Panel 2021 - 2022

Our Reading Teachers = Reading Pupils panels for KS2 and KS3 book selection are made up of experts in literacy and reading for pleasure from teaching, publishing, journalism and academic backgrounds.

Each year, the panel submit their recommendations, Cheltenham Festivals draw up a shortlist and the panel meet to select the final five books according to the following criteria:

  • The content must be suitable for sharing with the age group
  • All are high quality texts (with powerful plots, well-drawn characters, interesting issues for discussion, and well-written, rich language)
  • They cover a range of genres, with diverse representations and writers.
  • 3 are published in the last 2 years (and 2 at any time)
  • 1 should be a picture book or graphic novel that tells its story through illustration as well as (or instead of) the written word.

Key Stage 2: Years 5 and 6

Key Stage 2 Panel Name, Organisation and Role Bio
Ali Mawle
(Chair) Cheltenham Festivals – Director of Learning and Public Engagement
Ali is Director of Learning and Public Engagement for Cheltenham Festivals. After 10 years working in inner-city London as a teacher, literacy consultant, deputy head teacher and ITT lecturer, she moved to the National Gallery to lead the national Schools Programme. She is a published author on the subject of Creativity, a Leading Thinker for the National Education Trust, and trustee of two national Literacy charities.
Chris Brown
I have been teaching for 10 years and have led reading for 8 of those. Throughout my teenage years I lost my ‘spark’ for reading, but having responsibility for it within a school and joining RT=RP has certainly reignited my passion- particularly for children’s literature (over 150 MG novels and hundreds of picture books since joining the project).
My role, as of September 2019, now comprises of leading reading across a MAT comprising of 5 schools- there is lots of work to do, but an exciting reading challenge awaits! I also lead the Gloucester RT=RP group and thoroughly enjoy making as many links with the education team as possible.
Helen Jones
Books Council of Wales – Head of Children’s Books and Reading Promotion
Helen Jones is Head of Children’s Books and Reading Promotion at the Books Council of Wales. She is responsible for co-ordinating a wide range of reading for pleasure initiatives in both Welsh and English. A former graphic designer and primary teacher she has a passion for all things words and pictures.
Jake Hope
Editor and children’s book consultant. Chair of CILIP Carnegie 2018
Jake is a reading development and children’s book consultant. He has chaired numerous book awards including the prestigious CILIP Carnegie and Kate Greenaway Medals and has judged nearly every major children’s book award in the UK.  Alongside delivering training and international public speaking on books and reading, Jake is an active reviewer and a passionate advocate for libraries, books and reading.  He is the chair of the Youth Libraries Group.
Jon Ringer
Jon, father of two young boys, initially a secondary English teacher, now a primary school teacher in a small rural school; he is also supports English provision as a Gloucs. Ed. lead within Gloucestershire. Jon is a passionate supporter of RT=RP having seen the huge impact it has had within in his own school and in schools across the country. He was chosen for the panel this year on the basis that he would bring children’s voices into the book selection process.
Loraine Evans Cheltenham Festivals – Literature Family and Schools Programme Manager Loraine manages the Family and Schools programmes at Cheltenham Literature Festival. A visit to a library aged 4 sparked a love of books which she eventually turned into a publishing career at Walker Books. The best things about her job are curating events to capture children’s imaginations, devising spaces where families can share experiences and receiving new books through the post every day.
Louise Johns-Shepherd
CLPE – Chief Executive
Louise joined CLPE in 2013 and before that she was the headteacher of two schools in London. She has worked for both the Primary National Strategies and the National College of School Leadership and is a school governor. Louise was a judge for the Amnesty CILIP Honour Medal 2016-2018 and is a 2019 Brandford Boase judge.
Mariana Mouzinho
Seven Stories, National Centre for Children’s Books – Digital Collection Engagement Officer
Mariana is the Digital Collection Engagement Officer at Seven Stories, The National Centre for Children’s Books, where her focus is to bring a growing national archive of modern and contemporary children’s literature to life and new audiences digitally. Previously she worked as a bookseller, having been both fiction and children’s fiction buyer, as well as events coordinator at Blackwell’s Bookshop. She has an MLitt in English Literature, specialising in Children’s Literature from Newcastle University.
Mat Tobin
Oxford Brookes University – Senior Lecturer in Education: Primary English with Children’s Literature
Mat teaches English and Children’s Literature in Primary ITE and leads several modules on the MA/PGCert in Education with a focus on the history of Children’s Literature and Reading for Pleasure. Since joining Brookes in 2014 after 16 years of Primary teaching and leading in Oxfordshire, Mat has been asked to deliver several keynotes across the UK on Reading for Pleasure, Picturebooks and Engaging pupils in the reading and writing process. He has research interests in children’s literature and the Reading for Pleasure agenda and is currently working on his doctorate in exploring multimodal approaches to locality-based children’s literature.
Tracy Parvin
UKLA – President and Programme Director for the BA in Primary Education at Canterbury Christchurch University
Tracy has been an active member of UKLA (United Kingdom Literacy Association) for many years and is currently the President of the Association. She is also the Programme Director for the BA Primary Education programme at Canterbury Christ Church University. Being a passionate reader, she derives great professional pleasure from encouraging children’s and students’ deep engagement with books: especially children’s picturebooks and novels.

Key Stage 3: Years 7 to 9

Key Stage 3 Panel Name, Organisation and Role Bio
Sarah Forbes
(Chair) Cheltenham Festivals – Education Manager
Sarah is Education Manager for Cheltenham Literature Festival, delivering year-round creative learning opportunities as well as the festival programme. Sarah was previously a secondary English teacher with a passion for reading and creative writing as a means of empowerment for all students. Chairing this panel means that she gets to read as many books as she likes.
Daniel Hahn
Writer, Editor, Translator and Cheltenham Literature Festivals Advisory group
Daniel is a writer, editor and translator with some sixty books to his name. His work has won him the Blue Peter Book Award and been shortlisted for the Man Booker International Prize, among others. In 2015 he published a new edition of the Oxford Companion to Children’s Literature.
Kate Oliver
The English and Media Centre – Education Consultant
Kate taught for 14 years in Inner London in various roles. She now works as an education consultant for The English and Media Centre, specialising in KS3 and KS4. She is new to RTRP, but has always been passionate about getting students reading for pleasure. She curates EMC’s Recommended Reads blog which comes out twice a year and always has a YA book on the go as well as some grown up reading. 
Lisa Bailey
Cleeve School – Head of English
As an only child, books have always been a source of company, excitement and adventure. These days, with a family of my own, books are a means of escape. I’ve been teaching for many years and have always found that being able to recommend suitable books is a way to connect with students and enthuse them about Literature in general. Students are often astounded by the random facts I know about diverse subjects and when they ask “But Miss, how do you know?” my answer is always: “Books”. I firmly believe that literacy is essential to all things academic and that this begins with a love of stories. I have loved participating with RTRP over the past couple of years and suggesting books for RTRP for next year proved to be a real challenge – it was hard to limit my suggestions! 
Lucy Starbuck Braidley
The National Literacy Trust – Programme Manager, Reading for Enjoyment
Lucy is Programme Manager – Reading for Enjoyment at The National Literacy Trust where her work focusses on supporting schools develop their libraries and wider reading for pleasure culture. She is a former teacher and primary English specialist who loves reading and sharing YA literature, especially comics and graphic novels.
Lynda Graham
UKLA – Convener and Chair of UKLA book awards (incl 12-16)
Lynda is a founder member of the UKLA Book Awards. These awards are selected by teacher judges, each year from different parts of the UK. The shortlists are shadowed by student teachers and their tutors from universities across the UK.  Lynda  was chair UKLA Book awards 2008-2018.
Mark Cratchley
Secondary English teacher
Father of three, lover of all things literary, teacher of English. Recently switched teaching career from Primary to Secondary. Having been involved in RTRP for KS2 for two years, I’m thrilled to be part of the KS3 team and I can’t wait to introduce books old and new to students and teachers all over the county. 
Pat Lipinski
Gloucestershire Library Services for Education – Lead Librarian
Pat is a Chartered Librarian. Before taking on a leadership role as at Gloucestershire Library Services for Education in 2014, Pat spent over 20 years working in primary and secondary school libraries.  As a member of CILIP Youth Libraries Group – South West, Pat has nominated books for the CILIP Carnegie Medal and takes a keen interest in reading for enjoyment and all the other benefits reading brings! 
Sarah Cooksley
Severn Vale School – Subject Lead for English and Cheltenham Festivals Trustee
Sarah is a Secondary English Subject Leader with 16 years teaching experience. Passionate about the power of reading to enrich education and further the life chances of young people, her department run book groups for all Key Stage 3 and 4 year groups as well as for staff and for parents. Sarah is also a trustee of Cheltenham Festivals and has facilitated both Key Stage 2 and Key Stage 3 RT=RP groups since 2018. 
Phosa Bennett
I am a teacher of English, and a constant student of life. I am passionate about the amplification of the voices of minority groups in every facet of society. RTRP is a fantastic forum and I am so grateful to be a part of it.