School visits

I might be a celebrity journalist and author, with more than twenty books under my belt, but inspiring children is what I love to do the most. I really want to encourage the next generation to be avid readers and writers. I’ve visited lots of nurseries, primary schools and high schools but I want to visit more, so please get in touch by sending me an email (saraholiverauthor@yahoo.co.uk).

The Best World Book Week Ever Cover

My first picture book ‘The Best World Book Week Ever’ is out in January. It tell the tale of Danny, a cheeky monkey who loves to read all kinds of books, and is celebrating World Book Week with the rest of his jungle class. This story is perfect to read in the run up to your own World Book Week, or during the week itself. Danny’s story will encourage reluctant readers to try new books, and get everyone in your class/school excited about books and reading.

What I can offer:

Author talk assemblies – Talking about my inspirational story to becoming an author. Shows children that being bullied shouldn’t hold you back and that if you work hard at school anything is possible. I reveal my favourite books and explain how reading lots helped me improve my spelling.

Best World Book Week assemblies – Popular with both infants and juniors. This works well in assembly or as a workshop with one year group at a time (can be multiple classes). I read the story, and act it out at the same time, with the help of some budding actors and actresses. It’s real good fun, the animal costumes will have everyone laughing, but it will also encourage the children to read different types of books, newspapers and comics.

Pollyanne assemblies – Very popular with Infants, I tell the true story of Pollyanne, the most famous donkey in the world with the help of some budding actors and actresses. We watch Pollyanne’s magic trick and try to figure out how she disappeared, will anyone manage to guess it?

Writing a book workshops – I discuss the process of writing a biography before we work together as a class to write a book. At the end of the day I judge which class produced the best ‘Amazing People and Animals A-Z’ book. Great for schools with competitive Y5, Y6, Y7 and older classes!

Incredible animals workshops – After acting out the story of Pollyanne the donkey, I chat about how I went about writing the book and the children have a go at writing the blurb for their own incredible animal story. Popular with Y2, Y3 and Y4 classes.

Scriptwriting workshop – We write our own version of Pollyanne’s story then perform it to the rest of the school in the afternoon. Challenging and fast paced, it’s a great activity for Y6, Y7, Y8 and older classes.

(This is just a taste of what I can offer. I’m happy to tailor what I do to your requirements. For instance, in the run-up to Remembrance Day I could work with the children to write a book containing poetry and short stories based on WW1 and WW2).

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About me:

I began writing books seven years ago and I’m the bestselling author of One Direction A-Z which reached number 2 in the Sunday Times bestseller list and spent three weeks in the paperback non-fiction 40.  I’m also the author of Robert Pattinson A-Z which has sold more than 20,000 copies and which resulted in the creation of a successful best-selling series of A-Z books aimed at children and adults. As well as non-fiction books, I’ve recently started writing picture books.

My books have wide appeal, boys love my superhero and rugby books, girls love my Justin Bieber and Taylor Swift books, everyone loves my donkey book and teachers in particular seem to love my Hobbit A-Z book! To find out more about my books, click here >

I have a MA in Professional Writing from University College Falmouth and was winner of the 2006 Write Now, Act Later scriptwriting award.  I have also been the editor of the popular celebrity website so can share what it’s like to attend press coverages and go to a film premiere.

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What teachers say:

Mr Jones, Cambridge Road Primary School, Ellesmere Port: “My year 4 class really enjoyed your assembly and classroom session. It was great for them to hear about your journey from writing rugby reports for the local newspaper to becoming a best selling author! Very inspiring and hopefully made them realise that they too could achieve this with a bit of hard work.”

Mr Keogh, All Saints C of E Primary School, Manchester: “Sarah visited our school on World Book Day. She led a very interesting and motivating whole school assembly that provided information about her life and regarding her journey to becoming an author, which the children and staff who were present thoroughly enjoyed.
“Sarah then found the time to visit each class during the day and deliver stimulating and engaging writing workshops which encouraged our children to think like authors, carry our research and work to a deadline in order to produce and ‘publish’ a class book, based on her own popular A-Z series of books.”
“Mrs Munro, Victoria Road Primary School, Northwich: “Working with Sarah Oliver really enabled us to bring our literacy lessons to life. Our children became enthused and were truly inspired by her work, and were seen utterly submerged into the activities she delivered during her workshop. After the workshop we were able to apply the skills developed into our biographies, creating quality pieces that were published.”

What pupils say:

“Thank you for helping us with our A-Z book, I really enjoyed making it and it looks amazing!”

“I liked hearing about Pollyanne the donkey and acting out the story. It helped me understand.”

“The assembly was amazing and I loved seeing and hearing about the One Direction books!”
“I found it interesting when you told us how reading would help us with our spelling, it made me want to read even more.”
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