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Sue Wickstead

Sue Wickstead

  • 5 stars across 14 books
Sue Wickstead is a teacher and an author and has currently written six 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.
Her bus stories are about a playbus.
Have you ever been on a Playbus?
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!
For over 20 years, alongside her teaching career, she worked with the charity, the Bewbush Playbus Association.
As part of the committee she painted the bus, worked in the groups, helped raise the profile of the project and its work and was part of the team involved in raising funds to replace the old bus with a newer vehicle. This led her to write a photographic history book about it.
`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.
Having written the history book Sue soon found that many children had never been on a bus before, let alone a `Playbus' and they wanted to know more. So, she decided to write a fictional tale, his 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 five more picture books.
`A Spooky Tale' and `The Christmas Play Rehearsal' 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'.
10th October 2014

Jay-Jay the Supersonic Bus

A children's fictional story book. Based on a real bus JJK 261 an AEC Regent which was the first Playbus set up to work... MoreJay-Jay the Supersonic Bus

(1 review) Review
3rd March 2017

Jay-Jay and His Island Adventure

Jay-Jay the Supersonic Bus is a Playbus. Once an ordinary bus left in a scrap-yard he has been converted ready for chil... MoreJay-Jay and His Island Adventure

(1 review) Review
20th October 2018

The Christmas Play Rehearsal

The story of the christmas Play rehearsal and the problems that might be encountered in its production. It is Christmas... MoreThe Christmas Play Rehearsal

(1 review) Review
2nd April 2022

David's Bin Day

What happens on a Wednesday morning? As the bin lorry clatters down the street a little boy is watching with interest. J... MoreDavid's Bin Day

(1 review) Review
10th October 2017

A Spooky Tale: A walk with our Teacher

When the children went on a walk to look around the district it led to the class writing a shared story. This is a stor... MoreA Spooky Tale: A walk with our Teacher

(0 reviews) Review
3rd March 2018

Jay-Jay and the Carnival

Once a real bus Jay-Jay the Supersonic Bus has a fictional tale of his own. 'Jay-Jay the Supersonic Bus is a brightly c... MoreJay-Jay and the Carnival

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30th September 2018

Daisy Daydream the Nursery Rhyme Bus

A story based on a, once real, Playbus. The Playbus was a much loved haven for children to come along and play. This i... MoreDaisy Daydream the Nursery Rhyme Bus

(0 reviews) Review
3rd August 2019

Daisy Daydream Bus Rhymes and Jokes

Have you ever been on a Playbus? ; Not an ordinary bus taking you on a journey, exciting though this is, but a bus stuff... MoreDaisy Daydream Bus Rhymes and Jokes

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3rd November 2019

Sparky the Dragon Bus

The Real Sparky Sparky the Dragon Bus, JGA 199N, was a project in Glasgow offering play opportunities to disabled childr... MoreSparky the Dragon Bus

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30th April 2020

Gloria the Summer Fun Bus

Gloria was once a real Playbus which would provide safe play opportunities for children especillay over the long summer ... MoreGloria the Summer Fun Bus

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