Can you imagine what it must be like NOT to be able to read?

September 11, 2014 at 2:01 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

kids-readingI know that all you wonderful kids who follow my blog are fantastic readers, and love your books to death! But stop for a minute and think – what would it be like NOT to be able to read? Not just books, but ANYTHING in writing? Why don’t you try and spend the next hour NOT reading any words at all – on your computer screen, your television screen, packets of food in the kitchen, road signs on the street, mail in the post, magazines, advertisements, not to mention your beloved books. And then imagine what that would be like for a lifetime.

That’s what life is like every day for over 60 million primary school aged kids around the world today! Take a look at this clip from Room To Read with Mum and Dad:

and think how incredibly lucky you are to be able to read! Never take that ability for granted!

And then, turn off your computer, pick up a good book and have a wonderful, thrilling, thought- provoking, funny, sad, magical and life-changing READ! That’s an order!

I’ve just been appointed a Room To Read Ambassador!

September 11, 2014 at 1:25 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

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If you’ve been following my blog for a while, or coming to my workshops and story readings, you’ll know how passionate I am about kids reading books – and I mean REAL books! And you’ll probably also have gathered that, as a mother of two daughters, I’m also passionate about the rights of all girls to an education! So I was over the moon to accept the invitation of Room to Read to become one of their Author Ambassadors! You’ll be hearing a lot more in my blog from now on about this wonderful charity and their fantastic work in promoting and enabling reading and education for children in Africa and Asia.  Thank you Jennie, Jodi and Helen for inviting me. I am truly honoured to become part of your wonderful organisation!

If you’d like to find out more about Room To Read and how you can help, you can visit their website right away at – but don’t forget to share it with Mum and Dad!

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