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REVIEWERS IN THIS ISSUE
Brian Alderson is founder of the Children’s Books History Society and a former Children’s Books Editor for The Times.
Gwynneth Bailey is a freelance education and children’s book consultant.
Clive Barnes, formerly Principal Children’s Librarian, Southampton City is a freelance researcher and writer.
Jill Bennett is the author of Learning to Read with Picture Books and heads up a nursery unit.
Rebecca Butler writes and lectures on children’s literature.
Katie Clapham runs specialist children’s bookshop Storytellers, Inc. in Lancaster
Valerie Coghlan is an independent researcher and commentator on children's books.
Caroline Downie has been a Children's Librarian for over 20 years, working in a variety of settings.
Anne Faundez is a freelance education and children’s book consultant.
Janet Fisher is a children’s literature consultant.
Geoff Fox is former Co-Editor (UK) of Children’s Literature in Education, but continues to work on the board and as an occasional teller of traditional tales.
Laura Fraine is a freelance journalist based in the North East.
Sophie Hallam is a writer on children’s books and works for BookTrust.
Hazel Holmes is a Children’s Book Buyer for a leading library supplier and runs children’s book clubs.
Jake Hope is Co-Director of Digital Ink Drop.
Ferelith Hordon is a former children’s librarian and Chair Elect of the Youth Libraries Group, and editor of Books for Keeps.
George Hunt is lecturer in Education at the University of Edinburgh.
Rudolf Loewenstein is a Dominican friar. He also works full time in a primary school.
Hannah Love works in children’s publishing.
Margaret Mallett is a team editor for the English Association’s journal English 4-11 and author of What Shall We Do Next?: A Creative Play and Story Guide.
Matthew Martin is a primary school teacher. Jana Novotny Hunter is an author and editor.
Margaret Pemberton is the librarian for Bristol School Library Service and serves on the YLG committee both at regional and national level.
Neil Philip is a writer, folklorist and poet.
Val Randall is Head of English and Literacy Co-ordinator at a Pupil Referral Unit.
Andrea Rayner is an editor and has an MA in children's literature. Andrea Reece is a marketing consultant.
Gill Robins is a Junior School Deputy Head and Editorial Chair of the English Association publication English 4-11. Lucy Russell is a primary school teacher. Caroline Sanderson is a freelance writer, reviewer and editor.
Elizabeth Schlenther is the compiler of www.healthybooks.org.uk
Nicholas Tucker is honorary senior lecturer in Cultural and Community Studies at Sussex University. Sue Unstead is a writer and publishing consultant.
22 Books for Keeps No.206 May 2014 Cuckoo Song Daughters of Time
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Page Angels Next Door
April the Red Goldfish Arrowhead Ash Road
Baby’s got the Blues Big Splash, The Blood List, The Bone Jack
Boom, Baby, Boom Boom Boycraft Brilliant
Buffalo Soldier Cowgirl
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Don’t Poke a Worm till it Wriggles HHHH 26 Echo Boy
Elmer and the Monster Eye of Zoltar, The Flowerpot Farm
Ghastly McNastys, The: Raiders of the Lost Shark
Girl with a White Dog Glass Bird Girl, The Hairy Horror
Let’s Go, Baby-O! Little Answer
Love, Lies and Lemon Pies Macavity, the Mystery Cat
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Mars Evacuees Maya’s Secret Mutant City Nightbear Oi Frog!
Outdoor Wonderland Pig and Small Poppy
Queen’s Hat, The
Really and Truly: a story about dementia
Red Shadow Rex Run
Secrets of the Seashore Silent Saturday Smart
Squirrel’s Busy Day Page
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Squishy McFluff: The Invisible Cat HHHH 25 Stanley’s Garage, Stanley the Farmer HHHH 23 Stitch Up Tiffin, The
Tin Snail, The
Those Magnificent Sheep in their Flying Machines
Weasel Puffin Unicorn Baboon Pig Lobster Race, The
Wild City Book, The Wild Thing Yes, The
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