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…

Sometimes, all you need is a new bookcase…

Back in September, I moved into a classroom with a book corner that made me want to weep. There were two bookcases. They were overflowing with books. Every shelf had books two deep. It was, quite frankly a mess. No matter how often it was tidied, within a day or two, it was back to … Continue reading Sometimes, all you need is a new bookcase…

What’s your favourite book Miss?

Of all the questions I get asked, this is probably my least favourite. For me, my favourite book changes (from a long list of favourite books) depending on what mood I'm in, which one currently meets my emotional needs, and so on and so forth. To me, they might just as well ask me which … Continue reading What’s your favourite book Miss?

Sometimes, we have to ignore the but…

In school, whenever you think you've done well, there is always a but, a could have done that better, if only I'd done that instead. But every now and again, if only for a day, it's really important to just stop at didn't I do a good job! This week, that happened. It was Thursday, … Continue reading Sometimes, we have to ignore the but…

Do we have to read that one? It’s just a picture book…

Back in October, I sat down with my Year 3 & 4 Book Club to show them this year's shortlist for the Coventry Inspiration Book Awards Telling Tales category. I read the blurb for each book, and the children voted on whether it made them want to read on. Votes were counted and covers were … Continue reading Do we have to read that one? It’s just a picture book…

My bookshelf backfired spectacularly, and I need to fix it, fast.

Picture the scene: it's 9am on a Thursday morning, the Year 5s are sat with their Reading Buddies talking about what they're currently reading. The room is buzzing, some children are smiling or laughing, others look intense, speaking in hushed tones, a few are gesturing wildly. They are all on task, showing the range of … Continue reading My bookshelf backfired spectacularly, and I need to fix it, fast.

The Dragon With A Chocolate Heart by Stephanie Burgis; a child’s review

I was lucky enough to get an uncorrected proof of The Dragon With A Chocolate Heart by Stephanie Burgis, which I devoured faster than the chocolates I received for Christmas. I was then absolutely delighted when Stephanie gave me permission to lend it to one of my pupils for an honest review... "Funny, emotional, exciting! … Continue reading The Dragon With A Chocolate Heart by Stephanie Burgis; a child’s review