Just back from appearing with fellow writers Tanya Landman and Steve Voake at Sheffield Hallam University. We were giving a talk to 3rd year student teachers about different ways to use books in the classroom and how important it is to feature children’s literature and stories in lessons. I have no idea how it went; I always find it hard to gauge these things.  I hope we managed to inspire!

 The day was organised by Nikki Gamble of Write Away  and many other amazing ventures to do with children’s books and sponsored by Walker Books – so many thanks to them for inviting me to participate.

For what it’s worth here are some of m y favourite and inspirational books for KS2 classroom readers (prior to reading Tanya and Steve’s titles which I’m sure will be on there next time…) Books available at Rhyme and Reason Bookshop on Hunter’s Bar ( and all other good bookshops:

Diary of a Killer Cat by Anne Fine

The Machine Gunners by Robert Westall

The Third Elephant by Penny Dolan

The Legend of Spud Murphy by Eoin Colfer

Superfudge by Judy Blume

Judy Moody by Megan MacDonald

The Wee Free Men by Terry Pratchett

Private Keep Out by Gwen Grant

Once by Morris Gleitzman

The Suitcase Kid – Jacqueline Wilson

The Whispering Road by Livi Mitchell

I’ll think of more later!


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