NS Blackman


Children's author, Author/Illustrator, Journalist

Available for:
Interview
Talk
Workshop


Website: http://www.dinosaurbooks.co.uk/school-author-visit--ns-blackman.html

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Audiences:
5-7 (Key stage 1), 8-11 (Key stage 2), 5-11 (Key stages 1 and 2), 11-13 (Key stage 3)


Details

I write and illustrate children's fiction books, specialising in ages 5 -11.   My passion (and talent!) is to get children reading for pleasure - including reluctant readers. I have visited many schools across the UK - and even in the USA.  I am based in London, but willing to travel.

Teacher Feedback

I've been very pleased with the feedback to my school visits. The Lower KS2 leader at St Andrews, Kettering, commented: "The best author visit we have had. The children loved it and it has raised aspirations." 

Visits can be based on my Secret Dinosaur books, my Saxon adventure, Freedom for Bron or both!  The dinosaur visits are suitable for KS1 and KS2, while the Saxon visits are suitable for KS2.  Both support literacy learning in KS1 and KS2 and help children to improve their story writing and development.

My style is friendly and interactive.  I include fun quizzes, Saxon role play and my popular how-to-draw-a-T Rex session.  My aim during visits is to create a love of reading and inspire children to be confident about their own creativity, through their story writing and drawings.

Curriculum Linked Books, with Classroom Activity Sheets

I do talks to groups of all sizes, from full school assemblies to individual classes. I also offer creative writing workshops which support literacy teaching, helping children to develop their story writing techniques. 

The Secret Dinosaur series and Freedom for Bron both tie in with KS1 and KS2 topics.  There are free, curriculum linked teacher booklets with classroom activities to accompany both books, which can be useful if you wish to use them as a class reader.  They can be used before, after, or independently of my talks.  See: www.dinosaurbooks.co.uk

l also provide activity sheets to follow up specifically on the writing and drawing tips in my talks.

Academic Recognition

The Secret Dinosaur series has been selected to feature in Hodder Education's Primary Literacy Course for children in KS2. The textbook features writers such as Michael Morpurgo and Roald Dahl, so I am in good company!  The textbook uses the opening of The Secret Dinosaur as exemplar of how to draw children in to a story.

Prestigious Visits

In the autumn of 2016, I was invited to the Natural History Museum in London, to host a dinosaur writing and illustration workshop for children and their parents, based on the Secret Dinosaur series. Following the enthusiastic reception at this event the museum will now be stocking the series in its flagship store and I will be hosting a workshop there.  It's really great to know that the story will be reaching so many enthusiastic young dinosaur readers!

Outstanding Reviews

"Fast moving, rip roaring stories ... a welcome addition"                           - The School Librarian Journal.

My Secret Dinosaur series, for emergent and confident readers blends science fiction with dinosaurs.  It has attracted great reviews from prestigious magazines and enthusiastic feedback from parents and children who love the warm characters and fast paced adventures.

Parents often say that the books are the first stories that their children have read for pleasure.

There are more reviews on the Secret Dinosaur fan website:  www.dinoteks.com/reviews

"The story is well researched and makes it easy for pupils to engage imaginatively with the historical setting as seen through the eyes of a child."- Books for Topics reviews.

My most recent book is a fiction set in Saxon England. Freedom for Bron, has impressed teachers with its ability to excite children in KS2 about the Saxon era. The adventure is historically accurate and teachers say it enhances study of the topic, encouraging children to enjoy the mystery and drama of the Saxon era.

Shortlisted for Awards

Freedom for Bron was shortlisted for one of the most respected book awards for children in the UK: the Hull Children's Book Award for KS2, run by Hull City School Library Service. The shortlist is drawn up by a panel of teachers and librarians who survey all new titles for children published across the UK over the past year and then shortlist just five books.

Books
The Secret Dinosaur: Giants Awake! (isbn:978-0992752507)
**A fast-paced adventure, full of action, excitement and great characters**
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Freedom for Bron - The Boy Who Saved a Kingdom (isbn:978-0993010576)
A tale of friendship and the desire to belong, this adventure resonates with all children and immerses readers in the Anglo-Saxon era, with plenty of detail about the myths and culture of that time.
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Organisations:
The Society Of Authors

Other search criteria:

Genres:
History and Biography, Sci-fi and Fantasy

Book Type:
Fiction for children (any age), Picture books, Fiction 5-9, Fiction 8-13, Educational books

Keywords:
dinosaurs, robots, KS1, KS2, whole school, assemblies, assembly, Saxons, Anglo Saxon, Saxon, dinosaur topic, KS1 dinosaurs, reluctant readers, illustrator, illustration, creative writing, able readers, gifted and talented, reception, infants, workshop