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…

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.