Staff Reading Page

At Holy Redeemer we all Love to Read!

(Scroll down and see what our staff have to say about their love of books.)

Mrs Andrews loves books!

Reading is very important as it enables us to visit amazing places, encounter new people, events and periods in time from the comfort of our chair. There is such joy in getting “lost” in a good book that can transform into a time machine, a best friend, a teacher of new words and information all rolled into one. Reading helps to spark our imagination and gives our brain a necessary workout, improves our memory and even helps to keep the rest of our body calm.  
I have always loved  reading and one of my favourite things to read when I was little was my father’s old Beano Annuals. I read my primary school library twice over before I left and went on to study Literature so have never lost my love for reading. My favourite book is “Wuthering Heights” by Emily Brontē (I have read it many times and always discover something new with each read). I still enjoy all the stories by Roald Dahl with his nonsense words and incredible imagination. “The Twits” and “The Witches” are two of my favourite Ronald Dahl stories with some great messages in them. Other books I would recommend are all the David Walliams stories and “Wilf the mighty warrior” by Georgina Pritchett. I also enjoyed “Where the Wild Things are” by Maurice Sendak as a child and I am currently reading “Goodnight Mr Tom” again this time to my children by Michelle Magorian.
Reading is a marvellous thing that will take you to many places, improve your vocabulary and expand your mind. One of my favourite quotes on reading is from the wonderful C.S Lewis: “We read to know we are not alone”

Mrs Barker Loves Reading

After a long day I love to relax and unwind with a good book. I like nothing more than to ‘get lost’ in a book, being transported to a different world and time. As a child I remember both my parents reading bedtime stories to me as I drifted off to sleep. I loved the Mr Men, The Blackberry Farm stories and the The Famous Five to name but a few and now I have taken over and love reading to my own daughter. There are so many wonderful picture books and amazing authors, with favourite stories to read over and over again.

 

Favourite Book

I have always loved the story of the Twits by Roald Dahl and thoroughly enjoy reading it to my class and daughter. I love the way in which Mr and Mrs Twit play tricks and try to outwit each other.

 

My Favourite Authors

Julia Donaldson (1948–) is an English writer, playwright and performer most famous for her rhyming tales for children. She has written over 150 books and more than 20 plays, and won multiple awards for her work. Julia loves to engage children in reading and performance – a skill she used as the UK’s Children’s Laureate (2011–2013).

 

 

 

 

 

 

Enid Mary Blyton (11 August 1897 – 28 November 1968) was an English children’s writer whose books have been among the world’s best-sellers since the 1930s, selling more than 600 million copies. Blyton’s books are still enormously popular, and have been translated into 90 languages.

Enid Blyton takes me back to my childhood and those happy memories of bedtime stories. I loved the Noddy series and as I got older the Famous Five and Secret Seven took over.

Reading is important to Mrs Breakwell. 

Reading is important to me because it takes you out of yourself and transports you to other worlds. One of my favourite books is ‘The Mousehole Cat”; I love animals, especially cats and as an artist I am really entranced by the illustrations. One of my other favourite authors is Roald Dahl, and I love Quentin Blake’s illustrations. Having said all of that, I think my favourite books are J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter books. I can spend hours immersed in her magical world-hiding with Harry under his invisibility cloak, prowling the halls of Hogwarts at night, soaring through the sky on a broomstick and battling Voldemort and his Death Eaters…


Mrs Brennan Loves to Read

As a child I loved to read, visiting the library was such an exciting time as I got to bring home new and exciting books. Roald Dahl was my first favourite author and still is. His imagination and made-up words make his books a pleasure to read. I remember reading the enormous crocodile so many times I could recite it off by heart and would do daily, performing it in front of my family!  

As I grew older, I fell in love with Enid Blyton’s books, particularly her famous five and secret seven series. I loved the adventures she bought to wherever I was reading.  

After training to be a teacher I have fallen back in love with picture books. I discovered a whole new world where picture books can be used across KS1 and 2! Due to their absence or limited text, it leaves the messages in the book up to individual interpretation. The children can find their own meaning in the wonderful pictures and worlds created.  

‘The Dot’ is my current favourite book (although it changes quite often!). As a lover of art and picture books this book drew me in. It’s not only is a lovely story with illustrations to match but it has as lovely message, that anyone can be an artist.  

Reading is Important to Mrs Clay.

I loved reading books as a child. My earliest memory is of reading books at bedtime and waking up in the morning having spent the night lying on books – I had gone to sleep reading…again.

As a child, I enjoyed reading books by Lorna Hill and Roald Dahl (Danny, the Champion of the World, George’s Marvellous Medicine), but my favourite author was Judith M Berrisford. I was enthralled by the adventures of her heroine, Jackie, and would totally immerse myself in the world created on the pages of that series of books. It was wonderful.

It is very hard to choose, but I would probably say that my favourite book was ‘Wind in the Willows’ by Kenneth Grahame. I find the awe, nostalgia and camaraderie captivating and the beautiful use of language to describe the countryside and its inhabitants makes me want to read lines over again:

“All this he saw, for one moment breathless and intense, vivid on the morning sky; and still, as he looked, he lived; and still, as he lived, he wondered.”

“The Mole was bewitched, entranced, fascinated. By the side of the river he trotted as one trots, when very small, by the side of a man who holds one spellbound by exciting stories; and when tired at last, he sat on the bank, while the river still chattered on to him, a babbling procession of the best stories in the world, sent from the heart of the earth to be told at last to the insatiable sea.”

Reading is important to Mrs Chatterton. 

I loved reading books as a child. My earliest memory is of reading books at bedtime and waking up in the morning having spent the night lying on books – I had gone to sleep reading…again.

As a child, I enjoyed reading books by Lorna Hill and Roald Dahl (Danny, the Champion of the World, George’s Marvellous Medicine), but my favourite author was Judith M Berrisford. I was enthralled by the adventures of her heroine, Jackie, and would totally immerse myself in the world created on the pages of that series of books. It was wonderful.

It is very hard to choose, but I would probably say that my favourite book was ‘Wind in the Willows’ by Kenneth Grahame. I find the awe, nostalgia and camaraderie captivating and the beautiful use of language to describe the countryside and its inhabitants makes me want to read lines over again:

“All this he saw, for one moment breathless and intense, vivid on the morning sky; and still, as he looked, he lived; and still, as he lived, he wondered.”

“The Mole was bewitched, entranced, fascinated. By the side of the river he trotted as one trots, when very small, by the side of a man who holds one spellbound by exciting stories; and when tired at last, he sat on the bank, while the river still chattered on to him, a babbling procession of the best stories in the world, sent from the heart of the earth to be told at last to the insatiable sea.”

Mr Hall Loves to Read

As a child books were a really important part of our daily life. I loved to share a book with my sister-often a Where’s Wally, or an Usborne Quest book, and always looked forward to bedtime, and listening to our mum read to us. For me, books were always about adventure and exploring new worlds. Early childhood favourites were ‘Owl Babies’, ‘Where’s My Teddy’ and ‘We’re all Going on a Bear Hunt’.  I also loved poetry and spent many hours listening to my mum read Monster Poems, Dragon Poems and Magic Poems-compiled by John Foster and illustrated by Korky Paul.

As I got older and learnt to enjoy reading on my own, I loved fantasy books. Anything by Paul Stewart and Chris Riddell, the Beast Quest series and later on Tolkien, were great favourites, as were the Harry Potter books.

If I had to choose my favourite book of all time, though, it would have to be Muddle Earth by Paul Stewart. The book is very funny, and the parody element of the link to Tolkien’s Middle Earth is very clever and always makes me smile.

Mrs Hill Loves to Read

Books have always been a massive part of my life, and I have such fond memories of my mum and dad reading to me every night. Jill Murphy’s Peace at Last, Cops and Robbers by Janet and Allan Ahlberg and the Faraway Tree were some of my favourites! 
As an adult I still love reading and get really excited when I find a new, engaging book to share with my class. Reading to my own two children and sharing my favourite stories with them is the best feeling! 
I love the escape of reading; heading away to a magical, far off place for a while and becoming engrossed in a character’s storyline. I enjoy seeing the excitement on children’s faces at the twists and turns within plots and I bring all of my theatrical background into my ‘performances’ when reading to really make the characters come alive for the children! 

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Miss Russell Loves Reading

I haven’t always been a lover of reading, but I’ve always loved stories. I remember fondly listening to The Hobbit on cassette, as we visited family in Birmingham, Dad reading my bedtime stories – especially Fantastic Mr Fox – and listening to my grandad tell his unusual, and frequently scary, stories; he definitely liked to make us jump! I remember the warmth from sharing those moments and it is this love for stories, the associated questions and the patience of the adults in my life that, has probably made me as inquisitive and eager to learn today, still!

When a relative bought me Rhyming Russell by Pat Thomas, I was hooked. Then I saw a good picture on the front of Gillian Cross’ ‘Crazy Shoe Shuffle’, that intrigued me, so I read that too. Harry Potter was the latest craze at about this time, so I read that series too and found that I had become an avid reader. I started reading for fun, and reading on my own, and a whole other world opened up. A world where I didn’t have to do the chores if I was reading in my room and a world where anything was possible: where Harry Potter beat Voldemort and Rhyming Russell stopped rhyming!

At university I challenged myself to read the top 50 books listed by The Independent newspaper, and this is when I read Pride and Prejudice and Catch-22 for the first time, and absolutely loved them. When on holiday in France, our car got broken into and they took my bag with Catch-22 in; I was more disappointed about that than the smashed window. Luckily, I found the book down the beach and the insurance sorted the window!

Ever since then I read as frequently as I can and a wide range of books, from self-help books, to story books, reference books and the Bible. I’ve got to say, I especially love finding books to use in the classroom. I can lose many an hour in book shops. looking at the children’s books!

For me personally reading didn’t start to become a passion until I was 8 or 9 years old, but my love for stories started the moment my parents read me my first story and continued when we listened to audio stories in the car. That’s why for me, reading doesn’t start with the letter on the page, but with the sharing of stories. In Year 1, we listen, we share, we ask questions, we promote a love of stories, as we learn to read. 

 

Miss Taylor Loves Reading

I have always loved reading and listening to other people read to me.  One of the things that I enjoy best about reading is that I can picture characters and places that I have read about and I imagine being with those people or in those places.  I also love to find out about things and reading books has helped me learn so many different things. When I was a little girl, I use to love reading Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, by Lewis Carrol, and anything by Roald Dahl stories – especially George’s Marvellous Medicine.  My favourite picture books are anything written by Julia Donaldson.

Some of my other favourite books and stories are:

Winne the Pooh stories by A.A.Milne

The Magic Faraway Tree by Enid Blyton

Blackberry Farm books by Jane Pilgrim

Flat Stanley by Jeff Brown

Dogger (and any of the “Alfie” stories) by Shirley Hughes

Mrs Maclean loves to read too.

Mrs Maclean loves picture books as well as novels, but her favourite book is The Dream Snatcher, by Abi Elphinstone.

 

“I love to read and enjoy a really wide range of genres and authors. I love any book that can take you out of yourself and lift your spirits and any author who can lift the colours off the page and drop them into your lap.”

Mrs Maclean loves to read too.

Mrs Maclean loves picture books as well as novels, but her favourite book is The Dream Snatcher, by Abi Elphinstone.

 

“I love to read and enjoy a really wide range of genres and authors. I love any book that can take you out of yourself and lift your spirits and any author who can lift the colours off the page and drop them into your lap.”

Miss Thorley loves to read.

Miss Thorley loves picture books as well as novels, but her favourite book is The Dream Snatcher, by Abi Elphinstone.

 

“I love to read and enjoy a really wide range of genres and authors. I love any book that can take you out of yourself and lift your spirits and any author who can lift the colours off the page and drop them into your lap.”