Cressida's a roaring success
CHILDREN from 11 primary schools visited SBL Academy to hear a talk by the author-illustrator Cressida Cowell.
Cressida wrote the bestselling children’s series, How to Train Your Dragon, and is touring the UK to promote her new novel, The Wizards of Once, a magical adventure story of the warring worlds of Wizards and Warriors.
Nearly 600 children were welcomed by SBL principal Dean Anderson and many were inspired to hear about Cressida’s writing career, the inspiration behind her books, and her childhood spent on a remote island off the coast of Scotland. She also enthused staff and students alike about her new campaign #FreeWritingFriday, which encourages children to write creatively and independently.
Several of the schools that attended decided to initiate #FreeWritingFriday, in which each child can write whatever they want for ten minutes.
Cressida said: “Every child should have one notebook that no one corrects, in which the child writes and draws purely for the joy of it. Children are naturally creative and imaginative thinkers, but can get put off writing by the corrective red pen. In this one notebook, spelling, grammar and neatness should be completely irrelevant – what’s important should be the ideas, and that it’s fun.”
SBL librarian Laura Richards, who organised the visit, said: “The students that attended the event were impeccably behaved and asked some really insightful questions. We were very proud of our SBL Student Librarians and Book Club members who helped out and represented our school. They also got the opportunity to come and chat with Cressida while she signed books, and ask her questions about her work. We all had a fantastic time.”