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Lovely Links of the Week

31 Dec

A end of year reminder of why this job is amazing!

As someone who spents a lot¬†a little time on the internet I often come across lots of lovely links to do with books and education in general. I thought I would try and start sharing them here for people in a weekly feature I will imaginatively call ‘Lovely Links of the Week.’ If you can think of a better name please do share in the comments box!

Anyway here are some of my favourite links of the week.

After all the discussion recently about Ofsted and the changes the education system are facing this blog post made me giggle/sigh. Find out the leaked Ofsted criteria for how a teacher should dress ūüėČ Thank you to Rob Anthony and @SchoolDuggery for posting on Twitter.

Here is a nice reminder about the main news of the year in the Children’s book world from the Guardian Children’s Books site.

The lovely ‘Playing by the Book’ used these Harry Potter inspired potions ideas with her girls but they could be adapted for use in the classroom!

I have to confess I enjoy reading everything @Joga5 posts on his blog and this discussion on plenaries is no exception.

I just love the sound of this book by Susanna Leanard Hill as discussed by ABCs of Reading blog.

This post by Kathleen Morris on her One World, Our Stories project really got me thinking about trying something similar.

This was a nice Christmas idea that I wish I had found earlier. ‘What the teacher wants!’ offers a great idea for children applying to be elves.

Well that is it for this week! I hope you find something that interests you! If you have a link to share please feel free to leave it in the comments.

Kelly/ classroom stories


Reading Challenge: An Illustrated Year

10 Dec



I love reading. I love books. I also have a little passion for reading challenges and have participated in a few over the years. After taking a break from challenges I suddenly discovered a picture book challenge hosted by An Abundance of Books. Another reason to read picture books! And an opportunity to share them with my class! Yes please! I think I will aim high and go for Level 3:)

Here are the all important details! Let me know if you join in!

“The Details

  • Timeline: January 1, 2012- December 31, 2012
  • Select your level:
                     Level 1 РRead 12 picture books
                     Level 2 РRead 16 picture books
                     Level 3 РRead 24 picture books
  • You don’t have to select your books ahead of time, you can just add them as you go. ¬†If you do list your books in the beginning, you can always change them later on.
  • Crossovers with other challenges count.
  • Digital books count
  • Re-reads count as long as you read them in 2012 and you post a new review for the book.
  • You can join anytime”

New Read: Bella Donna

11 Aug

Bella Donna: Coven RoadBella Donna: Coven Road by Ruth Symes

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Some Quick Book Love

2 Jun

Some of my bookshelves- to be organised!

Just a few links today!


For general book love take a peek at Seriously Cool Bookshelves and Bookcases posted at Neatorama (thanks to @camdenlockbooks for the link)

@APrettyBook tweeted this link, I just love the idea of the tiny bookshelves!

These two blogs are fantastic reads if you are interested in children’s fiction- Playing by the Book¬†and Fantastic Reads.

Malorie Blackman, author of Nought and Crosses and Pig-Heart Boy, discusses books at the Hay Festival. This could be used in the classroom to discuss inspiration for writing or give background information on an author children in your class may be reading.

Current Read- Inspirational Teachers, Inspirational Learning

30 May

Inspirational Teachers Inspirational Learners: A book of hope for Creativity and the Curriculum in the Twenty First CenturyInspirational Teachers Inspirational Learners: A book of hope for Creativity and the Curriculum in the Twenty First Century by Will Ryan

I am still slowly working through this book because I have to stop all the time to scribble down notes and ideas!

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Half Term Happenings! To Do Lists, decluttering and of course books and baking.`

29 May

A great building in San Francisco which is where I would much rather be this holiday.

However I am not so…


back to reality! As much as I love teaching it is nice that it is half term this week. However I have got lots to achieve this week so I thought a little half term ‘To Do’ list would help me keep on track. Then, next weekend you lovely lot can hold me to account if anything is not done!
School Related

1) Reports- I want everything but my ICT finished by the time I go back to school (how many teachers have this on their list this holiday?)

2) General planning and marking. Yes I know it’s cheating having it as one item but it’s my list!

3) Start making the book orders for restocking our library.

4) Start thinking about my topics and themes for next year.

5) SPARE- there is bound to be something I forget!


Other adventures

6) Finish the cross stitch that has been in progress since the Easter holidays.

7) READ!! (As if this even needs to be on the list!)

8) Cook scrumptious dinners and do lots of baking.

9) Read. (Sorry had to slip this in twice)

10) Declutter. Yes the dreaded ‘D’ word. I don’t know whether it is because I am a teacher or whether it is a family trait but I have a lot of stuff. So today marks the start of my decluttering year! Each day I am going to declutter one thing from our house, recycling and being good for the environment obviously!


Do you live by lists like me? If you are a teacher have you managed to keep your ‘To Do’ list short this holiday? And anyone want to join me in the great decluttering challenge? Go on, you know you want to!

Book Related Bits

21 May

Image: jscreationzs / FreeDigitalPhotos.net

Throughout the week on Twitter lots of fantastic book related links get posted so I thought I would try and collate them weekly to a) share them with lovely blog readers and b) keep a record for myself so I don’t forget my favourites!

Oliver Jeffers A life in Books¬†– Sadly ‘The Book Eating Boy’ is the only Jeffers book I own at the moment (must remedy that!) but it is one that I adore. It is a well read book by the children I teach and is regularly borrowed from Miss BakingTeacher’s library in the classroom!

Readers on the blog will know that I recently read ‘The Name of this Book is Secret’ by Pseudonymous Bosch and loved it. Well here is a sample chapter of the third in the series, ‘This Book is Not Good For You.’

For lovely bookish pictures to drawl over check out A Pretty Book. I like their blog far too much!

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Do you have any book related links you would like to share? Any favourite blog posts you or others have written?