Editors Picks for the Week – A selection of favourites

It’s sometimes hard to wade through the books, I wanted to use this blogspot to highlight a favourite in each reading category each week, to bring some of the older books to the front of the site again.

Easy Reading – 5 minutes or less stories for very young children, early readers and beginner English speakers

My favourite in this category this week is The Elephant in the Room, and we’ve just posted the text and video as an update to go with this book.

the elephant in the room

The Elephant In The Room – Lindi’s elephant keeps causing havoc, but no one believes he is here, only Lindi knows that elephants make the best of friends. A very sweet tale of childhood imagination. By Sam Wilson, Michael Tymbios.


Intermediate Reading – 10 to 20 minute stories for more confident readers or reading to early grades, suitable for intermediate level English

My favourite for intermediate length stories this week is Wildlife in a City Pond. I enjoy the book since it’s an endearing story of taking action to save a wildlife sanctuary, and all the creatures at the sanctuary.

wildlife in a city pond - conservation picture book

Wildlife in a City Pond is a a level 4 picture from Pratham’s storyweaver platform. Wetlands in any city are seen mostly as a wasteland, waiting to be built over. It takes a tireless environmentalist to show us what city ponds really are – magically rich ecosystems worth preserving. Based on a real-life experience,


Chapter Books – books for middle grade and older, advanced readers or reading a “to be continued story” in sections

My favourite in this category is “A Quick (and Hopefully Painless) Ride Through Ruby (with Cartoon Foxes). A book aimed at introducing Ruby, a programming language to children. This book is specifically aimed at kids interested in programming and could be an excellent basis for a home school or school study reference in a course on computer science.

programming for kids

Ruby Programming Basics For Kids, Why’s Poignant Guide to programming Ruby is aimed at making ruby programming basics simple and fun, with lots of examples children can learn. Perfect for introductory programming classes, self-study or in home-school or classrooms. Packed full of cartoon images of foxes and cryptic stories. Perfect to keep unruly teenagers entertained!


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