Author Interview: Keith Gray

Author Interview: Keith Gray Today I am joined by Keith Gray to talk about his career as a writer and his newest book, Houdini and the Five-Cent Circus, published today by Barrington Stoke. Thank you so much for joining me Keith! About Keith Keith Gray was born and brought up in Grimsby. At primary school…

Book Review: Houdini and the Five-Cent Circus

Houdini and the Five-Cent Circus Written by Keith Gray 112 pages Published by Barrington Stoke Publication date: 15th June 2018 Summary (from Goodreads): The year is 1885 and Erik Weiss, a penniless immigrant, has found himself in trouble again. His uncanny talent for picking locks and his gleeful showboating to match it, have earned him…

Author interview: Winnie Mak Tselikas

Winnie is the creator of One Dear World – a company specialising in the creation of multicultural dolls for children so they can see themselves in the world around them. She has also written and illustrated a book where the four dolls go on an adventure around London – read my review here. Watch the…

Book Review: Sporty Lou

Sporty Lou Written and illustrated by Quentin Holmes 31 pages Published by Holmes Investment and Holdings Publication date: 1st October 2017 Age range: 3 + Summary (from Goodreads): The Sporty Lou series is for kids 3-to-6-years old who LOVE sports! -A Multicultural Children’s Books by Quentin Holmes -Easy-to-read, empowering and entertaining stories for young children…

Multicultural Children’s Book Day – 27th January

Multicultural Children’s Book Day will be happening on 27th January this year and I am really excited to be reading and reviewing three e-books in connection with it. I am always on the lookout for diverse, multicultural books because I believe that what we read to our children should represent the diversity and variety of…

Book Review: A Fish in Foreign Waters

A Fish in Foreign Waters: A Book for Bilingual Children Written by Laura Caputo-Wickham Illustrated by Pamela Goodman 28 pages Published by Long Bridge Publishing Publication date: 2015 Age range: 3 + Summary (from Goodreads): Rosie Ray’s world gets thrown upside down when her family has to move far away. She soon has to learn…

Book Review: How to Catch a Witch

How to Catch a Witch Written by Abie Longstaff 240 pages Published by: Scholastic UK Publication date: 6th October 2016 Age range: 10+ Summary (from Goodreads): Charlie and her family have moved from the big city to a small country village, and everything feels wrong. Their cottage is old and creepy. Anxiety about her new…

Book Review: Do You Speak Chocolate?

Do You Speak Chocolate? Written by Cas Lester 288 pages Published by: Piccadlly Press Publication date: 24th August 2017 Age range: 8+ Summary (from Goodreads): A story of friendship, laughter … and more than a little chocolate ‘Do you speak chocolate?’ Jaz has found the best way to make friends with new girl Nadima, who…

6 things I’m doing differently in school this year

Teaching is a profession that has had to deal with a multitude of changes over the years and it can sometimes feel like playing catch-up. Something that was once accepted practice becomes a joke, while new government policies and research constantly provide new ideas and methods. I enjoy learning more about cognitive psychology, neurology and…

Book Review: Robin and the White Rabbit

Robin and the White Rabbit By Åse Brunnström and Emma Lindström Illustrated by Emma Lindström 42 pages Published by Jessica Kingsley Publishers Publication Date: 21st June 2017 Age range: 6+ Summary (from Goodreads): In this tale we meet a child sitting alone, feeling unable to join in with the other schoolchildren having fun in the…

Book Review: Violet

Violet Written by Tania Duprey Stehlik Illustrated by Vanja Vuleta Jovanovic Published by Second Story Press 32 pages Age range: KS1+ / 5+ Summary (from Goodreads): Violet is happy that her father has come to pick her up after her first day at a new school. But as she races over to meet him, one…

Book review: A Different Pond

A Different Pond Written by Bao Phi Illustrated by Thi Bui 34 pages Published by Capstone (Picture Window Books) Publication date: 1st August 2017 Age range: All ages Summary: (from Goodreads) Acclaimed poet Bao Phi delivers a powerful, honest glimpse into a relationship between father and son and between cultures, old and new. A Different…