Rebecca Colby


Children's author, Poet

Available for:
Interview
Talk
Workshop
After dinner speaking
Commission


Website: http://www.rebeccacolbybooks.com

Contact:
Alternatively, I can be contacted through my website at: www.rebeccacolbybooks.com

Awards:
Shortlisted for Heart of Hawick awards 2014

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


Details

I am a former librarian and primary teacher with experience speaking to large groups of children. Further information about me, as well as access to free teacher’s guides to my books, can be found at my website.  

I am available for school and library visits. A list of my standard workshops follow, however, I am always willing to work with a school or library to provide a visit that is best-suited to their needs.

Storytelling and Author Talk Assembly – 45 minutes (max. 60 students; KS1)

An interactive reading of my book, followed by a Q & A session about being an author. The talk includes fun exercises for generating ideas for characters and story lines.  

Storytelling and Craft Session – 40 minutes (max. 30 students; Foundation Stage)

An interactive reading of my book, followed by a craft activity. (NB: If preferred, this session can be reduced to a 20 minute storytelling session only.)

Fairy Tale Writing Workshop – 1 hr (max. 60 students; KS1)

I will dress up as a Fairy Godmother and discuss the basic elements of a fairy tale. I then lead students in creating their own fairy tale characters, and choosing magical objects and endowing them with magical properties. Through the aid of visual prompts, the students will have the opportunity to create their own fairy tales.     

Games Poets Play - 1 hr (max. 35 students, Yr 2 or lower KS2)

This workshop involves lots of fun and games—literally—as children are given the opportunity to play typically word games that poets play when creating poems.

SKYPE Visits, as well as Creative Writing Workshops for KS2 students, can also be arranged. 


Books
My picture book titles include:
It's Raining Bats and Frogs (isbn:isbn 978-1250049926)
When it rains on the annual Witch Parade, Delia takes action by changing the rain to cats and dogs, hats and clogs, and finally bats and frogs. But each new type of rain brings a new set of problems. How can Delia save the day?
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There was a Wee Lassie who Swallowed a Midgie (isbn:978-1782500483)
In this Scottish twist on a much-loved rhyme, the wee lassie swallows some of Scotland's favourite creatures to catch that pesky midgie including a puffin, a seal and even Nessie! After all that, the wee lassie can't still be hungry. Can she?
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Motor Goose
Motor Goose is a collection of Mother Goose-inspired nursery rhymes that feature various modes of transportation--from diggers and cement mixers to rockets and submarines and everything in between.
Organisations:
Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators
Society of Authors
Scattered Authors' Society
National Association of Writers in Education

Other search criteria:

Genres:
Humour, Poetry

Book Type:
Picture books

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