Posts categorised: Reading

Go throw your TV set away – it’s Roald Dahl day!

Amy McCaw and Laura Poole, Cornerstones’ literacy consultants, give their view on some of Roald Dahl’s best loved books. Every year on Roald Dahl’s birthday, children and adults alike celebrate his bold, brilliant and boundary-pushing work. It’s astonishing to think that James and the Giant Peach, Dahl’s first children’s book, was published in 1961 and… Read more

Reading comprehension in KS1 and KS2 – help your children prepare for the new SATs papers

In the 2016 SATs, only 66% of pupils met the expected standards for reading. The content, question wording and time constraints all placed extra pressure on children and teachers. Though this increased to 71% in 2017, standards are still significantly lower in reading than in SPaG and Maths.  Schools need quality tests with tools to… Read more

Cornerstones Book Club – review of A Boy Called Christmas by Matt Haig and Chris Mould

Another week, another book review! The latest title reviewed for the Cornerstones Book Club is A Boy Called Christmas by Matt Haig and Chris Mould – a wonderful festive treat suitable for children of all ages in Key Stage 2. Here’s what Waterstones bookseller Leilah Skelton, has to say about it… Christmas spirit, bound up in book… Read more

review of The Christmasaurus

Cornerstones Book Club – review of The Christmasaurus by Tom Fletcher

The latest title to be reviewed as part of the Cornerstones Book Club is The Christmasaurus by Tom Fletcher. With Christmas just around the corner, it’s a perfect book for children of all ages in Key Stage 2. Here’s what Waterstones bookseller Leilah Skelton had to say about the book… Believe the impossible… The Christmasaurus is the brilliant story… Read more

review of spangles mcnasty & the fish of gold

Cornerstones Book Club – review of Spangles McNasty and the Fish of Gold by Steve Webb and Chris Mould

Our latest book review, courtesy of Waterstones bookseller Leilah Skelton, is of the wonderfully-titled Spangles McNasty and the Fish of Gold by Steve Webb and Chris Mould. It’s a humorous book perfect for Key Stage 2 children. Here’s what Leilah has to say about the book… 5 gold stars! Spangles McNasty sets out on a… Read more

review of the colour thief

Cornerstones Book Club – review of The Colour Thief by Gabriel Alborozo

In this week’s book review, Waterstones bookseller Leilah Skelton gives her verdict on The Colour Thief by Gabriel Alborozo, a picture book suitable for Key Stage 1 children. Let a Colour Thief steal your heart! The Colour Thief combines beautiful illustrations in engaging spreads with a quietly effectual message about greed, the nature of happiness, consideration… Read more

review of love monster and the last chocolate

Cornerstones Book Club – review of Love Monster and the Last Chocolate by Rachel Bright

Waterstones bookseller, Leilah Skelton, regularly reads and reviews the very latest books, with children’s books being a particular favourite. Here, she gives her verdict on Love Monster and the Last Chocolate by Rachel Bright, which is suitable for Foundation Stage children. There is nothing sweeter than sharing! Rachel Bright is not only Bright by name;… Read more