Children will get far more out of an author visit if they are already familiar with the author’s books and are anticipating the visit. It’s much easier for me to engage their enthusiasm on the day if it’s already been engaged by one of my books. Here are some suggestions as to how to achieve this.
Read the books!
This might seem obvious, but some schools don’t introduce my books to the children until after my visit. Arrange for the library service to provide you with a selection in advance or you might even buy a few.
Make sure everyone knows about the visit by:-
Putting up copies of my author visit poster (see downloads) around the school.
Setting up a book display with a selection of my books.
Feature the visit as an upcoming event in school newsletters and include my site address www.scribblestreet.co.uk so that children can visit the site with their parents and carers.
An excellent way to familiarise the children with my books is to use them as part of a lesson or activity. You can find a selection of art, writing and drama activities on the activities page.
If you want to organise an art and design competition based on one of my books, I’d be happy to be pick a winner during my visit and donate a signed book as a prize. You could use one of Art and Design activities from the activities page or choose one of my other books for inspiration.