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We had a lovely afternoon with Kenneth on Fri 4th March. Thank you again Kenneth for an inspirational talk with both of our classes.

Nicola (Aberuthven Primary School) on Kenneth Steven

Seth joined us for two days at three campuses. Over the course of both days, Seth led an online assembly, delivered several writing workshops, and judged a competition we had been running as part of our World Book Day celebrations. Seth was professional and flexible, and his delivery was pitched perfectly to meet the needs of our pupils. Pupils engaged well with him and enjoyed asking a variety of questions. We would highly recommend Seth to other schools.

Helen (The Harbour School) on Seth Burkett

Outstanding visit. A perfect match for our diverse school. An inspiring talk and reading and lively, engaging workshops. The whole school is still buzzing about the visit. A huge thank you to Abiola, she has inspired the next generation of young authors.

Rhian (Braintcroft E-ACT Primary Academy) on Abiola Bello

Kevin's visit was a great success with year 8 pupils enjoying the talk and interaction afterwards together with books signing. I would recommend him and Seraphim and invite them in again in the future. Thank you so much

Vicky (The Chantry School) on Kevin Brooke

Nick and his partner came and delivered a wonderful day of workshops for nursery, reception, year 1 and year 2. The pupils were totally engaged in the storytelling and the little ones loved the craft making. We will definitely have Nick back in the future!

Charli (Terra Nova School) on Nick Jones

Pupils and staff in Year 5 and Year 6 thoroughly enjoyed the session with Simon. They were engaged for the duration of the session and inspired them to become more creative in their writing. We look forward to Simon joining us again for the next World Book Day.

Farina (The Olive School, Birmingham) on Simon Adepetun

We had a fantastic morning with Rosie. The children were engaged and really took on board her writing tips when they wrote throughout the rest of the week. They have a really good idea of how to create atmosphere; her PAT acronym is a real winner.

Beverley (Halstead CPS) on Rosie Radford

Our children had such a wonderful experience meeting the author of their current book, it is something they will remember for a life time. Dinah was able to converse with the children easily, taking on board their ideas for her next book. She answered any questions the children had and le then know about the writing process.

Miss (Manor Junior School) on DINAH ORJI

Damian was absolutely fabulous with the children! Right from the start, he captivated all year groups and kept them motivated throughout. By using humour with his stories, the children continually had smiles on their faces and loved the characters they created in the writing workshops!

Natalie (Our Lady & St Anselms) on Damian Harvey

We had Mark visit our school to deliver a whole school assembly and then workshops for different year groups. To say the children enjoyed it would be an understatement! During the assembly both children and staff were fully engaged, even up and dancing at one point! His use of language and story telling ability truly captured their attention and imagination. Throughout the workshops, you could hear a point drop. The children were fully engaged in learning how to draw a dragon which they then took back to their class to use as a writing stimulus. The day was a thorough success, including the book sale at the end, and I would highly recommend a visit by Mark to any school!

Matthew (Springdale First School) on M. P. Robertson

We had a wonderful day with you Gillian and we hope to see you again soon. The children loved the day and we hope to inspire them to write more in future months. Best wishes Sue Blakeley St Louis Catholic Academy, Newmarket

Sue (St Louis Roman Catholic Academy) on Gillian McClure

Thank you so much for facilitating Fabi visiting our school. Fabi spoke to a range of children from our nursery to Year 2, preparing different activities suitable for each year group. She was engaging and inspiring, the children in year 2 especially loved creating their own animals and hearing her thought process for writing. She taught some children how to draw a dinosaur, the reception children’s efforts were very impressive! Fabi’s message of resilience was particularly inspiring and something as a school community we feel very passionate about. A huge thank you to Fabi and contact an author for a brilliant world book week experience.

Rachel (Littleton C of E Infant School) on Fabi Santiago

John helped celebrate World Book Day in our school by enriching the children with fun pop-up book ideas which the children loved! The children watched his videos beforehand and were very excited to create their own versions. John clearly modelled how to create the pop-up pages and the children couldn't wait to get started. John even catered for the Reception classes by showing his drawing skills and reading his amazing stories. The workshops made reading fun and staff/children loved the fun and engaging workshops.

Jemma (Springmead Primary School) on John O'Leary

It was a pleasure welcoming Zehra to our school. She worked with each class and the children really enjoyed her visit. The work shops were at exactly the right level (Zehra and I worked to together to plan the sessions) and the Year 2 were able to carry on with the work for the rest of the week. Zehra did book signing after school as well. I would recommend a visit from Zehra for Key Stage 1 children.

Ruth (St Nicholas CEVC Infant School) on Zehra Hicks

Highly recommend him!

Nicola (New Park Academy) on Simon Adepetun

A really useful talk that gave the children lots of ideas and tips. I have referred back to Jan and Sara's advice in all of our English lessons this week. "Remember what Jan and Sara told us". Jan and Sara gave us exactly what I wanted out of the talk and more. They were friendly, engaging, keeping their answers to a perfect length and worded so that the children could understand. I would definitely recommend.

Lisa (Meriden CE Primary School) on Jan Burchett and Sara Vogler

Great!

Bhavisha (Newton Farm Primary School) on Eva Wong Nava

Fabulous, the students were very engaged during the workshop, Matt has a great ability to get the best out of the students and gauge their ability. The students and staff thorough enjoyed the day. We have discussed another booking for the next academic year.

Denise (Bradon Forest School) on Matt Oldfield

Chirtra Soundar was a wonderful guest speaker. Her presentation was detailed, engaging and had a huge impact on the pupils' progress. They all were able to use the information they gained from the workshop to develop their own children's books. We will most certainly be in contact about possible visits in the future.

Michelle (Hockerill Anglo-European College) on Chitra Soundar

We had the most amazing session with Mike. The children learnt to draw robots and penguins and we had a world premiere of '10 Little Unicorns.' The children absolutely loved it and the staff were so grateful for his creative ideas and inspiration. We can't thank him enough for his time and his effort putting this all together.

Rachel (St Andrew's School, Turi, Kenya) on Mike Brownlow

The children were very excited to see the alien and think that they would get secret answers to their questions. They enjoyed listening to the story too.

Emma (Fossdene Primary) on Claire Alexander

Absolutely super time. Many thanks.

Jonathan (Birkdale Prep School) on Daniel Blythe

Helen was absolutely fantastic, and so engaging for a whole school session (EYFS-Year 6). The younger ones loved her story telling and the older children enjoyed learning to draw and discovering more about becoming an author/ illustrator. The virtual pack provided before the session was brilliant!

Rebecca (James Wolfe Primary School) on Helen Stephens

Neal was a fantastic surprise for our children during World Book Day. He was engaging throughout the zooms and the children have praised him for being very funny. The staff have also said that the workshops Neal provided were great. I would definitely recommend!

Jemma (Springmead Primary School) on Neal Zetter

John visited our primary school during the week of world book day. He was very flexible and worked with children from early years to year 5. Having spoken to the children, it is clear that they thoroughly enjoyed John’s workshops involving making pop up books in small groups. They then went back to class and asked to finish them. The finished pop up books really do look incredible and the staff and children have learnt many new skills.

Lisa (Gravel Hill Primary School) on John O'Leary

We were delighted to welcome author Lou Treleaven to Codicote Primary School on Monday 9th March. She spent the morning working with our Early Years and Key Stage 1 children, starting with an assembly and then a series of workshops for classes, based on a number of her books. In the afternoon she read from 'Turns out I'm an Alien' to years 4, 5 and 6 and explained the process of writing a book from the initial idea to publication. The children were totally enthralled and all keen to continue reading the story to find out what happens. Lou was friendly, approachable and engaging - the children loved her and so did all the staff.

Julie (Codicote Primary School) on Lou Treleaven

It was fantastic to have Lou in school - she went to all classes from Early Years to Year 4 and engaged with all of the students in a calm and lovely manner. The children loved listening to her stories and joining in with the activities and were excited and inspired to meet a real author!

Eleanor (Southill Lower School) on Lou Treleaven

Thank you for empowering children's love of reading. The children thoroughly enjoyed the event and have planned projects in class inspired by the day. Highly recommended.

Jenny (Sandilands Primary School) on Damian Harvey

Thank you so much for visiting Willow Bank Infants this week. The children and staff loved meeting you and hearing your stories.

Danielle (Willow Bank Infant School) on Sophie Ambrose

We were lucky enough to have Julia visit us for a whole day. She worked with all the classes in our Infant School from Nursery to Year 2 sharing some of her books and how she writes them. It was such an enjoyable day and wonderful to see the children so enthused about reading and storytelling. Thank you Julia so much for providing the inspiration for lots of exciting writing projects across the school and for starting off our World Book Week in such style!

Susanne (Northfields Infants School) on Julia Jarman

An excellent visit the children really enjoyed listening to Julia. Many thanks

Jo (Campton Lower School) on Julia Jarman

Sophie was excellent. The children loved her stories and the workshop for our school aged children was pitched well. The younger children loved listening to her read a story. Thank you for everything Sophie.

Louise (The Villa School and Nursery) on Sophie Ambrose

A lovely lady who really engaged both staff and children! Children loved her stories and were excited to get their books signed, she spent time chatting with children and staff and tailored each session for each year group. It really was a fun filled day that we will cherish and remember!

Razina (Krishna Avanti Primary School) on Julia Jarman

Cliff was great with the students. There was a wide age range and he catered for them all. The workshops with year 7 & 8 were very impressive. Hope he will visit us again.

Jeanette (St Margarets) on Cliff McNish

An was an excellent choice as a visiting author to enhance our Book Week activities. Our younger pupils were enthralled by her stories and storytelling and loved watching her illustrate. Our older pupils found her presentation about animation very inspiring. A fantastic day.

Hayley (St. Michael's School) on An Vrombaut

Great fun for the students with well structured and engaging activities. Would love to have him back next year!

Matthew (St. George's RC School) on Richy K. Chandler

Joseph was absolutely wonderful with the children. He was very interesting to listen to and the children absolutely loved his talk and reading of his stories. They loved that he was an illustrator too and the workshop was amazing. The children all created wonderful drawings of Marvin and Mollie which they were very proud of and carried on completing in the classroom. Thank you Joseph, we hope you will be able to come back again.

Kelly (Ranvilles Infant School) on Joseph Theobald

Zehra led a series of absolutely wonderful workshops and assemblies. The kids hugely enjoyed themselves and told us it was their favourite part of our World Book week celebrations. I would highly recommend Zehra to any school. Thank you!

Rebecca (James Wolfe Primary) on Zehra Hicks

A very successful visit, thank you. The children enjoyed your input and we have incorporated some of your suggestions for story ideas into the work we have sent home during the school closure. Thank you, Christina

Christina (Cardinal Newman Primary School) on Karen Owen

Thank you so much for visiting! Everyone really enjoyed having you join us - we hope to be able to invite you back next year too!

Amanda (Phoenix Infant Academy) on Chitra Soundar

Great day with Elizabeth; she was friendly and 'fitted' right in. The children and staff enjoyed the activities! Many thanks

Jane (Shelton Lower School) on Elizabeth Price

We booked Daniel to come and work with three schools in our MAT during a literacy festival. He spent three days working with the three schools. The work he did with the children was fantastic and really supported the theme of the week. All the feedback from the schools within the Academy was extremely positive. Daniel made a real connection with the children teaching them about how he writes and where he gets his ideas from to how he gets these down on paper. His workshops with KS2 were engaging and really gave the children a starting point to produce some fantastic writing in the week. I would absolutely have Daniel back in our schools to share his fabulous stories and work creatively with the children. Thank you Daniel for enhancing our learning in our literacy week.

Dan (Owl Cotes Multi Acadamy Trust) on Daniel Ingram-Brown

Brilliant day, and the students who took part really enjoyed themselves.

Stella (Lealands High School) on Seth Burkett

Susie is a lovely lady who engaged extremely well with the children during their workshops.

Nikki (Lingfield Primary School) on Susie Violet

Jo is highly organised and the staff & children really loved her being here and interacting in her workshops. Jo came in to work with our KS2 children.

Nikki (Lingfield Primary School) on Jo Franklin

John inspired children across key stage 2 who have continued with their paper engineering and making pop-up books after the visit!

Rachael (Barlby Primary School) on John O'Leary

Everyone had a super day when John visited our school. The videos he sent beforehand were fun and got the children ready for the day. They all enjoyed beginning to make the pop-ups and moving parts for their books and are keen to continue and finish them. The staff commented on how enthusiastic the children were. Thank you John

Rebecca (Bredhurst CE Primary School) on John O'Leary

We really enjoyed Emma's visit to Keevil school. All the teachers agreed that she was very good fun, held the children's attention, "got the measure" of any tricky children and was generally really lovely! We would highly recommend her. Thanks Emma

Louisa (Keevil CoE Academy) on Emma Read

Lou was fantastic. She had lovely props to help her to tell her story. It was interactive for the children and they were totally engaged in the story. She was mindful if their age and got them involved by teaching them a song. The children loved it. I would highly recommend Lou.

Claire (Stonehill School) on Lou Treleaven

Fantastic day, Children loved it and we would definitely have him back again.

Jim (Greswell Primary school) on Bernard Young

This was a wonderful event. The author is so vibrant and explanatory and had so much time for me buying and choosing my books from her. The books are magical! Well done, Philippa and good luck!

The (The Hollingbourne Christmas Fayre) on Philippa Joyner

Andy was incredible at raising the profile of reading and writing for pleasure. From the beginning he was friendly, had a really good relationship with the children and had us all laughing. I had really good feedback from staff about the workshops he ran right from reception to year 6, which is very impressive. He helped to achieve our aim of encouraging reading for pleasure and all the children wanted to do was read his books! Thank you Andy for a great day and an experience the children will never forget.

Rebecca (Brookhurst Primary School) on Andy Seed

We were visited by Emilie last week and the pupils were completely engaged with her speech for the entire session and have taken away some fantastic ideas to get involved with their own poetry writing. She was professional and had a brilliant rapport with pupils straight away.

Dominique (Dame Elizabeth Cadbury School) on Emilie Lauren Jones

We really enjoyed our visit from Lou. She was incredibly accommodating and agreed to work with all of our year groups. Teachers reported that the children really enjoyed the workshops, and many were so excited about the ideas that she gave them that they wanted to continue writing their stories at home! It was a great day and she inspired us all.

Tessa (Springmead Primary School) on Lou Treleaven

Hi there! Cat's visit was very interesting. She worked with various school children and they really enjoyed her sessions. She is a very good storyteller and also animates her sessions with music and drama. She is very good in eliciting stories from the students to draft their ideas on paper. Thank you dear Cat for making for your visit in Malta a wonderful experience for us all! :)

Erika (National Literacy Agency, Malta) on Cat Weatherill

Simon was fantastic. He inspired the children across Key Stage 2 with his life story and how he never gave up in his dream to publish a book. He motivated children to become readers and writers and was perfect for World Book Week.

Kim (Byron Court Primary School) on Simon Adepetun

An spent the whole day with us at school on March 5th 2020 and ran three workshops. The workshops were enjoyed by children and staff. An told her stories, explained how books are made and how she had become an author. This matched well with our whole school focus on literacy. Workshops were fun and interactive, each group were left with a follow up task. Would recommend to other schools without hesitation. Thanks An!

Carys (Byron Court Primary School) on An Vrombaut

Thank you for your visit on WBD. All pupils around the school are still talking about your books. You have helped to promote love for reading at Riverside Primary. Your books are much appreciated and pupils are currently taking turns in reading them. Pupils found the session interesting, entertaining and thoroughly enjoyed it. You have made WBD extra special for our pupils.

Susie (Riverside Primary School) on Fabi Santiago

Julia provided engaging and fun reading workshops for all our years groups from reception to Year 6. She led a whole school assembly to kick start the day and did a story telling session of one of her books, which the younger children thoroughly enjoyed.

Abigail (Monkfield Park Primary School) on Julia Jarman

Fantastic in all aspects. Thank you Damian, all our pupils enjoyed your assembly and workshops. Staff very impressed too.

Alison (Kingshott School Pre-Prep and Nursery, Hitchin, Hertfordshire ) on Damian Harvey

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