Lockdown author - How did it change?

Rainbow Bus

World book day this year was certainly very different.

Over the last year a lot has been said about peoples jobs changing, schools, theatres and shops closed, but not a lot was said about writers and authors.

With lockdown I focussed more on my writing but for me, and many other children's authors who rely on school visits and events, this would certainly affect and disrupt the chances of face to face meetings and sales.

In 2021, with the continued precautions and warnings for covid, schools certainly were not thinking about author visits and World Book Day.

This year was also going to be very different because schools were closed.

A virtual Visitor for World Book Day

A real bus rainbowI heard from a friend in Bolton who wondered if I might do a virtual zoom visit with her group ‘2nd Blackrod Rainbows.’

I had never undertaken a virtual visit before but have come to know a little more about Zoom and zooming over the last year.

So, I agreed and the group ordered 12 books, one signed for each of the children.

I supplied a few worksheets including a bus to colour. Rainbow template

I wasn’t sure how the event would go, but was ready. (Internet working?)

We would just see what happened as we went along.


The timetable was set:

  • introduce myself and the background story (the real bus);
  • to talk about each of the 10 books;
  • a few questions and answers;
  • then read one of the story books.

As the books ordered were for each of the bus books apart from Daisy Daydream (poor Daisy), I decided this would be the book to read if time permitted.

Check out Daisy on EYFSHome

 ‘A Rainbow bus’.

A rainbow busI asked the children if they had a Playbus for their ‘Rainbow’ group what would it look like?

A Playbus needs to be bright, colourful and certainly different.

So, while I read the Daisy’s story the children listened and could also decorate their bus. Ivy's bus

At the end they showed me what they had done so far. They certainly looked good even if not yet finished.

A bright colourful PlaybusIt was indeed quite a different visit, and although we were not in the same room, it was great to see so many interested faces.

Jayne Carman: (Event orgniser)

We loved having Sue join us on zoom and share her stories with the Rainbows.

Everyone enjoyed listening and asking questions.

The rainbows did some great bus designs and were thrilled with their signed copies of their books. 

Thank you, Sue, for a great time. Rosie the bus by Ria

Adopt and author

The good thing about zoom is that the distance is not longer an issue. I doubt I would have been able to visit as far north as Bolton under normal circumstances.

It is indeed good for the childen to meet and communicate with visitors and now with zoom there are a few more opportunities.

Perhaps you could even adopt a local author who would be happy to hear from children, to write and to talk about books (not jut their own), to encourage children in both reading and writing.

As the 'Unexpected Guest' visiting as a supply/cover teacher it is always interesting how children enjoy something different not just my books but about my 'Lego' too.

EYFSHome Rainbow bus



The Lockdown Teacher

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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