World Book Week 2023

That’s a wrap on another wonderful World Book Week!

There were a couple of early events, including visits to Herne View Primary, Denbury Primary School, the School For Inspiring Talents and Ugborough Primary School. In these were spectacular spectacles, beautiful bookmarks, well-being jars, slime cupcakes, the opening of a new library and visits to the newly finished authormobile!


Our first official World Book Week stop was Blundells Prep School in Tiverton. The day began with a whole school assembly (Sorry Mr Jenders for spraying you with wee/water!) Then we had the pleasure of running workshops across the whole school.

YR 5/6 participated in a Creative Compost activity, where they went from table to table filling their boards with post it notes and potential ideas to work on in their English lessons.

Yr 3/4 made terrific tail twisters inspired by the Lenny the Lemur books. These were based on animals the children had researched before the session. We tried reading them double-speed and even backwards!

Yr 1/2’s workshop was rather smelly! The children took part in a smell quiz, learned about stink fights and drew a lemur with Nicola O’Byrne.

The youngest children helped teach rude Duck some manners. They joined in an interactive Dot and Duck storytelling exercise and made duck puppets to take home. Emmett, you were a quack-tastic Duck!

All the children visited the authormobile – here are some photos!

Thank you to Kayleigh from Liznojan bookshop for organising the book sale and to all staff at Blundells for a wonderful day.


Day 2 at Christchurch Infant School was all about Lenny the Lemur! We were made to feel welcome from the moment we arrived and it was especially nice that the children had been able to read so many of my books beforehand.

Lenny loved meeting the children and helping them learn some facts about lemur tails. Congratulations to all those children who won prizes in the reading competition. And I am so pleased you all enjoyed the authormobile!

Thank you to all the staff for all their help and enthusiasm, especially Miss Cottrell.


We spent Day 3 at Minehead Infant School. This was our fourth visit to this school and Lenny the Lemur couldn’t believe his luck – it was his turn to take centre stage! The children from Preschool to Year 4 listened to Lenny’s stories, learnt about lemurs and took part in a variety of activities including smell pots, drawalongs, alliterative tail twisters and lemur long jump.

We hope you enjoy your class books and have fun continuing with your tail twisters and lemur long jumps in your lessons!


Day 4 was World Book Day! We started with a lovely visit to Wonderbees Nursery- an intimate childcare setting in Cranbrook near Exeter. The children made luscious lemur tails, visited the authormobile and listened to two stories – a great start to everyone’s day!

(Unfortunately I didn’t take any photos!)


The World Book Day loveliness continued with a visit to Bassetts Farm Primary School, in Exmouth, where we held KS1 and KS2 assemblies around the Lenny books and my narrative non-fiction books with Jenny Lovlie and Nosy Crow (Time to Move South For Winter and All The Animals Were Sleeping.)

Everybody met Lenny and drew their own lemurs and the children asked the most fantastic questions – some I’d never been asked before! Thank you to Winstone Books for hosting a fabulous book sale, and to the whole school for making us feel so welcome.

I only managed to get one photo, below! It’s taken with Denise from Winstone Books and Mrs Eidam, who co-ordinated our visit and dressed as Lenny for the day!


Our final stop of the week was at By Brook Primary School, Chippenham, for a day packed with puppet making inspired by pioneer animator, Lotte Reiniger.  

After a whole-school Scissorella assembly, complete with rainwater and a paper dress, we used our favourite book characters as inspiration for our own – ‘Bumble-Dore’ (bumble bee – Dumbledore) was a personal favourite. Also Cindie-Indie (Indiana Jones meets Cinderella). Here we are using our silhouette puppets for some ‘on the spot’ storytelling.

And here are a couple of photos of our very popular afterschool book sale!

Thank you for Ivybridge Bookshop for providing the books 🙂 

The final thank you goes to my incredible mum, Alison Richards, who took a week’s holiday from work to help me cut out duck beaks, prepare lemur tails, organise books, prepare the authormobile for over 1000 children and generally helped everything run smoothly.

The week would have been longer, harder and not nearly as enjoyable without you…

Thank you, Mum!

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