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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.
Open the door and see who is there: a cat in a hat, a fox in socks, a dog and a frog; and they all want to play! But the final visitor is not so welcome - a dinosaur - ROAR! * Yellow/Band 3 books offer varied sentence structure and natural language. * Text type - A rhyming story with a predictable and repetitive pattern. * A storyboard on pages 14 and 15 gives children the opportunity to recap and discuss the story. * Curriculum links - Music: exploring sounds, including chants. * This book has been levelled for Reading Recovery. This book has been quizzed for Accelerated Reader.
Gran has sent an exciting birthday present but how long will Woody have to wait for his gift, a model house, to be built? The new flatpack toy presents Woody's family with a challenge but as the days go by, Woody has an idea of his own. Who needs a kit to build a house when the gift comes in a box large enough to design a house of your own? * Red B/Band 2B books offer simple but varied text with familiar objects and actions, combined with simple story development and a satisfying conclusion. * Text type - A story with a predictable structure and patterned language. * Pages 14 and 15 feature a pictorial summary of Woody's week, providing an ideal opportunity for reinforcing the days of the week. * This book has been levelled for Reading Recovery. This book has been quizzed for Accelerated Reader.
When Robbie and Gaz hear a strange howling sound in the woods behind Robbie's house, they decide it's their chance to take a photo of a big cat and make a fortune selling it to the papers. Nothing quite goes according to plan, but Robbie and Gaz end up famous for entirely different reasons. Particularly suitable for struggling, reluctant and dyslexic readers aged 7+
Much to Tommo's dismay, his teacher wants everyone in the class to have a penpal. But he's in for a big surprise! Share Tommo's sad times and his happy times - and meet Shelley who raps, rhymes and jokes in her letters from America..
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
This title is part of Bug Club, the first whole-school reading programme that joins books with an online reading world to teach today's children to read. In this Green-C level Horribilly book: When Horribilly breaks a school chair, the children decide to put on an art show to raise money to buy a new one. Horribilly paints an extra SPECIAL painting for the show, but spills water on it. Things go from bad to worse...
The Potter family are having a great time at sea until they realise that Captain Kev cannot count! So the twins and Captain Kev go to school. Captain Kev sorts out the bullies and becomes the star of the school, but one day he feels sad. When everyone learns that it's his birthday they celebrate, and he is happy again. Part of the Bug Club reading series used in over 3500 schools Helps your child develop reading fluency and confidence Suitable for children age 6-7 (Year 2) Book band: White B Phonics phase: 6
One of four Silly Sausage titles in the Rockets series for children just beginning to enjoy reading. Who's ever heard of a dog that's scared of cats? Fitz and Spatz the cats can't stop laughing at Sausage. Then one night they all get to the haunted house and the laughing turns into something else...Ages 5-7+