Celebrate the Year of the Snake by reading Class Two at the Zoo in which children have an adventure with an anaconda, the biggest snake in the world! Go to my Lesson Plans to find a Topic Web with lots of ideas for using the book in school.
to see a clever librarian from Bighorn Library make a snake from craft foam .Read more...
If you're six, sixteen or sixty six and female your friends are what matter. You're happy when you're getting on but miserable when you're not! MAKE FRIENDS, BREAK FRIENDS is a girls' book I have to admit.
Daisy has two best friends, Phoebe and Erika, but they don't get on. Daisy has a plan to get her two best friends to like each other but suddenly everyone's against her!
Then the three girls have to spend a night together in a spooky old mill.
For girls of 6+ I think.These things start early and go on!
First in a series, MAKE FRIENDS, BREAK FRIENDS will be in bookshops on 7th February.
Coming soon: A FRIEND IN NEED
Read more for two great reviews from pupils at Saint Martin's School, Solihull.
I was pleased see that Hangman was praised in a blog about anti-bullying books,but sad that the book is still 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 Y6 or 7 or 8 pupils,you can find lesson plans on this site by following this link.
T eachers of Foundation, KS1, KS2, KS3
See books, lesson plans, worksheets and author visits.
Parents of toddlers, children and teens.
Find books, activities, colouring in pages .
Kids and Teens
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More TEACHING RESOURCES soon, including TOPIC WEBS for CREATIVE CURRICULUM.
SHORT-LISTED FOR PORTSMOUTH PRIZE 2013! (Short Novel Category)
This horror story was first published as 'The Haunting of Nadia' by A & C Black. This re-telling 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 has to 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 pupils and the winner will be announced on May 13th. More details on www.portsmouth.gov.uk/learning/1022.html
Charmingly illustrated by the wonderful Susan Varley, my latest picture book will be launched at Edinburgh Zoo at 11am on Tuesday October 9th. I'll be in the giftshop signing copies AND you can see the pandas! Tickets have been reserved for those attending the launch.
At 3pm I'll be in town at The Edinburgh Bookshop. Bring your wee ones to hear me read the story. There will be pictures to colour too.
'Anyone who has ever felt shy - isn't that everyone? - will love this story.' Early Years Teacher.
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 in hardback and it's moving fast! You can still buy it from a bookshop or Amazon if you're quick and the paperback edition will be published on 5th July!
' 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.
I t's really happening. The Arts Council is funding a production of the BIG RED BATH. The l aunch will be at the Half Moon Theatre for Young People, Lime House on Thursday 1 9 t h September 2013. N ote the new date and a few more changes to the Tou r S chedule. The tour list I s growing and could be coming to a theatre near you , if not Autumn 2 013 then Spring 2014. Some venues previously listed have been changed to the spring tour, dates to be announced. WATCH THIS SPACE!
1 9 /09/13 - Half Moon Theatre, Lime House, London ( THURSDAY)
20 /09/13 - Half Moon Theatre, Lime House, London (FRIDAY )
UK TOUR - AUTUMN 2 013
S aturday 21/09/13 - Charles Cr y er Studio, Sutton.
Sunday 22/09/13 - The J unction, Cambridge
29/09/13 - Lincoln Arts Centre, Lincoln
Saturda y 05/10/13 - The Stables, Wavendon, near Milton Ke...Read more...
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.
Here I am with Aylesbury Grammar School Bookworms, last year's winners of the Central Region KIDS LIT QUIZ.
The KIDS LIT QUIZ is a great competition with prizes for all participants and a grand prize of a trip to New Zealand for the UK winners.
Find out more at www.kidslitquiz.com and get your school to take part.Read more...