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"If ever there is tomorrow when we're not together... there is something you must always remember. You are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think. But the most important thing is, even if we're apart... I'll always be with you." 

The House at Pooh Corner by A.A. Milne


Like you, I have been a reader since I was a young child. Reading helped me to learn to speak English. I was born into an Italian migrant family. But that never stopped me. My mother would take me to the public library and I would choose books. Always by their covers. For me, I always judged a book by their covers; I still do when I visit a book shop or a library. My mother told me I would look at the pictures and make up my own stories.

l learnt to speak English quickly during my early years at primary school and this unlocked a world of imagination. I discovered Winnie the Pooh, Paddington Bear, all the characters from Wind in the Willows, Snuggle Pot and Cuddle Pie. I devoured stories each night and on the weekend: The Little House on the Prairie Books, Anne of Green Gables, Black Beauty, Little Women and The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, just to name a few.

I started to write stories too. Inspired by all the stories I was reading.

As an English teacher and mum, I continued to surround myself with wonderful new stories and revisited the classics. I read picture books and chapter books to my own daughter, who is now a grown woman, and I continue to encourage my students to read.

As an emerging writer, I am working on a middle-grade book that will be a series and have loads of ideas I am penning for picture books.

In the meantime, I will be writing short stories and poems to practice my craft. As my work is published, I will share my writings with you. So please watch thise space.

In the meantime, there is an abundance of fabulous stories you can dip your imagination in.

Happy reading,

Valerie Giselle 

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