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The Ogress and the Orphans - Kelly Barnhill

With a strapline of 'There is kindness in magic', and the publishing date being a Thursday when I start my #kindnessripple on Twitter (follow me as @richreadlot), how could I not agree to be part of the blog tour for this enchanting tale from New York Times bestselling author, Kelly Barnhill, out today from Piccadilly Press? Publisher's Synopsis A new fantasy classic from the Newbery Medal winning and New York Times bestselling author of THE GIRL WHO DRANK THE MOON Stone-in-t

Too Small Tola and the Three Fine Girls - Atinuke, Onyinye Iwu

Three charming stories about a young girl who lives in a flat in Lagos with her sister, Moji, who is very clever; her brother, Dapo, who is very fast; and Grandmummy, who is very bossy. Too Small Tola is just the right size to fit under the bed and rescue Grandmummy's most prized possession when it goes missing. Her abilities in maths prove to be very helpful when Grandmummy becomes ill. In the title story, though Grandmummy can't afford to buy Tola new clothes, Tola turns ou

Who do we tag and what does it say….? Connections

Written as part of a collaborative blog series with Education Round Tables ( and Ben Brown (@EdRoundtables) and published on their website and here Oct 2020. One of the most significant events of my life took place when I was 15. Growing up in a very small, divided and insular community in Northern Ireland, I was hyper-aware of who and how/if/whether I could/should connect with others outside of my own ‘group’ (unfortunately based on religious orientation/


‘Kindness’ (UPDATED FOR THURSDAY 9th JULY 2020) UPDATE: It may well be the case that you read the blog below, or saw it on Twinkl or which case, you may be aware that it set off a bit of a 'chain' (or should I say, created 'ripples') across the Twitter group of educators I'm pleased to be associated with. The response was so positive that I've decided to try a regular 'ripple' event, every Thursday, where I'll post, tag someone else who has shown kindness, and th



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