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Pam Royds on Grasmere , 1971 with Sally Christie, children’s author and daughter of Philippa Pearce. I was just twenty two when I fir...

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My blog is about writing and illustrating children's books which I have been doing since 1974. www.gillianmcclure.com has all my books. I also have another blog: www.paulcoltman.blogspot.com where I publish my father's poems.

Sunday, 7 April 2013


Top 10 things to do before you’re 10 according to The Primary Times are: 

  1. Build sandcastles on the beach
  2. Go to the zoo
  3. Learn to ride a bike
  4. Go to a theme park
  5. Go sledging
  6. Bake a cake
  7. Swim in the sea
  8. Camp under the stars
  9. Be cheered on at school sports day
  10. Eat round a camp fire
Interestingly the list is breaking away from today’s stringent health and safety rules.  I’d like to add number 11: Make a dam.  That’s what these little boys loved doing.
 One of them told me exactly how they built their dams and I put it all in the book We're Going to Build a Dam
Things I did as before I was 10:
make a den in the woods, play on a raft on a pond and make up a story and illustrate it!

Any other suggestions?


  1. The best books have an element of real life adventure in the story :)
    I would add to the list:
    *Build an indoor tent/hideaway.
    *Grow things in your own patch of garden.

    And my OH says:
    *Defeat an army of stinging nettles with your (stick) sword :)

  2. Great suggestions June. All added to the list.