Primary Age Books

Literacy schemes; stand alone story books and educational series reads.

These books are about – well – anything. Horse stories. Horror stories. Time slip. Realism.

What comes first – reading, or writing? Is it really true that better readers make better writers? And even if it is true, why do we want children to write great stories? What’s so important about storytelling anyway? With my work in schools, and projects that support it, I do a lot of research into these questions. The answers I get help me explore further, and expand on the ways I work – but like all good studies, I often come up with even more questions than answers. Which is exactly the way I like it to be.

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Ways with Words

A little girl stood between the trees that guarded the far end of the park. She was a long way off, but she seemed to be staring straight back at me. And there was something wrong. Something strange about her. The late afternoon sunlight shimmered silver. The girl seemed fuzzy. Fading in and out.

- from Funfear

Books for this age group often have themes and messages, even though these should be ‘hidden’ beneath the story. They’re usually fast paced too, with lots of cliffhangers and page turning moments. But there should be quiet times too. Good writing needs both light, and shade.

Writerly ways:

Developing settings can really trigger ideas for stories. You start with a place, you describe it to yourself, you see what’s going on. You keep watching the scene, letting it grow. You notice some wasteland. A strange old fashioned lamppost. It’s early evening. Autumn. The wind starts to blow. An old man battles by …