One of my favourite things about being a children’s author is visiting schools and libraries. It is a real thrill to encourage a love of reading and to inspire children to create their own stories.
As a teacher I am confident about working with primary aged children and I am happy to do author visits to schools, libraries and other events. Events last forty five minutes to an hour and are aimed at P4-7 pupils.
My goals are to encourage and inspire primary aged pupils to write their own stories, by telling them about my own journey to publication and by talking about my inspirations in writing my books and the importance of creating an interesting setting and characters with distinctive voices.
I’ll read an extract from one of my novels, introducing the pupils to Lily, the main character, and talk about the challenges she faces and the strategies she has developed to cope with change and loss. I will finish with a question and answer session.
I have produced a detailed Reflective Reading Resource Pack for The Awkward Autumn of Lily McLean and would love feedback from teachers who choose to use the book and resources for a novel study. Teachers’ Resource Pack for The Awkward Autumn
I have also recently produced a Teachers’ Resource Pack for The Mixed Up Summer of Lily McLean with Scottish Curriculum links, for teachers to download and use.
Schools and libraries can contact me directly at email@example.com or they can choose to access the Live Literature scheme through the Scottish Book Trust.
My publisher Floris Books can be contacted by emailing Caitie-Jane Cook at firstname.lastname@example.org
Here’s some feedback from recent visits:
‘Thank you so much for coming! You were a great speaker and very inspiring! The kids loved your visit and are very grateful you gave up your own time to come visit us (as am I)! Thank you very much!’
Ashley Elder P7 St Patrick’s Primary Greenock
‘Thank you so much for your visit to our school. The children and staff involved really enjoyed it. Every class is reading your book as our class novel-and loving it! It’s really given everyone motivation to read more and write more.’
Susan McLean King’s Park Primary Glasgow