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Prenderland News and Interviews

Interview with Deputy Headteacher, Pete Allen

April Prendergast

"Back to school" has been a big theme all over the country for the past couple of weeks.  We hope it has gone really well for you all.

We have been lucky enough to interview Deputy Headteacher, Mr Allen, to find out why he loves being a teach and whery he thinks reading is such an important part of a child's development.

 

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Interview with BookTrust's Emily Drabble

April Prendergast

BookTrust is the UK's largest children's reading charity. Each year they reach 3.4 million children across the UK with books, resources and support.

Emily Drabble from BookTrust very kindly agreed to do this interview with us so that we could find out more about BookTrust and how we can all support the incredible work it does.

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Interview with Stacey Painter, founder of Mama Knows Best

April Prendergast

Stacey has recently set up her own business, Mama Knows Best, in order to help others in relation to fertility, pregnancy and birth. Giving birth to her lovely daughter is the biggest achievement of her life so far.  It sparked her desire to get the word out there and give others the same empowering experience that she had.  Birth evokes powerful emotions that remain forever with you, sometimes as strong as the day you gave birth. Stacey wants others to experience what she and so many Wise Hippo mamas have had.

Stacey kindly agreed to do this interview so that we could find out more about her and her fabulous new business.

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Interview with writer and aspiring children's author - Lowri Kirkham

April Prendergast

Lowri has been writing stories for the last five years and mainly writes picture books and young adult fiction novels. She is justcompleting a BA in Childhood and youth studies with a focus on Children's literature. For many years she didn't share her stories but this last year or so she has started to turn writing into a profession.

Lowri kindly agreed to do this interview with us so that we could find out more about her and her wonderful stories.

 

 

 

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Interview with author and illustrator, Ellie Sandall

April Prendergast

Ellie writes and illustrates children's picture books and Booktrust recently chose her book "Everybunny Dance" to help them celebrate National Bookstart week.  Ellie also runs children's art classes from her beautiful little studio in Lincolnshire.  We were delighted when Ellie kindly agreed to be interviewed by us so that we could find out lots more about her and her wonderful work.

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Interview with Gavin Rhodes, author of Superstar Kids

April Prendergast

Gavin has recently self-published his first children's book - Superstar Kids.  Studying Finance at University in Manchester and subsequently working in banking and technology for 15 years isn't the most traditional route for a budding children's book author, so we spoke to Gavin to find out more about him and his book.

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National Bookstart Week

April Prendergast

This week has been National Bookstart Week and there have been lots of fantastic events all across the country.  It has been extra special this year as BookTrust celebrated 25 years of helping families enjoy reading together through the Bookstart Programme.

The theme this year has been Let’s Explore Outdoors!

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Interview with young entrepreneurs from Henrietta Barnett Grammar School

April Prendergast

Firefly are a group of 16 highly motivated and passionate girls from Henrietta Barnett Grammar School who took on the challenge of a Young Enterprise Project and have created a fantastic, glow in the dark, children's book.

We absolutely love their philosophy which is "to teach young children that everyone is special in their own way."  They believe that every child glows without exception and their goal is to send that message to children everywhere.

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Interview with N.G.K. Author of Harry The Happy Mouse

April Prendergast

N.G.K. is the bestselling children's picture book author whose first book 'Harry The Happy Mouse' has featured on the Amazon bestseller lists in Paperback and eBook. N.G.K. has worked with Janelle Dimmett to produce what has been called "a future classic". Used in schools across the world, Harry The Happy Mouse promotes 'Pay It Forward', teaching children about kindness. The Harry The Happy Mouse books have gone to number one in both America and the UK.

We were delighted to interview N.G.K and find out more about him and his books.

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Interview with paediatrician, Dr Emily Whitehouse

April Prendergast

Emily qualified as a doctor in 2008 after studying medicine and psychology at Edinburgh University.  She now works in Manchester Children's Hospital and has 18 months left before completing training to become a consultant in paediatrics.  She enjoys sleeping, eating and trying to find time to read, play the piano and see friends and family in her spare time.

We would love you to read our interview with Emily, in which she shares her advice for preparing a child for a visit to hospital, tells us where parents and carers can go for more help, provides book recommendations and much more!

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Alphabet and Number Flash Cards

April Prendergast

We are very excited to announce that our alphabet and number flash cards are now available online.  We have been working really hard over the past couple of months developing these beautiful cards and are incredibly pleased with the finished product!

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Interview with Nicole, founder of The Kids' Kitchen

April Prendergast

The Kids' Kitchen, founded by Nicole, runs award-winning cooking classes for children in London.  They love showing children just how much fun cooking can be and, by involving them in preparing and cooking their own meals, encourage them to try new foods.  Excitingly, they also provide bespoke birthday parties tailored to the age and interests of the little birthday chef.

We were over the moon when Nicole said she would be happy to be interviewed for our blog and we hope you enjoy reading her insights into cooking with children.

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Interview with the lovely Nicky Raby

April Prendergast

Nicky is an actor, presenter, writer, speaker, coach, blogger, mummy and my lovely sister-in-law. She has always been self-employed, designing her career as she goes along and loves helping others do the same. 

Nicky is a big dreamer and always has lots of ideas.  We were really excited when she agreed to this interview as we had lots of questions for her about memory techniques, motivation and confidence.  We also spoke to her about children's books of course!

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Interview with dyslexia specialist, Nichola Turner

April Prendergast

Nichola is a dyslexia specialist who loves working with children and has had a wonderfully varied career.  Her teaching roles have enabled her to work within socially deprived areas and in top academic independent schools, including internationally where many of the children spoke English as a second or third language.

Nichola kindly agreed to talk to us about dyslexia, to help us understand more about what it is, the signs to look out for in children and where we can go for more information and advice.

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