Historical and Literary References

Please view the LINK document for information on the real world of chimney sweeps, Calendar Houses, book scenes and location information, and the book's secret literary references!

Teaching Resources

Never Play with Fireworks Worksheet

Childhood Loss Worksheet

Painting Pictures with Words Worksheet

A Mrs Gobbins' Welsh Cakes Recipe for you to try! 

Teacher notes to accompany the worksheets are freely available on request.


Please also see below for details of author visits and workshops.

Would you like to have an author come and talk at YOUR school? I love visiting schools and am available for book readings/signings, workshops, fairs, assemblies and other events. Please contact me on info@thedottyseries.com to check my availability and I would be delighted to pay your school a visit!

Generally I do two types of visit:


The first is a simple reading from one of my books and an author Q&A. This is suitable for younger audiences and also works well for assemblies.


The second is my flash fiction workshop, in which I talk about the concept of flash fiction, read a passage from my book and then get the children to map out their own stories, using a writing prompt from the book. 

A workshop/author talk will last in the region of 45 minutes to an hour. I am able to combine a mixture of both to form a longer visit across a number of year groups. 

Please note that these events usually include book signings, and the opportunity for pupils to purchase a copy of one of more of the DOTTY books and, of course, to meet the author after the event. Generally I would say that my workshop sessions are suitable for years 3 to 6. Readings and author Q&As can accommodate a younger audience.


Please feel free to contact me on info@thedottyseries.com to discuss requirements.

I charge fees in line with the standard Society of Author’s rates.

We were really happy to welcome Emma Warner-Reed to our school. She completely engaged all our Y5 and Y6 pupils when reading the first chapter of her novel. Most of the children proceeded to read the rest of the book independently – including one or two reluctant readers.

Many parents told me how their child had really enjoyed the afternoon and how it had spurred their child on with both their reading and writing.

Emma has a lovely warm personality and interacts extremely well with everyone in our school family. We are keen to invite her back as soon as her second novel is published!

Susan Johnson (English co-ordinator)

The Froebelian School, Leeds

I can thoroughly recommend Emma Warner-Reed for a school visit as her storytelling and Q & A session with our pupils was very enjoyable and productive.

Emma visited Tettenhall College in December 2015 as part of our Year of Reading. Classes had read the prologue before her visit and Emma read a chapter of the book to our pupils. She certainly whetted the appetite with snippets about a mysterious character that would feature in Dotty’s life. The children had lots of fun trying to guess who or what the character was going to be. The pupils loved the different voices and accents used for the characters and this helped to make the chapter more exciting and interesting.

A  Q & A session was held and Emma gave an insight into the life of an author and the process that accompanies writing a book. As Dotty is Emma’s first children’s book it was very useful for the audience to hear how characters where created and why certain things feature in the book and also how different it is writing a fiction book than a non-fiction book.

Emma was pleasant, friendly and very accommodating with pupils and staff alike and stayed to sign copies of her book after the talk.

Please feel to contact me for any further information on a visit from Emma, but if you invite her to your school you are all in for a lovely time finding out more about Dotty and the Calendar House Key.

Debbie Liddle (College Librarian)

Tettenhall College

A visit by Emma is a great way to encourage your pupils to read independently. The girls really enjoyed hearing Emma read from the opening of Dotty and the Calendar House Key and were keen to read it in order to follow Dotty's adventures in deepest Yorkshire. They are now eagerly awaiting the second instalment due in the autumn.

Dawn Coull (Head of English)

Queen Mary’s School, Topcliffe

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