The Importance of Daily Storytime: An interview with Ross Montgomery

Ross Montgomery is the much-loved author of Max and the Millions, Perijee and Me and Christmas Dinner of Souls. He is passionate about the importance of setting time aside every day so that primary school children are read to. Here he talks about Egmont’s ‘Stories and Choices’ research project and his top tips for reading…

Little Bird Flies: An interview with Karen McCombie

Karen McCombie has written a gazillion books (nearly!) including The Pearl in the Attic, the St. Grizzle’s School for Girls series and The Lost Diary of Sami Star. She joins us today for a chat with the lovely Tom Brassington about Little Bird Flies, published by Nosy Crow…   The majority of Little Bird Flies…

The Black Lotus: An interview with Kieran Fanning

Kieran Fanning, author of The Black Lotus, dives into The Reading Realm today to talk to Alfie Bache about the Samurai Empire and his top tips for writing tense, exciting scenes! Without giving too much away, can you tell us about The Black Lotus? In 16th century Japan, Lord Goda forges three powerful swords that…

Alex in Wonderland: An interview with Simon James Green

Author Simon James Green joins us today in The Reading Realm for a chat about his hilarious, romantic, up-lifting new book Alex in Wonderland… Without giving too much away, can you tell us about your new book Alex in Wonderland? What age group would you say it’s aimed at? 16 year-old Alex has just finished…

Reading for Pleasure Action Plan

Just a copy of an old action plan I made when I was English Leader, using Michael Rosen’s 20 point plan to encourage Reading for Pleasure! I’m certainly not claiming this as my own – think I found the template online (but can’t remember where) and just filled it with my notes and ideas. Feel…

The International Yeti Collective: An interview with Paul Mason

Ahead of the book’s release on 17th October 2019, Paul Mason pops into The Reading Realm to chat to Kevin Cobane about the action-packed, witty, warm The International Yeti Collective! A Reading Realm Review by Kevin Cobane The International Yeti Collective is a heart-warming, action-packed adventure story with friendship at its heart and strong ecological themes….

The True Colours of Coral Glen: An interview with Juliette Forrest

Juliette Forrest joins us in The Reading Realm today to talk to Kevin Cobane about her new book The True Colours of Coral Glen! When and how did you start writing? I’ve worked in advertising my whole career but I didn’t start writing my own stories until I attended a Saturday morning class at Glasgow…

The Runaways: An interview with Holly Webb

We’re very lucky today to have the wonderful Holly Webb visit The Reading Realm to chat to Sarah Farrell about her brand-new book The Runaways, a unique and thrilling tale, set during the Second World War, of resilience, bravery and love! I absolutely loved The Runaways! It’s very different from your previous books, so what…

FREE RESOURCE: Jorinda and Joringel Activities

Please find some free resources based around Jorinda and Joringel by the Brothers Grimm. This fairy tale tells the story of a shepherd boy called Jorindel who must venture into a gloomy castle to save his beloved Jorinda, who has been transformed into a nightingale by an evil fairy. These would be great for when…

Click: An interview with Kayla Miller

Today we welcome Kayla Miller into The Reading Realm to talk about the graphic novels Click and Camp. Kayla talks to Richard Ruddick about illustration, paranormal investigators and the work of Raina Telgemeier, Noelle Stevenson and Molly Knox Ostertag… Is Click based primarily on your own growing up experience or did you use stories from friends…