The Knight Who Wouldn’t Fight draws a crowd at the Good Life Experience in North Wales

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The Knight Who Wouldn’t Fight is launched!

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Launch 5A great time was had by all at the launch of The Knight Who Didn’t Fight  in Mumbles on Saturday, hosted by our fabulous local indie bookshop, Cover to Cover. Storytelling, live drawing, children’s art activities, book-signing and cake… perfect for a rainy afternoon!

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Snatchabook steals all the books in Rosendale Nursery!

Wanted SnatchabookAll the books in this Lambeth Nursery class have disappeared – who could have taken them?

Click on the poster to visit the Nursery Blog and find out! Scroll down to the week ending April 15 and take a look at some of the brilliant Snatchabook-inspired work the children have done. Don’t forget to watch the video of them investigating the crime scene!

The Snatchabook Pops Up in Hackney

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Pop Up Harrington HillThe Snatchabook and I had lots of fun visiting Harrington Hill and Orchard Primary Schools in Hackney last week through Pop Up. We acted out the story to music composed by Gerry Smith (see the Resources page of my website), and pretended to be Eliza Brown and the Snatchabook. There were lots of great dragons, witches, pirates and princesses, too!

Inspiring Reading in Young Children: Lambeth Early Years Conference

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Last week, I was invited to give the keynote speech at an Early Years conference on reading at the Oval, London. The theme of my talk was the importance of reading aloud to children every day – in my opinion, the best way to inspire in them a lifelong love of stories, and to motivate them to read. I started by reading The Snatchabook, and many of the delegates (all teachers and Early Years practitioners) told me how nice it was to be read to, for a change! My talk also touched on another subject that is close to my heart: diversity in picture books. In the afternoon, I led workshops on practical ideas for using books in the classroom, and how to build a classroom library.
I had a wonderful time meeting so many committed teachers who share my passion for reading and for books. Infant school teachers (and librarians) have such an important job: inspiring the next generation of readers.