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Sunday, October 23, 2005
HAREWOOD & A HALF-TERM HOORAY!
Well, had a wonderful week near Kings Lynn, so thank you to all last week's First Schools in Norfolk (ASHWICKEN, CHURCH HILL, GAYTON & POTT ROW). Thanks also for making up a new name for me - "Penny the Poet" - and for all the interesting things we wrote poems about.

An enormously grateful "Good On You!" greeting to HETTIE DUKE for all her help and hospitality during my stay, as well as some charming updates on all things Australian!

Back up the A1, and only one day to go before the half-term break, However, just enought time to visit HAREWOOD C.E. PRIMARY SCHOOL, and fit in two Book Week sessions among the fancy dress hilarity, and the rainy indoor-ness of the playtimes. Hope you are all having a terrific week's holiday, everyone!

Me? I'm going a-writing! Hooray!
 
Sunday, October 16, 2005
A WEEKEND'S PAUSE!
Some lovely days last week - thanks to all who helped, including with the book sales - and a busy week to come. So, early greetings to ASHWICKEN, CHURCHILL, GAYTON and POTT ROW First Schools near Kings Lynn. I'm looking forward to seeing you on Wednesday and Thursday.

Touch of post-visit insomnia, so had time last night to read the recent Guardian "Look at a Book" Children's Books Guide. Some really interesting articles. I particularly valued FRANCESCA SIMON, writing wonderfully on the importance of books for 5-8 year olds. Here's a majorly important quote from FS: "Read to your children. Don't punish them for learning to read by abandoning the bedtime story." Hear, hear, hear! Times a zillion. Exactly so!

Also CHRIS RIDDELL offering hopes for a rise in illustration within novels for children. Add my hopes too, Chris!
 
Monday, October 10, 2005
PUSHING ALONG . . .
Hello! Trying to push last week's Book Week entry along by adding a new post. Think I'd better add my greetings NOW to everyone at WESTBOURNE HOUSE Pre-Prep School near Chichester and ST. SWITHUN'S SCHOOL Juniors in Winchester. Looking forward to seeing you all this week! (Big smile from Yorkshire, as I wave at my cat and get into my car!)
 
Saturday, October 08, 2005
SO, BOOK WEEK THANKS TO . . .
So, CHILDREN'S BOOK WEEK thanks to lots of people. First - Monday! - hello to Years 3&4 at ST. OLAVE'S SCHOOL,YORK. Lovely, especially the way the well-stocked, comfortable library welcomes children for all sorts of reading during break times.

Then - Tuesday! - had fun at ILKLEY LIBRARY, sharing some stories with Reception classes from MILLFIELD SCHOOL & ALL SAINTS SCHOOL, then a more intense author session with Year 5 readers from BEN RHYDDING PRIMARY SCHOOL.(How did your mysterious Friday outing go, then?) The afternoon was over the hills, but not far away: SILSDEN LIBRARY, where I enjoyed meeting Year 1 from AIRE VIEW INFANTS SCHOOL.

Book Week Wednesday started with a long foggy drive, but ended in a nice time of stories and book-chat with the children of SEDBERGH PRIMARY SCHOOL, CUMBRIA. Then Year 3 classes at REINWOOD JUNIOR SCHOOL wrote poems with me for NATIONAL POETRY DAY on Thursday.

By Friday I was literally down on the mat! On that day, I was busy sharing books and story-drawing for lively two and three year olds at COMPTON ROAD LIBRARY, LEEDS, where the next round of BOOKSTART was being launched. Congratulations to all involved - and happy reading!
 
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