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T’was the night before Cakespeare…

Tomorrow sees the closing date of our annual school challenge based on books. The idea is for the children to get creative about an element of reading and this year we’re doing…

drum roll please…


You may be able to guess from this stunning play on words (!) that we have challenged the children to bake or decorate a shop-bought cake based on the Bard. For those children unable to bake or buy, they can draw a cake instead, but they must base it on an aspect of Shakespeare, his plays (or poems), his characters, etc. We have Liz Payton from the Phoenix comic coming in to judge the cakes and, after school, the fun really begins when we slice the cakes and eat them! Each slice will be sold for a small price, with all proceeds going towards Unicef.

More soon on the fabulous entries, but here are a few Holly and I prepared earlier in the spirit of the event.

You can see: Romeo and Juliet Jaffa Cakes, Juliet Jammy Dodgers, Shakespearean Gingerbread Players and Quotable Cupcakes, which Holly did. Each little flag has a part of the opening quotation from Romeo and Juliet!




Childtastic Books started out as a collaborative blog, written by me and my young daughter Holly. Now she's nearly a teen, she's off doing exciting and new things but I am still here, reading, writing and reviewing books for children and young adults of all ages. I miss her input but I hope she will pop in from time to time to do some guest posts! A little about me - I have just finished an MA in Children's Literature from the University of Roehampton (result pending, eeek) and am a part-time primary school librarian. The other part of my time is spent writing and editing, my own work and others, and I am waiting for my first non-fiction book to be published - a teacher resources pack for Handa's Surprise. I welcome comments and love to hear from visitors to this blog. Please note though that, because of time constraints, it is rare that I can read and review books from self-published authors. I receive so many requests and feel badly about not being able to keep up with them all. Thanks for visiting! Sam

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