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The mission: to spread the joy of books and reading as far and wide as possible!

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Latest Videos

A Reading Ramble featuring: urban fantasy, ancient classics, Europe’s largest bookshop & an unhaul!
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A Reading Ramble featuring: urban fantasy, ancient classics, Europe’s largest bookshop & an unhaul!

As usual, I have started lots of books but finished very few, though we are only mid-month. I share all of my current reads, some future reads, plus my latest bookish acquisitions. Inspired by @Gina Stanyer Books , I also manage a rare unhaul! Mentioned in this video: @Gem of Books my #persuasionalong co-host Persuasion read and watch along details https://youtu.be/gzmWsj8TLC4 @ange’s book chatter and @BookTube with Amy host the #outofthecoffin readalong @Alice and the Giant Bookshelf @David Wiley hosts #ancientsathon with @Hufflepuff Discovery and Jennifer Brooks https://youtube.com/channel/UCjfhvxeGiBS4tomHfws4kVg @Shelly Swearingen @Novelle Novels hosts the #annealong @Marilyn Maya Mendoza @Berna's Bookish Adventures @Dani’s Book World @C'est Kevvie My Plans and Possibilities for #janeaustenjuly https://youtu.be/QYc6S-BoLkY Jane Austen July Is hosted by @Books and Things @Blatantly Bookish @Spinster's Library - check out their recommendations! 💌WANT FREE LESSON PLANS, TEACHING RESOURCES AND CHILDREN'S BOOK NEWS?👨‍🎓 Join my mailing list! I'll tell you about any exciting book releases and gain access to my free resources, like my 'Joy Book Club' picture book plans for story time. https://www.spreadbookjoy.com/subscribe ❤💌🗨 WEBSITE / SOCIAL MEDIA: Spread Book Joy: https://www.spreadbookjoy.com Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/spreadbookjoy Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/spreadbookjoy Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/spreadingbookjoy TES Shop: https://www.tes.com/teaching-resources/shop/SpreadBookJoy 😃COME AND SAY HELLO! 👋
Persuasion Read Along and Watch Along Announcement 📣
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Persuasion Read Along and Watch Along Announcement 📣

I am co-hosting a read-along and watch-along of Persuasion as part of my #janeaustenjuly celebrations with the fabulous @Gem of Books and you can join us for both “alongs” or either! Use the tag #persuasionalong and tag myself and Gemma if you post anything on social media so that we can see it and share it! Details: WHEN? From 4th July to 17th WHAT? Week one: Volume 1, 12 chapters Week two: Volume 2, 12 chapters From the 18th: watch the new Netflix adaptation of Persuasion before the end of July. You can watch the trailer here https://youtu.be/Fz7HmgPJQak (I am avoiding it!). I will also be watching the 1995 film which you can find in full on YouTube here: https://youtu.be/NKdcX6jId-M HOW? We will be using the Voxer app which you can download here: https://www.voxer.com/individuals Send your account details to me or Gemma via Instagram DMs or you can email me at bookjoyspreader@gmail.com and I will add you to the group! The hosts videos: Katie https://youtu.be/FSEvUZD6FQQ @Books and Things Marissa https://youtu.be/oNPps8bKY88 @Blatantly Bookish Claudia https://youtu.be/wR3KWqrIaok @Spinster's Library My Jane Austen July Plans and Possibilities video: https://youtu.be/QYc6S-BoLkY 💌WANT FREE LESSON PLANS, TEACHING RESOURCES AND CHILDREN'S BOOK NEWS?👨‍🎓 Join my mailing list! I'll tell you about any exciting book releases and gain access to my free resources, like my 'Joy Book Club' picture book plans for story time. https://www.spreadbookjoy.com/subscribe ❤💌🗨 WEBSITE / SOCIAL MEDIA: Spread Book Joy: https://www.spreadbookjoy.com Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/spreadbookjoy Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/spreadbookjoy Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/spreadingbookjoy TES Shop: https://www.tes.com/teaching-resources/shop/SpreadBookJoy 😃COME AND SAY HELLO! 👋
 

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I am most active on Instagram, where I share daily updates on what I am reading and regular mini-reviews, as well as book quotes with quick questions that you can use to spark amazing discussions with children. If you are not on Instagram, you can still view all of my activity here on my website! Just click any of the images below to see the accompanying commentary. Enjoy!

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Michael Morpurgo, The Book Trust Annual Lecture, 2016.

"Let there be half an hour of Storytime at the end of school in Primary schools up and down the country... make this the half hour they all long for, that they don’t want to be over...  Let the children go home dreaming of the story, reliving it, wondering."