THE UK’s Children’s Laureate, Chris Riddell, inspired the next generation of primary school teachers with a creative and entertaining guest lecture at the Edge Hill University Faculty of Education’s annual Read to Inspire event.
The author and illustrator, best known for the Goth Girl series of children’s books as well as his political cartoons for The Observer, continuously sketched as he spoke about his role as Children’s Laureate and his career as a “doodler”.
He also emphasised the importance of school libraries and read from several of the poems he has illustrated.
Before his talk, Chris delighted the assembled trainee teachers and staff from Edge Hill’s partner schools with his spontaneous sketches of audience members, which he signed and presented to them as keepsakes.
The event also included practical tips from Nikki Gamble, director of the Just Imagine Story Centre in Essex, on encouraging children to read more adventurous literature.
As well as discussing a recommended reading list, tested by Year 6 students, Nikki also spoke about the story centre’s latest research into guided reading and a new podcast for teachers – all accompanied by Chris Riddell’s witty sketches.
After the event, Chris chatted to students and teachers and signed copies of his books.