Being an author is a blessing enough, but visiting schools and getting to interact with and inspire young people is just as important to me. That's why I subsidise my school visits with book sales - to help as many schools and children as possible get an author experience. More of that lower down!
My mission in every visit is to engage even the most reluctant students in the magic of stories, and invigorate reading, writing and self-belief. All of my sessions are interactive - having fun and taking part being key to unlocking imaginations and inspiring ideas.
I offer sessions for all stages, from EYFS up to High School, with assemblies and book signings.
Getting great feedback from schools means a lot:
"Thank you so much for a wonderful day! There has been nothing but positive praise from children and staff alike! You entertained, enthralled and inspired! Thanks again xx" Mrs Redmond, Headteacher, Halsnead Primary
"I wanted to write to offer you a HUGE thank you for your input last week at the festival. The children were absolutely raving about you and they LOVED your session. The staff and teaching assistants named you as one of their favourite sessions, so thank you for inspiring us all." Vicki Gow, Founder, Bowley Bookfest
"Rachel was an inspirational visitor to our school. The children were fascinated. She addressed them at just the right level to spark imaginations and prompt lots of questioning and excellent written work. A wonderful day was had by all!" Kate Holden, Lower School English CoOrdinator, Tower College.
Examples of my writing success:
I Wish I’d Been Born A Unicorn:
- CBeebies Bedtime Story
- Summer Reading Challenge 2015
- Top Ten bedtime books, The Great British Bookshop
- Best Books of 2014, (Books for Keeps Bookseller survey)
The Cautionary Tale of The Childe of Hale:
- Finalist for Best Picture Book 2014, Heart of Hawick Children’s Book Awards
- National Trust commissioned Rachel to create a woodland trail based on the book
Not Enough for Queen Fluff:
- selected by The Historic Royal Palaces for gift shops at Tower of London, Hampton Court Palace, Kensington Palace and others.
Wild Wilma - Stage show for children
Award winning UK tour performed by Moth Physical Theatre
To help schools fund my visit I sell and sign books on the day, and knock all profits from my fee. It means children get an author experience, I get paid, and the school gets a heavily subsidised (or even in some cases, free) visit! Schools tell me this helps massively and that it offers incredible value for money.
My basic fees (before book sales deduction):
Full day: £300
Travel expenses apply if the school is over 10 miles from my home (at a rate of40p per additional mile).
Sessions can be small, classroom based or larger multiple-class sessions, all tailored to the size and needs of the school.
I also provide a complimentary copy of each of my picture books to the school library, and a range of other resources, including colouring sheets and bookmarks.
TO ARRANGE A BOOKING
I'm available for school visits 5 days a week and can be contacted direct via email or telephone using the details given below. I'd love to hear from you!
WORLD BOOK DAY BOOKINGS
Rachel is available for two days around World Book Day 2020 - Monday 2nd and Tuesday 3rd March. Other dates that week already taken.
Books by Rachel Lyon
The Cautionary Tale of The Childe of Hale
For a young giant living in a tiny cottage, an invitation to The Royal Palace seems to good to miss. But can lavish clothes and a big bed make up for everything he leaves behind?
Mucky the horse has no friends, and believes that if he'd been born a Unicorn he'd be more popular. With the help of Owl, Mucky's dream - temporarily - comes true. But he learns that when it comes to true frienship - it's what inside that counts!