Category Archives: Blog

Guided Reading for home schoolers

When families are self-isolating or home schooling, there’s no better time to share a story or two. There are plenty of fantastic reads available with follow-up activities to spark children’s imaginations. When learning to read children need plenty of practice and lots of encouragement which hopefully will lead to a life long love of reading.… Continue Reading

Unicorn Training – the magic is here!

Unicorn Training is out now! The story of naughty Splodge and his owner Tilly has been brought to life thanks to the fantastic illustrations of Mike Byrne and there are also a smattering of sparkles across the cover to add that touch of magic. For more details see http://www.quartoknows.com/books/9780711251175/Unicorn-Training.html Continue Reading

Knit in Public Day

Granny Mutton says get those needles clicking for the largest knitting event in the world. World Wide Knit in Public Day. Knitters from 57 countries will be taking part and events in the UK will be held on June 8 including Blake House Craft Centre, near Braintree, Brentwood Art Trail, The Yarn Dispensary Faversham, The… Continue Reading

Mole in Goal scores a hit

Mole in Goal has scored a hit review with Cathy of Chez L’Abeille, an early years teacher and blogger who described it as “a great book in which disability is sensitively explored.” To see the full review go to http://www.beecathy.wordpress.com Continue Reading

National Writing Day

Grab a pen and some paper and get scribbling for  National Writing Day on June 27. The importance of reading is well-known but the skills and enjoyment gained from writing are often over-looked. The aim of National Writing Day is to support people in putting their stories onto paper whether it be from their imagination,… Continue Reading

Royal Birthday Surprise

My latest story The Royal Birthday Surprise is featured in May’s edition of the beautifully designed Storytime Magazine.(issue 45) Prince Henry wants a big birthday bash but it doesn’t go to plan. The story has been given some delightful illustrations by Jessica Gibson.  Check it out at http://www.storytimemagazine.com     Continue Reading

World Book Day Fun

Little Lionel is on the trail of book enthusiasts for World Book Day on March 1. I will be visiting pupils for storytelling sessions and hope children will spread the word that reading can be fun. There’s ideas, quizzes, and dressing up suggestions on the official website http://www.worldbookday.com   Continue Reading

Storytellers’ Christmas

Essex authors in every genre from local history to children’s books, crime and YA  gathered for Storytellers’ Christmas recently. Here I am with children’s author Tessa Buckley who writes the Eye Spy adventure series. Continue Reading

Spectacular Specs

Miss Beck’s Spectacular Specs is my latest story to appear in the beautifully illustrated Storytime Magazine which celebrates its third anniversary this month.(issue 37) The pupils of Class 3B rescue tiny teacher Miss Beck but will her Spectacular Specs save her from peril in the classroom? The magazine is one of the UK’s biggest subscription magazines for children and… Continue Reading