Talks & Workshops

Invite me to talk on reading, building a library and ideas for using books in the classroom

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In my capacity as a children’s author who does regular school visits (and with many more years of teaching experience behind me), I am well placed to deliver talks, workshops and training sessions to Early Years and Key Stage 1 practitioners.

This photo was taken at an Early Years Conference on Reading (hosted by Lambeth Council) in March 2016, to which I was invited to give the keynote speech and deliver practical workshops.

My speech focused on the importance of reading a new book aloud every day, as key to inspiring a love of stories in children and motivating them to become readers themselves, when they are ready. I discussed how to select the best books for a classroom library, and diversity in picture books.

I also shared my bank of resources  and read some of my own stories to the delegates.

95% of delegates, all Early Years or Foundation Phase practitioners, rated my keynote speech as ‘excellent.’

Here are some of their comments:

  • Fantastic input from author – the importance of reading aloud, shared reading, a book a day

  • A lot of useful and practical ideas to take back to my school

  • Very inspiring! Shared passion for reading. Lots of ideas!

  • Loved the stories! Really inspirational

  • Good reminder to read for fun too!

  • Lovely to hear someone talking about the importance of reading to your class. With time pressures of fitting in so many other things, it’s good to hear not to let this go!

  • This is something we will encourage at my school

  • Wonderful and inspiring. Brilliant story sharing

  • Lovely – so good to be read to!

My workshops focused on practical ideas for using books in the classroom, and gave the practitioners the chance to work with one another to create plans for book-based topics.

Wanted SnatchabookYou can see an example of how one of the delegates attending my workshop put this into action, by clicking on the image here. Scroll down to the week ending April 15 2016 to see some of the fantastic Snatchabook-inspired work that the children at Rosendale Nursery have done. (Don’t forget to watch the video of them investigating the crime scene!)


If you would you like to discuss booking me to deliver a talk, training session and / or workshops to Early Years or Key Stage 1 practitioners, please use my Contact page to get in touch.