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Lisa Thompson

What was your favourite childhood book and why?

Charlotte's Web by E. B. White had a profound effect on me when I read it as a child as it was the first book to make me cry. I remember thinking how incredible it was that just pieces of paper, covered with words, had the ability to make me feel so emotional! That was when I first realised how powerful books could be. 

Which of your own books is your favourite and why?

I think most authors would say that this is a really difficult question to answer! I usually say The Goldfish Boy as it was my first to be published. The feeling of seeing my book in a book shop for the very first time will stay with me forever!  I think The Light Jar has been my favourite to write. It's quite dark and there are a few twists and turns. I love to take a reader in a direction they weren't expecting!

Why do you choose to read?

For me, reading is a way to relax and also a way to create films in your very own head! Even if we read the same book the pictures we imagine will look different to all of us and I love that!  Also you can't beat the feeling of being really engrossed in a book, the feeling of loss when you turn the last page, and the excitement of beginning another one!

Top Texts

Top Texts for October

October’s favourite read aloud books are chosen by Sarah Paxton, lead of the New Wave English Hub based in Hackney.

Top Texts for September

​This month’s favourite read aloud recommendations are made by Sonia Thompson, Head Teacher at St Matthew’s C.E. Teaching and Research School.

Top Texts for August

Great read aloud choices here for older readers, our top texts for August have been chosen by Fiona Evans, who is Director of Programmes at the National Literacy Trust.

Top Texts for July

​Karl Duke selects some high quality texts to promote reading to inspire learning for all.

Top Texts for June

Richard Charlesworth introduces picture books and graphic novels that create an emotional response in the reader.