Yes, I am officially a Pet Author! Pet Author of Chestnuts Primary School in North London to be precise.
So does that mean they feed me and hug me and have a doggy bed for me? Of course it doesn’t. (Er, then again, they do have nice biscuits for me every time I visit, the little guys in Infants tend to hug me a lot, and I DID wear my pyjamas for their World Book Day ‘Reading In Bed’ theme.)
Well, my ACTUAL title is Patron of Reading. It’s a scheme that started not so long ago, linking schools with authors. It means, as an author, you visit the school regularly and get to work with all the children there, and as a school, you get someone onboard who will hopefully inspire children to read more than they might already.
And did I say it’s fun? Oh, yes, it’s fun! Myself and Chestnuts’ school librarian Funny Bones, um, I mean Miss Efthymiou (pictured here, not in her normal clothes, obvz) get to think up fab things to do with the students, all centred around reading for pleasure.
In fact, it’s so much fun, that we’ve already decided I’m going to stay as Pet Author of Chestnuts next year. *Wuff, wuff!!*
So spread the word about the Patron of Reading scheme. Wouldn’t it be lovely if there were more Pet Authors owned by schools?
Karen McCombie :c)