The Wish Star and the Five Wishes, Part One – The Star and the Boy

Last year on this blog I shared a Christmas Story over a few nights and I’ve decided to share it again this year, as a late advent calendar in the last ten days before the big day. It’s a story about a little star who has only one wish to bestow on Christmas night andContinue reading “The Wish Star and the Five Wishes, Part One – The Star and the Boy”

Girl With a White Dog

In my third book recommendation for anti-bullying week, I’m turning to Anne Booth’s stunning debut novel, Girl With a White Dog. Booth manages to cover so many aspects of bullying and compassion in her book that I don’t know how they all fit in there. Jessie is excited when her gran, who suffers from Alzheimers’Continue reading “Girl With a White Dog”

National Anti-Bullying Week

November is anti-bullying month, with a focus this year on cyberbullying. Bullying doesn’t stop at the schoolgates. It follows children home and pops up on their phones and tablets. So its great that there is so much work going on to stop this. You can find lots of information about Anti-bullying week (including free resourcesContinue reading “National Anti-Bullying Week”

Interview with Mo O’Hara

I’m absolutely over the moon to welcome a very special guest to the blog today –  the fabulous Mo O’Hara. Mo is the author of the hilarious My Big Fat Goldfish series, which I recommend to anyone who loves funny books about friendship and adventure. Recognising a good opportunity to get an insight into theContinue reading “Interview with Mo O’Hara”

Building a Hero and Thinking on Your Feet

This weekend I did a mini-workshop at the Greenbelt Festival. Greenbelt is like no other festival on earth. Where-else could you start the day sitting on an earth mound looking over a Duke’s lawn before enjoying some aerial theatre, taking in a couple of talks about drone warfare or climate change,drop in on some storytelling,Continue reading “Building a Hero and Thinking on Your Feet”