Whether it’s a whole day of events in school, a half day, or a single assembly, David’s main priority is to deliver fun, interactive experiences that bring books to life, and motivate children to read, write, and be creative.
Talks include such topics as How a Book is Made, How To Become and Author, How to Have Ideas, and answers to children’s questions. (This can end up with a discussion of what an author can earn… which David is happy to reveal because it can be quite a motivation to write!)
Workshops give children and staff the chance to develop their imaginations and learn up-to-the-minute writing skills from a professional author.
All talks and workshops can often be tailored to themes and topics, even at the last minute!
A short and engaging introduction to polar bears using soft toy characters Big Bear and Little Bear, then a reading of David’s best-selling picture book, Big Bear Little Bear.
Or, open the flaps of Who’s Laughing? and find out who laughs with a roar and a hiss!
Reception and Yr1/2
A more expansive picture book talk about David’s latest publication. Right now this would be the already popular Roo the Roaring Dinosaur. Find out about how the book came about, and what happens when little Roo gives up his most cherished baby blanket to help his new friend.
Or, everyone gets practical and makes their own Knock Knock flap book in a fast and furious workshop suitable for all abilities.
Years 3 and 4
The ’imaginative powerhouses’ of the school get to join in with an expansive picture book reading (as described above) and come up with ideas for their own re-telling.
In a workshop, they develop their very own ideas to make a story, presented as the cover of a picture book.
Or, as often happens, they can stretch themselves and do the Year 5/6 workshops!