Former Primary School Teacher and mother of three boys, Sandra Bennett writes children's stories to engage and delight readers 3-12 years.
Imagination inspires innovation.
The more children read, the more they develop their imagination, which enhances creativity and leads to greater future innovation.
Do you like to read? Sandra does. Some of her favourite books to read growing up were:
- The Chronicles of Narnia by C. S. Lewis
- Trixie Beldon Mysteries by Kathryn Kenny and others
- Nancy Drew, Hardy Boys all by various authors
- Famous Five, Secret Seven by Enid Blyton
As a mum, Sandra enjoyed reading with her sons. Below in no particular order are just a few of a huge collection:
- Deltora Quest by Emily Rodda
- Indian in the Cupboard by Lynne Reid Banks
- Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling (of course, who doesn't?)
- Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde
As a teacher, some of the classic stories Sandra enjoyed reading with her classes were:
- The Witches by Roald Dahl (or anything by Roald Dahl)
- How to Train Your Dragon by Cressida Cowell
- Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak
- Diary of a Wombat by Jackie French
As Sandra loves to read great mysteries or adventures, it seemed only natural that her passion for writing would one day lead her to writing adventure mysteries too. Einstein is quoted as saying 'Logic will get you from A to B. Imagination will take you everywhere.' Through her stories Sandra hopes to build on children's imagination to help take them on their journey to the future, wherever it may lead. With literacy and a little imagination, the possibilities are limitless.
Her desire to write continued to grow throughout her teaching career until one day when she decided it was time to leave the classroom and focus on writing full-time. Through her writing, Sandra hopes to help parents and teachers improve literacy in our children. She appreciates the struggle of teaching reading to reluctant readers and understands the importance of hooking children with reading from an early age. Sandra is devoted to writing stories that engage and entice readers with excitement, adventure, a bit of mystery and a whole lot of fun.
These days she enjoys invitations for classroom visits to read from her stories, discuss the writing process or run the occasional writing workshop. The rest of her days are spent dreaming up characters and plots for new stories while taking her dog for walks in the country around the area where she lives just outside of Canberra.