Claire Alexander

Claire Alexander

My Books

http://www.clairealexander.co.uk
picturebookcourse@gmail.com
07949 027 236
Booking enquiry
Claire Alexander - author tools

Available for

Workshop, Talk, Reading, Interview, Commission a book

Audiences

Age 3 to 5, Age 5 to 7, Age 7 to 11, Age 11 to 14, Age 14 to 16, Age 16 to 18+, Further Education, University, Adult

Genres

Art, Narrative, Picture book

Book types

Fiction for children, Picture book

Awards

  • Monkey and the Little One: Shortlisted for the 2015 Junior Design Awards and listed as one of the top ten best new picture books during Independent Book Sellers Week 2015.
  • Back to Front and Upside Down: The 2013 Schneider Family Book Award from the American Libraries Associataion.
  • Lucy and the Bully: The 2009 Paterson Prize for Books for Young People
  • Small Florence: Shortlisted for 2010 Stockport Schools Book Award

Details

Hello!

I’m sad not to be able to visit your classes in person right now, but I have created two different interactive workshops based around my books that I can deliver over conferencing platforms, that I hope are just as magical and inspiring as a live visit!  

Virtual Classroom Visits Based on my Picture Books

When you book a virtual classroom visit I will send you a beautiful online Padlet page to share with your class. It contains colourful illustrations from the book, engaging questions about the story, resources to print and activities for them to work on and present to me during my visit.

The virtual session will last around an hour. I will read the book and talk about what inspired me to make it. I will show them the very first drawings I did for it too. As well hearing all their answers to my Padlet questions, I will draw some new characters based on their ideas. For EYFS we will also play a fun interactive game. I will show KS1 children how to draw some characters to draw along with me and as a group we will come up with a brand-new story idea which I will draw as we go along. I can send copies of the drawings to you after the class so they may be used as visual story writing prompts outside of our session. (Many teachers have told me this exercise has inspired the most reluctant writers in their classes to write a story!)

Your two workshop choices are:

 A Little Bit Different

Great for emotional social learning, this book is light, fun story depicting the journey from ignorance to acceptance and celebration.

‘Meet the Ploofers. The Ploofers have been practicing something special that they all want to do at the exact same time--but wait! What's that? One of them does something different! When one little Ploofer goes against the usual flow of things, the rest of them turn their backs on him. But all it takes is for one person to recognise the beauty in being different to spark a change in attitude of everyone. With simple, yet striking, illustrations and a cutaway cover design that adds tactile interest, A Little Bit Different is a joyful reading experience for both you and your child, providing the opportunity to spark more meaningful discussions about people's differences and how we accept and value them.’

The Snowbear

With themes of friendship, loyalty, and bravery this book is a great choice for story time discussion, especially in the chilly winter months! Written by Sean Taylor and illustrated by myself, this is a magical adventure story that will engage and excite young children.

‘Snow comes in the night, and Iggy and Martina make a snowbear. But then a sledge ridge takes them deep into the woods. How will they get back home again? The Snowbear is a spellbinding story about the magic of snow and the power of a child's imagination. With a simple text and beautiful illustrations, it will be read again and again. Children will love the crisp, wintry setting brought to life by Claire Alexander's art.’

 

Live Schools Visits (Hopefully for World Book Day, but if not the virtual ones above!)


I love to share my books with children as well as involving them in the creation of new characters and stories.

For EYFS: I will read a story, encouraging interaction from the class, show them briefly how I made the book, draw a character from the book and end on a fun interactive game.

For KS1: I will read a story, show how I draw characters from the book in a draw along activity. Then as a group we can come up with a brand-new story idea which I will draw as we go along. I can send copies of the drawings to you after the class so they may be used as visual story writing prompts outside of our session. I also offer a workshop focused on learning how depict different expressions in characters. After experimenting with a specially created character, the children will learn how to draw expressive characters themselves. The drawings can used as visual prompts for creating narratives and inspiring story writing.

For KS2 and above. In one workshop I will talk about how I make my books and help children create their own expressive character in colour. In a different workshop I show how a book dummy is made and help children draw a storyboard based on their own pre-written individual stories, paying particular attention to structure, pacing and layout composition.

You will need:
A flip chart or easel, coloured paper for collage if doing the character session, pencils, rubbers and plenty of A4 and A3 paper.

 


School Testimonials

I just wanted to email and say a huge thank you for the work you did with Prep 5 on their picture books. As part of Book Week this year, they proudly read their completed picture books to the Nursery. They are of a fantastic quality, thanks to your inspiration!
Hannah Ross, Head of English, Parkgate House School

Book Week was a busy and exciting week for us in school, but Claire provided even more wonderful things for our children to become involved with.  After reading her stories to each year group of enthralled pupils, she then illustrated how she goes about making her characters and deciding on her backgrounds, so all aspects of producing the book were explained.  More than that, she worked with each group producing their own copies of her lovely story ‘Lost in the Snow’ and left them with us as a fabulous memento of her visit.

Our thanks to Claire for making our Book Week this year an extra special treat for our pupils.  We cannot say enough in praise of her visit.  The children love reading their own unique copy of their ‘Lost in the Snow’ story!
Ib Stock School

Fees and Bookings
Please contact me on 07949 027 236, email: picturebookcourse@gmail.com or visit http://www.clairealexander.co.uk


University / College Visits

I can talk and run workshops on any aspect of creating picture books including appealing to publishers and self-marketing. I run my own picture book writing and illustration workshops and courses for adults in London. For more information, please contact me directly on 07949 027 236, picturebookcourse@gmail.com or visit https://www.clairealexander.co.uk

 

Course Testimonials

I give Claire's course 5 big fat stars!!!

I'd highly recommend this course to anyone with an interest in writing, illustrating for children or both… even for someone who just loves picture books and wants to know more!

Claire's a brilliant teacher who really knows her stuff and she gives a great, first hand insight into the publishing world.

I've worked in the design industry for 15 years I can honestly say that this course is better thought out than some university courses! She gives a thorough overview into children's pictures books that covers all aspects from design & layout, narrative, character design and techniques such as watercolour and acrylics.

It's aimed at all levels and is very supportive and encouraging. It's great to turn up each week and be with people that are on the same journey as you, who share a similar interest.

You can't fail to enjoy the classes... or the biscuits she provides!
C. powell

Claire's courses are brilliant - informative, motivating and encouraging.

Her testament is that students of hers have gone on to be published. I would suggest all 3 levels of courses to benefit from the lesson plans, advice and feedback. In addition, she invites agencies and publishers to see student's work which is a great opportunity for feedback or to get snapped up.
G. Frieda


Book Reviews

Monkey and the Little One reviewed by Libby Allman The Best New Children's Books

'Warm illustrations and a persistent mouse make this a charming book about friendship'

Back to Front and Upside Down, reviewed by Kid-lit-reviews.com

'Reading Back to Front and Upside Down! to your child before the school year starts and again throughout the year, may help your child to fear not, and ask for help when needed. I’d put this book in every pre-kindergarten to second grade classroom. School is the one place where asking for help should be a no brainer, yet it is the one place where peer pressure and group ridicule is the strongest. Stories like Back to Front and Upside Down! can open up discussions, which can make learning easier.'

Lucy and the Bully, reviewed by Irene Roth for the National Writing for Children Centre

Bullying has become a real problem in today’s culture, and because of this, this book is of extreme importance to kids. Alexander’s story is simple and has wonderful illustrations. It will help young children talk openly and honestly about bullying. But most importantly, Alexander assures the reader that bullies can be stopped and something can be done about this growing problem. I was absolutely mesmerized by this book. It wonderfully illustrates the viciousness of bullying and how the victim feels. What an important book for our times! Thank goodness for authors who take important topics like this one and make it child-friendly!

 

About Me

I am an award winning author/ illustrator based in London.  I am passionate about visiting school children and inspiring them to draw and write. I also teach adults how to create picture books professionally on my courses at the House of Illustration. I studied Fine Art at the Kent Institute of Art and Design and have a BA honors degree in Painting.  I studied Illustration at Putney School of Art and I am experienced teacher with a City and Guilds qualification.

Books by Claire Alexander

Picture books I've created include:

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A Little Bit Different

A Little Bit Different

A Little Bit Different is a light and fun story depicting the journey from ignorance to acceptance and celebration.  
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The Snowbear

The Snowbear

The Snowbear is a spellbinding story about a the magic of snow and the power of a child's imagination. With simple text and beautiful illustrations, it will be read and enjoyed again and again. 
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Humperdink Our Elephant Friend

Humperdink Our Elephant Friend

Exploring themes of empathy and imaginative play, this title is a must-have for young readers seeking to understand the world around them. 
978-1405268264
Monkey and the Little One

Monkey and the Little One

Monkey lives a quiet life, alone in the jungle. At least, he does until a visitor arrives and spoils his peace. The Little One makes himself right at home, he wants to share Monkey’s jungle and life. Will this odd couple get along or go their separat 
Small Florence

Small Florence

Small Florence's dream of becoming a pop star is ruined by her sisters when they enter a singing competition without her. But when they fail to sing, Florence's winning voice sings out from the crowd! 
978-1405276450
The Best Bit of Daddy's Day

The Best Bit of Daddy's Day

A heartwarming father/son story with a familiar school setting - the perfect gift for Father's Day. Bertie wants to drive trucks and diggers, just like his daddy. But today there’s a special surprise waiting for him at school that might mean that Be 
Lucy and the Bully

Lucy and the Bully

Lucy loves everything about nursery - except for Tommy, who is a big bully. He stamps on Lucy's sculpture and breaks her pencils. He warns her not to tell - or else! But with a bit of help from Lucy's mum, Tommy is ready to turn over a new leaf. 
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Back to Front and Upside Down

Back to Front and Upside Down

Alfie becomes frustrated when his letters come out in a muddle. He is afraid to ask his teacher for help, until a friend assures him that nobody's good at everything. And after lots of practice, Alfie's letters come out the right way round. 
978-1405264099
Millie Shares

Millie Shares

A book about the benifits of sharing for 0-4 year olds 
Lost in the Snow

Lost in the Snow

Fox cubs Benny and Fern wander far from their den. How will they find their way home to Mummy? An enchanting winter story about overcoming your fears and finding your inner strength 

Keywords

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