Illustrator Priscilla Lamont and I have been having fun creating an e-book! You will be able to see Will There Be Polar Bears? later this year. This is a Fun not Funds project so it will be FREE. If you want to see more of Priscilla's work visit her website www.priscillalamont.com
You can see the original book in my Books section and if you can't wait for the e-book you may be able to buy it from Amazon market place.Read more...
Daisy, Erika and Phoebe are falling out again. It's because Phoebe has been asked to look after new girl, Shazia. But Daisy and Erika want to help make Shazia feel at home too. Why is Phoebe so possessive? Shazia has come all the way from Pakistan. She thinks all three girls are great, but she has a mind of her own. She loves adventures and when one of her plans for an adventure leads to trouble the three friends have to work together to help their new friend.
If you enjoyed Make Friends Break Friends and A Friend in Need you will love this new adventure.Read more...
Photography: Shaun Armstrong/Mubsta
Praised as a ' A quirky, vibrant and humorous adaptation of Julia Jarman and Adrian Reynolds’ popular children’s picture book, the Big Red Bath' the show played to packed audiences in autumn 2013 and spring of this year. Now it's heading for Edinburgh Festival 2014!
It opens on Sunday 3rd August at Pleasance 2, Pleasance Courtyard, 60 Pleasance, Edinburgh and will be on every other day till Sunday 24th August. How pleasant is that! Performances are at 11am. Tickets are on sale now and moving. To book yours click on the link:
Full House Theatre has joined up with Half Moon to create this marvellous musical show, described by The Stage as 'Children's the...
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Charmingly illustrated by the wonderful Susan Varley, my latest picture book has received lots of great reviews. Independent on Sunday chose it as one of their BOOKS OF THE YEAR for 2012. Nicholas Tucker wrote 'This affectionate story is funny and touching in both text and pictures.' School Librarian's Anne-Marie Tarter said, 'A reassuring read for little ones embarking on new friendships. This would be a good read aloud story with Jarman's clear rhythm and alliteration.'
The paperback edition was published on July 2nd 2013 and launched at the EDINBURGH INTERNATIONAL BOOK FESTIVAL August 2013. We had great fun with librarians in panda costumes, loaned by Edinburgh Zoo, acting the story as I read it to hundreds of children aged three to seven.
WINNER! WINNER! WINNER!
PORTSMOUTH PRIZE 2013!
First published as 'The Haunting of Nadia' this short novel is a hi-lo that retains all the horror of the original. New illustrations focus on the monstrous Jenny Greenteeth who lurks beneath the surface of the pond Nadia must pass each day. Can Nadia break free from the monster's grip?
Wired Up Connect is for readers aged 9 and over.
The Portsmouth Book Award is voted for by 1,500 Year 5 pupils. Watch this spot for links to drama, music and poems inspired by the story. Brilliantly performed at The King's Theatre Portsmouth as part of the rumbustious award ceremony, they will inspire you too.
It was great to see Hangman praised in a recent blog about anti-bullying books,but I can't help feeling sad that the book is still so relevant in schools today. To read the blog,go to http://my.redhouse.co.uk/read/blog
If you're a teacher and would like to read the books with Y7 or Y8 pupils - or mature Y6s, you can find lesson plans on this site by following this link.
To SEE and HEAR me read Jessame's Very Lucky Day, the first of six stories in this well-loved series click this link:
A viewing inspired pupils at Sundon Lower School to write their own Lucky Day stories. 'Boys and girls relate to Jessame's problems at home and school - and her happy solutions!' TEACHER
'Warm and humorous . . . written with a rare understanding of what it is to be small.' SUNDAY TELEGRAPH
Brum Brum! Brum Brum!
Judder, judder, jigger.
All aboard the big yellow digger!
The latest adventure of Ben and Bella is out and it's moving fast! Reviews are full of praise:
'A yellow digger AND a dinosaur! Hours of fun!'
'Ben, Bella and their friends dig a hole to Australia and back in a crowd-pleasing return from the characters from BIG RED BATH and BIG BLUE TRAIN with all the rhyme repetition and appealing animals that make those titles so popular.' The Bookseller.
Accolade for PILLYWIGGINS AND THE TREE WITCH
Short-listed - Bedfordshire Children's Book Award
Short-listed - Surrey Children's Book Award
Highly recommended - Red House Children's Book Award
Pillywiggins is a feisty fairy turned to stone by Tree Witch’s curse. When Natasha finds the fairy, she wants to help bring her back to life, but how?
Also an AUDI BOOK read by Emma Parish. Available on Amazon.
More schools are delivering the curriculum creatively using topic related planning.
Teacher, Catherine Seward, has created Topic Webs based on my books.
There's one for this story about a day at a Victorian seaside resort.
For more topic including Family, Seaside, Animals, Water, Pirates, Fairies, Birthdays, Journeys, Transport, Water, Saving the Planet, Egyptians, Tudors and Victorians click on Lesson Plans or follow this link.
'The Time Travelling Cat and the Great Victorian Stink' has had a brilliant review from Bookbag.
"An evocative, pacey and educative adventure - we have to recommend it!'
"A very enjoyable caper, with a young lad in Victorian London, trying to prevent a murder with the help of a 21st century cat."Read more...
LITTLE TIGER and the FIRE, a retelling of an Indian folktale, is for KS1 pupils. Bold illustrations in full colour add to the fun of this ‘How the cat became’ story. Published in hardback in April, the paperback will follow soon.
I was a bit apprehensive about this visit to Bow in East London. Two reasons – it was my first invitation to talk about INSIDE and well, Year 10 lads can be a tough audience. I n...Read more...