Chasing Rainbows Part Two – The Visualist

So as promised the second part of my look at one of Big Sky Publishing’s latest picture books – Chasing Rainbows; a sweet story about siblings trying to catch a rainbow and find that rainbow magic. During their journey, they find out a lot of things and discover something incredible. This time we will discover more […]

Chasing Rainbows

Chasing Rainbows is a story about siblings, Sam and Ruby, that asks children to look at the magic of rainbows in a different way. Sam and Ruby are extremely curious about rainbow magic. They have some unanswered questions. Are there pots of gold at the end, will they feel zingy if they touched one, do unicorns live on the top? Together they set out on a mission to find these answers…

Global Issues

It was the 18th March and I was in the middle of trying to sort out flights home from the UK before the borders closed in the height of the COVID-19 drama when I got an email from my illustrator Melissa Salvarani who wrote saying she’d finished writing a new book that talks about everyday situations in which we use our hands, everything we touch and the bacteria that live on the palms of the hands…

Supporting Words

As a qualified teacher and a children’s author you would think that writing my own teacher’s notes for each of my books is second nature. Well yes and no. With my mind in many places

Rainy Day Post

Today it is has been raining in my town and instead of putting on raincoats and putting up our umbrellas to go to school we are staying in our homes doing our best to help beat the COVID pandemic…

Teachers who Make a Difference

Today I got a request for help from parents in Spain for ideas and support as they cope with homeschooling. Instead of sending lists of teacher manuals or student workbooks online, I thought back to my own experience of homeschooling during…

Bullying

Research by Guest Blogger Daniel MacDonald In the last few months Johanna Roberts and I have embarked on a new and challenging project investigating bullying, the acceptance of the individual and self acceptance. With Johanna travelling in the Americas and me travelling through Asia we had plenty of material for the visuals and the sense of place we […]

Welcome to Verityville

Verityville, the little town with a big heart not too far from you! A place where people take each day as it comes, doing their job and helping others with a great attitude. Where is this place you may well ask and what is so special about getting on with life? Well to be truthful […]

In Celebration of Mothers

Mothering Sunday or Mother’s Day (indicating the individual celebration of a mother) or Mothers’ Day – with the apostrophe after – to show that the day is the day designated for celebrating all mothers. How ever it is termed and whenever it is celebrated, this day is a special day for acknowledging the special women […]