Welcome to the first blog post for this year with primary ITE lecturers Rachel Eperjesi and Tracey Wire.


Rachel and Tracey both lecture in English on our undergraduate and postgraduate primary teacher training courses. In this series, they will be sharing some children’s literature with us . . .

Sorry it’s taken me so long to catch up with you; it’s taken me a little while to read all the books you recommended to me last year. So what have you got for us this time?

Rachel:  Well, this time we thought we would share some books that might be more suitable for children in foundation stage and KS1.

Tracey:  Yes, we are going to take the opportunity to share with you two picture books whose authors we were lucky enough to meet at a conference in the summer. Both have published lots of children’s books and these are their most recent publications.

Rachel:  Let’s start with Tooth Fairy in Training by Michelle Robinson (@MicheRobinson), illustrated by Briony May Smith (@BrionyMaySmith).

Tracey:  This book is a narrative poem about Tate, who is learning the craft of being a tooth fairy from her sister May, and the adventures they have along the way.

Rachel:  We loved the fact that they visited animals as well as humans, which provides the opportunity to extend children’s vocabulary and, perhaps, engage with some language play themselves.

Tracey:  The text is beautifully supported by Briony May Smith’s charming illustrations. There is certainly a lot of pink and shimmer here!

Rachel: This is a lovely book to share with your whole class for the pure enjoyment of reading. It would particularly appeal to KS1 children who are likely to be receiving visits from the tooth fairy themselves. It would also be an ideal book corner addition, with lots of detail to explore in the pictures.

Tracey: Our second book choice, A Dog’s Tale, comes from Michael Rosen (@MichaelRosenYes) and is illustrated by the wonderful Tony Ross.

Rachel:  As always, Michael Rosen provides us with a thoroughly engaging rhyming story. This time he writes about the relationship between an anxious young pup and his doggy mentor.

Tracey:  The humour in the poetry is supported by joyous illustrations, which really add to the overall sense of delight when reading the book.

Rachel:  Children will love the story as it stands and are likely to return to it time and time again, but it could also provide a rich stimulus for PSHE lessons  and deeper class discussions.

Tracey:  The book addresses lots of themes around, for example, dealing with life’s challenges, building an individual identity, coping with loss and the true meaning of friendship. Because of this, we think this book has the potential to be used with lots of different ages in a primary school.

Well, thank you both for those recommendations. It’s nice to hear about something a little bit different this time; I always enjoy reading picture books.

If you missed the last blog post, it can be found here: https://uniofglos.blog/education/2019/04/29/welcome-to-the-third-blog-post-in-our-series-with-primary-ite-lecturers-rachel-eperjesi-and-tracey-wire/