Redhill Library, (November 2018)
Whenever you visit us here at Redhill Library you make the building buzz and it transforms the place. We have had 'grown ups' our regulars that have pasted positive comments such as 'lovely to see the children so engaged' and ' I sneaked a look into the Children's Library to see what was going on and saw drawing, talking and lots of happy faces'.
It's worth all the hard work in organising such events just to see our Library being used as a Library: lots of children firstly being spellbound by a 'real' author and then to be given an opportunity to spend time talking with an author, it makes for a special time to remember and believe me children do remember such times.
It also gives the children time to browse our wonderful shelves that are packed with volumes of pure imagination; a place to explore or a new experience to feel or even to make an enlightening discovery that might make for great content in a project piece for school.
There have been many occasions when speaking with teaching staff that they have expressed their thanks when we have class visits to our Library, it offers another tangent and teaching resource and shows local partnerships for the good of our community, without which families would not know what a terrific place of information their local Library is.
But really, to have authors that avail themselves to a Library Service and the public beyond is a wonderful experience for everyone, and as for reading there is a saying: ' You're never alone when you're reading a book'.
So, thank heavens for authors and Libraries as they make the world a far less lonely and hostile place.
Tina Campey LDC
Redhill Library, (November 2017)
Just wanted to thank you for your lovely visit to us today, it all went very well indeed.
'Your visit goes to show that when we engage with these young readers they soak up much more than we imagine.
One of the most important things and an utter joy for the children to experience, is that they have met the person that wrote a book that they have enjoyed. My observations are that children take on an ownership of an author that they have met personally; it's very special indeed and the author is their new best friend.
So, Sue, since your visit you have gained 120 new best friends and there can be no greater thing, as it propels the love of reading and adventures and confidence will dually follow.
Your books are out virtually all the time and on checking their status today, all of Redhill's six copies are on Junior Library cards with two reservations outstanding on them.
Tina Campey LDC,
Redhill Library, School visit Surrey
The visit was calm and welcoming. The author was ready and it was good to hear an author talk about their stories.
Lynn Caswell (Yr 2 -59 pupils)
We really enjoyed the time looking at books and doing an activity linked to the session. The author was great she was engaging for the children. We enjoyed it very much especially the author talk and story.
Megan Gizzi (Year 1 – 51 pupils)
The adults enjoyed hearing about the bus too.
Mr Skuse (Year 1)
St. Peter’s C of E, Ardingly (February/2018)
The children enjoyed ‘A Spooky Tale’ book and getting involved in the story.
Class teacher Reception class
I loved your passion for the playbus and could see that your beautiful books have been drawn from a rich experience of providing a great location for children to play. The stories you tell of the bus are captivating and pull you in quickly.
Phoebe Mohamad (Red Ink Publishing)
National Playbus Association
Sue, thanks for keeping the Playbus dream alive! X
EHCPA Ex. Playbus Chair BOD
School visit, St. Matthews Primary School. (March/2018)
Thank you for coming to spend the afternoon with our writers! The children very much enjoyed the experience and couldn't wait to take their designs and writing home to show their parents at the end of the day.
St. John’s C of E Primary School, (March/2018)
Thank you so much for such a wonderful day with us. The children were really inspired by your stories, fascinating take on local history and loved the fact that they see you teaching in school with us. They would love you to come back next Book Week again. Staff were all very impressed with your enthusiasm.
Jacky Fyson (Deputy Head))
St.John’s C of E School, (November/2017)
“Sue’s extensive experience in teaching means that as a children’s author she provides a positive reading experience which engages the children she works with.”
Jill Webber, Reading Lead
St. Peter’s C.E Primary School, (Feb 2018)
Sue Wickstead, author of ‘Jay-Jay the Supersonic Bus’, shared her journey as an author in worship, followed by reading her books and answering questions for children from reception to year4. The children were fascinated to learn that ‘Jay-Jay’ was inspired by her work with a children’s charity, a ‘Playbus’.