Join us today for Rhymetime in the park at California Country Park, Wedneday July 11, 2018 from 10am to 12noon

Wokingham Borough Libraries Bookstart  Rhymetime will be visiting California Country Park on Wednesday July 11, 2018A-Busy-Day-for-Birds-cover-image

The theme of this year’s National Bookstart Celebrations is ‘Bookstart Bird Boogie’. Children who attend any of the events will receive a free copy of the picture book A Busy Day for Birds by Lucy Cousins gifted by the children’s reading charity BookTrust, supported by Walker Children’s Books.

National Bookstart Week is an annual celebration of BookTrust’s flagship reading programme, Bookstart. Bookstart gives every child in England and Wales a free reading pack in the first year of their life and again when they are 3-4 years old. BookTrust works to remind families of the importance of reading for pleasure – even if it’s just for ten minutes a day.

California Country Park on Wendesday July 11 from 10am to 12noon

Come and join us at California Country Park for our National Bookstart celebrations for the under 5’s. So come along and bring your own picnic. There will be nursery rhymes, songs and a free book!

  • There will be activities and information from the Children’s Centre Family Workers, The Early Years Team will be promoting their “Ready for School, ready for life” programme. There will also be stands from the NHS Nursery Nurses and Scottish and Southern Electricity with information about the services they offer.
  • There will also be a performance area with a variety of children’s authors, who will be sharing their stories, Tina Stubbs, Carol Otieno, Katrina Charman, followed by Rhymetime.
  • A libraries goody bag can be collected along with a free “A Busy day for Birds” book.
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Join us today, Monday June 18 at Dinton Pastures Country Park for stories, rhymes and more.

Join us at Dinton Pastures Country Park on Monday June 18 from 10am to 12noon.

Come and join us at Dinton Pastures for our National Bookstart Week celebrations for the under 5’s. So come along and bring your own picnic. There will be nursery rhymes, songs and a free book!

  • There will be activities and information from the Children’s Centre Family Workers. The Early Years Team will be promoting their “Ready for School, ready for life” programme. There will also be stands from the NHS Nursery Nurses, Home-Start and Scottish and Southern Electricity with information about the services they offer.
  • There will also be a performance area with a variety of children’s authors, who will be sharing their stories. Schedule will be:
  • 10am     Tina Stubbs
  • 10.20am     Cathy MacLennan
  • 10.45am     Layn Marlow
  • 11am     Rhymetime
  • 11.25am     Katrina Charman
  • 11.45am     Carol Otieno
  • A libraries goody bag can be collected along with a free “A Busy day for Birds” book.

 

 

If families are unable to make it along to their local event they can join in the fun at home, with plenty of Bookstart Bird Boogie arts and crafts and games all on the Bookstart website. at: http://www.bookstart.org.uk/events/national-bookstart-week/

Spotlight on Author Cathy MacLennan

Spotlight on Author Cathy MacLennan will be attending Wokingham Borough Libraries Bookstart Rhymetime at Dinton Pastures Country Park on Monday June 18

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Cathy MacLennan is an author/illustrator of children’s books. She lives in Berkshire and works from her studio in the garden.

Her bright, painting/illustration style is greatly influenced by her African childhood and she loves to depict animals, flora, fauna, weather and pattern, with acrylics, on coloured or textured paper.  Her writing is full of alliteration, onomatopoeia, rhythm, rhyme and repetition and is loved by children 0-10 years old.

Cathy also paints, collages, murals, designs and enjoys working on a great variety of projects, as well as her books.  She loves visiting children in schools and libraries and holding workshops.

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For more information about Cathy’s work visit: http://www.cathymaclennan.com/

Cathy will be sharing her book Chicky Chicky Chook Chook on the day at 10.20am.

 

Dinton Pastures Country Park on Monday June 18 from 10am to 12noon

Come and join us at Dinton Pastures for our National Bookstart Week celebrations for the under 5’s. So come along and bring your own picnic. There will be nursery rhymes, songs and a free book!

  • There will also be a performance area with a variety of children’s authors, who will be sharing their stories. Schedule will be:
  • 10am     Tina Stubbs
  • 10.20am     Cathy MacLennan
  • 10.45am     Layn Marlow
  • 11am     Rhymetime
  • 11.25am     Katrina Charman
  • 11.45am     Carol Otieno
  • There will be activities and information from the Children’s Centre Family Workers. The Early Years Team will be promoting their “Ready for School, ready for life” programme. There will also be stands from the NHS Nursery Nurses, Home-Start and Scottish and Southern Electricity with information about the services they offer.
  • A libraries goody bag can be collected along with a free “A Busy day for Birds” book.

 

Spotlight on Author Katrina Charman

Spotlight on Author Katrina Charman who will be attending Wokingham Borough Libraries Bookstart Rhymetime at Dinton Pastures Country Park on Monday June 18

katrina charmanKatrina has wanted to be a children’s writer ever since she was eleven, when her school teacher set her class the task of writing an epilogue to Roald Dahl’s Matilda. Her teacher thought her writing was good enough to send to Roald Dahl himself. Sadly, she never got a reply, but the experience ignited her love of reading and writing.

To find out more about Katrina’s work visit:  https://katrinacharman.wordpress.com/toot toot beep beep

 

Katrina will be sharing her debut picture book “Car, Car, Truck, Jeep”  with us at our Rhymetimes in the Park at 11.25am

Dinton Pastures Country Park on Monday June 18 from 10am to 12noon

Come and join us at Dinton Pastures for our National Bookstart Week celebrations for the under 5’s. So come along and bring your own picnic. There will be nursery rhymes, songs and a free book!

  • There will also be a performance area with a variety of children’s authors, who will be sharing their stories. Schedule will be:
  • 10am     Tina Stubbs
  • 10.20am     Cathy MacLennan
  • 10.45am     Layn Marlow
  • 11am     Rhymetime
  • 11.25am     Katrina Charman
  • 11.45am     Carol Otieno
  • There will be activities and information from the Children’s Centre Family Workers. The Early Years Team will be promoting their “Ready for School, ready for life” programme. There will also be stands from the NHS Nursery Nurses, Home-Start and Scottish and Southern Electricity with information about the services they offer.
  • A libraries goody bag can be collected along with a free “A Busy day for Birds” book.

 

 

 

Spotlight on Author Tina Stubbs

Spotlight on Author Tina Stubbs who will be attending Wokingham Borough Libraries Bookstart Rhymetime at Dinton Pastures Country Park on Monday June 18

Tina Stubbs 2Tina has always had a passion for illustration and writing but it wasn’t until she created the ‘Life’s Little Bugs’ characters and stories that she felt confident enough to take the leap from the stability of a paid, full-time job to follow her passion. With her Children’s Illustration diploma from the London Art College firmly in place she set about her dream.

Living in Wokingham with her partner, she spends most of her time holed up in her studio in the attic creating her characters and books. But when Tina is not chewing on the end of an HB pencil she likes to relax by bending into shapes and practicing her Kundalini yoga or hiking across a muddy field.

Tina will be reading a selection of her Life’s Little Bugs books.

Dinton Pastures Country Park on Monday June 18 from 10am to 12noon

Come and join us at Dinton Pastures for our National Bookstart Week celebrations for the under 5’s. So come along and bring your own picnic. There will be nursery rhymes, songs and a free book!

  • There will be activities and information from the Children’s Centre Family Workers. The Early Years Team will be promoting their “Ready for School, ready for life” programme. There will also be stands from the NHS Nursery Nurses, Home-Start and Scottish and Southern Electricity with information about the services they offer.
  • There will also be a performance area with a variety of children’s authors, who will be sharing their stories. Schedule will be:
  • 10am     Tina Stubbs
  • 10.20am     Cathy MacLennan
  • 10.45am     Layn Marlow
  • 11am     Rhymetime
  • 11.25am     Katrina Charma
  • 11.45am     Carol Otieno
  • A libraries goody bag can be collected along with a free “A Busy day for Birds” book.

Author visit by Claire Dyer to Wokingham Library-Friday April 27

Come and meet local author Claire Dyer, who will be talking about her latest novel The Last Day and her journey towards publication.claire (final) dec 2017 small

Claire will be reading extracts from her book, which is published by Dome Press, and discussing her career as a writer.

Her previous novels The Moment and The Perfect Affair and her short story Falling for Gatsby, are published by Quercus. Her poetry collections, Eleven Rooms and Interference Effects, are published by Two Rivers Press. She has an MA in Creative Writing from Royal Holloway, University of London and is a regular guest on BBC Radio Berkshire’s Radio Reads with Bill Buckley. Claire also teaches creative writing at literary and writers’ festivals and for Bracknell & Wokingham College and runs Fresh Eyes, an editorial and critiquing service. Her website is www.clairedyer.com

Refreshments will be available and Claire’s book will be available for purchase.

Wokingham Library Friday April 27

10.30am to 11.30am

£3 charge

To book a place call Wokingham Library on (0118) 9781368

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Author visit from Sarah Driver at Wokingham Schools

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Last week, we had a visit from author Sarah Driver.

Sarah spoke to children from Farley Hill School and Gorse Ride Junior School, visited Willow House Education and Wokingham Library.

Sarah introduced the children to herself and her books. She talked about her inspiration, how she begins her research and methods of scrapbooking to start her stories.

Sarah then went onto talk about how she comes up with her characters.  The children then worked in small groups to come up with an animal namesake and use this to create a character in their own story, set on a ship – what would they have in their pockets, what could be happening to them.

Sarah really inspired the children to go away and write their own stories and encouraged free writing time.

sarah driver bioSarah Driver is a nurse and midwife and a graduate of the Bath Spa Writing for Young People MA, during which she won the Most Promising Writer prize in 2014. Sarah started writing stories as a small child and lists her influences as Spellhorn by Berlie Doherty, A Necklace of Raindrops by Joan Aiken – those gorgeous magical stories that create and nurture readers. The Huntress: Sea is Sarah’s debut novel, the first in a trilogy. Sarah was born in West Sussex, where she still lives close by the sea, with her street-wise ginger cat and her miniature lop-eared bunny.

 

seaSea by Sarah Driver, published by Egmont

Ever since Ma died, Mouse has looked after her little brother, Sparrow, dreaming of her destiny as captain of The Huntress. But now Da’s missing, Sparrow is in danger, and a deathly cold is creeping across the world.

skySky by Sarah Driver, published by Egmont

The trail of the Storm-Opals takes Mouse further than she has ever been before. With her little brother Sparrow and friend Crow alongside her, she stumbles into the world of Sky, where fortresses are hidden amongst the clouds, secret libraries (skybraries) nestle atop gigantic icebergs and the sky swirls with warring tribes and their ferocious flying beasts. Can they solve Da’s message before it’s too late for their ship, their tribe and the whole of Trianukka?

Sarah’s books can be borrowed for any of our libraries by visiting our library catalogue:  https://wokingham.spydus.co.uk/cgi-bin/spydus.exe/MSGTRN/OPAC/BSEARCH