What can you do on an Author visit? - workshop ideas

Author visits

As a ‘Patron of Reading’ I am keen to support children in their love of books.

I have visited many schools, both as an author and as a supply cover teacher, and have produced a range of worksheets and activities.

When I have been able to share my stories in the schools, I am pleased to know the children enjoy the books and want to know more.

I am able to offer story-telling and writing workshops.

Here are a few suggested options

The given PowerPoint presentations help to answer questions some of the questions the children might like to ask. (Sessions can be with or without the Power-Point)

  1. Where did the story start? (KS1 and 2)

(Power-Point. This outlines the writing journey and how the questions, the children asked, led to the story writing)

This would be followed up with listening to the Supersonic story. Plus Q&A’s

  1. Year of the Bus. (KS1 & 2)

(Power-Point. A variety of different buses brightly painted.)

Writing activity opportunity:

What bus would you design? Draw and label the bus you might like.

  1. A Spooky Tale (KS1)

(A good session where the children have come along to the library; museum; bookshop; school; or other venue)

Create a story map of the children’s journey to the Bookshop/ library/ school.

Using the author website play Youtube clips of the original walk with the teacher.

What could go wrong?

Listen to the story.

Children to then create their own ideas for what could go wrong on their return journey.

  1. 3D Bus design (A Space bus / Christmas Bus/ Book Bus) (KS2) (Read more)

(Power-Point. Examples of buses with livery images to suit a given theme.)

Ideas to inspire children to design their 3D own Playbus.

It must have a name and a number plate and it must be bright and colourful.

  1. Lego Lady

(As I visit as a teacher I am known as the Lego Lady)

Play a ‘Guess Who?’ Lego game.

Children could then create their own Lego Character using a template. Lego figure

Build a character profile.

  1. Lego Lady 2

Lego busesBuild a Lego bright and colourful Playbus

(Read more - log post)

  1. Badge Making Workshop Badges

(Read more)

Additional activity for children to make and create their own pin badge on a given theme.

The children would colour and make themselves.


  1. Meet Barty Barton (for younger children)

Children can meet the real Barty Barton teddy bear and learn about the inspiration behind the tale.

Do you have a favourite toy?     


New Books - find out about forthcoming books and in what stage of production

(Just a few ideas.)


Where to get my books

Books are available from the following:   My Books

Amazon.co.uk     Amazon.com     Waterstones    

Barnes&Noble    Foyles (amongst others)

Don't forget to look and ask in your local Museum, book shop or even buy on your Sainsburys on line shop!

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