Students can avail of the opportunity to attend some interesting children’s literature talks in January.
Read to Inspire – Wednesday 22nd January (PGCE students)
On 22nd January (next Wednesday) PGCE Primary (3-7/5-11) students are invited to attend “Read to Inspire” and meet renowned illustrators Nick Sharratt and Sophy Henn.
Nick Sharratt won the Children’s book Award in 2001 (for the picture book Eat Your Peas) and in 2003 (for the picture book Pants). He has illustrated board books, picture books and fiction/YA stories. Some of the authors he has worked with include Jacqueline Wilson, Julia Donaldson, Michael Rosen, Giles Andreae, Kes Gray, Kaye Umansky and Jeremy Strong.
Sophy Henn’s debut picture book Where Bear? was shortlisted for the Waterstones Children’s Book Prize in 2015. She has written and illustrated picture books, fiction and non-fiction books. Her works include the Pom Pom series, Almost Anything, the Bad Nana series, Lifesize and Super Duper You.
Inclusivity in Children’s Books – Wednesday 29th January
On 29th January, Lewes Children’s Book Group are hosting a talk on inclusivity in children’s books at Lewes Town Hall. The talk is free to attend and will begin at 8pm. Children’s literature expert Daniel Hahn will be chairing the discussion. He will be joined by author Candy Gourlay, Rob Green (diversity & inclusion magazine Pen & Inc) and Jonny Pryn (One Third Stories).
More information about Lewes Children’s Book Group can be found on their website. The charity is run by a group of volunteers who organise events to bring children and books together. The group and the activities it runs can provide teachers in local schools with valuable support in promoting reading for pleasure.