Friday, 2 July 2021
Thursday, 4 March 2021
Happy World Book Day 2021! This has been a strange World Book Day, because of the lockdown, but I've been inspired to see all the different ways that people have still found to celebrate books and reading! It's an amazing thing for an author to see their books and characters being celebrated – so here are some of the brilliant pictures I've seen this year, with thanks to everyone who's taken the time to make these astonishing creations!
I know #WorldBookDay can get a bit silly but my nephew loves reading all year round *and* loved making this cake for his school’s #WorldBookDay2021 bake-off.— Claire Lotriet #ubuntu (@OhLottie) March 3, 2021
You can do both. 😊🍰📚
(How good is it! 🤩) @whatSFSaid pic.twitter.com/b5mngVWQ2l
Hello @whatSFSaid it is Ruby here. I have been doing a #WorldBookDay competition for @DraytonJunior and I decided to do Varjak Paw! You will probably recognise the characters and I really enjoyed doing them. My favourite character is Hollie. Thank you. pic.twitter.com/uc8vwKvSHT— Becki Jennings (@beckijennings) March 3, 2021
Not dressing up as Varjak, but your book was the book I chose to hide behind for our online Who’s behind the book competition pic.twitter.com/ZK8zv3QNFP— Sam Carhart-Harris (@S_CarhartHarris) March 4, 2021
World Book Day 2021 - Dog Man 🐾 and Varjak Paw 🐈 #worldbookday2021 #shareastory #book #reading @whatSFSaid #davemckean #davpilkey #dogman #varjackpaw @randomhouse @scholastic_uk pic.twitter.com/usVccE3Fmg— Joanna Sawkins (@JSawkins) March 4, 2021
Happy World Book Day!! 📚 We had Varjak Paw and Sally Bones in school today, inspired by our class novel and virtual visit with @whatSFSaid #varjakpaw #sallybones #WorldBookDay pic.twitter.com/r14IUw1ebX— Kirsty Campbell (@KirstyC63314571) March 4, 2021
Our first potato World Book Day character is Varjak Paw! @CroxtethC @whatSFSaid @RainbowEduMAT— Year 3/4 at Croxteth Primary (@MrsNash16) March 3, 2021
What character will you create? We can't wait to see your creations tomorrow on Seesaw or bring them to our welcome zoom at 9am! 🥔🐈⬛📚 #WorldBookDay2021 pic.twitter.com/ta6orfN5rk
@whatSFSaid My son (who also made the Varjak Paw cake you saw yesterday!) has dressed up as Varjak Paw for #WorldBookDay2021 today! Our ears and face paint didn’t arrive in time, so we had to put something together last minute, but he really wanted you to see it anyway! pic.twitter.com/hRMibyft30— Aimee Marie (@helloaimeemarie) March 4, 2021
My DS loves Varjak and is already reading it again.thank you for a wonderful book..it is such a delight to read📚....he has been after us to get Outlaw Varjak Paw 🙂 Happy World Book day !! pic.twitter.com/O5u4lCPPy5— SteepleMorden (@Shikhamerchant1) March 4, 2021
Tuesday, 23 February 2021
Usually on World Book Day, I'd be visiting schools, talking to classes about reading and books. This year, because of the lockdown, that won't be possible – so instead, I've made a World Book Day video, all about reading and books!
This video is absolutely free for anyone to watch on YouTube, so if you or your school would like a message from me on World Book Day, here it is:
I hope you enjoy it – and if you do, please pass it on to anyone else who you think might enjoy it, too!
Monday, 28 December 2020
Until 2020, I'd never done a virtual author visit. Until this year, I never even did videocalls with friends, because I wasn't comfortable with the technology! But with the Covid-19 pandemic, many things have changed, and this has been the year that I've embraced the technology, and started doing virtual visits.
What better way to enthuse children to read & write, than to ‘meet’ the author of their favourite books. 😁 An amazing & inspiring virtual author visit with @whatSFSaid for our Year 4 classes & their teachers this afternoon! 😁 #readingforpleasure #readtowrite pic.twitter.com/5KBINtzacu— KEJ Cox MCCT (@kejcox) October 22, 2020
As a children's author, I've been visiting schools since 2003. I believe it's worth doing anything that gets children excited about reading. All the research shows that reading for pleasure has the biggest impact of any factor on a child's life chances. And the personal interaction and connection of an author visit can engage them and get them excited about reading in a way that nothing else can.
Over the years, I've met many children who never liked books before, and thought reading was for other people, not them – but then got it during an author visit, and now couldn't stop. I've met children who had struggled to write a single sentence, but went on to write books of their own. Sometimes I've heard from them years later, telling me how the visit inspired them. It's clear that it was a turning point in their lives.
Year 4 had a fantastic afternoon meeting @whatSFSaid on Zoom. They loved reading Varjak Paw in class and had many interesting questions to ask him. Thank you S.F.Said for inspiring our young writers. pic.twitter.com/is9WDoU0NP— Allington Primary (@AllingtonPS) December 11, 2020
I wasn't sure if a virtual visit could have the same kind of impact. But I do the same thing on a virtual visit that I do in person: I talk to the children about stories. I share my favourites and I hear about theirs. And it becomes clear to them that books are for EVERYONE, and that everyone can be a reader. And they see that authors are people like themselves, which helps them to see themselves as writers, too; people who have stories of their own to tell.
Book Week is underway with students taking part in quizzes and competitions across the school. Y5 and 6 enjoyed 'meeting' author @whatSFSaid yesterday and posing their own questions to him! #bookweek #OFScreativity #OFSempathy pic.twitter.com/ITrpnbXXYg— Orley Farm School (@OrleyFarmSchool) October 14, 2020
It's been brilliant to see the impact of the virtual visits I've done this year, even when children were isolating at home. I am so glad that technology gives us a way to keep the interaction and connection going, and to continue inspiring children to read. So THANK YOU to all the teachers, librarians, schools and festivals that have organised virtual visits with me this year. And for anyone thinking about organising one, and wondering if it's worth it – I absolutely believe that it is!
What a treat! 🐱— Roundhay School Y5 (@RoundhayY5) November 6, 2020
This afternoon we were lucky enough to have a virtual Q&A with one of our favourite authors from Year 4, @whatSFSaid. The children were so inspired about the writing, drafting and authorial process. Thank you, and thank you @RewLeonie for organising! #nextlevel pic.twitter.com/Z3RvYeUjGi
Tuesday, 15 September 2020
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Sunday, 3 May 2020
Fortunately, Dave shares my love of both the most cutting-edge science of the stars, and the most ancient mythologies, which also tried to find meaning in the night sky. So science and mythology inform the two strands of illustration that run through Phoenix.
Wednesday, 22 April 2020
My publishers have also given their permission for this to happen, and they have put some guidelines up here:
Happy reading everyone!
Friday, 6 March 2020
Happy @WorldBookDayUK everyone, here she is with her favourite ever class book @whatSFSaid #ShareAStory pic.twitter.com/RwglnU8gtC— Julia Hale (@jmadeleinehale) March 5, 2020
Varjak Paw using the Way to survive school today for World Book Day @whatSFSaid @LansdownePS @WorldBookDayUK pic.twitter.com/9c9RnMccWr— Wembley Class (@Ncharles_LPS) March 5, 2020
Representing our class text of Varjak Paw. I am loving the tail 😂 @whatSFSaid #WorldBookDay2020 pic.twitter.com/VNoUNcXCbc— Miss S (@MissS_Y4) March 5, 2020
@whatSFSaid - a costume only understood by those who have read the #varjakpaw series to the end. We had to look for a mottled blue outfit for the #mesopotamianblue look - then sew different colour eyes on (not wanting to ruin the ending!) what can she read next? #worldbookday pic.twitter.com/utwKKWENic— kentbookfairies (@kentbookfairies) March 5, 2020
#WorldBookDay Grateful to @whatSFSaid that I narrowly escaped having to dress him as a satyr from Percy Jackson books and Varjak Paw triumphed!! Much more straightforward! pic.twitter.com/Dw19wcbmj7— Georgina Tennant (@GeorgieTennan2) March 5, 2020
6W's decorated door for #WorldBookDay. Our class reader is awesome. Phoenix @whatSFSaid Have you read it? Perfect class read aloud and makes a pretty awesome classroom door. pic.twitter.com/0wup4sGFE0— Mrs W (@bookwas_better) March 5, 2020
— Antony Bown (@bownless) March 6, 2020
@whatSFSaid Year 4 teachers at Southfields Primary School in Coventry embracing World Book Day and Varjak Paw. pic.twitter.com/m4UAg1IMCh— Claire Stubbs (@ClaireLStubbs) March 5, 2020
— J (@Pockadoodledo) March 5, 2020
@whatSFSaid Varjak Paw and Jalal Paw! We even had amber eyes! @MissCrombie_ pic.twitter.com/yxqLB8Wm7R— Mel P (@melissapope94) March 5, 2020
Managed a Varjak Paw freeze frame at school today (as we celebrated WBD). It was Varjak watching on as Elder Paw faced the Gentleman's black cats! @whatSFSaid pic.twitter.com/zwfjnMEm0P— Alexandra Johns (@MrsASJohns) March 6, 2020
#nonrps Some children in Year 3 were inspired to dress up as characters from Varjak Paw for @WorldBookDayUK Thank you @whatSFsaid for writing such an inspirational book that we have enjoyed reading. pic.twitter.com/UqJixOTjk5— Richmond Park School (@RichmondParkCPS) March 6, 2020
Our very own Outlaw Varjak Paw, with a well thumbed copy of the book itself! That's child no. 2 who is keeping The Way alive! 🐱❤ #WorldBookDayUK @whatSFSaid pic.twitter.com/MhEn88uuf4— 🌟 MrsH 🌟 (@Donnavkebab) March 6, 2020
Winners of our World Book Day dress up! Year 3 Roald Dahl, Year 4 Varjak Paw, Year 5 Cosmic, Year 6 Wolf Brother. @frankcottrell_b , @whatSFSaid , @MichellePaver pic.twitter.com/3k1RRYFoxP— Mrs Banks (@mbaswjs) March 5, 2020
The traditional selfie @sparklefairy86 😂— MrsB (@LTeacher123) March 5, 2020
Guess who I am @whatSFSaid #WorldBookDay2020 pic.twitter.com/0dizwQa1jQ
Rocking #WorldBookDay in 5G! 📚📚 @bjnovak @jk_rowling @whatSFSaid @roald_dahl pic.twitter.com/6UJaI7ITh4— Year 5⃣ at East Dene (@EastDeneY5) March 5, 2020
It's #WorldBookDay2020 today. Some of our children are taking part, whether it's dressing up as #HarryPotter or decorating potatoes as favourite characters #VarjakPaw #MrBump. Did you have a favourite #book growing up? What are you #reading now? #letsgetreading @whatSFSaid pic.twitter.com/IMX1TpVD1U— Private Client @ Paramount Legal Costs (@PClegalcosts) March 5, 2020
We are having a great World Book Day with all things Varjak Paw @whatSFSaid here @swalneyj. We have completed a treasure hunt quiz, character profiles and started artwork for our new display -look out for the finished product! #WorldBookDayUK pic.twitter.com/4yBJ5uCTse— Mr Edwards (@redswjs) March 5, 2020
As we had the Gentleman from @whatSFSaid’s Varjak Paw, he decided to offer out some of his famous caviar to the whole gang of cats! Unlike the Blues from the story, not many of our cats were too keen 😂 pic.twitter.com/xqEi6ZXB4I— Mr Edwards (@redswjs) March 5, 2020
World Book Day. In Year 4, We are undertaking activities based on our class reading book Varjak Paw. pic.twitter.com/684aB9sahz— Mr Wilson (@twiswjs) March 5, 2020
We decided that caviar is an acquired taste, as you can see from some of the faces in or class. pic.twitter.com/PnrmL8u42s— Mr Wilson (@twiswjs) March 5, 2020
@whatSFSaid #varjackpaw @LostMyName The sinister cat snatcher gets caught by the Girl who lost her name. #WorldBookDay pic.twitter.com/LlfAQ73m9e— Ros114 (@RozKhatz) March 13, 2020
We love this design of bunting for our book fayre. Do you like it @whatSFSaid ? pic.twitter.com/ZSBgQSrfzt— Howard Junior School (@HowardJuniorSch) March 4, 2020
— Miss Arkley (@MsArkley_EYFS) March 8, 2020
Handmade tail and paws ❤️ pic.twitter.com/QW7jVVJ48P— Sallyjbooth (@sallyjayne73) March 31, 2020