And so we had World Book day. Speaking of Books is keeping me busy. Last week I visited five schools. From Weston Super Mare to Radlett. I’ve seen and spoken to hundreds of children and lots of teachers. It was a nice but busy week.It’s always good to see children being so excited about books and pictures. We made concertina books together and drew lots and lots of animals.
I like it when children tell me that they also want to write books or illustrate when they are grownups. I like moments, when a teacher realises that the naughtiest boy in the class or a girl who can’t spell, are actually very good at art, or they can come out with a great story.
I could write for a long time about my visits to schools, but I’ll mention just one day. On Thursday I was in Arnhem Wharf Primary School in the Isle of Dogs. It was a nice modern school. Children were excited and keen to do some art. They were good at it. They had a good art teacher and in fact the school was full of nice friendly staff, who knew their children very well. I was with primary as well as with nursery children. I didn’t stop all day, but I enjoyed every minute of it. So if you Katherine are reading this blog, thank you very much for organising my visit and for making me so welcome.
One of the teachers, Alice, introduced me to a little boy, who wants to be an illustrator. His name is Guled and he is only 4 and half years old. He gave me a present. His own book of animals.
I was really impressed with the boy’s work. The drawings are amazing.
I love the toucan
Guled’s favourite animal is the giraffe, so here are two giraffes from my sketchbook.
This one is a giraffe falling.
On Monday I’m in three schools in London in Hackney. I’m taking part in Pop Up Hackney project. I will also do a talk at the Booktrust conference in Birmingham on Wednesday and on Thursday I’ll be in Frome for ABC Day 2014. I’m looking forward to it!