World Book Day 2016
One of the best things about World Book Day is that kids get to play. They dress up as a character from a favourite story and spend most of the day playing, either in their imagination or with story or related activities. It's so important that they get to do this - and I love being part of the celebrations. For 2016's events I spent my time with children from Epsom Primary School in Surrey and Granton Primary School in London.
At Epsom, the emphasis with Nursery and Reception children was on story, singing, dancing, and marching as noisily as elephants or as quietly as mice. Creating rhyming couplets using the same style as I used in I Could Be, You Could Be was the challenge for Year 1 and 2 children. We had rice and mice, dice and ice, cats and hats and whizzy cars travelling very far.
At Granton, the pupils had the chance to design their own front cover for As Quiet As A Mouse, The winning entry was by William, who's in Year 2. My visit to Granton was the culmination of week-long reading and literacy initiatives, which included sessions for parents and carers to support children to become life-long readers. One of my highlights was creating a story with a group of Year 2 pupils - once upon a time, there was a woman called Linda who had a skateboard and fell off a hill into a hole and, somehow, ended up with a body made of food, including spaghetti legs and eyes made of mini Easter eggs!