This year’s Schools’ Library Service Book Week was every bit as exciting and entertaining as we hoped. We were lucky to have the three fantastic authors Nick Cook, Tommy Donbavand and Steve Antony join us for a week of presentations and workshops across the Bailiwick schools.
Tommy Donbavand is the author of the highly popular and recently adapted for television Scream Street Series but has also written The Bash Street Kids for comic strip The Beano, many books in the Too Ghoul for School series and also Doctor Who fiction. Due to Tommy’s love of all things Doctor Who he started his week by joining the Guille-Allès Library for a day of Doctor Who fun and as their special guest for the day held two sessions, the first a Monster Mash workshop for children in Years 5-8 and the second his Giant Crabs Ate My Brain! talk in the afternoon for children and adult Doctor Who fans alike who wanted to find out about Tommy’s journey to becoming an author. This day seemed to be enjoyed by everyone who took part and because many of the children had seen Tommy on the Saturday, this seemed to create an even bigger buzz throughout the schools where he was greeted by many excited faces.
Steve Antony is an illustrator and author of picture books and visited our infant children, providing artistic inspiration as well as a craving for doughnuts. Steve’s worshop included a telling and exploration of his book The Queen’s Hat where students and teachers enjoyed searching for the hidden butler on each page. Vauvert Primary had been so inspired that they even created their own version of this book called The Guernsey Governor’s Gloves which Steve was so impressed with that he even included it in his blog about his experience of Guernsey and SLS Book Week. The children really enjoyed getting to learn about how Steve creates his illustrations and even taking part with some drawing of their own. We were lucky to have such a talented illustrator lead these sessions and who has in fact since been longlisted for the prestigious Kate Greenaway Medal. Well done Steve!
The secondary students had the chance to talk all things Cloud Riders with Young Adult author Nick Cook. His workshops focused on concepts such as tornadoes and storm chasing and he even created mini tornadoes in the classroom (with his Tornado machine, see picture below!). Nick encouraged students to follow their dreams and for any students who wanted to become authors, gave advice for writing their own books. We aim to have as many schools and children take part in SLS Book Week as possible, due to some of the smaller island’s locations, this can prove challenging so we have had to come up with some creative alternative solutions. This year this took the form of Nick taking part in a Google Hangout with St Anne’s in Alderney where he was able to present his workshop and give the students an opportunity to have an author appear on the screen just for them.
For those of you who reserved tickets, you will know that the Public Performance at the Guille-Allès Library, which included talks from all three authors, was a thoroughly entertaining and enjoyable evening. We also had the opportunity to invite our competition winners to receive their prizes directly from the authors themselves. As you’re sure to agree, this year’s competition entries (see below) were the most creative yet. The event ended with a Q&A session with the authors and the SLS staff members’ “ice breaker” questions were not needed after all, given the inventive and inquisitive questions from the audience!
We had some amazing feedback from schools which we have shared at the bottom of this blog and if you’ve enjoyed reading about SLS Book Week and want to see more then why not check our video!
Thank you to everyone involved in making it such a special week and we look forward to seeing you all next year.
“Although we didn’t think you could top Korky Paul’s visit last year you managed it. The visits just keep getting better and better! Steve Anthony was fantastic and the children were very inspired. His presentation was engaging and very suitably pitched at Key Stage 1 level. Many thanks to you and the team for continuing to arrange such a fabulous opportunity for the children”.
-Laura Wadley, Acorn House
“We just had Tommy Donbavand. WOW! He was amazing and the children loved it. What a character. Good choice for KS1 as well, as our staff spoke highly of yesterday’s presentation”.
–Gill Barrasin, Castel Primary