In this issue
Our new book of the month | Books for Halloween | Top 10 rhyming picture books |
New books | Let’s make a book
Our November book of the month Aaaarrgghh Spider! by Lydia Monks

This beautiful picture book explores the story of a spider who wants to be a family pet and the family’s less than enthusiastic reaction to this. We see the world from the spider’s point of view; when she is on the ceiling, the family below are upside down! The glittery webs make this book a visual and tactile delight. An appealing and amusing story which may inspire children to find out more about spiders and perhaps conquer any fears they may have as well!
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Emma comments:
'My daughter (age 3) loves Aaaarrgghh Spider. Initially confused by the upside down page, she loves tracing her fingers along "Ahhhh spider, out you go!" and shouting the words while I read the other parts of the book. Since hearing the story for the first time, she has been making up stories that her mummy found an enormous spider in the bath and shouted "Ahhhhh spider!" We have been web hunting in the park and she was excited to find that a "floating leaf" was attached to a piece of web hanging from a tree. She also had lots of fun making a sparkly web and drawing the insects caught in the web.'
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For older readers
Charlotte’s Web by EB White, also about a spider, is a wonderful classic for older readers.
Buy here.and visit our activity page - make a storybox or a spider fact book.

Special books for Halloween 

Pumpkin soup  by Helen Cooper – how to make a pumpkin mask and an easy recipe for pumpkin soup as well. Buy here and visit our activity page.

Room on the Broom by Julia Donaldson (illus Axel Scheffler) - spot the rhymes and make your own spell.
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You might also like to visit the Scary! section on our website.
New books on our website
Steven Seagull Action Hero by Elys Dolan
Who could be responsible for stealing Beach City sand? Steven the Seagull sets out to eliminate the suspects and identify the criminal Buy here and visit our activity page

For older readers
Ottoline and the Yellow Cat by our patron and Children’s Laureate Chris Riddell.
When Ottoline discovers a spate of burglaries and missing lapdogs she is keen to investigate.
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We’ve updated our Top 10 rhyming picture books
We’ve included two fantastic new books in our top ten rhyming picture books listOi Dog! by Kes & Claire Gray, Jim Field (illus) and Lottie Potter wants an Otter by Jeanne Willis, Leonie Lord (illus)
Rhyming picture books are an important way to help young children acquire a natural feeling for rhyme and pattern in language. The predictability of the rhymes and the ‘tune’ of the story particularly help children at the early stages of reading as they share the books with you. See our full list.
Make a  book with your child 
Making a book is a great way into reading and writing
Making a simple book together can be an exciting way to develop your child’s interest in reading and writing. Even if they are far too young to write for themselves children enjoy making a simple book with family photos and names written underneath. With slightly older children, you can write down their words for them as they tell a story or talk about an outing you’ve been on.

At lovemybooks, as experienced teachers and parents, we have found this to be a really successful way of drawing children into the literacy process. Find instructions on the website for making four simple books:
Make a zig zag book
Make a lift the flap book
Make an origami book
Make a big book 
SeeNational Union of Teachers Reading for Pleasure Campaign

We are delighted that lovemybooks has been included within the NUT's 'Getting Everyone Reading for Pleasure' guidance as a recommended source of support for schools and settings. See under 'Other sources of help and advice.

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