Welcome to the website for author and journalist Tania Tirraoro.
Here you can read about my books and find links for where to buy them.
You can view my other work as a journalist and sometime cover designer and please leave a comment to get in touch.

Saturday, 3 November 2012

Ten Books Every Child Should Own


Found this news release for an inspiring initiative in the US and Canada that I thought I'd share..

 First Book, a nonprofit that provides new, high-quality books to children from low-income families, is asking the public to choose which iconic children's title they will give away as their 100 millionth book in November.

"In some of the lowest-income neighborhoods in the country there is only one book available for every 300 children, unlike more affluent neighborhoods where every child has a dozen or more books of their own," said Kyle Zimmer, president and CEO of First Book. "This disparity is intolerable."
"We've chosen ten great books we think every child should own," Zimmer said. "Kids need books like these to turn them into strong readers and help them become success stories – in school and in life."
First Book works with a growing network of over 40,000 local schools and community programs acrossthe United States and Canada, as well as the publishing industry, to provide free and low-cost books to children in need – almost 100 million brand-new books since its founding in 1992.
To choose the 100 millionth book, they've asked supporters and members of the public to vote online.
Voters can choose their favorite from ten well-known and beloved children's books.
The top ten books represent some of the all-time best-selling titles available on the First Book Marketplace, a website available exclusively to educators and program leaders that work with kids in need.
  • A Wrinkle in Time (Macmillan)
  • Click, Clack, Moo: Cows That Type (Simon & Schuster)
  • Diary of a Wimpy Kid (Abrams)
  • Eating the Alphabet (Houghton Mifflin)
  • Green Eggs and Ham (Random House)
  • Guess How Much I Love You (Candlewick Press)
  • Martin's Big Words (Disney Publishing Worldwide)
  • The Snowy Day (Puffin)
  • To Kill a Mockingbird (Hachette)
  • Where the Wild Things Are (HarperCollins)
Voting begins today, Oct. 29, and continues through Nov. 9. To vote, visit firstbook.org/vote.
The winning title will be announced on Nov. 15 at Martha's Table in Washington, D.C, a local nonprofit dedicated to meeting the needs of homeless and low-income children. It was at Martha's Table that First Book was born; the idea came to Zimmer when she and some colleagues were volunteering there 20 years ago and realized that the children they were working with had no books of their own at home. Children at the program will receive their very own copies of the winning title.
In addition, copies of all ten books will be available as a special anniversary collection to all of the 40,000 schools and programs that make up the First Book network.
Anyone who works with kids in need is eligible to get books from First Book. In addition to the First Book Marketplace, where over 3,000 titles are available at low cost, First Book also regularly distributes large quantities of brand-new books donated by publishers, free of charge.



Ten Books Every Child Should Own

Tuesday, 15 November 2011

Sweet Seduction now available in Paperback

I'm very excited at the arrival of my glossy new paperback for Sweet Seduction.
Sweet Seduction is a lovely light romance that's been well-received on both sides of the pond. For everyone who doesn't have an ereader, it's now available in paperback at Amazon.
If you've read it and enjoyed it, I'd be delighted if you would consider leaving a review on Amazon.





You can find it in the UK here below on the LEFT and on Amazon.Com below on the RIGHT:
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Saturday, 29 October 2011

Special Educational Needs - getting Started With Statements now available in paperback

My book aimed at helping parents negotiate the special educational needs jungle that is the UK statementing process is now available from Amazon in paperback.
Ignore the not in stock text, when you order it will be ordered in. You can order it by clicking on the image below:
Special Educational Needs - Getting Started With Statements by Tania Tirraoro
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Monday, 10 October 2011


Today my book on Special Educational Needs is launched as an ebook. Here is the press release 
FARNHAM, 10th October 2011: A mother of two autistic boys from Farnham, Surrey has published a new book aimed at helping other parents navigate their way through the special educational needs jungle.
While there are other books about the SEN system available, this book, by the creator of the www.specialneedsjungle.co.uk website, Tania Tirraoro, takes a parent-to-parent approach, explaining in detail how to prepare an application for a statutory assessment of special educational needs.
Tania said, "Since I started my website in 2008, it's become clear how daunting parents find the SEN process. Many parents of children with ASDs or dyslexia are affected by the conditions themselves and need help with organising and getting started on their applications. I've helped many parents with their applications and I realised that what they need is not an overview of the whole system that you find in other books, but a basic 'how-to', written in an accessible way. That is what I hope I've achieved."
The book has a foreword by SEN campaigner and former parliamentary candidate Maria Hutchings, who famously hand-bagged Tony Blair during the 2005 election over the closure of special schools. It also contains a section on what to expect if you end up at an SEN Tribunal by experienced SEN Advocate, Julie Maynard.
Maria Hutchings said, "I only wish that I when I was going throug
h the statementing process striving to get John Paul the right education, speech therapy and respite for the family, that I had read this book. Being the mother of two children on the autistic spectrum, Tania has a deep sense of empathy for what it feels like when you have to fight for everything to ensure your child’s future. Tania captures that deep sense we all have as mothers and carers, to do the very best for our precious children."
The book takes parents through the process from a very personal viewpoint with examples from successful applications and relevant quotes from the SEN Code of Practice and Education law.
Tania said, "I've been through the process twice and my boys, who both have Asperger Syndrome, now have access to the kind of education they need to help level the playing field in their future lives. ASD is a lifelong condition and they will always battle the difficulties of their Asperger's, but because I had the ability to present their cases methodically, they got the help they need. Why should other children not have the same as my boys?"
The book is available now in all ebook formats from Amazon Kindle and Smashwords.com. If parents do not have a Kindle, then Kindle for PC, ipad or smartphone can be downloaded for free from Amazon.co.uk. It makes this book accessible to every parent, instantly.
It will be available in paperback in the next few weeks.
About the Author:

Tania Tirraoro is an author and journalist and has already published two women's fiction novels, This Last Summer and Sweet Seduction, one as an ebook, the other available as ebook and in paperback. She is a former television and radio journalist, having worked as a reporter and news presenter for Meridian Television and NBC/CNBC, and BBC Radio Berkshire among others. She also works as a press consultant for three heart rhythm charities.You can find the SEN site atwww.specialneedsjungle.co.uk.
Tania's author site is at www.taniatirraoro.com
She also has a blog at http://notasadvertised.blogspot.com
Twitter: @TaniaLT  @SpcialNdsJungle
E-Book Links:
Amazon.co.uk | Amazon.com | Smashwords
Tania Tirraoro can be contacted at info@specialneedsjungle.co.uk