We know that learning to read and reading for pleasure transforms children’s lives.
Research shows that reading improves academic success in all subjects. It builds self-confidence, knowledge, imagination, creativity, a sense of belonging and an understanding of the world.
We are a skilled team of publishing, education, storytelling and marketing specialists who use our combined knowledge and expertise to deliver phonics training in schools, create children’s books and story events, to help authors and publishers reach new audiences, and impact reading and literacy excellence in schools, libraries and at home.
Emily is our editorial and storytelling expert. She is your go-to woman for publishing consultancy, content strategy and creation.
She has worked in children’s educational and home learning publishing for over 15 years. She has created innovative print and digital primary literacy content for international publishing houses including: Oxford University Press, Pearson Education, Collins Education and Penguin Children’s (Ladybird). She has published some of the country’s leading educationalists such as: Pie Corbett, Nikki Gamble and Debbie Hepplewhite. Authors she has commissioned include: Roderick Hunt (Oxford Reading Tree), Julia Donaldson (Songbirds Phonics) and Jean Adamson (Topsy and Tim). Most recently she joint series edited the new Collins Big Cat Phonics for Letters and Sounds. She has years of experience creating and delivering training and story events for libraries, literacy charities and schools. She also lectures on Writing for Children at Canterbury Christchurch University.
Charlotte is our educational expert with over 20 years in teaching, educational publishing and training. She supports schools and advises organisations on how to ensure excellence in teaching Primary English. She is joint Series Editor of the new Collins Big Cat Phonics for Letters and Sounds and author of over 50 educational teacher resources, programmes and learn to read books. Her most recent work focusing on closing the word gap is published by Rising Stars. Charlotte is also the lead lecturer in English at Essex and Thames Primary SCITT.
Charlotte was a senior consultant and developed training for Ruth Miskin Training. She co-wrote the Read Write Inc Literacy and Language programme. She has years of experience teaching and running reading and writing workshops in schools and other settings. Charlotte studied for a B.Ed (Cantab) English Drama and Education at Homerton College Cambridge. She leads the HEI partnership with the Open University Research Rich Pedagogies and is passionate that all teachers understand the balance between teaching children to read using systematic synthetic phonics and instilling a love of reading through developing their own knowledge, reading aloud and creating rich reading environments in schools.
Kelly is our marketing expert with almost 20 years experience of marketing in media and publishing. She is the person to help with your social media strategy and training, marketing campaigns and partnerships.
She was Head of Fiction Marketing at HarperCollins and then Head of Marketing, followed by Digital Marketing Director at Hodder&Stoughton Publishers. She has worked with a wide range of major bestselling authors including Stephen King and Jodi Picoult. She has also worked in media marketing and was responsible for the marketing for woman&home media brand from 2011 to 2015 during which time it won the PPA magazine and brand of the year awards (2014). She has extensive experience of brand marketing, advertising, establishing promotional partnerships, managing charity partnerships, conference and event organisation, social media and online marketing.
Most recently Kelly refreshed her social media knowledge through studying with the award-winning Digital Mums ensuring that her social media knowledge is completely up to date and has since been supporting children’s authors by creating social media strategies, offering advice on best practice and running social media accounts.
What people say about working with us
During her time with us Charlotte devised and delivered the English Curriculum, leading to a 10% rise in the number of trainees being graded as outstanding in this curriculum area and a 15% rise in the number of trainees who rated the training as good or better. Charlotte also supervises and marks masters level work for us, she has an excellent knowledge of research and a particular skill in interpretation that allows teachers to ensure their practice and pedagogic understanding is research-informed. Charlotte clearly has a good understanding of issues relating to diversity and inclusion and this is evident in both her dealings with trainees and the taught programme. Our trainees are clearly inspired by Charlotte’s work and she has had an incredibly positive impact on the training programme as a whole. Charlotte has a broad skill set and I recommend her to you without reserve.
Jo Palmer-Tweed,Executive Director, Essex and Thames Primary SCITT
Charlotte is an inspiring and motivating trainer who has a vast depth of subject knowledge, which she disseminates in staff meetings and INSET’s. She delivers her training with empathy and understanding of the pressures teachers face with the challenges of the new English curriculum. Through the Teaching Alliance she has supported schools in difficult circumstances and working closely with school leaders to support identified issues in the teaching of English. Feedback from other schools and delegates attending her training sessions has always been extremely positive and has had positive impact on improving the quality of teaching and learning.
Jeannie Hughes,Headteacher NLE, Hassocks Infant School, National Teaching School
Emily ran sensory story/book sharing sessions for BookTrust to help launch our Booktime programme for Year R...The sessions were very well prepared and crafted ensuring that all the children were engaged and felt comfortable. Her use of props to create the sensory feelings of rain and wind etc amazed the children and they were all keen to join in the craft activities which were ready prepared and quick and easy for staff to set up and use with the children. Emily reads a room very well and is skilled at quickly assessing how to draw the children into the stories and she ensured that any children needing special support were able to engage in the activities and fully participate in the sessions. Her energy levels are very high and her enthusiasm draws the children into the world she creates from the stories. At the end of the sessions the children were buzzing with excitement and eager to share the stories with each other and staff. I am also pleased to say that most of the teaching staff at the sessions were also buzzing and appeared to enjoy it as much as the children!
I was quite daunted by the idea of visiting schools as an author, but Charlotte helped me to develop and hone my workshop ideas to make sure they would be fun and engaging for the children, curriculum-friendly and with clear outcomes for teachers. Thanks to years of experience as a teacher, trainer and author, Charlotte knew exactly what would work well for my workshops in terms of content. She was also able to advise me about what it's really like in a school and the huge variables to be aware of when facing a class full of children. Charlotte really knows her stuff but she's also patient and kind with a light, humorous touch. I would highly recommend her.
Helen Baugh,Children's author
Kelly has been working with me since last summer building brand awareness on Twitter and Facebook for my existing titles running up to the launch of a new series in January. She listened carefully to my goals, gave sensible advice and set out a clear strategy at the outset, working closely with the publishers to offer strategic promotions and educational material online. Since then she has run both accounts actively and professionally, engaging with key influencers including schools, libraries and bloggers and posting regularly on relevant topics and events. She also gives regular feedback which helps to shape strategy going forward. I have great confidence in her to run the social media and marketing side of things - something that I really needed help with - and recommend her very highly.
Jennifer Gray,Children’s author
- Phonics training and early reading support in schools
- School reading audits and reading for pleasure consultancy
- Educational training and consultancy
- Storytelling event creation and delivery
- Publishing strategy and content creation
- Marketing strategy and support
- Social media strategy, management and training for publishers and authors
- One-to-one social media author coaching and support
Please contact us on firstname.lastname@example.org for more information
We also love nothing more than a challenge, so if you have a project (no matter how big or small) that you think will benefit from our combined expertise we’d love to hear from you.
Reading & Phonics courses for schools
Grow your school’s reading excellence with one of our reading support packages:
Reading Audit and Detective day
We will arrange a one-day visit to your school to find out exactly how all aspects of reading are being taught, supported and assessed. We will look closely at what is working well and identify key areas for development and support. We will then work with you to formulate a manageable plan and timeline for next steps and following the visit you will receive a full-report with a clear plan of action to follow ensuring your school’s teaching of reading goes from strength to strength. Cost £500 + expenses
We will work with you on specific aspects of your reading action plan. Each support day will be tailored to your school’s needs. We provide coaching, team teaching, workshops, planning and support to ensure that your school continues to develop its teaching of reading. After the visit you will receive a full report with a clear action plan. Cost £400 + expenses
Whole School Inset
We deliver training in all aspects of early reading, phonics and writing. Our whole school training will be created to meet your specific needs and will draw on the following areas: teaching and practising phonics, reading with fluency and prosody, comprehension, vocabulary enrichment, reading for pleasure, assessment, getting reading right in the early years and parental engagement. Cost £800 + expenses
Following Emily’s work as publishing consultant for Collins Education, she and Charlotte became Series Editors and co-authors of Big Cat Phonics for Letters and Sounds. Read more
Charlotte and Emily were recently commissioned by Hodder Children’s books to write teaching support materials for much-loved and award-winning pictures books including Oi Dog! by Kes Gray (coming soon). Read more
Over the years Emily published and commissioned products for leading reading brands for schools and home learning including:
- Floppy’s Phonics with phonics expert author Debbie Hepplewhite
- Oxford Reading Tree Biff Chip and Kipper (including Read At Home)
- Songbirds Phonics written by Julia Donaldson (author of The Gruffalo)
Charlotte and Emily are committed to raising standards in early reading and writing and often speak at conferences around the country. As Lead English Lecturer at Essex and Thames SCITT, Charlotte is now HEI Partner with the Open University Reading for Pleasure Pedagogies. Read more
We love supporting children at home with much loved children brands.
- Disney Learning Scholastic reading and writing activity books for 3-7 year olds – Charlotte Raby
- Marvel Learning Scholastic English skills activity books for 3-7 year olds – Charlotte Raby
- LEGO Animal phonics non fiction – Charlotte Raby and Emily Guille-Marrett (coming soon)
Emily loves nothing more than talking about children’s books and is proud to support and occasionally co-present In the Reading Corner podcasts for Just Imagine Story Centre to encourage reading for pleasure in schools. Read more
Emily is committed to supporting authors and new talent in children’s and educational publishing. She lectures undergraduate and postgraduate students on Writing for Children and Publishing and Editing at Canterbury Christchurch University. Read more
Charlotte and Emily continue to support the Beanstalk charity and were panellists at their national conference for Beanstalk volunteers. Read more
Emily is Literacy Ambassador for the KM Charity Group and is particularly supportive of their Buster’s Book Club school challenge to encourage children’s reading at home. Read more
We are regularly commissioned to consult on and write for a whole range of organisations. Check out Discovering the UK Parliament publications for primary school children for the Houses of Parliament by Charlotte Raby
For everything pre-school, Emily and Charlotte have created Reading Fairy classes for parents to enjoy with their babies, toddlers and pre-schoolers. Read more
Kelly has spent much of her career focused on marketing in the adult market, working with authors as diverse as Stephen King, Jodi Picoult, Jeffery Deaver, John Connolly, Philippa Gregory, Sir Michael Parkinson and Russell Brand in her previous roles. Now a mother of two boys who devour books (the 2 year old quite literally) she has fallen in love with the children’s market, spends more than she can afford on children’s books and is spurred on to use her powers and skills for the forces of good and to work to get more books into the hands of children.
In particular Kelly loves helping authors and publishers with their social media and marketing and is currently supporting well-loved children’s authors with their social media activity.
This summer Kelly is celebrating #BlytonDays and all the many wonderful things about the world’s best-loved storyteller, Enid Blyton, across her social media channels. Read more