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Michaela Morgan was born in Manchester which she left in order to misspend her youth in more exotic locations.
She now spends six months of the year in Brighton (where sadly she has yet to fulfil her potential as a rollerblader) and six months keeping warm on the Cote d’Azur.
She was educated at the Universities of Warwick (BA Hons English), Leicester (Postgraduate Certificate in Education) and Cambridge (Further Studies in Education).
Michaela has taught a wide age range, from bright-eyed infants to jaded fraudsters. She was a writer in residence in prisons and has run many workshops for children and adults.
A popular speaker at national and international conferences, her work includes a British Council sponsored trip to South Africa to give talks and run workshops with teachers in townships. She has also visited schools in France and Spain.
In the UK she has spoken at: UKRA conference, Primary English conference, the University of Leicester School of Education, University of Nottingham School of Education and the Federation of Children’s Books. She has contributed to many conferences and INSETs.
Book Band: White Ideal for ages 6+ | A plump and playful, loyal and loving, lovely little long dog called Sausage is the hero of this entertaining story, which will really appeal to children just ready to start reading for themselves. Sausage is planning his birthday party, but the family’s two cats Fitz and Spatz, are determined to spoil it. Short, action-filled chapters, carefully selected vocabulary, attractive illustrations and the funny story make this a perfect book for beginner readers. In Bloomsbury’s new Young Readers series there are also useful prompts for adults on the best way to share the story plus ideas for follow up activities.
Interest Age 7-12 Reading Age 7 Clever telling keeps this story spooky and surprising. Chapter one and Robbie and Gareth are local celebrities being interviewed by local TV. But why? A story of ghostly goings on in the local woods, bravery plus a bit of playground humiliation is revealed leading up to a surprise twist in the tale as we learn just what was making those creepy night-time howling noises and why the boys are in the spotlight. Part of Barrington Stoke’s 4U2Read series, this has been edited to a reading age of seven, but the boys’ adventure makes for really satisfying reading for children aged 8 to 12, and they are a very likeable, believable couple of rascals. ~ Andrea Reece Particularly suitable for struggling, reluctant and dyslexic readers aged 7+ Barrington Stoke is the foremost publisher of dyslexia friendly books and those for reluctant readers. Here on Lovereading4kids we are constantly selecting new titles and refreshing our special dyslexia friendly category. Click here to view our current selection which is broken down by age range.
Interest Age Teen Reading Age 7+ An amazing true story, this is the life of Walter Tull. Tull was a brave and true young man who became the first black footballer in top flight football and then earned a new kind of respect for his bravery in World War One. Walter and his younger brother were sent to live in a children’s home when they were orphaned as children. Walter always showed an exceptional talent for football and he was soon signed up first for the top amateur club and then at Tottenham Hotspurs. Tully experienced racism when he played away games but he continued to play brilliant football and did his best to ignore the taunts. When World War One broke out Tull enlisted and such showed exceptional skill and such good leadership qualities that he was made an officer! Particularly suitable for struggling, reluctant and dyslexic readers aged 12+
Shortlisted for the Blue Peter Book Awards 2013 - Best Book with Facts | In personal jottings, photos and pictures, this scrapbook brings alive a pioneering black footballer and British officer in the First World War who lived outside the limitations of his age - from Walter's childhood in an orphanage through his footballing years at Spurs and Northampton to the Western Front, highlighting the Christmas Day Truce of 1914, Walter's officer training - pipe, moustache and all! - ending with his death on the Somme, his memorials and his legacy.
Delight in all the things you are NOT meant to do! “Don’t lend your hat and coat to a goat. Don’t try to dress a fox in a frilly bonnet and pink socks.” Toddlers will delight in the absurdity of the suggestions which are all posed in delightfully simple rhyme. Nick Sharratt’s illustrations capture brilliantly the madcap essence of the verses.
This is a wonderfully evocative piece of writing that is both an incredibly emotional read but also an uplifting one to anyone who has ever experienced bullying or torment. Danni is a boy with a new life, in a new country – it should be exciting but he’s bullied at school and when he’s not at school the nightmares are getting ever more powerful, until that is a sad event sparks a magical moment that changes his life for the better.
There are two separate stories in this comic, Horribilly's Music is based on the familiar character from the Green Level fiction books. In this story, Horribilly has trouble finding a musical instrument to suit him. In addition, there is an illustrated poem and a short piece of Non-fiction about cooking. Part of the Bug Club reading series used in over 3500 schools Helps your child develop reading fluency and confidence Suitable for children age 5-6 (Year 1) Book band: Green - all levels Phonics phase: 5
How did we first try to get to the Moon? What were the first creatures in space? And why do footprints never disappear on the Moon? Find out all about space travel and Moon landings in this simple non-fiction report accompanied by amazing photographs. * Blue/Band 4 books offer longer, repeated patterns with sequential events and integrated literary and natural language. * Text type: A simple non-fiction report. * A diagram of some of the different attempts to get to the moon on pages 14-15 help children recap and provide a wealth of speaking and listening opportunities. * Curriculum links: ICT: the information around us. * This book has been quizzed for Accelerated Reader.
A family of matchmaking mice helps lovestruck bunnies Tino and Teeny piece together their true feelings. (Runtime 6 min, 52 sec)
Mark knows sharks. He knows how they think, live and hunt. He doesn't know there's a hungry shark out there, right now. And it's heading his way...This is a white-knuckle adventure story. This work features: first class award-winning authors; appealing, gripping plots guaranteed to interest teenagers and provoke discussion; and top quality, age-appropriate illustrations. It is in huge demand - in 2005 over 35 per cent of 14-year-olds were failing to reach their expected standard of literacy. It also features stylish packaging; and extensive trialling by teenagers with the target reading age that ensures accessibility.
Diggety Dog is looking for a bone. But no matter how far he digs, he only seems to manage to uncover trouble! Children will love this fun rhyming story by Michaela Morgan. * Yellow / Band 3 - A humorous rhyming story * Text type - Fiction * The focus phonemes in this book are y (ugly), o-e, ea and i-e. * The map of Diggety's hole on the final spread allows children to discuss the characters the dog met along the way. * This book has been quizzed for Accelerated Reader.
The Thing in the Basement is an atmospheric mystery story with a school setting. When the boy arrives at his new school everything is strange and different. The big, Victorian building has many storeys and a basement...As he passes the basement he notices a smell of heat and soot and burning. He looks down there and suddenly there's bang and a flash, a roaring sound. He knows there's something down there. Something nasty...something monstrous. And as the day goes on, all the evidence leads to suggest that the 'something' is a dragon...
Tino and Teeny are lovely lovelorn bunny rabbits, living just a few hops from each other. If only one of them could overcome their shyness and speak to the other! When their efforts to woo each other with writing are ruined by a rainstorm it looks like they may never meet. Thank goodness there is a family of miniature matchmakers nesting nearby to help piece together their true feelings.
Build your child's reading confidence at home with books at the right level School Book Character day is coming up and Tig is worried as his Mum has found him a frilly Little Boy Blue outfit. Can he get away with turning up as yet another footballer? A strange turn of events leads to a most unexpected outcome. *Lime/Band 11 books have longer sentence structures and a greater use of literary language. * Text type - A story with a familiar setting. * Labelled pictures of Tig's different costumes on pages 30 and 31 provide lots of opportunities for speaking and listening. * Curriculum links - Citizenship: Choices, Taking part. * This book has been levelled for Reading Recovery. * This book has been quizzed for Accelerated Reader.
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