Author Lauren Child was welcomed to Inskip St. Peter’s CE Primary School by students who spent a day listening to Lauren discuss how she writes and illustrates her books.
Her books are bestsellers around the world and have been adapted into the television series Charlie and Lola.
Lauren has won the prestigious Kate Greenaway Medal and served as the Children’s Laureate from 2017-2019.
She spent the morning at the school of 60 students, with two other local schools invited.
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She answered questions from students and talked about how her characters have evolved, how long it takes her to write books, and what inspires her.
She explained how she draws her characters and then cuts them out so she can rearrange them on the page until she’s happy with their placement.
Then she creates the final illustration by collage. The kids also learned that Lauren uses a different font in her books for each character to represent personalities and that some of Lauren’s books had taken years to write!
Inskip principal Kate Leyland said: “We may be a very small school, but we work hard to provide great learning experiences for our students, it’s an honor that Lauren has agreed to come. in our school today to inspire our children.”
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Penny Kemp, a teacher at the school, organized the event “It was fascinating to listen to her tell us about how she writes her books and creates her illustrations.
“The characters Clarice Bean, Charlie and Lola, Ruby Redfort, along with Lauren’s many other picture books, have been an integral part of our school’s reading collection for many years and have the opportunity to learn how they were created was simply magical.”
Lauren Child visited Inskip St Peter’s as she just released a brand new book by Clarice Bean called “Clarice Bean Scram!” She read the book to the children and signed copies for them.
The tour was organized by Elaine Silverwood of Book, Bean and Ice Cream bookshop in Kirkham.
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