H.J.Hurworth began her career as an Early Years Teacher in the North of England, where her passion quickly grew for educating young children through high quality play.

She always loved reading stories to the children that she taught and often used a story as her starting point for lessons. Now, living in Hertfordshire in the South of England, she loves to spend time reading to her own three children.

Born to Fly is H.J.Hurworth’s debut book, with many more books coming soon.

Join her on her exciting journey as author /illustrator to engage and inspire young minds, develop their language and a love of reading, and to spark their imagination and creativity.

On this website you will find fun, simple, educational activities inspired by H.J.Hurworth books, along with the PlayWorth Blog about education, family life and parenting… and so much more!

What People Say

“Reading is the gateway for children that makes all other learning possible.”

— Barack Obama

“Reading should not be presented to children as a chore, a duty. It should be offered as a gift.”

Kate DiCamillo

“When I say to a parent, ‘read to a child’, I don’t want it to sound like medicine. I want it to sound like chocolate.”

Mem Fox

“From your parents, you learn love and laughter and how to put one foot before the other. But when books are opened, you discover you have wings.”

Helen Hayes

Play is worth understanding