Wokingham Borough Libraries will be offering schools and homeschoolers the opportunity to take part in online author visits this September and October.

We will be providing a variety of authors that your pupils will be able to engage with. There will be a selection of illustrators and authors to choose for each year group.

All the authors will be live streamed and we would like the sessions to be as interactive as possible with schools using the chat function to ask any questions that the pupils have.

We will be using Microsoft Teams platform to offer the sessions hosted by the library service.

If you are interested in taking parting part  please download the booking form below and get in touch with Elizabeth McDonald from Wokingham Libraries on elizabeth.mcdonald@wokingham.gov.uk

Authors into schools is sponsored by ‘morearts.’

Monday 27th September
2pm to 2:30pm

For years: 8, 9 and 10

Own the Awkward! with Simon James Green

Simon James Green author image

Awkward teenage hilarity with a positive message? This is the session for you! This laugh-out-loud event includes comedy anecdotes from Simon’s own (hapless) school days, as Simon discusses his inspiration for the books, how laughter can help us through difficult times, and why LGBTQ+ teens deserve funny books more than ever.

With practical tips for writing comedy, the session also includes a look at the realities of being an author as a career – including some shocking truths about how much authors really earn!


Tuesday 28th September
9:20am to 10am

For years: 5, 6 and 7

The Boy Who Met a Whale with Nizrana Farook

Join author Nizrana Farook for an incredible event and discover a tale of missing treasure, sea monsters and of course, adventure!


Tuesday 28th September
11:15am to 11:55am

For years: 4,5 and 6

The Queen’s Fool with Ally Sherrick

Hop on board Ally’s time machine and travel back with her to the colourful but perilous court of King Henry VIII and his queen, Katherine of Aragon.

Once you’ve arrived, Ally will introduce you to the people and places of the day to help tell the story of her exciting new historical mystery adventure, The Queen’s Fool.


Thursday 30th September
11:15am to 11:55am

For years: 4, 5 and 6

10 year anniversary of Sky Hawk with Gill Lewis

Join author and conservationist Gill Lewis to celebrate the 10 year anniversary edition of her multi-award winning book Sky Hawk – a story of friendship, loyalty and hope.

Learn about the great progress that has been made in Osprey conservation since Sky Hawk was first published, and tune in to an exclusive chat as Gill interviews the adventurer and conservationist Sacha Dench known as the ‘Human Swan’.


Thursday 30th September
2pm to 2:40pm

For years: Reception, and year 1

CINDERGORILLA! With Gareth P Jones

Award winning author/performer Gareth P. Jones brings you the latest in his series of empowered animal fairy tales, Cindergorilla. Cinder loves to dance but her aunt & cousins won’t let her go to the Disco Ball. And then her Hairy Godmother turns up and changes everything!

Expect interactive story-telling, jokes, beatboxing, moonwalking, live music & puppetry.


Monday 4th October
9:20am to 10am

For years: Reception, 1 and 2

How a Tiger Came To Fly with Rikin Parekh

Join Author and illustrator Rikin as he shares his picture book Fly, Tiger, Fly! Then gives an insight into creating picture books, followed by ‘How To Draw Riku and Jim’ so get your pens and paper ready.


Monday 4th October
2pm to 2:40pm

For years: 7, 8 and 9

Writing inspired by STEM with Lauren James

Lauren James discusses how she came to write science fiction after studying Chemistry and Physics at Masters level.

She looks at how scientific research inspires her novels, such as Einstein’s theory of relativity, time dilation, extinction and evolution, all talked about in an enthusiastic, easy-to-understand way.


Tuesday 5th October
2pm to 2:40pm

For years: 4,5 and 6

Children of the Benin Kingdom with Dinah Orji

Dinah will discussing her debut novel – Children of the Benin Kingdom.

A fast-paced adventure, bringing to life one of Africa’s most amazing civilisations, the ancient Edo Kingdom of Benin. Ada has lived close to the great rainforest for her whole life, helping her beloved Papa Eze to heal fellow villagers.


Wednesday 6th October
9:20am to 10am

For years: Reception, 1 and 2

 The Best Stories are the ones You’ve Lived with Ken Wilson Max

Join Ken in this fun session about how to make really good books that are insured by a person’s life experiences, no matter how little your experience is!

It will focus on creativity, with storytelling and then create your own puppy or kitten out of a piece of paper.


Friday 8th October
9:20am to 10am

For years 4, 5 and 6

Space Detectives with Mark Powers

Star Wars meets Sherlock Holmes in author Mark Powers’ out-of-this-world event about his new children’s book Space Detectives. Expect readings, a quiz, and intergalactic mystery and plenty of outer space fun!


Friday 8th October
2pm to 2:40pm

For years: 4, 5 and 6

Creating Your Own Crazy (or Charming) Characters! With Kimberley Pauley

Kimberley will be discussing how she creates and develops the characters in her books and will lead attendees in creating and naming their own characters for their own story.


Monday 11th October
11:15am to 11:55am

For years: 5

Creative Translation Workshop with Translator Alice Tetley-Paul.

Alice Tetley-Paul will lead a creative translation workshop in which year 5 children will create their very own translation of the book “Het feest van nijntje” [Miffy’s birthday] by Dick Bruna. Using text and images in the book and the power of their own creative writing, the children will see how much fun it is to turn a Dutch children’s story into their very own English version.

This event has been programmed in collaboration with New Dutch Writing and is supported by the Dutch Foundation for Literature. Find out more https://www.newdutchwriting.co.uk/index.php . 


Tuesday 12th October
11:15am to 11:55am

For years: Reception, 1 and 2

A tractor, a loo and animals too! With Harmen van Straaten

Come and Join Dutch Author Harmen van Straaten as he reads his books ‘Hey, who’s in the loo?’ and ‘Robbies’s Little Red Tractor’ both translated into English by Laura Watkinson

Storytelling and activities.

This event has been programmed in collaboration with New Dutch Writing and is supported by the Dutch Foundation for Literature. Find out more https://www.newdutchwriting.co.uk/index.php . 


Tuesday 12th October
2pm to 2:40pm

For years: Reception, 1, 2, 3

Do Not Mess with the Mermaids with Michelle Robinson

Join award-winning author and events-extraordinaire Michelle Robinson for a cheeky, charming, laugh-out-loud event for children.

Featuring dragon eggs, Trollos, knights and plenty of mermaids, this event set in the kingdom of Wondermere is not to be missed!


Wednesday 13th October
11:15 to 11:55am

For years: 5, 6 and 7

What makes your spine tingle? With Rosie Radford

Stage Fright is a book of theatre and movement through its lifetime. Rosie will present three tales full of mystery and suspense from times gone by! There will be some mention of Halloween.


Thursday 14th October
11:15am to 11:55am

For years: 3, 4 and 5

How to crash a Spitfire with Iszi Lawrence

Iszi Lawrence tells you about the history behind Billie Swift Takes Flight (set in Maidenhead during WWII) and The Unstoppable Letty Pegg (about the Jiu Jitsu suffragettes in 1910).

It turns out women do a lot of unexpected things in History, that not many grown ups know about. She delves into the books to tell you about how to keep chicken eggs fresh, how to avoid arrest, how to crash a plane correctly and how to write a secret code.