Good morning everyone!
How are you all holding up? I hope you’re remembering to look after yourselves however you find time and means to!
Today is an exciting day! Today is my stop on the ‘The Super Miraculous Journey of Freddie Yates’ blog tour and I’m absolutely thrilled to be honest. This book was SNATCHED from my hands by my kids before I even got the chance to read it and I heard nothing but HILARIOUS and BRILLIANT from them all.
“Freddie Yates likes facts. Just not the one staring him in the face – that his secret plan is not, in fact, secret. Because Freddie’s journey wasn’t meant to involve Big Trev and the onion-eating competition or the loo-exploding pear-and-potato turnovers. And Freddie definitely didn’t expect to end up, with his two best friends, on national television in a supergirl costume. But journeys never take you where you think they will. And for Freddie, that fact might just have to be enough…”
I have the utter joy of hosting a piece from Jenny that is VERY close to my heart: fantastic books to read aloud to a class. With recommendations for every year group, this guest post makes me SO happy!
My Favourite Books to Read Aloud in Class
by Jenny Pearson
As a teacher, it’s completely humbling to think that The Super Miraculous Journey of Freddie Yates might be read in schools. One of my favourite parts of the school day is when I get to sit with my class and share a story with them. There’s nothing quite like the feeling you get when you see a group of children wide-eyed and completely engaged on a journey together. Listening to their gasps of shock, yelps of surprises and howls of laughter – there’s nothing quite like it. I have picked some of my favourites to read out loud. This was such a difficult exercise – there are so many more I would love to include.
The Book with No Pictures Reception by B.J.Novak: Reception/Year 1
Are you listening Ba-doongy-face? This will have the littlies rolling around on the carpet. A book with no pictures doesn’t sound like it would be an immediate hit but you’ll soon have the kids on board as you are forced to say things like My best friend is a hippo named Boo-boo-butt. Full of wonderfully sounding made-up words, children have a blast coming up with their own definitions. They also have great fun when asked to make up some weird words of their own. Blork.
Diary of Pig Series, Emer Stamp: Year 2/3
All kids love Pig. This is a fact. I usually read this to younger years, but older kids love it too – it really is hilarious. Pig is so trusting and fun and loves his best friend Duck, but he does sometimes make questionable decisions. The shrieks you’ll hear when Pig announces he likes the nickname the farmer bestows on him of Roast Pig. It’s an absolutely bonkers story involving Evil Chickens and Trockets (tractor-rockets) but you cannot help but get behind Pig and his quest to get to Pluto. I find this one works best if read in a West Country accent.
Charlie Changes into a Chicken Series, Sam Copeland: Year 3/4
This is truly a wonderfully funny yet heart-warming story of a boy who turns into animals when he is anxious. I’ve read it to quite a few different classes and it never fails to delight. Mind you, that might be down to my excellent impression of a French pigeon. So many of the parents have said to me that this was the series that got their child into reading.
Private Peaceful by Michael Morpurgo: Year 5/6
Set during the first world war, this story of two brothers Tommo and Charlie reduces me to tears every time I read it to a class. I don’t think I have gotten through the final pages once – I always have to rely on a member of my class to read the ending. It is such an incredibly moving story of family, courage and what it truly means to be a hero. It looks back over a period of our history in a way which enables the children to understand the impact of war on a human level.
The Many Worlds of Albie Bright by Christopher Edge Year: 5/6
This is another book that has rendered me a blubbing mess in front of a class. After Albie loses his world-renowned scientist mother to cancer, he is inspired to create a quantum mechanics time machine to travel to parallel universes to find her. He builds his machine using his mum’s work laptop which works as a particle collider and a banana – they’re radioactive if you didn’t know! In these parallel worlds he finds things are the same but not – a perfect allegory for how life can feel after someone has died. A beautiful story brilliantly told.
A massive thank you to Jenny for her time writing this recommendations post – I completely agree with all of them! Some of these are firm faves in school! Check out the stops on the rest of the blog tour below (it’s JAM PACKED: I don’t think I’ve ever seen such a FULL blog tour!) and treat yourself to a copy of this hilarious and brilliant book! I promise it’s worth it (or so my class told me!)