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Chalkhill School Assembly

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Black woman standing in front of a huge screen

On Monday  12 October Verna and I arrived at Chalkhill Primary School bright and early. We were going to announce the start of the Book Project to the whole school.

Using the example of  Abdi’s day, Verna showed various drafts of her story, with corrections and changes. The children listened carefully to how ideas for a story are turned into picture books and all the jobs involved. They were delighted to hear that we were going to make a book with them.

Two women of colour talking. Verna and Biba.We were joined by Habiba Nabisubi an illustration student at Goldsmiths, University of London. Habiba is planning to write her dissertation on  diversity in children's books and 
is going to follow us through this project.

The assembly was a huge success. The children left chattering excitedly among themselves. One boy went straight back to class to tell his teacher that he now knew all about how books were made!

Verna will write a first draft of a picture book text aimed at the 4 to 5-year-olds in Nursery and Reception. Year 5 children at Chalkhill will participate in writing some rhymes for the story, giving the book a title and naming all the characters. They will also suggest ideas to Verna for the ending.

Hearing about the rhymes, Mr Rose, the  music teacher, has come on board to help put them to music that the children can perform.

We have a date for our next visit. In the meantime, Verna will write and then Karin and I will take a first look at the story so we can start to think about the pictures and layout.

We're so lucky, our work is so much fun!

The children were fascinated by the colour separations that show the printer’s inks and how they mix

Cyan tinted illustration of diverse group of children


Magenta tinted illustration of diverse group of children


Magenta and yellow tinted illustration of diverse group of children

Magenta & Yellow

Cyan, magenta and yellow tinted illustration of diverse group of children

Cyan, Magenta & Yellow

 by Simona

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