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BAME Characters in Children’s Books

A recent study called ‘Reflecting Realities’ by the Centre for Literacy in Primary Education (CLPE) found that of all the children’s books published last year in the UK (9,115), only 4% featured characters from a BAME (Black or minority ethnic) background. … Continue reading

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Great School Libraries Campaign

We didn’t have a school library at my junior school. We had teachers who read to us (Stig of the Dump, and The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe being two books I vividly remember) but  actual books that I could take … Continue reading

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News just in: Top Retailer Stocks Book by Top Author

So there I was looking for a new kettle in Sainsbury’s when guess what? I only spotted ‘Do Goalkeepers Wear Tiaras? on a World Cup book display (I think such displays are called ‘dump bins’ – I don’t know why … Continue reading

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World Cup 2018

It’s here! The 2018 World Cup! Did you see the Portugal v Spain match? Wasn’t it amazing – a ‘classic clash’ as the Guardian called it. Tonight England play their first qualifying match against Tunisia. There’s lots of talk about … Continue reading

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Record crowd at Women’s FA Cup Final 2018

It was great to see the attendance at the Women’s FA Cup Final on 5th May was a record-breaking 45,423. That’s a massive achievement considering attendance had slumped to 4,988 in 2013.Someone on Twitter sneered that he didn’t see what … Continue reading

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Dear Millicent Fawcett (Suffragist)

Dear Millicent Fawcett, First of all, huge congratulations on becoming a statue! And in Parliament Square, of all places. How does it feel to be immortalized in bronze? You were on a postage stamp once, too, but a statue – … Continue reading

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Patron of Reading 6 years on

May saw the 6th anniversary of the Patron of Reading initiative.  Of all the reading ventures and ideas around, Patron of Reading has to be one of the easiest, cheapest and most rewarding to initiate. The genius idea of headteacher … Continue reading

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Bookshop signing Saturday May 26th

Bookshops come in many shapes and sizes. Some are vast, ultra modern spaces covering several floors, others are small and quirky with fusty smelling rooms and books piled waist-high in random places. There’s one in Retford, Nottinghamshire, that’s a wee … Continue reading

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Match of the Day

I was so chuffed to find ‘Do Goalkeepers Wear Tiaras?’ featured in last week’s issue (8-14th May) of Match of the Day magazine.  I’m in at number 5 of ‘the best new swag’ for that week. It’s great to see … Continue reading

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Welcome back, Girls FC! We love you!

How terrific is this? Those fabulous people at Walker Books are re-issuing the first 4 titles in my Girls FC series.  Best news of all is that books 1 & 2 ‘Do Goalkeepers Wear Tiaras?’ and ‘Can Ponies Take Penalties?’ are … Continue reading

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