Christmas Cora-ling!

IT’S GUEST BLOGGER TIMEEEEEEEEEEEEEE. This time round we have one of my newest blogger pals and she is amazing. We’ve been friends on Twitter for a while but (like I’ve been mentioning in lots of posts recently) we met at YAShot in London in October. We bonded more over our love of books and wine! (If you were following me on Instagram at the time you would’ve seen my pictures of wine… they were ALL CORA’S FAULT). You should all go and check out Cora, she’s incredible and her blog is lush! She’s a northern book loving gal like me… what’s not to love!! (links at the bottom of this post!!) 
What are your favourite things to do in Winter/Christmas time?
Every December, I drop whatever I was reading before and I throw myself into festive reading. If it has even the merest hint of Christmas or winter, I’m all over it. It’s something I only started when I started blogging, but it is so much fun. Then when Christmas passes, it’s a made rush to finish those books I unceremoniously dumped in those few days before New Year – I love a fresh start with new books.
Perhaps my favourite thing, when it’s cold and wet outside, is to curl up with a blanket draped around me, a scented candle burning away, a hot cup of tea on the table, a book in my hand… And escape into a book.
What were some presents you loved as a child?
I probably loved books second best at Christmas, because when I was a wee yin I loved Polly Pockets. I could sit for hours playing with those tiny figures, playing out any and every story in my head. I had all of the book shaped ones and those were my favourites – I used to set them side-by-side and imagine transporting through worlds like the Pevensie children stepping through the wardrobe.
If you could have Christmas anywhere in the world, where would it be and why?

I love Christmas with my family, and I wouldn’t change it. I love the mad scramble mid-December to tidy the living room for the tree – we’re a very messy bunch – and then never putting on The Big Light for the rest of the year, lighting our way with fairy lights. I love waking early, sitting on the floor and arguing over who will make the tea, and then drinking bucks fizz anyway. I love the six hour family Man vs Food event that is Christmas Dinner, and the dogs circling the table like hopeful, land-bound buzzards. I love the board games and charades as we laze around the table picking at left-overs and ignoring the dishes, cackling again at the bad Christmas cracker jokes…

I wouldn’t change a single thing, but it could be anywhere so long as it’s with my family.

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Cora’s Blog – Tea Party Princess
Cora’s Goodreads
Cora’s twitter

Now go my friends and follow Cora, you won’t regret it!! 

Thank you so much to Cora for agreeing to write this blog for me for my first blogmas! It means the world! 

S xx

Q&A-mas! feat Sarah Govett!

Woohoo!! Following on from my amazing gift of books and my review of Sarah’s books from a few days ago, Sarah and I thought it would be a brilliant idea to do a Q&A and I have to say I am so honoured that she agreed! 

  1. How did you get the idea for your book?
    People always say write about what you know, so I wrote about the horrific stress of exams, the elevation of maths and science above more creative subjects and the focus on regurgitation of fact rather than application of knowledge. Having worked very closely with teenagers approaching exams over the last 9 years, I have seen how unfair the system is in Britain as success is as much dependent on type of school and quality of teaching as it is on natural ability. I wanted to take this stress and unfairness and heighten it to a life-or-death situation. However, I hope that the book isn’t totally devoid of humour. I felt that the teenagers in it, even (or maybe especially) teenagers facing probable death, would still joke, do stupid things, worry about looking cool and be mortified by their parents.
  1. Which character do you think you’re most like? Are your characters based on real people?
    Oh I’m not sure about this one. I think I have elements of all of the characters in me – I’m a bit arty like Jack, quite determined like Noa, slightly superficial like Daisy, occasionally overly rational like Raf! My characters aren’t based on real people but maybe elements of their personalities are drawn from people I know.
  1. Which scene was the hardest for you to write?
    The scene that was most emotional for me was when Noa has a show down with her Mum (I won’t tell you what about as that’d be a massive spoiler!) and her Mum says that ever since she held Noa in her arms she knew she’d kill for her. This is based on the very raw, protective maternal feelings I experienced holding my girls for the first time. I think one of the most interesting questions you can ask yourself is how far you’d go to protect the ones you love.
  1. What is your writing process like? Do you have a special routine?
    Time has always been a controlling factor. Originally I wrote when my babies were asleep. Now, the younger one is at nursery in the mornings so that’s my golden time. My routine is that I go to my local Café Nero (so I can’t see the piles of washing building up around me) and type away manically for an hour, blocking out the rest of the world.
  1. What is your favourite book? Why is this special to you?Image result for the chrysalids
    My favourite book is probably The Crysalids by John Wyndham – dystopia before they were using the term. I read it aged 12, 14, 16 and 26. It’s a powerful and unsettling coming of age story set in a post-nuclear community where intolerance and religious conservatism reign. Difference, in the form of genetic mutation, is seen as deviation from God’s creation, and hounded and stamped out. A brilliant, brilliant study of bigotry and humanity. Two words – Sophie’s foot.  I cry every time. 
  1. If you couldn’t be an author, what would you be?
    I would probably still be a tutor. Working one to one with children, particularly teenagers is fascinating and a real privilege.
  1. What comes first the character or the story?
    For me it was the story – I wanted to write about the environment and our education system. But that’s not to belittle character. In Noa, I sought to create a believable heroine who was strong but also suffered self-doubt, was fun, danced like she was electrocuted and really, really, wanted to survive.
  1. What piece of advice would you give to your younger self?
    Don’t worry so much about what other people think. 
  1. Do you have a favourite word or phrase?
    Gregarious. And belligerent. I think they just sound awesome.

So there you have it! It has been an absolute pleasure to do this Q&A with Sarah, to read her books, to meet her and to have a drink with her during YAShot! The book community is so incredible and it’s amazing when bloggers, little old bloggers like me get to make links with amazing authors like Sarah. I hope we get to work together again in the future!!

Massive thanks from the bottom of my heart to Sarah for giving up her time and for sending me her amazing books! It means a lot! I can’t wait to see what happens in The Territory in the 3rd book and I will be sure to share with you guys what occurs!

If this Q&A has you wanting to follow Sarah then she’s @sarahgovett on Twitter! Her books are available through Amazon and Waterstones. Check them out! You won’t regret it!

S xx

Christmas jumpers?!

Yes, that time of year where everyone gets out their RIDICULOUS, their AMAZING, their FUNNY, their INCREDIBLE, their PUNTASTIC Christmas jumpers out for the rest of the world to have to look at! 

Today is Christmas Jumper Day in association with Save The Children. I don’t know that I will be donning a Christmas jumper for work today, we have worn them last week for the Christmas Fair day! I thought I would share the Christmas jumpers and t-shirts I own in honour of this day!!

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I bought this one a few years ago from New Look. I love it! It has 3 robins on which all have some kind of embellishment! Either a pom pom on their hat, their ear muffs or an awesome bobble on their hat! I may have to get it back on. I can’t remember how much it was now! 

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Again this is from New Look… more robins. Hmmm… there’s a pattern there! I didn’t realise I had such a fondness for robins! I have this one in grey though. This one says ‘Seasons Tweetings’ on it! Very apt for me! I love a good tweet… I am a prolific tweeter! Again I don’t remember how much this was!

I also have a blue snowman jumper which I bought from Primark last year! I can’t find it though and I can’t find a picture of it anywhere! It wasn’t that exciting, it was just a Christmas jumper! I wonder what I’ll get this year!

I also have a few Christmas t-shirts. Again I have one from Primark which I can’t find a picture of. It’s adorable, it’s red with little gingerbread men on! 

This year I bought this t shirt from Asda! I am perpetually warm, so t shirts are better for me generally! 

I love a good festive clothing choice! I will be on the look out for a new Christmas jumper for this year though! If you have any good ideas give me a shout!

S xx

100th BLOG WONDERMENT

OHMYWORD. Who knew I would stick to blogging for so long that I would be able to write 100 blog posts… who knew all you wonderful people would want to read what I have to say for 100 blog posts!! That is crazy and wonderful and amazing and great and I am so so so so grateful. You have no idea. This is just a little passion project for me. Just a little thing I get to spend a few hours doing on a Sunday in between doing uni work and work for school (work). It gives me a little outlet in the world where I’m constantly working. I love blogging. It makes me so happy. I have met some absolutely wonderful people, I have made some incredible friends and I have had some amazing opportunities in this very short time that I have been blogging! 

So time to give something back! Time for a…

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This book is one of my FAVOURITES of the year so far. I absolutely loved it! It made my heart all kinds of happy! You’ll find my review of this book here Book blog: Alwyn Hamilton

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As you can see this is a signed copy of the book! I was lucky enough to meet Alwyn Hamilton at YAShot earlier this year and knew this book would be a perfect giveaway book! There will be a few goodies along with the book for the winner!

Rules:

  • You must retweet my tweet which mentions this blog post.
  • UK only. Sorry international folks! I will be running an international giveaway in the new year!
  • Giveaway opens 15.12.16 and closes midnight 18.12.16.
  • Winner will be contacted via twitter on 19th and announced in a blog post on 19.12.16.

Good luck!!

S xx

What I’m Reading This Christmas

It’s Wednesday, you know what that means! It’s GUEST BLOG POST TIME! 

This time you get the joy of hearing from one of my favourite people in the world. Readers, this is Rachel. Rachel is the absolute mastermind behind #SundayYA (which is an incredible twitter chat which happens between 6 and 7 EVERY Sunday where we talk everything YA). Come along to #SundayYA, you won’t regret it! If you want to follow Rach, you’ll find her @_sectumsemprah on twitter! Go on, you won’t regret it!! She’s also one of the editors of the new YA quarterly online magazine @Shift_Zine… follow them too! That’s gonna be awesome!!

What I’m Reading This Christmas

It’s that time of year again. The festive lights are up, coffee chains have brought out their trademark festive cups… It must be Christmas! That can only mean one thing. It’s time to curl up on the sofa with a blanket and a mug of hot chocolate and immerse myself in some festive reads. Here’s what I’ll be reading this Christmas.

Related imageThe Twelve Days of Dash and Lily (Rachel Cohn and David Levithan)

The Twelve Days of Dash and Lily is set a year after the original Dash and Lily’s Book of Dares.
Lily has had a tough year and has lost her happy outlook and Christmas spirit, so it’s up to Dash and Langston (Lily’s brother) to rekindle the holiday magic. Told in alternating chapters,
The Twelve Days of Dash and Lily is sure to get readers ready for the festive season.

Image result for and a happy new year holly bourne… And A Happy New Year? (Holly Bourne)

Just when we thought we’d seen the end of our favourite Spinster Club, they’re back with a novella about a New Year’s party they will never forget. Secrets are revealed and
friendships tested but surely everything will be okay for Evie, Amber and Lottie in the end… Right? Full of tears and laughter,
… And A Happy New Year? is guaranteed to a magical end to a series readers have loved.

Image result for i'll be home for christmas bookI’ll Be Home For Christmas (UKYA Anthology)

I’ll Be Home For Christmas is the ultimate Christmas read for 2016. A star line up of UKYA authors, including Holly Bourne, Non Pratt and Juno Dawson to name but a few, have come together to write a collection of festive short stories on the theme of home. At least £1 from every copy sold is donated to Crisis, a homeless charity, and is a very special read.


Other great Christmas titles

  • This Winter (Solitaire Novella) (Alice Oseman)
  • Dash and Lily’s Book of Dares (Rachel Cohn and David Levithan)
  • Mistletoe and Murder (Robin Stevens)

My bookshelf

I’ve been meaning to do one of these posts for forever… but my bookshelves look NOTHING like everyone else’s. I have utter bookshelf envy of some of my awesome book blogger’s shelves. I mean just look at Grace Latter’s bookshelves. That is SOME shelf envy. I should organise mine by colour… but I know I am getting a few books for Christmas! So maybe after Christmas I’ll give you an ‘after’ post!

So anyway… here’s my shelves!

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As you can see I have quite a mix of books there! I’m one of these people who hoardes books… but I am quite brutal at times. I will keep copies of books which mean something to me or which I really enjoyed! I don’t give books away easily, some people do… not me. This isn’t all of my books either! There’s a whole other 2 piles behind those two front piles… but hey ho! I couldn’t get a shot of everything. Also, apologies for my camera skills. I am working on them!  

Some YA highlights for you among those shelves?

  • Melinda Salisbury – The Sin Eater’s Daughter, The Sleeping Prince (Dark, twisted, wonderful, majesticness. #queenmel)
  • Rainbow Rowell – Carry On (The queen. If you don’t have Eleanor and Park, please get yourself on that now).
  • Holly Bourne – …And A Happy New Year (on my TBR pile still, I bought it at YAShot and am just growing in excitement to read it!), What’s A Girl Gotta Do?, How Hard Can Love Be?
  • Alwyn Hamilton – Rebel of the Sands (Absolutely loved this, work of pure amazingness)
  • David Levithan – The Twelve Days of Dash and Lily (which is still on my TBR too, but I LOVE David Levithan so much. He is the master of multi person perspective books)
  • Non Pratt – Unboxed (I won this and it is incredible. I loved it)
  • Laure Eve – The Graces (YES. Magic. Thanks).
  • Louise Gornall – Under Rose Tainted Skies (Read this, go on, you won’t regret it!)

Some MG highlights I hear you ask for?

  • Abi Elphinstone – The Shadow Keeper, The Dream Snatcher is also there! It’s just hidden. (Amazing, incredible!)
  • Roald Dahl – Matilda (well, just because, obviously. Everyone should have this on their shelves… I actually own 5 copies!)
  • Matt Haig – A Boy Called Christmas, The Girl Who Saved Christmas is also there, but hidden. (These are on my TBR pile too, but I can’t wait to read them to the kids!)
  • David Walliams – Awful Auntie (I have the whole Walliams collection, but Awful Auntie is the only one of them on my shelf because I’ve loaned a lot of them out to kids a school!)
  • Justin Fisher – Ned’s Circus of Marvels (I had a skim read of this and it was magical… this is one I really can’t wait to sink my teeth into!)
  • James Nichol – The Apprentice Witch (I was lucky enough to meet James at UKYACX and I had to get this immediately!)

(There’s a whole chunk of amazing MG books you can’t see here because they’re hidden but in my UKYACX post you can see all the amazing books that I bought there!)

Other highlightswhat DO you call fiction for “adults”? Just fiction? Someone tell me!

  • Mitch Albom – The Five People You Meet In Heaven, The Magic Strings of Frankie Presto, For One More Day, The Time Keeper, Tuesdays with Morrie is there too (Mitch Albom is one author who ALWAYS makes me cry. EVERY SINGLE ONE OF HIS BOOKS!)
  • Matt Haig – Reasons to Stay Alive (I haven’t read this yet but I have heard INCREDIBLE things about it! Definitely on my TBR!)
  • M.R.Carey – The Girl With All The Gifts, Fellside – currently in the hands of a trusted friend! (Incredible author, loved both of these books! Go and buy them!)

Show me your amazing shelves! It might give me the kick I need to colour coordinate, or coordinate some how my shelves!! Are you a book give away-er? Or are you a keeper like me?

S x

Winter books

Winter is the perfect time to snuggle in to bed, or by the fire and just read because you can. Who wants to go out and bother with the cold, battle with the wind or just get drenched? Not me. Winter is not a happy time for me. It makes me sad sad sad. Staying inside in the warmth and reading though makes me content. Content as anything. 

I thought I would share some perfect winter/Christmas books for you! I mean who doesn’t need their TBR to be expanded by a book or 2?

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The Snow Child – Eowyn Ivey 
“Alaska, the 1920s. Jack and Mabel have staked everything on a fresh start in a remote homestead, but the wilderness is a stark place, and Mabel is haunted by the baby she lost many years before. When a little girl appears mysteriously on their land, each is filled with wonder, but also foreboding: is she what she seems, and can they find room in their hearts for her?”

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The Twelve Days of Dash and Lily – Rachel Cohn/David Levithan

“Dash and Lily have been dating for nearly a year, but when Lily’s beloved grandfather falls ill, the repercussions take their toll on everyone. Even though they are still together, somehow the magic has gone out of their relationship and it’s clear that Lily has fallen out of love with life.
Action must be taken! Dash teams up with Lily’s brother and a host of their friends, who have just twelve days to get Lily’s groove back in time for Christmas.”

The Book Thief – Markuz Zusak
“HERE IS A SMALL FACT – YOU ARE GOING TO DIE
1939. Nazi Germany. The country is holding its breath. Death has never been busier.
Liesel, a nine-year-old girl, is living with a foster family on Himmel Street. Her parents have been taken away to a concentration camp. Liesel steals books. This is her story and the story of the inhabitants of her street when the bombs begin to fall.
SOME IMPORTANT INFORMATION – THIS NOVEL IS NARRATED BY DEATH
It’s a small story, about:
a girl
an accordionist
some fanatical Germans
a Jewish fist fighter
and quite a lot of thievery.
ANOTHER THING YOU SHOULD KNOW – DEATH WILL VISIT THE BOOK THIEF THREE TIMES”

Let It Snow – John Green, Maureen Johnson and Lauren Myracle
“Three wonderful holiday romances by three of America’s bestselling authors, including John Green – author of the multi-million bestseller The Fault in Our Stars.
An ill-timed storm on Christmas Eve buries the residents of Gracetown under multiple feet of snow and causes quite a bit of chaos. One brave soul ventures out into the storm from her stranded train and sets off a chain of events that will change quite a few lives. Over the next three days one girl takes a risky shortcut with an adorable stranger, three friends set out to win a race to the Waffle House (and the hash brown spoils), and the fate of a teacup pig falls into the hands of a lovesick barista.

A trio of today’s bestselling authors – John Green, Maureen Johnson, and Lauren Myracle – brings all the magic of holidays to life in three hilarious and charming interconnected tales of love, romance, and kisses that will steal your breath away.”

 

The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe – C.S.Lewis
“Four adventurous siblings―Peter, Susan, Edmund, and Lucy Pevensie― step through a wardrobe door and into the land of Narnia, a land frozen in eternal winter and enslaved by the power of the White Witch. But when almost all hope is lost, the return of the Great Lion, Aslan, signals a great change . . . and a great sacrifice.”

 


Stick Man – Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler
“Stick Man lives in the family tree With his Stick Lady Love and their stick children three.” But it’s dangerous being a Stick Man. A dog wants to play with him, a swan builds her nest with him. He even ends up on a fire! Will he ever get back to the family tree?”

 

 

The Jolly Christmas Postman – Janet and Allan Ahlberg
“It’s Christmas Eve and the JOLLY POSTMAN is delivering greetings to various fairy-tale characters – there’s a card for Baby Bear, a game appropriately called ‘Beware’ for Red Riding Hood from Mr Wolf, a get-well jigsaw for hospitalised Humpty Dumpty and three more surprise envelopes containing letters, cards, etc. Everyone’s favourite postman keeps on peddling his bicycle up hill and down dale . . . and into everybody’s hearts.”

There you go! A little something for everyone! I love a festive winter read!

S x

BOOKMAS: Sarah Govett

During my amazing October trip to London for YAShot 2016 I was lucky enough to get talking to the amazing author Sarah Govett! We made arrangements to do something together for my blog and here we are and it’s featuring in my lovely blogmas!! 

I was also lucky enough that Sarah sent me a copy of both of her books to read through and I have to say I properly devoured them

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The Territory trilogy… there are 2 books released at the minute but the third one is on its way! 

The Territory
“In the not-to-distant future earth’s surface has been drastically reduced, as the rising sea levels encroach on the land. The space and resources that remain have to be earned, and in The Territory this means all children must sit the TAA exams. Those who pass can stay and those who fail must make it alone in the inhospitable, disease infested Wetlands. Noa and her friends, Daisy and Jack, are ‘Norms’, meaning they have to study the old-fashioned way, while the rich children, or ‘Childes’, have a node on their neck that allows them to simply download all the information they need. With the exams looming Noa meets Raf, the boy with one green eye and one blue. Despite being a Childe he is not haughty or cruel, and Noa finds herself falling for him at the worst possible time.”

The Territory 2: Escape
“The second book in this acclaimed environmental dystopia series, Escape picks up where The Territory, left off. It follows teens Noa and Raf as they infiltrate the Wetlands – a kind of swampy penal colony, rife with disease and crime – to rescue their friend Jack, who has been sent there for failing the exams that all teens must take at age 15. Noa’s mad about Raf, but there’s also a reason she’s so desperate to save Jack, too.”

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These books came at a time for me when I stopped reading dystopian novels but in reading them I remember what it is I love so much about dystopian YA novels – they are dark, brutal, but grippingly gorgeous. They are the kind of books you DON’T want to put down because you want to know what is coming next! Another thing I really loved about these books is that they were very true to the real life of being a teenager… exams, stress, decisions and pressure. The characters in these books have some very big decisions, some very big tests and some intense pressure on their young shoulders. I may be an adult but it is incredible to look back and think ‘yep, I’ve been there‘!

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Sarah’s writing style is right up my street. These two books are so beautifully written that you don’t realise you’re reading and reading and reading. It just makes sense. The flow is beautiful, the phrasing works so well… it just worked. Sometimes I find (especially with dystopian novels) that you can get lost in the world and it be a dark and brutal world so that the story works, but the way these books were written the world is very real and very much true – you don’t need to imagine it being real because it is written so well that it IS real. 

The characters were really honest and real too. For me what makes a good book a great book is the characters. If you either love or hate them, stories and the people in the stories should make you FEEL because people in your real life make you feel. They all felt like they could be me, or that they could be my friends. You feel their pains, their stresses whilst going through these horrible test to decide if they’re going to stay alive or be killed – I mean C’MON who should have to sit a test like this?! 

I don’t want to give too much away in my review, I want everyone to discover the books for themselves. Enjoy the story for themselves, fall for the characters and feel their pain for themselves. I think you’ll all love this!! 

Thank you so much to Sarah for sending me these books to read and review! They were an absolute delight! If you want to follow Sarah I’ll leave her links below:

Keep your eyes peeled on my blog over the next few days for an amazing Q&A that Sarah agreed to do with me! Thanks so much to the lovely Sarah for agreeing to this!! 

S xx

Christmas magic!

It’s Saturday! You know what that means! It’s guest blog time!

This time, our guest blog comes from the wonderful Darran. I have followed Darran on Twitter for a while now and I recently got to meet him at YAShot and he’s lovely. He’s northern, he likes books and he’s funny – what more would I want from a friend?! If you want to follow Darran, you’ll find him @ShinraAlpha on Twitter, and he’s also one of the editors of the new YA quarterly online magazine @Shift_Zine… follow them too! That’s gonna be awesome!!

I love Christmas.

I just do. For real. I’m not religious in the slightest, but there’s something just… magical about Christmas. It’s woven into human DNA, I think. A need to gather close to friends and family just as the world seems coldest and darkest is innate in us. Or it is in me, at least. It’s a reminder that even though everything seems bleak, the world will keep on turning… And after 2016 I think we might need that more than ever.

For years I worked as a bookseller for Waterstones, and Christmas is a lot different in the retail sphere. If you’re lucky, it’s two days off. If you’re not, it’s just the one (and that ain’t as well as your two usual ones). Never the less, I loved Christmas bookselling. It was manic, and chaotic and I was forever handing books out left right and centre like a literary octopus, each of my tentacles clasped around a favourite. I’d get home and be so tired I was sure my bones were starting to splinter, but I didn’t care. It was the very purest bookselling could ever be – just you, a customer, and the right book.

     That said, I cannot wait until I have an entire week off this year. A WEEK. I plan on drinking and reading (On my pile are Mistletoe & Murder by Robin Stevens, The Hogfather by Terry Pratchett, and His Dark Materials by Philip Pullman) and having a proper Christmas holiday. I’ll even be back in the North East so it might EVEN SNOW.

So I do love Christmas. I know it’s cool to hate it. Maybe it is too commercialised. I don’t know. Maybe the Christians ripped off on old Pagan holiday. It’s more than likely. But in the words of Community’s Abed – I just like liking things. This year has been awful and terrifying and filled with a constant stream of bile and hate. I’d like to say that 2017 will be better, but some of this year’s stuff has ripples that will last for decades, I fear. So while it’s dark and cold and bleak, try to be the best human you can be. Be kinder. Love harder. Smile more. Save your energy for what’s ahead, be close to the people who mean the most to you, and celebrate. There’s so much to be done, but there always will be, so take time to appreciate the good things that you’ve got.

Christmas lessons #2

CHRISTMAS AROUND THE WORLD

One of my favourite stand alone (or can be woven into other subjects) Christmas lessons to do is Christmas around the world! 

I am very lucky in that I have lots of friends in a few different countries around the world who are willing to share their country’s Christmas traditions with me! Two years ago I used my brother and the Christmas traditions in Sweden to teach the children all about Christmas in Sweden. It’s all very different over there and the kids absolutely loved it!

There are loads and loads of resources out there to help you with this! 

There’s a few different ways you could do it…

  1. Everyone could concentrate on the same country
  2. Children could work in groups of 5/6 to work on a few different countries
  3. Children could work in pairs to work on a lot more countries
  4. Children could work independently to work on countries

I have found that it always works better in small groups or pairs personally, but that’s my children in my school! I’m sure in every setting it works differently! 

There are any number of different things you could do too. Some examples of things you could do:

  • Create a poster for the country
  • Children create a fact file of the country and their traditions
  • As children to produce a powerpoint, or a book (either a physical book or in a book creator app) about their country
  • Children could create something for them to teach their friends with, or younger pupils
  • Children do work to present an assembly or present to another class

Now, I have to say, I’ve done this 2 years in a row and both years the children have been so engaged and so curious as to how Christmas works in other countries that it has produced amazing results! I do have lesson planning which I am more than happy to share if anyone wants it!

The wonderful people at Twinkl have all kinds of gorgeous Christmas around the world activities! There’s all sorts from powerpoints, to activity sheets, to fact files to help with this kind of work. There’s assembly scripts, if you wanted to turn your learning into an assembly. They’re so incredible over there in the world of Twinkl that most, if not all, of their resources come in multiple languages, they come in differentiated ability groups and you can choose black and white or colour! That’ll make lots of school business managers happy! No more colour charging for the photocopier!

Some of my favourites are:

As I say these are just some of my personal favourites, but get searching on Twinkl! There are SO MANY amazing resources! 

S xx