Book Review: Badger’s Parting Gifts by Susan Varley

‘He felt himself turning head over paws, falling and tumbling, but nothing hurt. He felt free…’ Synopsis: Wise, reliable Badger knows that soon he will die. How will his friends feel when he is gone? Badger is old and tired. However, he is not worried about dying and beginning his journey down the Long Tunnel….

Book Review: Marcy and the Riddle of the Sphinx by Joe Todd-Stanton

Synopsis: In this follow-up to the wonderful ‘Arthur and the Golden Rope’, Marcy and her father travel to Ancient Egypt… Arthur is a world-famous explorer. He is now older and frailer, but still regales his young daughter, Marcy, with his thrilling adventures every night. Marcy, however, does not seem to share her father’s enthusiasm for…

Book Review: How to Hide a Lion by Helen Stephens

Synopsis: What would you do if you found a lost, lonely lion hiding in your garden?  This questions forms the premise of Helen Stephens’ wonderfully beautiful story – where can young Iris hide a huge lion? One balmy, summery day, a lion casually strolls into a busy, crowded market square to buy a hat (of…

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…

Staff Training Feedback: Mildmay Juniors, November 2018

“Ian delivered an engaging and inspiring session about whole class reading which was brilliant!  Our teachers were using his ideas and strategies the following day and I have been inundated with books and resources they would like ordered.   We loved the journey he took us on through his experiences of reading and allowed us the…

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…

Workshop Feedback, September 2018

“Workshops led by Ian are guaranteed to be insightful, innovative and inspirational. His flamboyant personality and exuberant, well-paced delivery ensure that every member of his audience will take something valuable from his sessions, which in turn will add value to children’s learning and school results. His dedication to educational research and his ability to translate…