I can’t think of a more
enjoyable way to learn.

Dr Susan B Neuman, education policy maker and Professor of Literacy Education, NYU

Hello and  how nice you stopped by. Here’s where you can find out a bit about me and about my new children’s book, The B on Your Thumb.  You can also see videos of the rhymes in action.  I’m chuffed to announce (drum roll) that The B has been selected for National Poetry Day.


The B on Your Thumb is clever, engaging, educational and fun. I wish I had thought of it. I can’t wait to read it to my daughter.

Craig Smith, author/song writer of The Wonky Donkey

This is a book where words like to play,
where letters get cross when they don’t get their way.
There are sounds to make and jokes to uncover.
An owl in your bowl, for you to discover.
You’ll find out about how met U,
and when to write to or two or too.
There’s a K on your knee, who’s ready for fun
And don’t be alarmed by the B on your thumb!

A lovely, loony look at language!

Michelle Robinson, author of the best-selling ‘Goodnight’ series

Colette Hiller’s poems are a pedagogical gift.
Joyful reading lessons– with a phonological lift.

Timothy Shanahan, Distinguished Professor Emeritus at the University of Illinois and government policy advisor on literacy education

Every page is as colourful as a jar of sweets and every rhyme is accessible.

Brian Patten, award-winning poet and author

This collection of rhymes will help 3 – 7 year-olds learn to read and spell.  They’ve been trialled in front rooms, school rooms and on BBC TV‘s Words and Pictures. But this book does more than boost literacy. It introduces wordplay, sparks imagination and most of all – it aims to instil a love of the English language.

See some rhymes in Action

What people are saying

Colette Hiller

I started off as a dancer at  NY’s  High School of Performing Arts and came to London with the original production of Annie.   I spent many years on the London stage, before joining The BBC  where I worked as a producer.  For the past ten years, I’ve produced cultural projects across the world, filling  city streets with public pianos, ping pong tables and Talking Statues I’ve also written a best selling children’s CD –  Applehead – a story with songs.  The B is my first book.  If your child has a favourite  rhyme  from The B, I’d love to know!  Do pop me an email or video and show or tell me.