I'm a huge fan of libraries. I write my books in them, and I couldn't do my work without them. So it was an absolute honour to be asked to open the new children's book corner in the Institute Of Education Library!
The Institute Of Education trains student teachers, who then go out and apply what they've learned in classrooms around the country. This book corner offers them a brilliant resource, to help them learn how to bring books to life for young readers.
It supports the idea of reading for pleasure, which is something I believe in very strongly. Reading should be fun, and books should be a great thing to display in classrooms, as this book corner shows!
It was also wonderful to hear about work that teachers have done with my books. I'm always humbled and inspired to learn that Varjak Paw or Phoenix has been shared and enjoyed in a school. So a huge thank you to the Institute Of Education, to the brilliant Sue McGonigle for inviting me – and to all teachers who have kept the Way alive!