We will be exploring each of the Kate Greenaway shortlisted books, looking at the award criteria and doing a creative activity.
We will meet on the following Mondays from 3.45pm to 4.30pm: April 11, 18, 25 May 9, 16, 23 and June 6, 13
This group is aimed at children aged 6 to 9 year olds, Places must be booked by calling Wokingham Library on 0118 978 1368
The shortlisted Books we will be looking at are:
Willy’s Stories illustrated and written by Anthony Browne
A fantastical celebration of stories and the imagination. Once a week, Willy walks through an ordinary-looking set of doors and straight into an adventure inspired by a beloved classic of children’s literature, from The Wonderful Wizard of Oz to The Wind in the Willows. Where will those doors take him today: to a mysterious desert island with footprints in the sand; down a deep, dark rabbit hole full of curious objects; or perhaps on board a pirate ship? Wherever he ends up, Willy’s journeys begin when he walks through those inviting doors…
There’s a Bear on My Chair illustrated and written by Ross Collins
Poor Mouse! A bear has settled in his favourite chair and that chair just isn’t big enough for two. Mouse tries all kinds of tactics to move the pesky Bear but nothing works and poor Mouse gives up. Once Mouse has eventually gone, Bear gets up and walks home. But what’s that? Is that a Mouse in Bear’s house?!
Once Upon an Alphabet illustrated and written by Oliver Jeffers
The letters of our alphabet work tirelessly to make words that in turn make stories, but what if there was a story FOR each of the letters instead? Find out in a work of exhilarating originality, gloriously bringing the alphabet to life in irresistible Oliver Jeffers style – an adventure to follow from A to Z, or a treasure trove to dip in and out of. Within you will discover twenty-six short stories introducing a host of new characters (plus the occasional familiar face). From Edmund the astronaut with his awkward fear of heights to the dynamic investigative duo of the Owl and the Octopus, this book is packed with funny, thrilling, perilous and entertaining tales.
Sam and Dave Dig a Hole illustrated by Jon Klassen, written by Mac Barnett
From the award-winning team behind Extra Yarn, and illustrated by Jon Klassen, the Kate Greenaway-winning creator of I Want My Hat Back, comes a deadpan tale full of visual humour. Sam and Dave are on a mission. A mission to find something spectacular. So they dig a hole. And they keep digging. And they find … nothing. Yet the day turns out to be pretty spectacular after all. Attentive readers will be rewarded with a rare treasure in this witty story of looking for the extraordinary – and finding it in a manner they’d never expect.
Something About a Bear illustrated and written by Jackie Morris
Where the water churns with salmon, thick and rich with leaping fishes, there the brown bear stands and catches the wild king of the river. With stunning watercolour paintings, this lyrical picture book describes eight bears from all over the world, all shown in their wild habitats: Black Bear, Polar Bear, Sloth Bear, Spectacle Bear, Sunbear, Panda, Moonbear, Brown Bear. But which is the best bear of all? Your own teddy bear of course!
Captain Jack and the Pirates illustrated by Helen Oxenbury, written by Peter Bently
From the award-winning co-creator of We’re Going on a Bear Hunt and Peter Bently comes this utterly delightful picture book that sees a family day out at the beach turn into a wonderful piratical adventure! Make-believe fun, illustrated by picture book star, Helen Oxenbury, will capture the imaginations of children everywhere. This is sure to be a classic.
The Sleeper and the Spindle illustrated by Chris Riddell, written by Neil Gaiman
On the eve of her wedding, a young queen sets out to rescue a princess from an enchantment. She casts aside her fine wedding clothes, takes her chain mail and sword and follows her brave dwarf retainers into the tunnels under the mountain towards the sleeping kingdom. This queen will decide her own future – and the princess who needs rescuing is not quite what she seems. Twisting together the familiar and the new, this perfectly delicious, captivating and darkly funny tale shows its creators at the peak of their talents.
Footpath Flowers illustrated by Sydney Smith, written by Jon Arno Lawson
In this wordless, beautifully illustrated picture book from award-winning poet JonArno Lawson, a little girl collects wild flowers while her distracted father pays her – and their surroundings – little attention. Each flower the little girl gathers becomes a gift for a person or animal, and both giver and recipient are transformed by their encounter. An ode to the importance of small things, small people and small gestures, it is a quiet but powerful testament to the joy that children can find in ordinary things and the mutual value of giving.