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Liz Brownlee

What was your favourite childhood book and why?

My favourite children’s book when very young was an anthology of rhymes called Jolly Jingles (my brother and I particularly liked the one where a little boy bought a whistle and started to play, toody, oodly, oodly, ay, and his mother said stop it, my hair will turn grey).  A little older and my favourite was The Magician’s Nephew, the first in the Narnia series by C. S. Lewis; magical, fantastical, with a frisson of fear. And my all-time favourite at 10 was A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle – my first taste of the strangeness of science fiction. I took it out of the library, took it back and took it straight out again until I had my own copy.

Which of your own books is your favourite and why?

Apes to Zebras because I so enjoyed making the animal-shaped poems, or Be the Change, Poems to Help You Save the World, which is a subject very close to my heart.

Why do you choose to read?

I love opening a book and stepping straight into being someone else, in another world, escaping whatever else is happening around me in mine. Reading books I’ve experienced wonder, astonishment, alternative cultures, other ways of being and thinking, and it’s given me a toolkit into understanding other people. There is never nothing to do when you have a book.

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.