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Building a Positive Body Image with Children’s Books

By Kerry McGuire

For this month’s booklist, our team have selected some titles that can help to foster a positive body image in children and teens. Many of these stories feature characters who start off with body confidence issues due to bullying about their weight, medical conditions, height, or physical differences. But as the stories develop, the characters […]

Celebrate World Autism Acceptance Week with a book!

By Lee Burkwood

It’s that time of year again when people are encouraged to not only raise awareness about autism, but also accept and embrace autistic people. Autism is a lifelong condition that affects how a person communicates with and relates to other people, and how they experience the world around them. More than 700,000 people in the […]

Children’s fantasy books featuring Black protagonists

By Kerry McGuire

For this month’s booklist, our team have selected some of our recent favourite fantasy titles that feature a Black main character. There’s something for all fantasy lovers here, including children with magic and superpowers, time-travelling adventures, and even a classic body-swap story! Check out the list below for the books’ Accelerated Reader quiz information. Mia […]

Exploring LGBTQIA+ Issues in Children’s Non-Fiction

By Kerry McGuire

To celebrate LGBT+ History Month 2022, our team have put together a booklist of our favourite non-fiction titles from the last few years. There are books for all age groups: from stunningly-illustrated picture books to graphic novels to biographies about LGBT+ icons! Check out the list below for the books’ Accelerated Reader quiz information. Ru […]

Homelessness and Poverty in Children’s Books

By Kerry McGuire

Happy New Year from all of us at Renaissance! We hope you had a restful break over the holidays. For our first booklist of 2022, we’re taking a look at the themes of homelessness and poverty in children’s books, with recommendations for all ages. Check out the list below for a selection of fiction and […]

Books on Winter Festivals for Younger Readers

By Kerry McGuire

Now that we’re well into winter, many schools across the UK will be decorating their classrooms in preparation for lots of exciting winter celebrations. This month our team have put together a list of books that allow younger readers to explore a variety of winter holidays, whatever they may celebrate at home. Check out the […]

Children’s Books on Tolerance and Anti-Bullying

By Lee Burkwood

In the week of 15-19th November, the Anti-bullying Alliance is coordinating this year’s Anti-bullying Week. Many schools across the UK will be marking this event with the theme of “One Kind Word”. In addition, on the 16th of November, the United Nations is observing the International Day of Tolerance, which is a day that aims […]

Behind the Scenes: Creating Quizzes for Accelerated Reader

By Kerry McGuire

Have you ever wondered about the work that goes into adding a quiz to Accelerated Reader? Read on for a behind-the-scenes peek into the world of the Content team and follow the new book, Happy Here: 10 Stories from Black British Authors & Illustrators, from the time the book is published to when its quiz goes live, […]

Children’s Books about Black British History

By Kerry McGuire

October is Black History Month in the UK, and to celebrate our team wanted to focus a booklist on titles specific to Black British history. Check out the list below for our favourite fiction and non-fiction, along with the books’ Accelerated Reader quiz information.   Lower Years Coming to England by Floella Benjamin, illustrated by […]

Books that will give you chills and thrills this Halloween

By Kerry McGuire

With Halloween fast approaching, our team are loving adding some spooky new titles from a diverse range of authors to Accelerated Reader. So for a bit of inspiration for your school library’s Halloween display, check out our choices along with the books’ Accelerated Reader quiz information below.       Lower Years How Many Sleeps […]

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