At the book launch of “Matthew lines things up”, Manor and Castle Development Trust was proud to launch it as the first in a series of six books.

Matthew Stroud signing children's book

Matthew Stroud pictured signing the book “Matthew lines things up”

In attendance at Sunshine Pre-School, Woodthorpe Children’s Centre, yesturday evening.  Matthew Stroud who is now 11 and the central character of the book, was there in person to sign copies of the book for local parents.

The book written to reduce the frustration that sometimes arises when children do things that “do your head in”.  To show patterns in play known as “schemas”.  Like children that like to line things up, throw things or are fascinated by moving lines like running water.

The parents who attended the book launch and featured in the photograph below recommend the Parents Are Experts sessions and say they were “fun”, “interesting” and “enlightening”. More importantly it resulted in them having more patience and a better relationship with their children.

Group photo at book Launch of "Matthew Lines things up"

Pictured above left to right: Wendy Kettleborough, Matthew Stroud, Michelle Stroud, Sally Archer, Toni Brelsford and Zoe Shooter

Video footage is used of local children with consent from parents who are involved in the project and shown at awareness sessions that are run.  The focuss is on the importance of parental involvement in their child’s education.  It values the contribution of parents and is extremely positive.

The book is available to buy at:

Rhyme and Reason independent booksellers on Ecclesall Road.


Call into the Children Centre on Lewis Road to pick up your copy.


More more information contact:

Wendy Kettleborough at Sunshine Pre-School Woodthorpe Children’s Centre  0114 2651188

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