Pooh Bridge

My friend and I took a stroll down to a little village called Hartfield in East Sussex. It is in the woods here that the original Pooh Bridge stands, the woods in which the characters from A A Milne’s stories of Winnie the Pooh is inspired from. I would recommend anyone to take a stroll this…

El Deafo by Cece Bell

I was asked to read this book by a teacher at my school. All us teachers were given a different book and had to feed back to each other what we liked and didn’t like about them, considering which year groups or types of children might enjoy them. I was excited when I found out…

Literature Festivals

In the last few months I have tried to schedule in a couple of book themed trips, meeting authors and listening to talks at various literacy festivals in my local area. The first literature festival I went to was in Cranbrook, the highlight being a talk from the author Julian Clary and illustrator David Roberts. As…

Savvy by Ingrid Law

Crikey, I can’t believe I’ve only just got round to writing about Savvy. It seems like I read it such a long time ago on the advice from James’ cousin from America, Sabby. In no way does my lateness this reflect any lack of enthusiasm for the book, I think that I’ve just got a…

The Bolds by Julian Clary

The Bolds by Julian Clary is based on the premise that animals are actually much more intelligent than us humans give them credit for, which let’s face it, is most probably true. I was really attracted to the look of this book, the style of the illustrator is pretty unique and more detailed than illustrations I…

If you go down to the library today…

This year, I have been asked to be in charge of the library at my school. Over the summer holidays I have had lots of ideas for themes, interactive displays and ways to get all children into reading a range of texts. This first term, it made sense to have a Roald Dahl theme as…

The Little Prince by Antoine De Saint-Exupery

I became interested in this book when seeing that Netflix had made a film version and it had got some really good reviews. I watched the advert to see what the big deal was about and instantly knew that I would watch the whole film. And that’s what I ended up doing. Twice. Before I…

Roald Dahl Day!

Today would have been Roald Dahl’s 100th birthday! At school, we celebrated in style, dressing as our favourite characters from his books. I was impressed at the time and effort spent in many of the costumes that the children came in – the teachers too! I was very excited to get all dressed up and…

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

At the weekend, I went to go and see Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. It was, quite frankly, one of the most magical and exciting days of my life. Both part one and two were absolutely stunning. It was amazing to see the play script come to life, to get to know new characters…

Alice’s Adventure in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll

Written in 1865, Alice’s Adventure in Wonderland started a new era of children’s books and is the epitome of a children’s classic. I’d only ever watched the animated Disney film, so when I saw that it was free to listen to on Librivox, I downloaded it and listened whilst waking to and from town at the weekends….

Magyk by Angie Sage

If you have been reading my blog over the last few months, you will know that I am a fan of fantasy fiction. I loved immersing myself in The Ranger’s Apprentice,  a book recommended to me by a school governor. In response to my love of that book, the govenor’s daughter, Hannah, suggested that I…