Royal Albert Hall

As a writer, inspiration comes from anywhere. During lockdown, I would cycle to work up Exhibition Road and along past the Royal Albert Hall. Every morning and every evening, I’d cycle the hour it took to commute in my own little world, with my own little characters, on their adventures. While I have been to …

London

As restrictions are easing and museums are opening, being a nanny in London, I wanted to share my love for London with you all, through…you guessed it…books! There is so much to do in London, and even if you’re not living here, your little ones can learn about it through pages. However, if you’re lucky …

Cruella

At the end of Portobello Road, the street was shut off for filming. At the time I was working not far from there and my Dad came to visit. (Before lockdown obviously) Being bold and brave, my Dad asked the security men what they were filming, to be told it was a baked bean commercial, …

Beano at Kew Gardens

If you go down to the gardens today, you’re in for a big surprise. There are no bears, but Beano is having a birthday party. I do feel like there’s more to books than reading, but there is also more to reading than books. The National Curriculum states that children should read a wide variety …

Guinness World Records

Funnily enough, my nanny child, G8 was reading her Guinness World Record book the other week. Why not hold your own World Records? Use the book or the website, to see what crazy things people have been up to and do your own? Can you make the biggest pizza you’ve ever made? Count who has …

Apple Pie

I can’t say enough how amazing cooking with children is. Home schooling is better when it’s an experience. Not only does this combat all the senses but it targets several subjects in one. Speaking of things they need to know how to do, my 14 year old nanny child had never used a tin opener …

Gingerbread

Merry Christmas my lovelies. If you’re lucky enough to be with loved ones this Christmas, give them an extra squeeze and a little hug from me too. (Only if they are in your bubble, obviously) I’m stuck in tier four on my own and genuinely have started talking to the spiders in my house, they …

More to Books

“There’s More to Books than Reading- how to help your child bring stories to life” follows the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) curriculum sharing books and activities for your child to learn all subjects at home, in your garden (even in the cold and rain) or park. This is the perfect book for Lockdown life. …

Aisha Bushby

For the last month or so, I’ve been happily (and virtually) working away with Aisha Bushby and 14 other aspiring children’s authors on the Prepare for Submission course run by WriteMentor. I’ve mentioned WriteMentor several times before and I’m delighted to have such inspirational, established authors to look up to and learn from! I have …

Roald Dahl

There really is #moretobooks when you can become so inspired. I can not deny that Roald Dahl was a massive part of my childhood and one of the authors that has inspired me to become a Children’s writer. As I learnt from Jane Austen when I nipped to Bath a few weekends ago, “If adventures …