Manic March!

I’ve been all over the place again – a couple of weeks ago I spent two fab days in Shrewsbury, courtesy of the Shrewsbury Bookfest, for which A Storm of Strawberries was shortlisted last year. I visited five schools over the two days and was BLOWN AWAY by the amazing stuff I saw!! Look at THIS!

This was Castlefields, but in fact, every school I visited had done a huge amount of reading of my books, talking about the themes, and using the resources I’d created on my site jellybook.club which was WONDERFUL to see.

Creating floor plans using a resource from my site

In the week before, I was at Prestfelde school, also in Shrewsbury, and the pupils there had done some wonderful displays of their work:

You can see the displays behind me – this was my talk to Y5-8

Below are some of the photos from the amazing schools I visited:

ACTUAL JELLY!
Lovely welcoming door sign
Workshop with fantastic pupils

I took a couple of days to recover from all the busyness and then was off on Friday to the Pupil Library Assistant of the Year Award, which I’ve attended two or three times in the past, and this one was particularly exciting because I was the guest judge on the panel, and so this year I was involved in deciding the final winner! Congratulations to Rhiannon Salvin who blew us all away with her project ideas, and to the rest of the finalists, who really were all brilliant and very deserving. The PLAA is a really great award run by volunteers and so important in terms of valuing librarians and the skills these young people have.

I’ve been working hard on the secret writing thing I can’t tell anyone about yet (haha, sorry!) and also enjoying this sunshine!

Thank you so much to all the teachers, librarians, pupils and other staff and organisers who’ve made me feel so welcome over the past couple of weeks! I think I’ll do a separate blog post about the pupil work I’ve seen recently which has been mindblowingly good 🙂


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