To celebrate World Book Day, here’s a literary quiz for you. Can you name the novel?
Rarely have I felt as underdressed as I did when I visited Osbaldwick Primary School on World Book Day last week. I was the only person in mufti. The whole school – including all the teachers – were dressed as characters from books!
At the school’s Osbaldwick Lane site, the teachers were dressed as characters from Alice in Wonderland:
And at the school’s other, Leyes, site, the teachers were all dressed as dalmations from 101 Dalmations:
I had to concentrate very hard to be able to perform my Buzzing! show whilst looking out over a sea of Wallys and Little Red Riding Hoods and Harry Potters and Hermiones and … and … and … .
In the audience of my Leyes site show I spotted a Charlotte from Charlotte’s Web. Just the person – sorry, just the spider – I needed to come and perform my spider poem with me. Charlotte was fabulously attired, and with exactly the right number of limbs!
Thank you to everyone at both Osbaldwick Primary School sites for welcoming me so warmly into your school on World Book Day. I enjoyed putting on shows and workshops for you all in your fabulous costumes.
What did Osbaldwick think of my visit? Well, Year 6 teacher Mrs Mowat said I’d put on:
‘A fantastic workshop. The children were heavily involved and really enjoyed creating (and performing) their own poem.’
Afterwards she emailed to say:
‘The children (and the staff) throughly enjoyed themselves! I have had people coming up to me all afternoon saying how amazing they thought your show and workshops were. Thanks again for such a wonderful world book day.’
Well, thank you, Osbaldwick Primary, for inviting me to share World Book Day 2016 with you. I can only apologise for having been so boringly dressed … .
Thank you to Book Events for Schools for organising this visit for me. If you’d like me to come and put on some ‘amazing’ poetry shows and workshops at your school, then just get in contact with Book Events for Schools.
World Book Day 2015: It was the best of times, it was the worst of times.
And I got to meet lots of lovely pupils as I signed copies of my brand new paperback Buzzing! book:
It was the worst of times because I had to judge the school’s Buzzing! bookmark competition. This was an impossible task, as the children had come up with such a wide variety of fabulous bookmarks. See for yourself here:
Eventually I did manage to select some winners, but I would like all the pupils to know how wonderful their bookmarks were, and what a joy it was to look at them all.
Thank you to all the staff and pupils at St John’s College School who made my World Book Day visit such a pleasure. Special thanks go to Julia Clarke, the school librarian, who did so much to enthuse the children about my visit in advance and to make it the success it was. I particularly enjoyed working with her to prepare my library poetry workshop.
What did the school make of my visit? Well, one member of staff said it was:
‘the best author visit we’ve had‘.
I can’t ask for better staff feedback than that!
But did the children enjoy my visit? Well, here are some of their views:
‘I loved the way Anneliese performed her poems – they were great!’
‘I liked Anneliese because she said that if you want to remember something you should write a poem about it. I think that’s really clever.”
‘I loved Anneliese’s visit as she was so inspiring.’
‘I loved Anneliese’s story telling in her Buzzing! show and I liked learning more about minibeasts.’
‘I loved the way Anneliese acted and the way her voice matched the insect and the way she remembered all those poems that she’d written.’
So, there you have it. If you’d like your school to have a buzzing visit, then do get in contact.
This year I spent World Book Day in the company of the pupils of Leeming and Londonderry Primary School, where I had the great pleasure of signing copies of my – now well-and-truly published – Buzzing! book.
I also had the very onerous job of judging their World Book Day competition. The children had each brought in a photo of themselves reading a book in an unusual place. I had to judge which place was the most unusual!
It was an impossible task. There were so many fabulously unusual and quirky places, including upside down on a climbing frame, on a quad bike, and in a jacuzzi! Take a look for yourself:
In the end I did choose a winner – but it was one of the most difficult jobs I’ve ever had to do!
Here’s to next year’s World Book Day! I wonder what it will bring …
Meanwhile, Thank You to Leeming and Londonderry Primary School for inviting me to spend this important day with them.
Happy Reading one and all!
I’d like to say a big Thank You to the pupils at Le Cateau Primary School in North Yorkshire. Why? Well, for three very important reasons.
Firstly for welcoming me so warmly to their school on World Book Day this year. I greatly enjoyed performing my Buzzing! poetry show for them and then putting on poetry workshops with them afterwards.
Secondly for writing me such wonderful, beautifully illustrated, letters after my visit.
And last, but by no means least, for solving the conundrum of my Buzzing! book subtitle.
You see, when I went to Le Cateau School, everything was ready for my book – except the subtitle. You can find out more about the hunt for the Buzzing! subtitle here. As you’ll hear in the audio clip in that blogpost, the pupils of Le Cateau voted overwhelmingly for ‘Discover the Poetry in Garden Minibeasts’ as the best subtitle for Buzzing! And so … that is the subtitle the publishers and I decided on.
My Buzzing! book has just been published, so I can now reveal to you the title page – complete with subtitle (as chosen by Le Cateau pupils):
You can order your copy of my Buzzing! book here.
I’d like to thank Sheila Silvester of North Yorkshire County Council and Mrs Cafferty of Le Cateau Primary School for organising my visit. Thank you also to all the other Le Cateau teachers and teaching assistants for making me so welcome. Thank you too to Nicola Loxdale of Brambleby Books.
If you’d like your primary school to be Buzzing! for a day, contact me!