As part of our celebrations in World Book Week, we were lucky enough to be visited by the author – Angela McAllister. We ‘grilled’ Angela with pre-prepared questions in a Q&A session and learnt that she published her first book in her early 20s, that illustrators and authors worked collaboratively in different ways (sometimes the story comes first whereas at other times the pictures inspire a story). The children were fascinated that she was friends with many well-known authors and illustrators.
She spent a day with us beginning in Reception, sharing her stories and getting the children to create their own story with her. In Year 1 and 2, after listening to ‘Winter’s Child’, she focused on descriptive vocabulary that could accompany a story. In Year 3 and 4, who have been studying her book ‘Leon and the Place Between’, she also shared a new book with them before giving them 1:1 feedback on the sequels they have written linked to ‘Leon and the Place Between’. The children were thrilled with Angela’s positive feedback and she praised them highly for their ingenuity, creativity and writing abilities. Many children bought a beautiful book signed by Angela.
A Wandsworth mum, Clare Luther, also visited on Friday with her first published set of books. She brought them to life in Reception and KS1 with hand puppets and discussed the themes and morals of the rhyming animal tales.
On World Book Day we celebrated with a catwalk costume parade, parent reading breakfast and an exciting moment when the bell rang across the school and we had to Drop Everything And Read! Fortunately the sun was shining so we read outdoors and even Mr Adele read in the kitchen and Miss Maria in her office! Thank you to all the children and parents for making this such a special week.
Enjoy the photographs!
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