Bournville Primary School Create Giant Queen's Handbag Map

Wow! Bournville Primary School is Weston-super-Mare created a giant map, based on all the landmarks featured in my picture book, The Queen’s Handbag. They had also reimagined the tale by coming up with their very own imaginative stories. While there, I held 2 class events and read several of my books. Below, I am showing a class how to draw Zibbo, the dragon from my book Amazing.

This is such a great example of how teachers can create fun activities and lessons, based on books.

Mr Matravars, thank you for inviting me to see all of the amazing things your pupils created!

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Window Scribbles and a Singalong at Alligator's Mouth, Richmond

Whistle-stop UK Bookshop Tour

Blackpool Tower

Blackpool Tower

Last week I visited around 20 bookstores from Gloucester to Glasgow for Books Are My Bag, a nationwide campaign to celebrate bookshops. It was a whistle-stop tour incorporated into a weeklong road-trip to a close friend's wedding in Gretna Green. Each visit was somewhat spontaneous. Every time we took a pitstop, we sought out the nearest bookstores. Most of the stores we visited were Waterstones and WHSmiths, but we did stumble across the award-winning Booka Bookshop in Oswestry - a shop conveniently located near some friends - and Blackwell's and Forbidden Planet in Edinburgh. 

It was great to meet and chat to so many booksellers, including fellow twitterers. I don't think I've ever visited so many bookstores in one week. From what I can recall, we swung by Gloucester, Worcester, Telford, Wolverhampton, Oswestry, Chester, Liverpool, Manchester, Newcastle, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Blackpool and Stoke-on-Trent. It was a little crazy, I admit, but it was so fun! The only problem now... I need a new bookshelf. 

Angel of the North is in The Queen's Handbag

Angel of the North is in The Queen's Handbag

Waterstones, Blackpool

Waterstones, Blackpool

The biggest bookstore in Scotland - Waterstones, Glasgow

The biggest bookstore in Scotland - Waterstones, Glasgow

Waterstones - though I can't quite remember which town this was in!

Waterstones - though I can't quite remember which town this was in!

Edinburgh Book Festival

4 days, 5 events. Here are some photos from my fantastic stay in Scotland for the Ed Book Fest, in no particular order.

A banana shirt (a nod to Betty Goes Bananas) for one of my events.

A banana shirt (a nod to Betty Goes Bananas) for one of my events.

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All set for my Outreach event at Netherthird Primary School in Cumnock. 

All set for my Outreach event at Netherthird Primary School in Cumnock. 

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Author's yurt  

Author's yurt  

Just before my second event

Just before my second event

THE QUEEN'S HANDBAG goes to Edinburgh Castle, just like in the book!

THE QUEEN'S HANDBAG goes to Edinburgh Castle, just like in the book!

With the lovely Vivian French at Netherthird Primary Shool in Cumnock.

With the lovely Vivian French at Netherthird Primary Shool in Cumnock.

Edinburgh

Edinburgh

Edinburgh

Edinburgh

Edinburgh

Edinburgh

Edinburgh

Edinburgh

Edinburgh

Edinburgh

Edinburgh

Edinburgh

Edinburgh

Edinburgh

Edinburgh

Edinburgh

Drawing simple animals at an Outreach event.

Drawing simple animals at an Outreach event.

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In the yurt with Steven Lenton and Philip Ardagh

In the yurt with Steven Lenton and Philip Ardagh

In the yurt with the dynamic duo, Philip Reeve and Sarah McIntyre

In the yurt with the dynamic duo, Philip Reeve and Sarah McIntyre

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