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Halloween Special: The Unread

The days are getting colder, the nights are getting longer, the leaves are turning and the shops are full of pumpkins. Which can only mean that Halloween is here! To celebrate, here's a short, creepy library-set story I wrote a couple of years ago while taking part in the FutureLearn/Open University MOOC, Start Writing Fiction. […]

World Book Day Fest 2016

Surviving Your First World Book Day as a School Librarian

Today is World Book Day. We'd been planning and organising events at school for months, and today they all happened! These are some things we did: Whole school Drop Everything And Read: everyone stops what they are doing and reads for 20 minutes. We normally do this every week, but not the whole school and […]

Book Review: A Thousand Nights by E.K. Johnson

Thanks to NetGalley for the review copy. There seems to have been a bit of a glut recently of retellings of/books inspired by the 1001 Arabian Nights: Salman Rushdie's Two Years Eight Months and Twenty-Eight Nights, The Wrath and The Dawn series by Renee Ahdieh, Hanan Al-Shaykh's One Thousand and One Nights and this one - […]

Learning from failures

My school took part in Bookbuzz - a programme run by the Book Trust whereby students get to choose a title from a specially selected range of books, and the school buys it for the kids to keep. This was great - the kids were rearly enthused and excited by the process, and it was […]

Book Review: Illustrated Canterbury Tales - Geoffrey Chaucer

Canterbury Tales by Geoffrey Chaucer My rating: 4 of 5 stars Thanks to The Reading Zone and the publisher for the review copy. Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales has a revered place in British culture - it is often said to have heralded the birth of modern English Literature. First written in the 14th century, it is […]

Book Review: The Lie Tree - Frances Hardinge

I'm introducing a new feature to this blog - Book Review Tuesday! Every Tuesday, I will try to upload a book review here. And the first one is this corker: Costa Children's Book Of The Year The Lie Tree by Frances Hardinge.   The Lie Tree by Frances Hardinge My rating: 5 of 5 stars […]

Quick and Easy Design

Last week - at short notice - I was told that I needed to put together some reading lists to hand out to parents and students when they came in to school on Student Review Day (SRD) to encourage them to visit the school library. I added this job to my never-ending, ever-expanding list of […]

The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore

UPDATE: The Fantastic Flying Books of Morris Lessmore won the Oscar for best Animated short film! It is available to buy from iTunes (£1.49 at time of writing) or watch on YouTube My blog has a new home - please redirect your browsers to As a welcome to my new digital abode, I present to you the beautiful […]