An interview with Lisa Thompson, author of ‘The Day I Was Erased’

Lisa Thompson is the author of the children’s books, The Goldfish Boy and The Light Jar.  Here she talks about her new book, The Day I was Erased. Without giving too much away, can you tell us a bit about your new book ‘The Day I Was Erased’? Twelve-year-old Maxwell is always in trouble.  He’s a menace to his…

On Music and the Arts

As a child, music was a huge part of my primary school experience – I was part of the choir, learnt the keyboard (the teacher eventually let me be her assistant and help teach new students!) and also played in the recorder club. During assemblies, our music teacher would stand on her chair, hunched over,…

Things you could say to children to encourage a love of reading

1) You’ll never guess what I’m reading right now? 2) Tell me what you’re reading now? What’s it about? What made you pick it up? Can you tell me about your favourite illustration? 3) Well, that’s reading too isn’t it? It doesn’t have to be a book! Of course, you can bring your comic or…

The Antlered Ship: A Voyage Into Whole Class Reading

In  June and July of 2018, my final six whole class reading sessions with my Year 2 class focused on a profoundly moving, exciting picture book called ‘The Antlered Ship’, written by Dashka Slater and illustrated by The Fan Brothers. It’s published by Beach Lane Books. I had read Rob Smith’s review and blog about…