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Clean Up – Book Review

Clean Up is the scrumptious second book in the series by Nathan Bryon and Dapo Adeola, where we see Rocket excitedly travelling to the Caribbean to see her grandparents, Grammy and Grampy. Rocket’s grandparents have an animal sanctuary and run whale-watching tours. How cool is this for Rocket!

While surfing, Rocket notices a baby turtle tangled in plastic and Grampy takes it back to the sanctuary. Rocket wants to do something about the rubbish on the beach and so the Clean Up Crew springs into action.

I love the factual ‘Did You Know’ pointers that thread through the book, telling us, for example, that Imani Wilmot created the first female surf competition in Jamaica, and that plastic makes whales sick. It’s a gentle way to inform children about the impact of waste on the environment and more specifically, on the beach.

This book is a must for parents to share at home and to explore issues such […]


The Creator’s Inner Child Series

I was delighted to be interviewed by The Children’s Media Conference for The Creators Inner Child series.

It was an emotional interview and I had the opportunity to share what I do.

Please watch here: 


Relationships and Connections

Part of my ‘why’ has always been about relationships and connections on a global level.

 

This short clip shows a number of inspiring people that I have connected with.

 


My Family is Special to Me

I’m delighted to share Action Amanda singing My Family is Special to Me. Please click on here to view:

I wrote this song for the very first My Family Week, three years ago, sung to the tune of The Wheels on the Bus. This year we will celebrate My Family Week from Monday 12th to Sunday 18th October 2020.

 If you would like a copy of the song lyrics and more information on My Family Week 2020, please email me on: Laura@LauraHenryConsultancy.com


JoJo and Gran Gran in the media

It has been more than two weeks since the first 11 episodes of JoJo and Gran Gran aired on CBeebies. The next 11, will be available in the summer, 11 in the autumn and the final 11 of the series in the winter. The current 11 episodes are all available on BBC-iplayer.

Here is a short clip of my speech from the private pre-screening.

In addition, this is from BBC news online, where I shared a few stories about my grandmother.


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Press release Laura Henry-Allain’s popular characters JoJo & Gran Gran launch in TV programme

JoJo & Gran Gran, based on the popular characters by Early Years specialist Laura Henry-Allain, is to feature among the new season’s offer on BBC’s pre-school channel, CBeebies.

JoJo & Gran Gran are characters close to the heart of Laura who has worked alongside the production team to develop the duo for TV.

“JoJo and Gran Gran is loosely based on my own relationship with my Grandmother,” said Laura. “I wanted to convey the deep connection between the two, the excitement at the world around her that JoJo has and Gran Gran’s wisdom, experience and zest for life”.

“It’s been such a delight seeing JoJo & Gran Gran make it to the screen,” added Laura. “We wouldn’t have got to this point without the hard work of so many people, and I’d like to thank the CBeebies production team, the writers, the animation team, the voiceover artists and, of course, the wonderful children who appear in the child-led live […]


The Duchess of Cambridge – Amazing Granny

I listened with excitement to Giovanna Fletcher’s Happy Mum, Happy Baby podcast with the Duchess of Cambridge talking about her 5 Big Questions survey.

I was especially delighted when the Duchess mentioned the role that her grandmother played in her Early Years.

I have to agree with the Duchess that a grandmother can be a positive role model within a child’s Early Years. As you know, my children’s picture’s books, which depict the special relationship between a grandmother and her granddaughter, Jo Jo and GranGran, will be shown on the BBC’s Cbeebies very soon.

Jo Jo and GranGran is loosely based on the relationship that I had with my grandmother.

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Share your practice with a global audience

Would you like to share your passion at an international conference in Canada in May 2021?

I have been involved with the World Forum in some shape or form for the last 12 years. I have worked with several World Forum groups and this includes being the national representative for England, for ten years.

This global early education community is unique and inspiring.

It is one of the only events where delegates can submit a proposal to speak, visit local places of interest, undertake visits to a range of Early Years settings, attend break out groups and discuss issues such as child rights, indigenous communities, and any number of other global Early Years issues. Please see this link for further information:

The event is great for networking with a range of colleagues from around the world and forming new friendships.

Please click on this link for more information and to apply to speak:

The current national representative […]


National Storytelling Week

Next week is National Storytelling Week.

Telling stories and reading stories to children is something that I am passionate about. As a family, I loved hearing a range of stories from my parents, grandparents and extended family. I would listen in awe!

As a dyslexic person, contrary to popular belief, I love reading (the areas of dyslexia that are an issue for me are spelling, grammar, writing and the pronunciation of certain words – thank goodness for technology!). This has always been the same since I was a young child. I always found my oasis in my local library, selecting and reading a range of fiction and non-fiction books.

I am delighted that there is a special week dedicated to storytelling and the range of exciting activities that can be done to celebrate the joy of storytelling.

Please view the Society for Storytelling’s website, for more information and how to get your setting involved.

I am also delighted to announce that […]