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 http://www.writeaway.org.uk/ 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 (www.facebook.com/rhymeandreasonbooks) 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!