Tell Tales | Illustrations by Joanne TordoffI have added some links so that you and your children can enjoy a few of my favourites. Hope you do, and many more… Just Click!

  • Jeremy Strong – who inspired me to tell the most ordinary, OUTRAGEOUS, stories and to devise the format for Alfie´s Golden Hour.
  • Julia Donaldson who wouldn’t love her delightful picture books and rhymes? The Gruffalo, Room on the Broom? With beautiful illustrations from Axel Scheffler.
  • Michael Rosen – who took us all on a bear hunt, likes poetry and Chocolate Cake!
  • Malorie Blackman – Children´s laureate 2013-2015, friend of Betsy Biggalow and Maxine ´Girl Wonder´ and instigator of the Project Re-mix competition which encourages work by young writers, age 13-19 to be creative through – Music, Book cover design, Book trailer, Creative writing or Comic strip.
  • Michael Murpurgo – made us think about serious issues through ´ Listen to the Moon´, ´War Horse´ and others, yet knows all about Wombats, Giants and that it´s ´A Dog´s Life´.
  • Judith Kerr – who hid the crocodile under the bed, invited the tiger for tea and introduced to the lovely, forgetful, Mog.
  • Shirley Hughes – brought us Alfie, Dogger, a great understanding of young children and family life, and some of the most beautiful illustrations for children.
  • Frank Cottrell Boyce – The author of ‘The Astounding Broccoli Boy’, ‘ Runaway Robot’ and other gems, a great sense of fun, easy to read. You’ll love him.
  • Roald Dahl – enchantment, chaos, giggles, Matilda, and Charlie Bucket!
  • Quentin Blake – illustrated for Roald Dahl and others but also produces fantastic books himself, from ´Lester and the Unusual Pet´ (a String Thing – of course!) to ´Clown´ or ´Mr Magnolia´
  • A.A. Milne – who produced the wonderful Winnie – the – Pooh for us to get to know, and E A Shepard – who worked with Milne to bring them to life with his drawings
  • Dr Steve Peters – He made thinking about how and why we react as we do, to different situations, easy to read and understand. ‘My Hidden Chimp’
  • Anthony Horowitz – with the exciting spy series Alex Rider and others for older children
  • Love reading 4 kids – a website with books for all age groups which helps you choose the most appropriate books for your child, whether they be keen or reluctant readers. It takes their understanding level into account as well as their reading age.
  • Good Reads – books for you as well as them! Full of recommendations.
  • Writers Online – a searchable list of UK Writers´ Circles.