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Read. Create. Teach.

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

Discover great literature for primary-aged children and recommended reads for adults with regular book news, themed book lists, blog posts and videos all about books and reading. 


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The 'What makes a classic a classic?' Tag!

The 'What makes a classic a classic?' Tag!

The prompts: 0:00 What I think makes something a classic 6:46 The one with a gripping plot and universal themes 8:45 The subversive one 9:53 The one which defines a time and place 11:09 The complex and groundbreaking one 13:46 The one with archetypal characters 15:06 The one that is a complete one-off 16:08 The one we quote from every day 17:08 A rediscovered classic or one you think will be a classic in the future 📺 MENTIONED IN THIS VIDEO: @BookTimewithElvis @scallydandlingaboutthebook2711 The article that inspired the tag: ❤💌🗨 WEBSITES / EMAIL/SOCIAL MEDIA: All the links you need can also be found in my bio and channel banner, including links to both the Discord Server and Goodreads Group for the FOMO Book Club 💌WANT FREE LESSON PLANS, TEACHING RESOURCES AND CHILDREN'S BOOK NEWS? Join my mailing list! ☕If you feel so inclined, you can now buy me a Kofi - all donations go towards the running of Spread Book Joy where my mission is to promote great books to get kids reading, so any donation is gratefully received! I also have an Amazon wish list if you ever feel like sending me a book! Link in bio!🤍 *DISCLAIMER: I sometimes use affiliate links - should you purchase anything from these links, I get a small percentage at no extra cost to you! This just supports me to make free videos and resources! supports local bookshops who are also given a percentage of the profits at no cost to you. Thanks in advance ❤
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On Instagram, I share updates on what I am reading and 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!


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."

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