School visits

Classroom at Crabtree School from books by Lauren Pearson

FAQ’s for Teachers, Heads and Librarians

What age group are your books and visits for?
The books are intended for readers ages 5-9. They are great for reading to younger children, but Lauren wrote them to lure children aged 6+ into reading chapter books on their own. They are an easy read for the majority of nine-year-olds, but as they address issues like friendship and conscience, older readers will find them a guilty pleasure.

The most common author visit presentations are best suited for Years 1-4, but there are other options for older children—just ask!

Your books look quite girlie. Do boys like them? Do you visit mixed schools?
Most of the schools Lauren visits are mixed schools. The books ARE about the adventures of five girls, but boys like them too.
A video is worth a million words
An author visit from Lauren is about creating detailed characters (boy characters AND girl characters AND even animals) to help children to tell a better story.

It’s a creative writing workshop and it works for girls AND boys (and grown-ups, in fact!) It draws on Lauren’s experience as a literary agent and editor helping authors to develop their own stories.

Does our school need to be in London, where Lauren lives?
NO! Lauren would be delighted to come visit you wherever you are, from Tottingham to Timbuktu. She just asks that you cover travel expenses above the normal tube fare.

What actually happens on a school visit? Do you just read from the books?
What have other teachers thought about their visit from Lauren?

“The pupils in my class were very excited to listen to a story read by the real author. They listened with enthusiasm and wanted to hear more and more. This inspired them to create their own Crabtree character and then write a story about that creation. The books are a great way for children to access writing as they are based at school, which is a setting they are all so familiar with. It was a delight to listen to the fun-packed and descriptive stories written by Lauren Pearson and to see her passion inspire my pupils’ writing.”

Dina Hamalis, Academic Director and Year 3 teacher, Sarum Hall School.

Mrs Peabody from Crabtree School books by Lauren Pearson

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Testimonials

Girl reading Best Friends for Never book by Lauren Pearson

“The pupils in my class were very excited to listen to a story read by the real author. They listened with enthusiasm and wanted to hear more and more. This inspired them to create their own Crabtree character and then write a story about that creation. The books are a great way for children to access writing as they are based at school, which is a setting they are all so familiar with. It was a delight to listen to the fun-packed and descriptive stories written by Lauren Pearson and to see her passion inspire my pupils’ writing”

Dina Hamalis, Academic Director and Year 3 teacher, Sarum Hall School.

“Thank you so much for coming in and working with our children. The creative writing workshops were brilliant and I will send you some examples of the children’s work when they are finished.”

Grainne Rooney, Librarian, St Joseph’s School, Highgate

“Lauren dazzled us with readings from her Crabtree School series, and the children learnt how important characters are in storytelling and got to act out various characters of their own. The children had great fun.”

Parent newsletter, St Joseph’s School, Highgate

“Lauren stayed at our school until 4.45pm this afternoon and was so gracious in staying behind to sign books the pupils purchased from our Book Fair. Lauren even inspired a few children to start writing their own stories straight away! It was a truly valuable experience.”

Donna Roberts, The Swaminarayan School, Neasden

“The children really enjoyed your visit and are now reading your books in the playground!”

Frances Jones, The Cavendish School, Camden

‘It was such a pleasure to have you, and the girls couldn’t speak highly enough of you. In year 5 we are going to continue to work on our story (from the character we created last week) and I will certainly email you some of the childrens’ stories.”

Carol Donnelly, Saint Christina’s School, St John’s Wood

“I really enjoyed you coming in and looking so happy to be in our school. My favourite part of when you came to visit is when you explained to us how to create our own character. You have inspired me to mix different people’s personalities together to form a character.”

Narelle, Year 5

“What I like about your books is that you always learn a good lesson at the end of them.”

Madeleine, age 8