World Book Day 2021

GIR WBD events

Islington schools are invited to celebrate World Book Day with two exclusive author events!

Tom and Sita will each do a Q&A during the events and would love to hear from you. Please send them to Jasmine Tucker the day before the event (please note there will not be a live chat function at either event).

Wednesday 3 March at 11am: Tom McLaughlin

All welcome, but Tom's books are best suited for Key Stage 2

Tom McLaughlin is the author and illustrator of more than 20 chapter and picture books that have been published all over the world, including The Diabolical Mr Tiddles and The Captain Boots series. During his online events he talks about his journey from political cartoonist and illustrator to kids’ author, how he deals with being dyslexic as well as the usual mixture of storytelling, live drawing with extra lashing of laughter.

Ahead of the event you may wish to encourage your pupils to check out his website here, and watch this clip of Tom on YouTube, drawing and reading from The Accidental Prime Minister.

Friday 5 March at 2pm: Sita Brahmachari

All welcome, but Sita's books are best suited for Years 5-7.

Sita Brahmachari, an author passionate about championing inclusiveness, was the 2015 Booktrust Writer in Residence and recipient of an honour from the International Board of Books for Young People. She’s the current Writer in Residence at Islington Centre for Refugees and Migrants, as well as an Amnesty International ambassador. Sita will speak about her writing and inspirations, including the story she had published in the much-loved 2020 anthology The Book of Hopes, available for free on the Literacy Trust website here. There are free resources and activities to accompany the story and other stories in The Book of Hopes available here and here. Sita's book The River Whale is one of World Book Day's £1 books. Find out more here.

Sita asks pupils to have pens/pencils and paper to hand.