Trouble in New York: An interview with Sylvia Bishop

Jamie Creeden has always wanted to be a reporter – so when he is given a tour of the famous MORNING YORKER newspaper, he can’t believe his luck. But a chance phone call draws him into the mystery of the missing actress. Soon Jamie, along with his new friends Eve and Rose, must navigate a…

My Bookshelf: FREE resources

Journey into a world where stories come to life… Why not use this to record your reading choices throughout the year! A free resource for children, teachers, school librarians and LSAs to keep a record of all the books they’ve read, explored and enjoyed throughout the year! Could be stuck in the front of English…

The Middler: An interview with Kirsty Applebaum

Kirsty Applebaum was born in Essex and grew up in Hampshire. She has had a wide variety of jobs including bookselling, railway re-signalling, picking stones off conveyor belts and teaching Pilates. The Middler, an atmospheric, thrilling, dystopian middle grade adventure, is her debut novel!   Congratulations on your debut novel, The Middler!  You’ve set the…

Our Class is Reading…FREE DISPLAY!

I used to laminate something similar to this and keep it on the front of my classroom door throughout the year to get the children excited about our class book and the author, show any visitors and parents what we were reading, celebrate reading and generally raise the profile and importance of reading aloud! Feel…

Together We Can: An interview with Caryl Hart

Caryl Hart, the author of Girls Can Do Anything, joins Sarah Farrell in the Reading Realm today to chat books, writing rhymes and her new book Together We Can… I love how ‘Together We Can’ celebrates diversity and inclusion so well! What made you decide to write a book on that topic? I’ve been asking…

Rebel Dogs: An interview with Kimberlie Hamilton

Sarah Farrell talks to Kimberlie Hamilton, who lives in Northern Scotland and is the author of Rebel Cats! and Scotland’s Animal Superstars. Here she talks about her new book, Rebel Dogs!  Rebel Dogs! tells the stories of dogs throughout history who have done amazing things. Why did you decide to write about that topic and how did you…

The Switching Hour: An interview with Damaris Young

Sarah Farrell talks to Damaris Young about her stunning debut, The Switching Hour.  The book highlights the importance of passing on story telling traditions and the need for tackling climate change.  In this bewitchingly beautiful story, Damaris Young offers a spine-tingling spooky story, with characters to believe in and cheer for. Without giving too much away,…

I Hold Your Heart: An interview with Karen Gregory

Karen Gregory is the author of Skylarks and Countless. Here she talks about her new tense, moving thriller for teens called I Hold Your Heart… Without giving too much away, can you tell us a bit about your new book I Hold Your Heart? Sure! I Hold Your Heart follows Gemma, a confident, happy 16-year-old…

The Teaching Realm: An interview with Maaria Khan #23

The Reading Realm Blog Series: Educators doing extraordinary things “I’ve always known I wanted to work in education, even from a young age when I played ‘teachers’ with my sisters…” Name: Maaria Khan Twitter handle: @MissKhan__ What is your current position? Class Teacher (Y4) and SLT. When, how and why did you get into education?…

Pog: An interview with Pádraig Kenny

Pádraig Kenny is an Irish writer. His debut novel Tin was a science-fiction thriller about robots. His latest novel, Pog, is about grief, monsters and a furry little creature you’ll love! Here Pádraig talks to Sarah Farrell about his new atmospheric, moving and exciting new story… Cover illustration by Jane Newland and  Helen Crawford-White. Find…

The Teaching Realm: An interview with Cris Waters #22

The Reading Realm Blog Series: Educators doing extraordinary things “I was always told a story before bed when I was younger. This developed my love of reading at such a young age. My dad had a fascinating life living in Liverpool in the 1940s and was evacuated during WWII. Even if he wasn’t reading me…