Alison Shakspeare

How to Enjoy Reading Aloud to Young Children by Edmund Pegge and Alison Shakspeare (Sandford: Southgate Publishers, 2009), £4.50.

A different kind of booklet for parents, How to Enjoy Reading Aloud to Young Children is about how to read with expression and confidence, making sharing stories with children much more rewarding and enjoyable for adult and child. It is full of easy to follow techniques and advice using short extracts from well-loved children's stories. The colourful Voice Coach takes the reader through sections dealing with making noises, doing voices, showing feelings and being scary. The skills learned and the confidence gained offer a solid foundation for making sharing books a daily pleasure for adults and children. This booklet is available direct from Shakspeare Editorial.

Making Up Stories for Children by Alison Shakspeare (Sandford: Southgate Publishers, 2010), £4.50.

Time spent making up stories with, and for, children is huge fun and extremely beneficial for the imagination, development and relationship of both child and adult. It is an empowering activity for those who don't find reading aloud very easy. But even excellent readers can lack the confidence to get started. Making Up Stories for Children uses the basic building blocks of storytelling (who, what, where, why, when), enlivened with inspirational suggestions, to awaken the reader's imagination. They'll soon be making up their own stories from scratch. It offers delightful illustrations, sources of inspiration at people's fingertips and covers delivering the stories. This booklet is available direct from Shakspeare Editorial.