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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.

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