Blog & Book lists

06/02/2024
Books that feature adopted characters

Books that feature adopted characters

  At Literacy Tree, we believe that it’s important for ALL children to see themselves and their families represented in the books that they read and to understand that families come in all shapes and sizes. For this month’s booklist,…

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21/11/2023
Books with LGBTQIA+ representation within families

Books with LGBTQIA+ representation within families

  For our second booklist focusing on the many different types of families that make up our society, we have chosen to spotlight some our favourite texts that feature LGBTQIA+ mums, dads, brothers, sisters and everything in between.   The…

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24/10/2023
Books that feature single-parent families

Books that feature single-parent families

  At Literacy Tree, we know that families come in all shapes and sizes and that there is no such thing as ‘normal’ when it comes to what a family make-up looks like. We think it’s crucial that children encounter…

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13/07/2023
Historical Texts

Historical Texts

Historical Texts History and literature permeate each other and, whether we set out to or not, it is impossible not to gain some new historical insight when reading most books - every genre can shed light on history. Even sci-fi and…

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17/03/2023
A Book List for Fairy Tales with a Twist

A Book List for Fairy Tales with a Twist

Every culture around the world has its own fairy tale traditions and in western tradition these are predominantly the stories that were written and collected by Hans Christian Anderson and the Grimm Brothers during the nineteenth century. These fairy tales are…

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10/02/2023
Book List for Myths and Legends from Around the World

Book List for Myths and Legends from Around the World

Myths and legends are stories, often passed down orally, that form the backdrop to many childhoods. Tales of seismic events and personified elemental forces that once upon a time violently shaped the foundations of our universe, told to children often…

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07/02/2023
A Book List for Books with Positive Images of Neurodiversity or Disability

A Book List for Books with Positive Images of Neurodiversity or Disability

We have a teacher panel for disabilities and SEND Representation to ensure we are choosing books for Literacy Tree that take this into account. While schools are used to making accommodations to physical environments, we need to also address the…

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02/12/2022
Seasonal Book List

Seasonal Book List

We have been writing our Christmas Bibliotherapies for many years now; books that we feel would make perfect literary presents for Christmas. In this by-no-means-exhaustive, seasonal booklist, we have scrolled back through our many recommendations over the years and compiled…

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16/11/2022
National Non-Fiction November

National Non-Fiction November

Here, at Literacy Tree, we adore non-fiction literature and strongly believe we are living in a golden age of non-fiction publishing. Many recently-published, non-fiction books are presenting information in engaging, innovative ways that are sure to open up new worlds…

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07/11/2022
Representation of Race and Culture – Book List

Representation of Race and Culture – Book List

We are passionate about representation and inclusion in the books we choose for the Literary Curriculum. It is essential that children see themselves and their lives in literature they read. Equally, literature should act as the window to new realities…

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03/11/2022
Seeking refuge in the world of literature – Book list

Seeking refuge in the world of literature – Book list

The definition of refuge is ‘the state of being safe or sheltered from pursuit, danger or difficulty’.  Books are of course one way of seeking refuge; we escape from the real world by throwing ourselves into a literary one, enveloping…

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10/08/2022
Books about Space

Books about Space

Children are naturally drawn to the mystery and wonder of space exploration and naturally ask big questions about our planet Earth and its place in the universe. With much ground being broken in space technology over the last year, it…

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14/06/2022
Books with Strong Scientific Links

Books with Strong Scientific Links

Science comes instinctually to many children as from an early age they begin to ask all sorts of tricky questions which can very soon test our general knowledge as adults! Children want to understand cause-and-effect in the world they observe…

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09/03/2022
Why Graphic Novels?

Why Graphic Novels?

We love graphic novels here at the Literacy Tree. They are a superb way to encourage children to devour complex stories and to get children hooked on a series of books with exciting characters and expansive worlds. It is important…

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11/10/2021
Creepy Tales Book List

Creepy Tales Book List

It’s that time of the year when the nights are drawing in slowly and summer is on the retreat. We love autumn here at the Literacy Tree and, as Halloween creeps up on us, it might be time to break…

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30/06/2021
LGBTQ+ Book List

LGBTQ+ Book List

Representation is important and we believe it's vital that children see their realities reflected in literature and that they have the opportunity to learn about the history of significant LGBTQ+ people. Many of the LGBTQ+ children's books here have existed…

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09/06/2021
Short Story Collections

Short Story Collections

Children need a rich diet of varied literature as they grow up and collections of short stories can be an exciting part of the menu. They are ideal for the time-strapped who may struggle to get to the end of…

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15/04/2021
Celebrations Book List

Celebrations Book List

We’ve enjoyed putting together this list: so many glorious books about all-things celebratory! Each title reflects experiences and perspectives of different festivals, special occasions and life-events with the ultimate goals of sparking joy from within and allowing children to explore…

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