I work with Early Years children and act as a consultant for Early Years Education, literature and literacy and occasionally RE. With an MA in Education, particular interest in picture books, poetry and books with a ‘spiritual’ dimension, I have spent all my career furthering the role of literature as a vehicle for literary (and literacy) development and am the author of Learning to Read with Picture Books.

Over the past few years I have become very concerned with the narrowly conceived, prescriptive views of literature being promoted to teachers and hence, to children. This present pre-occupation in far too many schools, with a largely functional approach to literacy and emphasis on the mechanistic ‘bit-parts’ aspects,  means that it is all too easy for the unique and fundamental role of literature in developing the imagination and in children’s meaning making, to be overlooked.

Essentially I see story as a kind of ‘sacred space’ – a place from which to become aware, to contact the spirit – that essential spark within. However, for literature to play that role in education of the imagination, it must take centre stage in the curriculum and be viewed, not primarily as a way of doing, but rather, as a way of being, or of helping children to be and to become.

In these pages, I hope to be able to highlight books , both those recently published as well as ones that have been well and truly tried and tested, that ‘work’ with children either at home, playgroups, nurseries or schools. In some instances, there will be ideas for working with the books


  • Liang Fan  On February 23, 2012 at 7:50 pm

    Nice to see your blog once more, its been a month already. I want this article to total my assignment in the university, and it has same topic together with your post. Thanks, terrific share.

  • judybramwell  On October 9, 2012 at 12:27 am

    This website is a wonderful resource for parents and grandparents who want to encourage their children or grandchildren to love books from a very early age. There are brilliant recommendations in a whole host of categories and the site is regularly updated. You cannot fail to find titles here that your children will love. Not only will they love to listen, they will want to read them for themselves.

  • Daniele  On February 5, 2013 at 5:36 pm

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    why i have read it completely

  • Brian  On March 7, 2013 at 5:12 am

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  • Jane Massey  On March 18, 2014 at 7:49 pm

    Hi Jill

    Thanks for your kind review of ‘Do Dare Duck’.
    Best Wishes
    Jane Massey

  • belindambrock  On April 14, 2014 at 12:00 am

    Hi Jill, I enjoy your website but cannot find any contact info for you. I would like to email you.

  • sarahwarburton  On July 29, 2014 at 8:11 pm

    Hi Jill, thanks for such a great Review of Max and the Won’t go to Bed Show. xx

  • david mackintosh  On August 4, 2014 at 11:25 am

    Hello Jill,
    thank you for including Lucky in your picture book reviews.
    best wishes from David

  • Trudi Mann  On August 4, 2014 at 4:48 pm

    Hearty congratulations on the wonderful book on FEELING DIFFEREN
    T by the talented CRAIG POMRANZ… ‘MADE BY RAFFI”…touchingly brilliant. Trudi Mann

  • New Books Reviews  On October 3, 2014 at 10:29 am

    Hi its my first time to commenting
    anyplace, when i read this post i thought I should also comment – brilliant post.

  • jdtcreates  On November 14, 2014 at 6:24 pm

    I loved reading picture books as a kid (and I still pick up longer ones to read sometimes). I especially look forward to seeing your reviews, so I can get an idea of what to give picture book audience in my upcoming picture book.

  • Денис Савченко  On September 17, 2015 at 8:23 am


  • jane cabrera  On September 23, 2016 at 12:12 pm

    Dear Jill,
    I have only just found the lovely review of my books. I’d like to say a big Thank You! Very best wishes Jane

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