It was fantastic to be back visiting schools in person again. Here’s a run down of the week’s excitement!


We kicked everything off with a visit to East Gate Bookshop, Totnes. Thank you to Year Three from The Grove Primary School, who joined us and made these excellent puppets. We put some into animations like Lotte Reiniger would have done – she was the German animator who made the first animation in colour!


Our second day saw a wonderfully busy visit to Minehead First School. This was my third World Book Day visit to the school in as many years – and it’s always a pleasure! Here are some photos of our #Scissorella puppet-making sessions and some from our reading of Time To Move South For Winter, in which we created migration spinners and our own colony of Arctic terns!


Enormous thanks to everyone at Old Cleeve First School for a wonderful third day. We were very impressed with your puppets and character ideas. Lenny says ‘hello!’


Our official World Book Day was made extra special with visits to Seaton Primary School and Musbury Primary School, organised by the lovely Jenny at Owl and Pyramid Bookshop. You looked fantastic in your costumes. Thanks for sharing the day with us!

Meanwhile, children were dressing up as characters across the country, and I can’t tell you what an honour it is to have children choose our characters to dress as! Introducing Eloise as Scissorella, Emily and Amelie as Lenny the lemur, and Sarah from Paignton Library as Sneaky McSqueaky!


Next up was a virtual visit to Broadclyst, Westclyst, Yeo Valley and Monkerton primary schools. For these sessions I was joined by the very lovely Laura Barrett – illustrator of Scissorella. Even though the session was virtual we crammed a lot in, including a real paper dress, and rain experiment and paper plate puppet making! Laura also talked through how the artwork was made. Here are some pf the puppets in a puppet dancing show in the hall!


The celebrations ended with a visit to St John’s Primary School, Totnes. Inspired by #ThePerfectShelter, the children made dens and then wrote about them using the fives senses. Some incredible writing was created. Here are some of the children’s thinking boards! Lenny was happy he got an outing in the whole-school assembly!

For me, World Book Week was also ‘take your mum to work’ week!’ My mum kept me fed, watered, drove me from school to school, helped pack, unpack, helped make approximately 400 puppets AND kept me company the whole time.

I am so grateful. Thank you, Mum!

(Is it too soon to ask about next year?!) 

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