Inspirational places to write… that aren’t coffee shops

Some writers need a quiet, distraction-free space to do their best work. Others thrive in busy and bustling environments with plenty of stimulation for new ideas. Whatever you prefer, where you write has a significant impact on what you write. The sad truth about many modern writers is that they’re …

Spike’s Bedtime Stories #2

Welcome to Spike’s Bedtime Stories. This was meant to be weekly but we won’t talk about how long ago the last one was… sorry about that!   This post’s collection of bedtime stories were actually read a few weeks ago and have since (mostly)been returned to the library. I love …

There’s a Pig up my Nose- John Dougherty & Laura Hughes

What if a PIG got stuck up your NOSE? How ever would you get it out?  When Natalie has to go to school with a pig stuck up her nose, her whole class gets together to find a way to get the pig out. But how will they do it?  The zany humour …

A Whisper of Wolves – Kris Humphrey

“Alice hurried through the narrow streets of Catchwood. Today was market day and the village was packed with traders from all over the mountainside; boots, hooves and cart wheels rumbled across the hard-packed mud. Alice clutched a heavy wicker basket and the jars and pots within clanked together as she …

Spike’s Bedtime Stories #1

Welcome to Spike’s Bedtime Stories. This will be a (hopefully) weekly post talking about what has been read to Spike at bedtime during that week. As soon as I found out I was pregnant with spike I started buying her books, naturally. Her bedtime story for about 6 months of her …

I’m not promising anything…

But one of my goals for 2017 is to actually succeed in posting to Readaraptor more than once a month. This will mean working around other things and mainly taking the opportunity to read when I have it. As many of you will probably remember I used to post to …

Death By Vegetable: Guest Post by Veronica Cossanteli

Two things about Venus Fly Traps: they like meatballs – and they can do maths. By meatballs, I mean minuscule blobs of mushed bloodworm served, cocktail-style, on the end of a toothpick. By maths, I mean they can count. Fly Traps are triggered by hairs on the inside of their …

My Dinosaur is More Awesome! – Simon Coster

It’s a battle of the Dinosaurs – who should win?! Should it be Olivia’s dinosaur with the ability to play a trumpet while riding a bike, or Joel’s dinosaur who can swim like a shark and has x-ray vision? The pair have a list of qualities for their dinosaurs as long …

The Great Aaa-Ooo! – Jonny Lambert

As moose wanders through the deep dark wood, he hears a sound. A great big aaa-ooo, what could it be? Its not Owl, its not Bear, its not Goose. All the animals stick together as we all know there’s safety in numbers. But as the Aaa-Ooo gets louder who knows …

The Halloweeds – Veronica Cossanteli

“It was an ordinary, boring Wednesday afternoon. Until, quite suddenly, it wasn’t. It’s double Science on Wednesdays. Miss Drupe showed us a film about Food Chains. It wasn’t very cheerful. This green stuff called algae got eaten by this invisible stuff called plankton. The plankton got eaten by a fish, …