I have come to the conclusion (and it wasn’t difficult) that joining The Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators is the BEST New Years resolution I ever made …. accidentally- on -purpose !
Here’s where I fess up that joining (what I now know is a wonderfully supportive group of like-minded people), was actually a mistake!
To help me explain I’ve created a timeline:
I enjoyed a fabulous week celebrating World Book Week with the children and staff at White Rock Primary in Paignton and Lady Seawards Primary in Exeter.
Here’s a quick round up!
I had a lovely morning at Ivybridge Library as part of a weekend of festivities that sees the Christmas lights turn on. Here are a few photos of the event and of the Christmas mice we made, perfect as tree decorations… I wonder if any made it home..?!
The highlight was an unexpected blast from the past: a little girl I taught in reception, who is now in year Seven! You were the perfect Christmas helper, thank you , Tilly!
It’s been just over a month since Aerodynamics of Biscuits’ was published! …and with 9 school visits, 2 bookshop events and 2 book launches under my belt I feel like the luckiest girl in the world.
I have recently made two more successful author visits, one at Newton Ferrers C of E Primary School and one at Marldon C of E Primary School, both in Key Stage One, so I thought I would share ‘MY FOUR P’s’! My top tips for working with children aged 5-7yrs.
This time last week I was gearing up for a whole day author event at West Thornton Primary Academy, Croydon, arranged by the National Literacy Trust and funded by Arts Council.
Warmly welcomed by the staff and pupils, I was in awe of this outstanding school. The atmosphere was more like that of a university lecture than a primary school. Children worked at independently at stools, under the stairs, on bean bags and were able to talk to me in detail about their learning and assessment. It was easy to see that the children had very high levels of self-challenge, motivation and engagement and the school’s use of ICT was instrumental in this.
So it was a real privilege to be asked to work with the children of Year Two… who were also that week preparing to hold their own parents evenings! What a great idea! Continue reading
Today words (nearly) failed me… and please note, this doesn’t happen often.
At an event at Waterstones, Drake Circus, Plymouth I was totally overwhelmed with the love and support from friends, family and shoppers.
Today saw the return of the ‘Mr Biscuits-Clare Helen Welsh’ combo as we ran an event for the children and families of Newton Abbot (some of you may remember we won 2nd prize at Newton Abbot Carnival in August!)
I am, once again, blown away by children’s ideas, enthusiasm and creativity… this time with Year 4, 5 and 6 at Lady Seawards Primary School, near Exeter. It’s a privilege to be a part of their wonderful worlds and I can’t help but smile as they share the in’s and out’s of their characters. This time, armed with an enormous list of adjectives, we interviewed each other to make sure we had created a character we knew really well. Here is Jade answering questions fired at her by a crime watcher reporter in the school assembly.