Authors Aloud! Jane Clarke visits Years 3 and 4

Author Jane Clarke

Jane Clarke, author of the Gilbert the Shark picture book series, visited Year 3 and 4 this week to tell us about being an author and show us how a picture book is put together.

Jane recited poems, showed us her working notebooks for the Rex Stone: Dinosaur Cove series (for which she is the lead writer), and explained to us how a picture book is made – it takes a LONG time and a lot of work to get from the first idea to the book you can buy in the shops!

Mr Vidal helps Jane Clarke to recite 'The Teacher's Pet'

Mr Vidal helps Jane Clarke to recite ‘The Teacher’s Pet’

Jane is a keen fossil collector and loves sharks and had a surprise for us all at the end of her talk. She had brought with her 120 fossilised shark’s teeth: enough for every child in Years 3 and 4 to take one home as a souvenir of her visit.

We are very happy to have met Jane, who told us that Years 3 and 4 were a lovely audience: well-behaved and engaged with great questions for her. Well done Years 3 and 4!

Jane Clark showing an original draft copy of one of her picture books

Jane Clark showing an original draft copy of one of her picture books