Karen Greaves

Karen Greaves

Children's author

Also writes as

KD Greaves
www.kdgreaves.com
Booking enquiry
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Available for

Workshop, Reading, Interview, Commission a book

Audiences

Age 3 to 5, Age 5 to 7, Age 7 to 11

Genres

Fiction, Picture book

Book types

Fiction for children

Details

I am a children’s middle grade and picture book writer. My writing career has also included stories and scripts for children’s television. I am also an experienced, former classroom/English intervention teacher (KS1/2). Being a great believer that reading for pleasure empowers children and guides them in finding the voice inside themselves, storytelling has always been at the heart of my work with and for children. Work such as my middle grade novel, ‘Please Sir, The Gremlin Ate My Homework’ and my picture book for ages 3 – 6, ‘Grandma Georgia’s Amazing Handbag’ focus on stimulating imagination and creative thinking.

Visits to schools are more than author readings as they are presented in the form of fun, creative workshops with the aim of encouraging children to develop a love for books and reading.

Workshops include:

  • Writing activities during the workshops – differentiated for FS/KS1/KS2 and individual year groups.
  • Post workshop activities
  • Discussion work of story themes and literary devices
  • Q&A session
  • Book signing

I am based in Rochester, Medway. Visits to schools are free but travel expenses may apply to schools more than five miles outside the Medway Towns.

Please visit my website at www.kdgreaves.com for further information regarding my books, workshop activities, examples of student work, reading tips and testimonials.

Examples of Testimonials

FS/KS1

A well organised, well-paced workshop that suited all our children. The author read the story, asking simple questions throughout, which allowed the children to fully participate and express their opinions. The follow up activities, including the children making their own variant of Grandma Georgia’s bag promoted further story discussion. I would thoroughly recommend this beautifully illustrated book and an author/workshop visit; you won’t be disappointed!

Noelle Odie: Pre-School Manager, St Andrew’s Independent School, Rochester

Year One were very enthusiastic to join in with the workshop and share ideas. ‘Grandma Georgia’s Amazing Handbag’ picture book was itself was very inspiring and extracted good language and overall learning from the children.

Sita Maharaj: Year One Teacher, St Nicholas CEVC School, Strood

The children loved their time with the author and thoroughly enjoyed exploring the book as the characters were brought to life by their creator. The author brought in props and asked questions throughout her talk, making it very interactive. It was lovely how she adapted the talks for the children’s ages, meaning we could include Nursery right through to Year 2.

Coral Doughty: Literacy Lead, New Horizons Children’s Academy, Chatham

KS2

Some comments from the children in Years Three and Four at Gordon Children’s Academy, Strood

“I really enjoyed the workshop. It was really, really fun!”

“I liked it because we did fun activities!”

“I enjoyed this workshop because I loved the Gremlin book.”

KD Greaves was absolutely amazing and a real inspiration to all our children and staff! Her workshop was amazing, and she had all the children joining in, really getting their minds flowing! ‘Please Sir, The Gremlin Ate My Homework!’ is a story for all ages, with bits that make you laugh out loud! Can’t wait to have her back!

Amy Costidell: School Librarian at The Academy of Woodlands Primary School, Gillingham

A fantastic workshop. The children were engaged throughout. They loved the activities and were eager to complete the follow up tasks.

Jenny Plumb: Year 5 Teacher at St Helen’s CEP School, Cliffe

Books by Karen Greaves

Please Sir, The Gremlin Ate my Homework

Please Sir, The Gremlin Ate my Homework

Mad Monsters and a Gremlin that eats your homework! Life’s crazy at Grosse Manor; a secret sanctuary for ‘exotic animals’ run by Kade’s eccentric Great Uncle Fitz. When the troublesome Gremlin terrorises the nearby village, Uncle Fitz is in big trouble. Was the Monster’s escape an accident or is someone trying to set Uncle Fitz up? With the help of his friends, Ivy, Joss and Calvin, can Kade solve the mystery and save the Monsters from a terrible fate? 
Grandma Georgia's Amazing Handbag

Grandma Georgia's Amazing Handbag

An engaging picture book telling the story of a little girl called Klara who, curious about how her grandmother's blue, sparkly bag can hold so many wonderful things, climbs in to find out. Accompanied by Grandma Georgia's small black cat, Klara finds herself falling through a magical, amazing adventure in Alice in Wonderland style! Will she ever reach the bottom? Would you copy Klara and climb into the bag?