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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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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 […]