Our Speech and Drama teachers are all bookworms and take inspiration for their classes from a huge variety of children’s books they love. Books that inspire our teachers have wonderful characters, magical storylines and positive messages. We asked the staff at Speak Up, what books inspire them.
These are inspirational books for teachers and you will see why. We think they are books every classroom or library should have!
Miss Katie loves Animalia by Graeme Base because it has beautiful illustrations and a lot of alliteration. A very fun way to learn the alphabet!
Within the pages of this book, you may discover, if you look, beyond the spell of written words, a hidden land of beasts and birds.
Miss Olivia’s favourite book is Julian is a Mermaid by Jessica Love. “This one is all about drawing inspiration from the most unlikely places and being unapologetically, your weird and wonderful self! Filled with the most beautiful illustrations, this book is light on text and is perfect for early years – I adore it!”
Where are we going? “You’ll see” says Nana. “Mermaids” whispers Julian.
Miss Hannah loves Go Go and the Silver Shoes by Jane Goodwin and Anna Walker. “I love this book because its written so that children feel what Go Go feels! Her adventure leads her through happiness, anger, sadness and elation and the children follow along each sparkly-shoed step of the way!”
Oh no, Go Go! It swept away like a shimmering silver fish down the creek.
Miss Cathy is inspired by All The Ways To Be Smart by Davina Bell & Allison Colpoys. “I love this book because it celebrates the wonderful qualities that make children who they are.”
Smart is not just being best at spelling bees or a tricky test!
A book that inspires Miss Anna is called Today I Feel. “I have found this a really great tool to use with younger students as it encourages them to become in touch with their own feelings and emotions with some beautifully detailed illustrations. My Explorers have been loving an activity where each the texts is covered and they guess the feeling based on the illustrations.”
“I hadn’t thought about The Rainbow Fish since I was a kid but it was recommend to me the other day by another Speak Up teacher. After reading it again, I realised why I loved it so much growing up! It has such a beautiful message about sharing and inclusivity and the pretty pictures make it a real joy to read.” ~ Miss Emma
The Rainbow Fish shared his scales left and right. And the more he gave away, the more delighted he became. When the water around him filled with glimmering scales, he at last felt at home among the other fish.