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…

The Teaching Realm: An interview with Kate Owbridge #26

Kate Owbridge is the Executive Headteacher at Ashton Primary School. Here, she talks about Joyce Grenfell, Malory Towers and When God Was a Rabbit… Name: Kate Owbridge Twitter handle: @kateowbridge Link to blog/website: mrsointheknow.wordpress What is your current position? Executive headteacher When, how and why did you get into education? What did/do you want to…

The Truth About Martians: An interview with Melissa Savage

Melissa Savage is the author of Bigfoot, Tobin and Me. Here she talks to Steph Elliot about her new book The Truth About Martians… Without giving too much away, can you tell us about your new book The Truth About Martians?  There is a story here in the US about an alleged UFO crash in…

What is poetry? FREE display resources for National Poetry Day, 3rd October 2019!

✨🌟Please find some free downloadable display resources, featuring lots of childen’s poets (Coral Rumble, Michael Rosen, Liz Brownlee, Sue Hardy-Dawson, Joshua Seigal and many more) and their thoughts on ‘What is poetry?’✨🌟 There are four different versions, depending on your preference! Do send us a photo of any displays! @reading_realm National Poetry Day Display Resources…

What is poetry?

Thank you to all the poets today we contributed to our discussion about what poetry is and why it’s so important! I will turn your ideas into some freely downloadable posters for schools, but wanted to capture some your excellent thoughts here!  “Poetry is a bit like love. Impossible to define or even describe but…

The Teaching Realm: An interview with Freya Odell #25

The Reading Realm Blog Series: Educators doing extraordinary things Name: Freya Odell Twitter handle: @fod3 Link to blog/website: wheninromeeng.wordpress.com What is your current position? (eg teacher, librarian, publisher etc, what year group do you teach etc?) Teacher of English to pupils in KS3, KS4 and KS5 When, how and why did you get into education?…