Some Of The Best Loved Inclusive Books For EYFS

Our Reception Manager asked me, if he was to start a shelf from scratch of inclusive books, what would I put on it. Many amazing covers floated through my head, but end of term tiredness meant that most of the titles and authors and illustrators had disappeared. So I took to twitter to help me … Continue reading Some Of The Best Loved Inclusive Books For EYFS

Primary Suitable Books I Will Share With #Pride

I tweeted that I had shared the wonderful Grandad's Camper by Harry Woodgate to our whole school. My request messages box filled with hate. Statements like, "You shouldn't be allowed anywhere near children," "You are doing the devil's work," "You are a child abuser," and other such hated fuelled nonsense streamed in to my request … Continue reading Primary Suitable Books I Will Share With #Pride

She was the wind beneath my wings.

On the 20th of December 2020, my life changed forever with one phone call. The phone call I've been silently dreading for a very long time. The one that meant I would never talk to me Mam again, hug me Mam again, brush her hair, hold her hand, talk rubbish with and tell her I … Continue reading She was the wind beneath my wings.

When resilience runs out…

It’s been one of those weeks. Actually, it’s been one of those weeks for quite a while. Words like cancer and early onset have been used regularly. Words that are out of my control, things I can’t fix. There are things in school that have drained my reserves too. I will readily admit I’m not … Continue reading When resilience runs out…

If Carlsberg did Book Post, They Still Wouldn’t Beat Guy Bass!

5 books, 5 signed books arrived for our School Library today from Guy Bass. Thank you so much! This is what happened when I spotted who the sender was on the envelope... I was able to pull out the 12 children who had been inspired by his video on Authorfy, and spent Friday afternoons creating … Continue reading If Carlsberg did Book Post, They Still Wouldn’t Beat Guy Bass!

Mold And The Poison Plot by Lorraine Gregory… The review is on it’s way

Publication date: 4th May 2017 I have read and loved Mold, but as my After School Book Club are reviewing it for TES, I can't blog my review just yet... What I will say is this. Buy it, read it, love it. Mold is such a gem of a character, who has you routing for … Continue reading Mold And The Poison Plot by Lorraine Gregory… The review is on it’s way

My first #52BooksChallenge Top Picks

Back on January 1st, I decided to sign up to the Goodreads #52BooksChallenge. I do read a fair few books so that I can add them to my school bookshelf (if I haven't read them they don't go on), and 52 books, 1 a week, that's doable I thought. Roll the on the end of … Continue reading My first #52BooksChallenge Top Picks

What a great book! Pass the tissues please…

There are five books that have broken me in the last year or so. I have sat and sobbed, waterfalls from eyes, closed throat sobbing, and they're all ‘middle grade’ books. For anyone not familiar with the term that means Upper Key Stage 2 – Lower Key Stage 3, or 9 – 12 years old. … Continue reading What a great book! Pass the tissues please…

Need an escape route? Head to your nearest bookshop or library…

We all have places we retreat to when we're not feeling ourselves. Cosy, comforting places that warm our hearts and sooth our souls. I have lots of them. They're called bookshops and libraries. Inside, they offer thousands of escape routes, places to disappear to for a while, a chance to focus on something other than … Continue reading Need an escape route? Head to your nearest bookshop or library…