Well World Book Day has come and gone and, as always, the past few weeks have been a hectic rush from school to school doing fun author visits and inspiring children to read. I didn’t win the Blue Peter Book Award this time but was very happy to have been shortlisted and, well, two on the spin would have been greedy!
It has been a real treat seeing children’s faces this year as they have enjoyed listening to stories, hearing jokes, learning amazing facts and watching their friends have a go at my fun word challenges.
|Glendale Infants enjoying a chuckly tale
One of the highlights of the last few weeks was a mini-tour of schools in the Vale of Glamorgan, organised by fab teacher Laura Sheldon of Sully Primary (she’s also a writer, I might add. No, I will add!). Sully Y5s voted in last year’s Blue Peter Book Awards and so they knew my Silly Book well – it was also rather excellent that Sully is Sili in Welsh!
I also visited the delightful Victoria Primary, Cogan Primary and Ysgol Y Draig (School of the Dragon) where all of the children were marvellously enthusiastic about books and reading for pleasure.
Other recent visits have included Mill Hill, Skipton Academy, Cundall Manor, Overdale Primary, Churchfield Primary, Clifton Green, Gillamoor, Streethouse Primary, Grewelthorpe, Osbaldwick, Hempland, Wheatcroft, St Aloysius, Heather Garth (my Patron of Reading school, yay!), East Ayton, Filey Infants, Lakeside (York) and Fishergate, also in York where I spent a memorable World Book Day. It was great to be in all of these places.
Next it’s Elvington, Bolton, Scotland and then Nigeria!