'It is pleasing to see this book, written by experienced primary practitioners, offering imaginative, practical ideas all of which are underpinned by sound learning theory. All primary teachers can benefit from the excellent examples of effective primary practice described' -
Prue Goodwin, Lecturer in Literacy and Children's Books
'Covering topics ranging from: exploiting opportunities to write from experience, to poetry slamming in the classroom, to 'harnessing the potential of new technologies' (Green 2011, pp. 70) the chapters provide the detail required for immediate classroom transfer, including references to relevant children's books, websites and free teacher resources. However, read as a collection, the practice discussed provides more than a collection of creative ideas: many common messages and themes are revisited across the case studies meaning that readers potentially derive insight into the nature and principles of effective literacy instruction.' (Frances Bodger 2013-11-26)
Virginia Bower is a Senior Lecturer in Primary Education at Canterbury Christ Church University. She teaches on both the undergraduate programme and on the full time PGCE English course and is also part of the team who teach the Masters in Language and Literacy. Virginia is very keen to promote a love of literature in both children and university students and convenes a reading group for undergraduate trainee teachers where children’s literature is shared, studied and enjoyed. She is currently undertaking a doctoral study focusing on supporting children with English as an additional language.