Hands up if you can help!

We are looking for an enthusiastic volunteer to join us on one of our projects to make picture books more accessible for children with complex additional needs. We are looking for a volunteer who could assist us with writing social…

Stories to read on Father’s Day

Something old and something new for Father’s Day! Both these books contain lovely depictions of kind and patient fathers or male role models. My first suggestion is the classic Peace At Last by Jill Murphy. Forty years old but still…

Would you like to help with our research?

We are looking for teachers who work with children with additional needs to help us with our research into picture books. We are in the process of creating the very first framework for inclusion that authors, illustrators and publishers will…

Sensory Story Suggestion for the Platinum Jubilee

The picture book The Queen’s Hat by Steve Antony is a lively London adventure, perfect for sharing as we celebrate the Jubilee. Buy it here in our book shop: https://mykindofbook.org.uk/shop/ And then follow these hints and tips for turning it…

Some exciting news

My Kind of Book will soon be launching a book shop, along with a brand new e-newsletter! (Blog subscribers – there’s some special info for you below.)

My Top Five Sensory Props for Springtime

After a long gap I’m back with my top five list of sensory props for Springtime. Natural objects such as flowers, buds and leaves are great to use in Springtime sensory stories…but here are a few other things to try:…

Strictly Come Dancing Sensory Story

It’s that time of year again! Here’s a fun short story for those of you (adults and children) who can’t get enough of Strictly! You can tell this story with one pupil as the hero/heroine or you can tell it…

A Sensory Poem for National Poetry Day

National Poetry Day is coming up on the 7th October. Why not mark the occasion by taking a few minutes to read some poetry aloud in your classroom, letting everyone enjoy the sensory language? Look for poems with a strong…

My Top Five Sensory Props for Autumn

Another list of my favourites for you – and hurray for autumn – the sensory season! Autumn provides us with so many sensory props: conkers, seed heads, leaves, berries, apples…but here are a few others to add to the mix:…

My Top Five Props for Seaside Sensory Stories

Here are some fun props to add to your seaside stories along with the buckets and spades, shells and sun lotion! These props would be useful for many sensory stories set at the beach. 1) Seagull A seagull that makes…

My Top Five Intriguing Sounds for Sensory Stories

An unusual sound is great for getting people’s interest in a sensory story. There are some noises that I love to include in my stories. My feeling is that if you know a noise will help a story along shoehorn…

The Little Red Hen, a sensory story about plants and growing things

Here is a sensory story version of The Little Red Hen – last in a series of sensory stories for The Wigtown Book Festival. I have kept all the basic elements of the traditional tale, but changed it to make…

The Big Sneeze, Ruth Brown

Sticking with the farmyard theme The Big Sneeze by Ruth Brown lends itself beautifully to becoming a sensory story. It has a simple narrative, clear actions and only a little bit of text on each page. It’s perfect for a…

A Spring-time Sensory Story

Lambs, chicks and ducks…enjoy some spring-time sensory storytelling at the Big Dog Children’s Book Festival.

Kite Flying, Grace Lin

It’s been a week of wild March winds here – and this is the perfect book for windy weather!

A Sensory Story for Mother’s Day

Here is a story that would go well with a Mother’s Day theme when we celebrate the power of mums!

A Sensory Story for World Book Day

World Book Day is on the 4th of March this year. A perfect day for a sensory story with lots of books in it!

A Pancake Day Sensory Story

This time I have a script for you rather than a book recommendation. This script is for an easy-to-tell sensory story for pancake day.

Chinese New Year

The Runaway Wok by Ying Chang Compestine and Sebastià Serra is a fun lively tale for Chinese New Year.

Stone Soup

It’s back to Wigtown Book Festival again for a big bowl of Stone Soup. This traditional tale about sharing is told all over the world.