Top Ten Authors That My Class Love

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January 2018. It’s all about love of lists, love of literature and bringing bookish people together. 

This week it’s all about childhood books. I’ve done this topic before so I decided to put a little spin on it. Instead, I’m going to mention 10 authors that my class of 7-9 year olds love!

In no particular order:

David Walliams- They find him funny and I do too.

Jeff Kinney- They adore the Wimpy Kids books.

Andy Griffiths- Treehouse books- I started this as series as a class read and so many children have kept on reading. I love that!

Mark Lowery- They are starting to explore this author after we read The Jam Doughnut That Ruined My Life.

Daisy Meadows- The girls in particular really enjoy this series of books about fairies.

Andy Stanton- The Mr Gum books are very popular in my class.

Dav Pilkey- The children are obsessed with the Dog Man books!

Jill Murphy- They still love the Worst Witch books!

Roald Dahl- I love that there’s still a place in children’s hearts for Roald Dahl.

Enid Blyton- I love that children are still reading The Famous Five.

Three of these authors were my childhood favourites! 🙂 Roald Dahl, Enid Blyton and Jill Murphy. I love that their books are still relevant!

What did you do for your list this week? Feel free to leave me a link and I’ll stop by!

Chrissi’s Class Reads #12

We’ve read another 5 books, so I thought I’d update you on them for my post today! As ever, book images go to Goodreads.

Diary of a Wimpy Kid (Diary of a Wimpy Kid, #1)

I really am not the biggest fan of Wimpy Kid but the children really seem to love it and I’m one to go with the children’s passions. This was one of our books we read for pleasure.

The Firework-Maker's Daughter

I was pleasantly surprised at how much I enjoyed this wonderful book. I am not always the biggest fan of Philip Pullman’s writing, but this one was so gripping and the children loved it.

Dear Greenpeace

We used this in our writing lesson as we’ve been learning about environmental issues. It’s a sweet story about a girl who believes there’s a whale in her pond. She writes letters to Greenpeace and they write back to her with some advice.

The Paper Bag Princess

I used this book in a PSHE lesson (Personal, Social, Health). I used it to discuss stereotypes.

How to Live Forever

I absolutely loved this book which we’ve read as part of our reading books. I am a big promoter of picture books to children as there’s some really detailed picture books with complex issues that are aimed at older children. We had this massive debate about immortality. It was fantastic.

What do you think of the books we’ve read recently? Have you read any of them?

Top Ten Tuesday- Books With Red, White and Blue On The Covers

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January 2018. It’s all about love of lists, love of literature and bringing bookish people together. 

This week’s list is all about celebrating the 4th of July! I’m not American but the UK has the same colours in its flag. I’m not going to comment on the books individually. I’m just going to appreciate the pretty covers! So here we go…

I’m not as creative as some who I’m sure are going to make it look like the US flag! I’ll just appreciate the pretties.

The only book out of this selection that I haven’t read is The Life Lucy Knew. All of the others I can recommend! Especially One and Me Before You. 

What did you do for your list this week? Feel free to leave a link to your post and I’ll stop by!

Beth and Chrissi Do Kid Lit- Diary of A Wimpy Kid

Diary of a Wimpy Kid (Diary of a Wimpy Kid, #1)

How did I get it?:
I bought it!


It’s a new school year, and Greg Heffley finds himself thrust into middle school, where undersized weaklings share the hallways with kids who are taller, meaner, and already shaving. The hazards of growing up before you’re ready are uniquely revealed through words and drawings as Greg records them in his diary.

In book one of this debut series, Greg is happy to have Rowley, his sidekick, along for the ride. But when Rowley’s star starts to rise, Greg tries to use his best friend’s newfound popularity to his own advantage, kicking off a chain of events that will test their friendship in hilarious fashion.

Author/illustrator Jeff Kinney recalls the growing pains of school life and introduces a new kind of hero who epitomizes the challenges of being a kid. As Greg says in his diary, “Just don’t expect me to be all ‘Dear Diary’ this and ‘Dear Diary’ that.” Luckily for us, what Greg Heffley says he won’t do and what he actually does are two very different things.

Since its launch in May 2004 on, the Web version of Diary of a Wimpy Kid has been viewed by 20 million unique online readers. This year, it is averaging 70,000 readers a day.


This book is so popular right now in schools, so when we decided to add some modern Kid Lit to our challenge, I immediately thought of this book. I can understand why it’s so popular with young children. I think it’s relatable to many children and I can imagine that many reluctant readers would enjoy this book which also uses cartoons! It’s an easy to read book which has some wonderfully humorous moments.

Diary of A Wimpy Kid didn’t take me long to read at all. It’s in a short diary entry format, so for more relectuant or slower readers, it’s bite sized and easy to digest. I thought it was chatty and fun to read for young children. Greg writes about his life, family and school.

I didn’t think he was a particularly likeable character, but that could be because this book isn’t aimed at me. I just found him to be a bad friend. I don’t know, perhaps this will improve with the series, but I don’t think it’s a series I will continue to read. I’m glad it’s on my radar to use with young children though.

I know the children that have read this book are lapping up the series and I’m pleased it’s inspiring children to read.

For Beth’s review please check out her blog HERE

Would I recommend it?:

Reading next in the Beth and Chrissi Do Kid Lit Challenge (April):
Flour Babies- Anne Fine

Beth and Chrissi do Kid-Lit 2015: The books are revealed…

Beth and I have been completing a Kid-Lit Challenge for 2 years now. This year we thought we’d shake it up a bit and add modern children’s literature to our list! Here is our completed list. My picks are in purple and Beth’s are in red!

JANUARY- Five Children And It- E.Nesbit

FEBRUARY- Pollyanna- Eleanor H.Porter

MARCH- Diary of A Wimpy Kid- Jeff Kinney

APRIL- Flour Babies- Anne Fine 

MAY- The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe- C.S Lewis

JUNE- Velveteen Rabbit- Margery Bianco 

JULY- Gangsta Granny- David Walliams 

AUGUST- The Graveyard Book- Neil Gaiman

SEPTEMBER- Watership Down- Richard Adams

OCTOBER- Goodnight Mister Tom- Michelle Magorian

NOVEMBER- The Class That Went Wild- Ruth Thomas

DECEMBER- Percy Jackson and The Lightning Thief- Rick Riordan

What do you make of our picks? Have you read any of them? Let us know!

A Week In The Life Of A Primary PGCE Student: Tired but happy?

Every Sunday (hopefully) I shall be posting a personal post about my massive new venture. I am going to University to train to be a primary school teacher. I will be trained to work with 5-11 year olds. It’s known to be a very, very stressful time so I’m hoping I can channel my thoughts and feelings into a blog post. It gives you an insight into what’s going on in my life and hopefully it’ll be incredibly therapeutic for me. I will NOT be naming any children, schools or teaching staff. I won’t even mention what University I’m at. I hope that’s understandable. If personal posts aren’t your thing then feel free to skip these posts. I won’t mind!


Oh another Monday. How they come around so soon! I finished Geography today, so basically I’m now trained to teach Geography. Hmmm… I feel confident enough, but it’s definitely going to be a subject that I have to keep my eye on. It changes so often. I feel energised about it though. I really feel like I could make it fun and exciting and hopefully take into account the children’s personal geographies. Science was fun as it was practical. I’m feeling very enthusiastic about Science. Now there’s a sentence I didn’t think I’d ever write…


Tuesday went by quite quickly considering that I knew that at the end of the day I was going to find out whether I had a school or not to start working in the week after next. I enjoyed my English day, but really I was waiting to find out where I was going to be placed. I won’t mention the school name as obviously I want to keep that confidential. I will say that it’s quite a large Primary school (so 4-11 years old). I am going to be in Year 4 which is 8-9 year olds. I’m happy with this age group. My experience is largely with 5-6 year olds so I’m happy to have something completely different!


It really felt like it should have been Friday. I was so exhausted on Wednesday. I found myself switching off in lessons which I hate, as it’s not the lecturer’s fault. I’m just so drained at the moment. It’s not just the days at University. It’s the evenings when I’m working too. I am still having my one day off a week. I can’t cope without a day off. I think the problem with Wednesday’s is I have a 3 hour P.E lesson which is physically draining in itself! I’m now trained to teach P.E though. No more P.E lessons for me (until I teach them…)


Thursday is always a Maths day. It went okay today though. I have a much better attitude towards Maths and that’s improving my enjoyment of it. The team are always enthusiastic and have great ideas to use with children! I’m noticing that all of my friends are feeling as tired as I am. It feels like we’ve hit a wall this week. We just don’t have the motivation at the moment. We handed in an assignment, but you couldn’t tell we had… you’d think we would’ve been happy!


Friday was a much needed shorter day for me. I may have quite a bit to do this weekend, but at least I know I don’t have to get up early at the weekend if I don’t want to! My lecture today had quite dry content, but it was incredibly informative. So much to think about! First… THE WEEKEND!!!

Book bought this week for my collection (image goes to Goodreads):


Next week: My last week at university before I spend some time at my school!!!