Blue Socks, Bully Socks

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Perhaps I should have been more sensitive. Thought things through before I bought them. It was about identity you see. I was tapping into her identity instead of finding my own. Now bullying isn’t right nor acceptable under any condition, but I remember her face when I strolled up to that school bus. She looked… Read more »

Rianbo’s Travels

Posted by & filed under Anna's Blog Roll, Sharon House Publishing.

I just love the Rianbo’s Travels series – and just to confirm – the three new titles will be available for World Book Day this year. UK World Book Day 7th March 2019. So we now have; Rianbo’s Travels. Rianbo goes to Mexico. Rianbo goes to New York. Rianbo goes to Beijing. Rianbo goes to… Read more »

New School Visits page

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I have created a new page for annamckann.com – called School Visits. Before I begin again in 2019 , and before I post anything else on the page, take a look at the image below at one of my first schools from nearly ten tears ago! Cliff School – Wakefield.       Where does… Read more »

Separation Issues

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I remember the days when my children were very young and I was considering separation from their father. My agonising thoughts were how will this affect them and could I hold on until they were through school, just so they could live with both parents? Well I couldn’t, and I didn’t! Sometime later I joined… Read more »

What Inspires You?

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What Inspires you?   A question that I ask the children in my creative writing workshop. Some of the answers are awesome. Others quite simple but so beautiful. Like the 9 year old who answered, ‘my dad inspires me.’ Awh!   The dictionary definition of the word inspiration is;- An inspiring or animating action or… Read more »

2019 Ready or not!

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Following on from my last blog I seem to be continuing the theme of pets. Probably because they are undoubtedly my best friends and unless I’m travelling, they’re always around. I wonder how many children received a pet for Christmas? Or perhaps the furry battery operated one, as did my granddaughter. An easier choice! Well,… Read more »

Children and pets

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Children and pets. Hum! Hard work but rewarding. I remember my old English teacher who loved animals, had several dogs, cats, a pony and more, but disliked children profusely. Miss Gregg they called her. She moaned regularly in class about how she disliked us and much preferred her pets. So one wonders why she took… Read more »

Claudia Spencer – A spider’s tale

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It’s not often I have time to go into nursery and have fun. I’m the one usually stuck behind a desk. But recently, I had a great time with some of my nursery children at Rainbow Childcare, talking about the life and habits of a spider, and reciting my poem about Claudia Spencer. Even I… Read more »