TWO authors recently visited a school to talk about their careers and promote reading as an enjoyable activity.
Author and illustrator Simon Bartram visited the King’s School in Tynemouth to give his first-ever reading in a school from his latest book ‘Bob and the Moontree Mystery’.
The 44-year-old, of Low Fell, was running up in the Mother Goose Award while his book ‘Bob a man on the moon’ won the Blue Peter Book of the Year Award in 2004.
Simon read to 50 boys and girls at the school’s Kindergarten in the first visit by children’s authors in the academic year to promote reading for pleasure.
Simon, who works from a shed in his garden, said: “Writing for children gives me a chance to use my imagination.
“I like the text and pictures to act like a straight man and a funny man.
“The pupils were enthusiastic, eagle-eyed and alert to the clues in the pictures. It was an entertaining session.”
In a separate visit, award winning author David Almond talked to Key Stage 2 pupils about the life of a writer, answering their questions along the way.
He told an audience of 80 pupils how he became a writer through a fascination with the printed word which began for him as a boy in Felling with visits to his uncle’s print shop.
David told pupils: “People say children don’t read much these days but they need to come along and meet children like you.”
He then read an extract from his latest book ‘The Boy Who Swam with Piranhas’.
King’s Librarian Julie Angel said: “David has visited King’s a number of times in recent years. He always inspires the pupils not only to read but to try writing themselves.”