Monday, 21 March 2016

Albie Books - Whole Term on Curriculum

I had a very inspiring day at Sandringham Primary in E7 London last week. The Year 1s have been using Albie books by me and Ed Eaves for the whole term. They've found the books especially helpful when teaching expression, making stories exciting and writing new stories. I was bowled over at the quality of teaching in this amazing school. Here's a picture of one of their displays.

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Thursday, 17 March 2016

The Invincibles are Almost Here!

I am extremely excited to announce that Sarah Warburton and I have been working away at a new series with award-winning publishers Nosy Crow.  It's called The Invincibles and the first book is out in April.

This project is especially exciting for me as its something I've been working on for a very long time. It started life over seven years ago.  Yes SEVEN! And it is very close to my heart because the main character, Nell Henry, is very much like me.  Her best friend, Freddie Spoon is based on MY best friend when I was around six or seven years old.  He was called Richard Marvin but everyone called him "Diddy."  In reality we may have only been friends for a few weeks or months, but he must have made a huge impression on me and I often think back to that time.

Anyway, these stories are full of the sort of crazy antics that I enjoyed as a child - fishing for frog spawn, building dens, tracking wild beasts and having picnics in trees. 

And they also include some of the more daring escapades that I WOULD have got up to, if I'd had Freddie Spoon by my side. Things like rescuing piglets and saving little old ladies from robbers.

So Nosy Crow have done this awesome thing where you can read the first part of the first story. How cool is that?  It's called The Piglet Pickle and you can find it here

So go on, have a nosy.  You know you want to!

Oh, and Diddy Marvin, if you're out there, do get in touch!


Saturday, 5 March 2016

It's World Book Day Week Month Term!

Every year around mid February, I start visiting schools in preparation for World Book Day.  It's a fantastic celebration and I love spending time with all the children, especially when they are dressed up as their favourite book characters.  

Luckily schools are flexible, which means that, for me, World Book Day lasts for most of a school term!  

This year, I spent the day itself at Manningham Library in Bradford with 35 pre-schoolers and around 55 Year 1s and 2s. We had a lovely time reading stories, including lots of actions, joining in and songs.  

The little ones loved meeting Whiffy Wilson and rummaging through his wash bag, while the older ones got active digging the garden and running away from the T-Rex in How to Grow a Dinosaur.  

After each session, children had lots of fun colouring in Whiffy Wilson in his bath and giving him lots of bubbles.  Older children made Dragon Chompers and took home lots of ideas and a story sheet to make up their own Albie adventures.

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