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Mini beast Magic

By | June 2nd, 2018|Book Review|

Children love minibeasts – and so do I! As an envi-ronmental education teacher, I spend a lot of time rummaging around in leaf litter, lifting up old logs and sweeping about in ponds. While pond dipping is not cov-ered in this book, there are loads of ideas for attracting, catching and observing land inverte-brates. It [...]

Spike’s Best Nest

By | May 8th, 2018|Book Review|

This is a brilliant big book to read to children outside.  A lucky charity shop find has become a book that I’ve used in various places for many different themes.  These have included reading it in a reception classroom followed by independent work making nest collages for Spike to sit in; and as part of [...]

The Book of Bees

By | March 18th, 2018|Book Review|

The winner of the 2017 Educational Writers’ Award is THE BOOK OF BEES, written by Wojciech Grajkowski, illustrated by Piotr Socha, and translated into English from the Polish by Agnes Monod-Gayraud. This year’s judges – school librarian Marion Le Lannou; London headteacher Mike Reeves; and writer, editor and publisher of books for young people Annemarie Young – [...]

The Handbook of Secondary Geography

By | February 19th, 2018|Book Review|

The GA says that its new Handbook of Secondary Geography "... provides a rich source of advice and reference on all aspects of geography teaching in secondary schools in the UK."  It has been written for Heads of Department and all teachers of geography. The GA also says that "... it also speaks to a wider audience, [...]

The Intimate Bond: How Animals Shaped Human History

By | January 31st, 2018|Book Review|

As an animal lover, I see the true value of animals and their important place at our side: the dog that was my best friend as a teenager; the horses I rode (or more accurately sat on and held on, for dear life!) whenever I could, to see the countryside from a different viewpoint; watching [...]

Don’t even think about it

By | January 15th, 2018|Book Review|

It was the enticing title to George Martin's book:  Don’t even think about it: why our brains are wired to ignore climate change that persuaded me to order the book from our library. There was just one copy in the whole of Cumbria, so it wasn’t high in the popularity charts, which is just the [...]

Doughnut Economics

By | January 9th, 2018|Book Review|

Doughnut Economics: Seven Ways to Think like a 21st Century Economist, by Kate Raworth, was published in early April.  The Resilience website has a quick summary of what the book is about, this is a YouTube overview, and here is brief (17 minute) explanation in an RSA video. These are Raworth's 7 ways: 1. Change the goal: from GDP [...]

Children’s books about birds

By | December 17th, 2017|Book Review|

Juliette Green explores a range of books about birds for children. Spot 50 Garden Birds Camilla de la Bedoyere  I use these ‘Spot 50’ books all the time when working out-side with children (other titles include wildflowers, trees and insects). They are easy to navi-gate as a simple field guide, and contain just the right [...]

Sustainability Science: key issues

By | December 7th, 2017|Book Review|

Routledge says that its new book, Sustainability Science: Key Issues, ... "is a comprehensive textbook for undergraduates, postgraduates, and participants in executive trainings from any disciplinary background studying the theory and practice of sustainability science.  Each chapter takes a critical and reflective stance on a key issue or method of sustainability science.  Contributing authors offer perspectives [...]

Farming and Birds

By | November 26th, 2017|Book Review|

The New Naturalists Online is an internet bookseller which specialises in books about the natural world.  Recently Published books include: Falcons Alien Plants Slugs and Snails Brecon Beacons Early Humans It includes a print-on-demand service for past editions.  Currently, NNOL is featuring special editions of Farming and Birds by Ian Newton.  The website says: More than [...]