Sarah McIntyre gets school kids bubbling with creativity
From spider teachers to lion astronauts and beetle spies, children’s illustrator and writer Sarah McIntyre inspires children to get creative in primary schools across Northern Ireland
Over three-hundred students from five Northern Ireland primary schools have had a chance to meet world renowned children’s illustrator and writer Sarah McIntryre in interactive book sessions arranged by the UK’s largest reading charity, BookTrust.
Sarah McIntyre, well known for her comic ‘Vern and Lettuce’ and picture books ‘There's a Shark in the Bath’ and ‘Dinosaur Police’ hosted sessions on May 7th and 8th with students from Portavogie Primary (Newtownards), Portaferry Integrated Primary School (Newtownards), Belmont Primary School (Belfast), St Joseph’s Primary School (Belfast) and Orangefield Primary School (Belfast).
Students were eager to whip out their pencils, paper and books ready for an interactive session of reading and fun with Sarah. She helped students to think creatively to come up with ideas for their own books by thinking of animals and different jobs they could do, from spider teachers, lion astronauts and beetle spies! Sarah talked about how she made her books and taught the pupils to draw Dipsy the Diplodocus from Dinosaur Firefighters.
Children’s author Sarah McIntyre said:
“Meeting students is one of my favourite parts of being an author. Of course, writing books is always great fun but seeing the kids enjoying the books and watching how it inspires them is always so rewarding. It is even more wonderful that every single child gets a copy of the book to take home, it always puts a huge smile on their faces!”
Liz Canning, Head of BookTrust Northern Ireland commented:
“Hosting these sessions is a great way to engage children with reading and books. As children read more often in school they can lose touch with the creativity and fun in books. There are so many benefits to children reading for pleasure and it’s so important to remind and inspire them.”
Damian Smyth, Head of Literature and Drama, Arts Council of Northern Ireland, said:
“Artist visits like this are a fantastic opportunity for pupils to meet a successful writer or illustrator and gain an insight into their creative process. These workshops with Sarah McIntyre have been a great success - inspiring the children to start thinking about developing their own stories. The Arts Council is pleased to support Booktrust NI in promoting the value of reading to young people across Northern Ireland.”
All pupils received a copy of Dinosaur Firefighters after visit and each school also received a selection of Sarah’s books for their school library.