I am a teacher. I love telling, and sharing stories with children.
When my children were little, they attended a Playbus, this was a play project based on a double-decker bus. We had many adventures and lots of fun on the bus. My story books have links to this involvement as well as adventures from my teaching career.
Unlike most of my other books, Barty Barton, is not about a bus! (Shhh! There is a bus included!)
Barty was my son’s favourite teddy bear and was always there to listen to his fears and to give him a hug. But my son grew up and forgot all about Barty. Just like my own old bear, I knew you could not get rid of such a cherished toy, it just needed a bit of loving repairs.
You cannot love a teddy bear too much I thought, my daughter agreed, she encouraged me to write the story.
You should never throw something away because it is old, tatty and no longer perfect. Being loved is so much more important.
That would be the message for my bus stories too.
'Jay-Jay the Supersonic Bus,' the first of my picture story books, was old and always breaking down but the real bus gave children a lot of loving memories to cherish.
This story has been followed by a few more stories.
'A Spooky Tale' and 'The Christmas Play Rehearsal' have links to my teaching journey. A bus is always included somewhere.