Joanna Hadley

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I have worked within childcare for the past 34 years and have been a foster carer for ten of these years. My expertise is supporting traumatized children and their social and emotional health. I have used social stories to support children, build self esteem and to encourage interests. I have written two children's books. Website | Reviews by Joanna Hadley

Book reviews by Joanna Hadley

Don’t Disturb the Pirate by Rhiannon Findlay and Siân Roberts

Don’t Disturb the Pirate by Rhiannon Findlay and Siân Roberts

Don’t Disturb the Pirate is a great bedtime story with an exciting, explorer/adventure style beginning following through to a calmer, sleep-inducing ending. The illustrations are engaging with glistening fish, tiny turtles and a cute and quirky seagull.
100 Things to Know About Sport by Usborne

100 Things to Know About Sport by Usborne

100 Things to Know About Sport is part of an award-winning series that is educational, fun and good value for money. The clear explanations and bright illustrations make this a book that is easily accessible and one that you can dip in and out of.
She Sold Seashells … and Dragons. The curious Mary Anning. Re-imagined by Wolfgang Grulke

She Sold Seashells. The curious Mary Anning by Wolfgang Grulke

She Sold Seashells … and Dragons. The curious Mary Anning is a thoroughly enjoyable and engaging read for children interested in interested in dinosaurs, palaeontology and geology.
The Witches' Council: Lily Halfmoon 2 by Xavier Bonet

Lily Halfmoon: The Witches’ Council by Xavier Bonet

Lily Halfmoon: The Witches’ Council is an easy, enjoyable read for 7-11-year-olds with flying paper dragons, sphinx riddles, taming kelpies, flying races, animal guardians and diary entries.
Max Magic: The Incredible Holiday Hideout by Stephen Mulhern & Tom Easton, illustrated by Begoña Fernández Corbalán

Max Magic: The Incredible Holiday Hideout by Stephen Mulhern with Tom Easton

Max Magic: The Incredible Holiday Hideout is Dyslexia friendly with clear, spaced-out font and straightforward language combined with pace and action. Children will find it hard to put this book down.
Sar Wylda & The Legendary Goldbreaker by Jake R Wilson

Sar Wylda & The Legendary Goldbreaker by Jake R Wilson

Sar Wylda and the Legendary Goldbreaker is a feast for the imagination. With inspirational characters, a touch of science, fast-paced life-and-death situations and bags of adventure for children aged 8 years and up.
High Top: Sole Mates by Tom Lacey

High Top: Sole Mates by Tom Lacey

High Top: Sole Mates is a persuasively positive and bright using colourful illustrations. It’s a brilliant model for young children to understand the concept of being considerate of others and most importantly, to spread love.
Your Brain Is a Lump of Goo by Idan Ben-Barak

Your Brain is a Lump of Goo by Idan Ben-Barak, illustrated by Christopher Nielsen

Your Brain is a Lump of Goo is an amusing and informative “book made by brains, about brains, for brains.” The illustrations are clever, fun, bright and engaging, encouraging children to absorb the information playfully.
Bad Panda: Mites, Camera, Action! by Swapna Haddow

Bad Panda: Mites, Camera, Action! by Swapna Haddow

Bad Panda: Mites, Camera, Action is a hilarious stand-alone story in itself but, there are others in the series. So, don’t be surprised if your child wants to read the rest of the series after they have finished!
Sleepy Unicorn Countdown to Bedtime Sleepy Unicorn by Candy Bee, illustrated by Tom Knight

Countdown to Bedtime Sleepy Unicorn by Candy Bee, illustrated by Tom Knight

Countdown to Bedtime Sleepy Unicorn will help young children slow down, relax and drift off to sleep, hopefully dreaming about the fluffy bunnies, tiny fireflies or some of the other lovely characters they have seen throughout the book.
Bird is Dead by Tiny Fisscher and Herma Starreveld

Bird is Dead by Tiny Fisscher and Herma Starreveld

Bird is Dead is a great book for adults to share with a child and explore this important subject. There are amusing moments mixed with the colourful illustrations that give the subject a lighter note.
Elki Is Not My Dog by Elena Arevalo Mellville

Elki Is Not My Dog by Elena Arevalo Mellville, illustrated by Tonka Uzu

Elki Is Not My Dog will encourage children to consider things from an animal’s point of view and consider compassion and the care a dog needs. The expressions of the characters enhance the empathy and kindness theme which, runs through the book.