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!
Thank you for doing us the honour of opening our book corner. We are very proud of this new initiative and your visit made the launch a very special occasion. Your comments on the importance of reading aloud were just perfect. We are definitely trying to keep 'The Way' alive here; IoE students will all meet Varjak and Lucky even if they aren't all able to meet the author in person!
Just realised you have created a link to my twitter account too! Thank you! Sue
Thank you so much for your kind comments, and thanks again for a wonderful occasion. It really was an honour to be part of it, and to see the great work you are doing at the IoE.
Keep the Way alive!
Great to see you opening such a wonderful library of fantastic children's books for primary students and teachers at the IoE. One of the most important roles a teacher has is to read aloud stories and poems to inspire children with a love of literature and a desire to read. This library is a brilliant way for students/teachers to get to know memorable books like yours and to share them - and others - with their children. Thank you so much SF!
Thank you so much for your fantastic comment! I totally agree with what you say, and it was a real pleasure to be part of it.
All the best,
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