Book review – Bedtime for Monsters by Ed Vere

9780141502397A monster of a tale with a very funny ending….  A monster is out looking for a tasty bedtime snack – the problem is it happens to be you!

As he comes closer, you can hear his tummy rumbling louder and louder. Is he really going to eat you up?
Scary at first, with increasing suspense, the quirky illustrations and onomatopoeia make this book an interactive and ultimately fun shared read.

Find  or reserve a copy of Bedtime for Monsters.


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Plymouth Children’s Book Group – Stories in the Park

Date: Monday 5 AugustStory books
Time: 3pm
Place: Devonport Park – on the grassy area opposite the park café


Join book loving families for a friendly event at the beautifully rejuvenated Devonport Park. Everyone is welcome to share stories and chat. Bring a blanket to sit on and if you want your favourite books to share. Or you can sit back and enjoy being read to members of Plymouth’s Children’s Book Group.
There are lots of new play areas to amuse all ages and a café. If the weather is wet, the event will happen in the community room adjacent to the café.

For more information contact Libby Allman

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Summer Reading Challenge card for under-fives


The Summer Reading Challenge 2013 has started. Children aged between four and twelve can sign up at their library now.

So the whole family can take part we’ve introduced a special card for siblings under five. Children receive a character sticker for each book they read, up to six, and a certificate when they complete the challenge.

We haven’t forgotten the adults either. Travel on a reading journey around the beautiful south west with this year’s Reading Passport.




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Book review – Little Red Riding Hood by Nick Sharratt and Stephen Tucker

 9780333962176 A lively, up to date retelling of an old favourite with lift the flap excitement (what really WAS in the basket for Granny?) on each page to encourage independent, interactive reading. 

All set in a simple rhyme, which encourages early phonics awareness and repetition. Lovely, clear, colourful illustrations make this book eye-catching and easy to talk about with your child.

If you like this one, ask at your library for the others in the series.

Find or reserve a copy of Little Red Riding Hood.

Join us in libraries for fairy tale rhymetimes and parties as we celebrate National Bookstart Week.

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National Bookstart Week


Once upon a time, in Plymouth, there was a very busy week……


On Saturday 22 June at St Aubyn Library there will be a themed Rhymetime in the children’s area, which is having a fairy tale makeover courtesy of the local  HeadSpace group and library staff.

On Tuesday, a Bookstart Fairy Tale party,  is happening at Crownhill Library, on Wednesday, a Baby Clinic and Fairy Tales Rhymetime will take place at Plympton Library and on Thursday at North Prospect Library, there will be a musical Fairy Tale themed Rhymetime/Storytime.

Even more events will take place at other libraries across the city, usually at the regular Rhymetime or Storytime times. All the dates and times are on our website.

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Book review – The Smartest Giant in Town, by Julia Donaldson, illustrated by Axel Scheffler


smartestA gentle, heart-warming story about a scruffy giant who tries hard to smarten himself up, proving in the end that what is important is on the inside, and that is what true friends really care about.

Lovely illustrations with lots of expressive, secondary characters to discuss and an emphasis on phonics and rhyme.

Find a copy of The Smartest Giant in Town in your library.

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Book review – Tadpole’s Promise, by Jeanne Willis, illustrated by Tony Ross

510GxJe5x6L__BO2,204,203,200_PIsitb-sticker-arrow-click,TopRight,35,-76_AA300_SH20_OU02_Tadpole and caterpillar fall in love, and caterpillar loves him completely. “Promise that you will never change,” she says. But time passes, first his back legs grow and then his front legs. But where has his beautiful rainbow friend gone?

Learn about the lifecycles of a tadpole and a caterpillar and a little about the food chain in this award winning picture book.

Find a copy of Tadpole’s Promise in your library.

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