About: Night Explorer: A children’s guide to over 100 insects, animals, birds and stars by Robyn Swift and Sara Lynn Cramb (Nosy Crow)

With the night’s drawing in, this is the perfect book for curious kids eager to learn more about the nocturnal world around them. Packed full of activities and information about nocturnal animals, mini-beasts and plants as well as the night sky.

Our and About: Night Explorer: A children’s guide to over 100 insects, animals, birds and stars by Robyn Swift and Sara Lynn Cramb (Nosy Crow)

Dr Maggie’s Grand Tour of the Solar System by Dr Maggie Aderin-Pocock (Buster Books)

Full of facts and illustrations, this is a fascinating tour of the solar system by renowned space scientist Dr Maggie Aderin-Pocock (MBE). Whether you’re curious about getting into space, the planets, asteroid belts or wonder where the solar system ends, this is the book for you.

Dr Maggie’s Grand Tour of the Solar System by Dr Maggie Aderin-Pocock (Buster Books)

Young Adult

Frankly in Love by David Yoon (Penguin)

Frank Li is caught between his parent’s traditional Korean expectations and his South Californian upbringing. His parents only want him to date Korean girls but then Frank falls for Brit, a smart, beautiful girl who also happens to be white. Smart, funny and poignant, I absolutely loved this coming of age story about romance, identity and race.

Frankly in Love by David Yoon (Penguin)

Dark Blade by Steve Feasey (Bloomsbury)

Lann grows up knowing nothing of his mysterious past until his destiny comes to find him. For only Lann can wield the Dreadblade, an ancient sword forged to defeat monsters. This is an epic story about magic, heroism and fate.

Dark Blade by Steve Feasey (Bloomsbury)

The Shamer’s Daughter by Lene Kaaberbol (Pushkin Children’s)

Dina has inherited her mother’s gift – she is a Shamer, able to see someone’s most guilty secrets when she looks in their eyes. Her gift feels more like a curse until she is forced to use it to try and uncover the truth about a vicious crime and save her mother from being eaten by dragons. This is the first title in the fantasy adventure series The Shamer Chronicles.

The Shamer’s Daughter by Lene Kaaberbol (Pushkin Children’s)

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Just So Festival Day Tickets – the perfect introduction to a family festival! MT Just So Festival 1 While we camped at Just So Festival back in 2017 and had a great time, this year we decided to return for a day. The Saturday to be precise. We’re lucky enough to live under an hour’s drive from the festival location, Rode Hall in Cheshire, and with us heading off on holiday on the Monday morning, we thought we’d completely immerse ourselves in everything Just So from dawn (9am ish) until dusk (8pm ish) and then head home to sleep and get sorted. If you were following the festival antics on social media, you might know that almost a month’s worth of rain fell on the opening Friday afternoon which unfortunately meant long queues to get in to the grounds and a whole lot of mud. By the time we arrived on the Saturday morning, there was a lot of slip-sliding and the decision was made to close the car park to any additional cars later that afternoon and for the whole of Sunday. Obviously, disappointing for those who couldn’t get to the festival by other means of transport but the festival organisers were quick to communicate the change in circumstances and offer refunds. I don’t know what else they could have done. MT Just So Festival 2 How did our day at Just So Festival go? I can’t lie, the mud was a pain. We ventured down to the main stage area, Footlights, where we’d normally spend an hour or two listening to the bands playing, but with no seats and no mud-free ground for a picnic blanket, we lasted five minutes. The Ministry of Games area, a previous favourite with my boys (aged 8 and six), was in a similar state. They found squelching through the mud fun for the first few metres but they got annoyed because their wellies kept slipping off and they couldn’t move around as quickly as they would have liked. But, now the negatives are out of the way, I have a whole load of positives for you. Despite not being able to tick off everything on our list, we experienced a day jam-packed with entertainment, humour and laughter. And a lot of ice cream. SO much ice cream! MT Just So Festival 3 We started our day by meeting with the tribal leaders (we’re a family made up of two foxes and two stags) who were so funny and really got the boys excited for the day ahead. Picking a tribe - be that owls, foxes, fish, stags, frogs, lions or bees -  is a really nice part of the Just So experience. You can wear a full costume with face paints, a pair of ears, a t-shirt with your chosen animal, or just wear your own clothes if dressing up is not for you. You can get involved in the tribal tournament and attempt to win golden pebbles for your chosen team as much or as little as you want. It’s fun to keep checking the scoreboard to see who is in the lead as you pass by, especially if you have a divided family and can tease each other. MT Just So Festival 4 One of the joys of Just So is stumbling across the unexpected. You spy so many amazing things as you amble around the grounds. Campfire songs and stories, awe-inspiring marble runs, singing classes, a real actual bath being pedalled round with a family bathing in it (yes, really) and also, quieter spots to take a minute or two to regroup and consult your programme. MT Just So Festival 5 
My personal recommendation would be to make a note of a handful of ‘must-sees’ but then to take a walk and see what you come across. Even if you have something pencilled in, if you and your children are having fun, don't be in a rush to move on to the next thing unless it’s something unmissable like James Campbell or The Fabularium. James had my children crying with laughter and The Fabularium had them completely and utterly spellbound. MT Just So Festival 6 How did Just So Festival day tickets compare to camping for the entire weekend? Well, it had its pluses and minuses. The kids gave it their all for one day. We packed in show after show, and explored every corner of the (muddy) site. They had ice cream-covered faces and tired legs when we left and I don’t think a second day could have lived up to the first. But they did miss popping back to the tent for a rest stop now and again. MT Just So Festival 7 As I mentioned, most of the grounds were so muddy that we couldn’t use a picnic blanket (some places were better later in the afternoon when the sun came out) and there didn’t seem to be many chairs around so we were on our feet a lot. And because we weren’t camping and hadn’t brought our own food and drink with us, we spent a small fortune on meals and snacks. MT Just So Festival 8 All in all, we had an amazing time and as we’re not natural campers, I think we’ll continue popping to the festival as day ticket holders. If you’re on the fence about heading to a family festival with your children, a day ticket is a great way of testing the water. Just So is a festival that makes it incredibly easy for families to spend quality time together and take part in so many amazing and unusual things. It's really special. 

If you’re tempted to visit Just So Festival in 2020, keep an eye on the website as early bird tickets tend to be released at a slightly cheaper price. Even if it rains, I promise you, you'll leave with incredibly happy children and feeling somewhat nostalgic for your own childhood. MT Just So Festival 9
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