Lila and the Secret of Rain

Mrs Scholl reads “Lila and the Secret of Rain” by David Conway and Jude Daly

The beautiful story of how Lila saves her village by telling the sky the saddest thing she knows. For months the sun has burned down on Lila’s Kenyan village. It is too hot to gather firewood, too hot to weed the garden, even too hot to milk the cow. Without rain the well will run dry and the crops will fail. Lila is so worried that when her grandfather whispers to her the secret of rain, she decides to go and talk to the sky herself.

  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Age Range: 5 – 8 years
  • Publisher: Frances Lincoln Children’s Books; Reprint edition (8 Oct. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1847800351
  • ISBN-13: 978-1847800350

About the Author

David Conway was born in Ireland but moved to England as a baby, and has lived here ever since. He currently works at home, bringing up his daughter and son, and writing for children. His poetry has been published in many anthologies, including Loose Change in association with War on Want. David lives in North London.

Jude Daly was born in London and emigrated to South Africa as a young child. She went to art college in Cape Town, and now lives there with her husband, the writer and illustrator Niki Daly, and their two sons.

Stanley Bagshaw and the Short-Sighted Football Trainer

Miss Boxall reads “Stanley Bagshaw and the Short-Sighted Football Trainer” by Bob Wilson

It seems that nothing can save Huddersgate Albion from a terrible defeat on the home ground. Until Stanley Bagshaw finds his way on the pitch that is – after that anything can happen.

  • Age Range: 6 – 9 years
  • Publisher: Barn Owl Books (1 Mar. 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 190301526X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1903015261

The Egg

Mrs Mooney reads “The Egg” by M.P. Robertson.

George knows something isn’t right when he finds more than he bargained for under his mother’s favourite chicken….but when the egg hatches he finds himself looking after a baby dragon! George takes his job as a parent seriously, teaching the hatchling all sorts of ‘dragony’ ways, but the dragon begins to pine for his own kind, and one day he disappears…

  • Publisher: Frances Lincoln Children’s Books; Paperback Reissue edition (20 Nov. 2008)
  • ASIN: B00I63BV5Q

Author Biography

Mark (M.P) Robertson was born in Parsons green, London in 1965. He studied illustration at Kingston Polytechnic.

After he graduated in 1988 he worked as a freelance illustrator. He has illustrated over a hundred covers and has provided countless pen and ink illustrations for many titles by distinguished authors, such as Joan Aiken, Robert Bolt, Robert Swindells, Adele Geras and Brian Patten.

In 1997 he wrote and illustrated his first picture book Seven ways to catch the Moon. He followed this with The Egg a story about a boy and a foundling dragon. His latest book Frank n Stan is a heart warming retelling of Mary Shelley’s gothic classic.

Nobody Owns the Sky

Miss Rogations reads “Nobody Owns the Sky” by Reeve Lindbergh

The story of Bessie Coleman becoming the first licensed African American aviator is sure to inspire readers to follow their own dreams.

As a young black woman in the 1920s, Bessie Coleman’s chances of becoming a pilot were slim. But she never let her dream die and became the first licensed African-American aviator. Reeve Lindbergh honors her memory with a poem that sings of her accomplishment. With bold illustrations by Pamela Paparone, Nobody Owns the Sky will inspire readers to follow their dreams.

  • Age Range: 6 – 9 years
  • Lexile Measure: NP (What’s this?)
  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Candlewick; Reprint edition (January 6, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0763603619
  • ISBN-13: 978-0763603618

Football Crazy

Miss Boxall reads “Football Crazy” by Colin McNaughton.

Bruno is mad about football, but he has just moved to a new city and must pluck up the courage to ask Tex’s Tigers to let him try out for the team. He finds himself a reserve for the big match on Saturday. Can Bruno save the day?

Published January 1st 2005 by Matthew Price Ltd. (first published January 1st 1982)

Original Title: Football Crazy

ISBN 184248169X (ISBN13: 9781842481691)

Edition Language: English