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About Sue Wickstead
Award winning books.
Shortlisted in the Wishing Shelf Book awards.
Sue Wickstead is a teacher and an author and has written children’s picture books with a bus theme.
In addition, she has also written a photographic history book about the real bus behind her story writing.
When Sue’s two children were young, they attended a playgroup on a bus, but not an ordinary bus taking you on a journey, exciting though this is, but a Playbus stuffed full of toys to capture their imagination!
‘It really was a fun journey to be involved in’, said Sue.
The bus really got into her blood and became a work of the heart.
This led her to write the first fictional tale, the bus number plate JJK261, gave him his name.
‘Jay-Jay the Supersonic Bus,’ came out in print in 2014. It is the story behind the original project and is his journey from a scrap-yard to being changed into a playbus for children to play in. From Fact to fiction the bus journey continues.
This story has now been followed by more picture story books.
‘A Spooky Tale’, ‘The Christmas Play Rehearsal’ and Barty Barton: The bear that was loved too much' do indeed have a bus connection as well as links to her teaching journey.
Sue has undertaken events and author bookings and loves to share her stories, she is also proud to be ‘a Patron of Reading’.
The books have all received 5-star awards from 'Readers Favourite'.
Sue's books have also been short-listed in 'The wishing Shelf' book awards.
With 'A Spooky Tale' a silver medal winner.
Titles By Sue Wickstead
As the bin lorry clatters down the street a little boy is watching with interest.
Just like them David is wearing his brightly coloured bobble hat.
He is ready to play.
But where does everything disappear to?
And what happened to Daddy's important letter?
"David's playtime adventure stirs up a bit of trouble
in this sweet book about playing pretend."
Sarah Flores, Write Down the Line
Barty was a special teddy bear. He was soft, cuddly, and always made everyone smile. All the loving cuddles had flattened him over time, and his nose bent to one side and his paws needed repairing. But he was too full of memories to be thrown away.
Thomas always loved Barty, but he grew up and was going to be a daddy himself. Would he want Barty for his new baby?
What is a Playbus?
What does it do?
How is it different?
The photographic history book about the project, The ‘Bewbush Playbus’, was published in 2012.
The fictional tales began with ‘Jay-Jay the Supersonic Bus’, Gloria is the new bus which delivered Play-scheme support over the long school holidays to children. Providing a safe place to play.
'Perfect for a restless child at bedtime.
There was so much to enjoy here, whether it be the wonderfully playful language – ‘Her new green and blue colours became a landscape filled with trees and rolling hills – or Daisy, the bus, who helps the young reader to understand how not everything old should be thrown away.
With delightful drawings and the lightly-written story, a great story to share at bedtime.
For any parent who is looking for a lightly-written, sweet story for children aged 5 – 8 would find this book fits the bill perfectly. Also, there’s a lovely theme of ‘recycling’ to the story that parents will be happy to share with young children. And, of course, any child who enjoys this book will instantly want to find a play bus to play on.
Colourfully illustrated and with plenty happening to keep a child amused, it might prove very popular at bedtime.' Wishing well review.
The real Daisy
In 1987 the real Daisy was given a new lease of life when she was repainted with popular Nursery Rhyme characters for the children to enjoy and sing along.
The brightly decorated exterior would attract the attention of the children and get them running along to play and explore inside.
The playbus was a very popular and much-loved venue for a playgroup and fondly remembered.
A safe place to enjoy and certainly full of fun.
But I wonder what songs would the children sing these days?
Do they still know their Nursery Rhymes?
We even made a few rhymes of our own.
What could POSSIBLY go wrong?
why did the class not feel well?
Read the book to find out.
A fictional tale based on a real class walk around the neighbourhood.
where would your walk take you?
He’s always ready for adventure, and after an eventful summer the bus is ready for his journey to the carnival.
The children are also excited – but what will happen on the way?
A children's picture story book.
His journey is full of play.
He is a Playbus, he brings fun and adventure to the children wherever they are.
A safe place to play where children can use their imagination and explore.
Once a real bus his story has been told in many schools.
"We wish he was still here," the children say. "We would love to go inside!"
Well you can and he is, even if only in fictional form, his story goes on.
The real Playbus proved so popular that the idea was copied by many other play projects.
Always bright and colourful, they stood out from the rest and knowing they were different, the children and other users would come along to look inside and explore to find out what was on offer.
The real Jay-Jay was much loved and fondly remembered.
His fictional story continues.
A fictional tale based on a real life bus ‘Supersonic’ which flew in the imagination of the many young children who visited him.’