Thursday, 17 March 2016

Looking Back on World Book Day 2016 - Emma Barnes

With a group of year 2s

I'm knackered.  Yes, I've got those post World Book Day blues.  Eight schools visited.  Seven early starts.  Twenty plus workshops.  Eight author talks.  Four story times.  One drive through a blizzard, one drive through a semi-blizzard.  (Alright, it probably wasn't a blizzard.  Not if you live in, say, Canada.  But to me it felt like a blizzard.)  One bad cold.  Three tubes of throat sweets. Countless cups of tea.  Two photos in local papers.  One box of forgotten books.  Two schools where the technology went on strike.

A new library opened
Also - lots of excited children! Children dreaming up ideas, and writing them down too.  Magical creatures invented.  Lots of unlikely characters too.   Stories about secret dens.  Stories about naughty children.   How many pages written - countless.  How many stories acted out - lots.  Wonderful drawings and "front covers" too.  Openers about "mysterious strangers", where children  wrote sci-fi, thrillers, fantasy, comedy... Children dressed up as everyone from Katniss Evergreen to Pippi Longstocking.  Children asking questions and telling me about their favourite books.

A wonderful new library opened.
A chance to chat with inspiring teachers.
Talking with young readers to find out what they read, and why.

So yes, I'm knackered.  But it was worth it.

In the press

Emma's Website
Emma’s Facebook Fanpage
Emma on Twitter - @EmmaBarnesWrite

Emma's Wild Thing series for 8+ is about the naughtiest little sister ever. (Cover - Jamie Littler)
"Hilarious and heart-warming" The Scotsman


Sue Purkiss said...

Well done you!

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Penny Dolan said...

That's exactly how it feels - but you do seem to have been particularly heroic in the quantity of your visits - and it sounds as though you've done some really interesting stuff in there too! Hope all this year's World Book Day "Visitors" are feeling happy with themselves - and maybe taking a bit of recovery time too?

C.J.Busby said...

Well done! I did six schools and I thought that was pretty heroic! It is indeed exhausting but also a great boost to get to meet so many lovely, creative and curious children, as well as some fabulous teachers.