Visits by authors (and storytellers, poets and illustrators) to schools and libraries can transform children’s and young people’s attitudes to reading. For facts and figures, read the findings of the Society of Authors. This is Tanya Landman at King Edward VI School Lichfield. With World Book Day around the corner, and lots of author visits in the pipeline, here are several useful articles on ways to maximise their potential, plus links to more information.
In ‘Worth their Weight in Gold: Author Visits’ Caroline Sanderson highlights the value of visits, and describes how she created a buzz about reading by bringing authors into a Gloucestershire school for their book week.
Vivien French has drawn up an extremely helpful list of tips for anyone organising author events, based on years of experience.
Dawn Finch gives a school librarian’s perspective with lots of practical suggestions for effective visits.
These are Joe Craig’s tips for his fellow writers for World Book Day, useful not just for that day, but for any visit, and for visit organisers too.
A number of schools now have Patrons of Reading. You can read about this great new initiative here.
If you are looking for an author or poet for a visit or to become a Patron of Reading, try these:
- Apples and Snakes
- Authors Abroad
- Authors Aloud
- Speaking of Books
- Patron of Reading
- Your local schools library service if you have one
I can’t resist ending with author Giancarlo Gemin’s favourite book event question, shared today on Twitter: ‘When you wrote your book, did you copy it from another book?’