What was the most recent children’s book you read that really had an impact on you and stopped you in your tracks - made you gasp, stop and think, or continue thinking about it long after you’d turned the final page? We’re spoilt for choice with so many powerful children’s books being published each month.… Continue reading Books That Stop You In Your Tracks
In 2017, Empathy Lab founded Empathy Day. This year, developing empathy is more important than ever as the entire world is living through incredibly challenging times. In order to support and care for each other, we need to build up our empathy skills. I have written an article about books that develop empathy for Barrington Stoke publishers and… Continue reading 5 FANTASTIC BOOKS TO DEVELOP EMPATHY IN CHILDREN
We've just recognised Mental Health Awareness Week (18 - 24 May 2020) and I'm pleased to have been able to write an article for True Education Partnerships about my recommendations for books to help build resilience in children. They are all gorgeous books and so lovely to share with your children. Follow the link to… Continue reading Books to Build Resilience
What a question! When I asked it on Twitter, I never imagined the number of responses I would receive: over 300 comments and more than 200 different book recommendations ranging from picture books to young adult. Favourite authors were praised too with many comments simply stating, “Anything by Katherine Rundell / Emma Carroll / Eloise… Continue reading Which Children’s Books Would You Recommend For Adults?
Thursday 23rd April 2020 is World Book Night UK – a celebration of reading on Shakespeare’s birthday! You can find out more about World Book Night here: https://worldbooknight.org/ Today's questions have been taken from a selection of fairly recent and absolutely fantastic middle grade children's books. I really hope you enjoy the quiz! Good luck!… Continue reading Middle Grade Book Quiz for World Book Night 2020!
In honour of The Reading Agency's World Book Night on Thursday 23rd April 2020, True Education Partnerships asked me to write a guest blog post about my recommendations for new books to share with children. Follow the link to read the article: https://www.trueeducationpartnerships.com/schools/7-fantastic-new-books-to-share-with-children/#author Find out more about World Book Night here: https://worldbooknight.org/ Click on the… Continue reading New Books to Share with Children: World Book Night 2020
In April 2020, I asked this question to teachers, authors and book reviewers on Twitter. Over the next two days, I received the most wonderful array of recommendations that will keep us reading for months! Most recommended: Crater Lake by Jennifer Killick Orphans of the Tide by Struan Murray The Highland Falcon Thief by M.G.… Continue reading What is the best new children’s book you’ve read recently?
Meeting Vashti Hardy at School Engaging with current and active children’s authors and illustrators is a powerful way to promote reading for pleasure in your school. It allows children to interact with positive Literacy role models and inspires both reading and writing skills. Here are some easy ways to make contact and bring authors into… Continue reading Engaging with Authors: Powerful Inspiration for Young Readers and Writers
Leeds has declared September 2019 - September 2020 a Year of Reading! The aim is develop a love of reading across the city with the aim of raising achievement in both primary and secondary schools. Leeds hopes to engage children, families and whole communities with a wide variety of wonderful reading activities. #LeedsLovesReading Follow the… Continue reading ABC of Children’s Literature – Leeds Year of Reading
“It’s such an interesting world. It wouldn’t be half so interesting if we knew all about everything, would it? There’d be no scope for imagination then, would there?” ― Lucy Maud Montgomery, Anne of Green Gables Scope for Imagination is inspired by a life-long love of reading. For as long as I can remember, books have been… Continue reading Scope for Imagination