The Looking Book: An interactive children’s activity book on art, artists and creativity

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The Looking Book: An interactive children’s activity book on art, artists and creativity

The Looking Book: An interactive children’s activity book on art, artists and creativity

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Speaking to her class So what I thought we could do is just discuss the cover and decide what we think the book might be about.

The female of the species gets – and, it turns out, genuinely needs – an evolutionary history of her own, and in a fascinating study that covers more than 200 million years. SI The author draws on court records, archives and interviews with Topliss's relatives to produce the truth behind the sensational headlines of the time. She was Chasing Percy for two years; in the book, she has captured him. Ask your child questions that help them relate to the story. For example, ‘How would you feel if this was you?’ or ‘What would you do if this happened to you?’ Make connections between the book and your child’s life. For example, ‘We saw a caterpillar like that yesterday, didn’t we?’You can start reading to your child as early as you like – the earlier the better. Our article on reading and storytelling with children has more information to get you and your child started. Tips for reading, sharing books and storytelling with preschoolers Reading stories stimulates your child’s imagination and helps your child learn about the world. For example, reading books can help your child learn about and feel respect for other cultures. Reading also develops your child’s social skills and skills for managing emotions. A journey into the inner hell of James Ellroy, the author of L A Confidential and self-proclaimed “demon dog of American crime fiction”. JK He might be ­insufferably smug, but Stewart writes like P G Wodehouse, skewering our mad Parliament and the oversexed nutters who populate it. TS The author also portrays Margaret's husband John not as the militant Protestant of some portrayals, but very supportive of his wife. Mr Rayne-Davis believed one reason why she refused to have her case go to full trial was because it would have implicated her husband.

It’s good to read, talk about books, share stories, and sing every day. This helps your child’s development in many ways.This year’s light-bulb moment: Adee’s study of the “electrome” – voltage in our bones, skin, nerves and muscle – shows biology only makes sense in the light of electricity. SI Lewis Hine is the inspirational teen behind life-changing charity Friend Finder Official, and winner of the Radio 1 Teen Hero Award. He’s achieved amazing things, but Lewis’s everyday life is far from simple. This is his story.

Perhaps the most definitive account of the history leading up to today’s war in Ukraine, from the author of Chernobyl: History of a Tragedy. AW Why not visit your local library? It’s free to join and borrow books. The staffwill be able to recommend books for you and your child to enjoy. Many libraries also offer free story time sessions for children and their parents or carers. Point out the differences between letters and words and the difference between a lower-case and capital letter. For example, ‘There is a capital M. Can you see how it’s bigger than this lower-case m?’ In this rigorously beautiful novel, set amid the fall of East Germany, two lovers – a younger woman, an older man – watch their own affair disintegrate. CRCIt was when she arranged for her son Henry, then 12, to go to Rheims to be educated as a Catholic priest that her persecutors saw a chance to be rid of this "hated papist". Vary the pace of your reading, as well as how loud you read. Changing your voice and expression for different characters and using gestures can also be fun. When you see words printed in bold or large font, point these out and explain how this changes the way we say those words. For example, ‘Look at how big the word BOOHOO is. The baby must be crying very loudly’. She replied: "If you say I have offended then I must be tried. I will be tried by none but God, and your consciences." He is remembered as the alleged ringleader of a mutiny at a training camp at Etaples, France. So harsh was the discipline that it was known as the Bullring by soldiers.

Chant or sing repetitive phrases and words together. For example, ‘I’ll huff, and I’ll puff, and I’ll blow your house in’. This superb spy yarn explores 70 years of secret missions through one nonagenarian agent’s eyes, amid a tussle over her ­explosive memoirs. JK An amusing and lighthearted, yet surprisingly poignant, oral history of post-Britpop bubblegum pop – from the Spice Girls to S Club 7. NMC Our regular book reviewers – as well as writing specialist guides to 2023’s best history, fiction and other genres – have each put forward their own ranked list of suggestions for the best books of the year. Compiled by the Telegraph’s Books desk from those suggestions, here is our definitive ranking of this year’s essential reading.

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In this “lost memoir”, Rich uses cassette tapes to reconstruct the voice of the late Manchester United goalkeeper Les Sealey. It’s an emotional window into the world of 1990s English football. DR Hold your child close or on your knee while you read, so your child can see your face and the book. The second volume of Carpenter’s biography paints a vivid portrait of medieval England, outlining crucial events on the country’s march from despotism to democracy. SH The monkeys go wild in a sumptuous hotel, in the latest escapade of this delightful ­collaborative series. EB A public inquiry threatens to unearth the secrets of some Slough House regulars, in this powerful standalone spy thriller from a true contemporary master. JK

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