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Our visit to St Paul's Primary School

13th July 2017

We really enjoy visiting Organiser events and schools from time to time and we always come away full of ideas. We're keen to work more closely with schools and to support Organisers in getting more Usborne books into the hands of children.

On Monday 10th July, Reanne and Lucy from our marketing team went to visit St Paul's Primary School in Leamington Spa. Here's what they got up to:

"We arrived to a flurry of excited children full of questions about the publishing world. They were eager to know everything; from which books Usborne publishes, to how they could send in their own ideas. 

The conversation soon turned to nostalgia about the That's not my... series, with That's not my tractor and That's not my truck proving particularly memorable. We loved hearing how happy those books had made the children, and how many times they had requested the same stories again and again at bedtime.

Judging then began, and we walked round group by group to talk to the children about what they had come up with. Their stories had to be based on ideas given to them by Year 1 pupils, so there were some very weird and wonderful creations involving fat Darth Vaders, time travel, sharks and mermaids.

After some tough deliberation we decided on our winners. In first place was a story about time travel that used different fonts to show a change in time. Second place was a hilarious tale of what animals get up to when the farmer is away. Third was a beautifully illustrated piece about a tiger who was scared of everything.

The afternoon ended with a prize giving of some of our fabulous books to the winners, and some more questions about who our favourite authors were, and why we decided to work in publishing.

We had so much fun talking to the students about stories, illustrations and the inspirations behind their work and would like to thank St Paul's School for inviting us to judge their competition."

Thanks again to St Paul's Primary School and the Year 5 class. We hope you enjoy your last week of term and have a brilliant, fun-filled summer holiday.