The Kilted Author Brings Lots of Literacy Laughter!

On Wednesday 29 November, Riverbank had a visit from Stuart Reid a Scottish children’s author. Stuart’s visit was tied in to Scottish Book Trust Week and Book Bugs.

We had been looking for an author to visit us during Scottish Book Trust Week and, totally, out of the blues, David McNair, the father of one of our Primary 3 pupils asked if we would like a visit from Stuart. We jumped at the chance especially when, very generously, David said that his work would sponsor the visit.

Stuart arrived, bright and early, on Wednesday morning. He gave a presentation to the whole school. He told us of how he had become an author and he entertained us with where he got the inspiration for his books.

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We once had the kilted chef visit us and Stuart became our kilted author. We had to remember that , Books are Brilliant and when Stuart gave us that cue we all had to shout out, Reading Rocks! He entertained us with readings from his books about Gorgeous George and there was the opportunity for audience participation. He even did a lesson, and I’ll bet the pupils didn’t realise it was a lesson, on alliteration. I loved the alliteration of cheeky, chomping choppers. Needless to say the extracts from his books caused peals of laughter. Nothing gets a better laugh from children than tales of slime, snot, boogers, pink poo and zombies.

Stuart then carried out a book signing session, where he had a personal chat with each child, before carrying out a writer’s workshop with Primary 6N. His final tasks of the day were to speak to the Primary1s-3s about books before the children received their Book Bugs before heading home.

Stuart’s endless energy and fantastic rapport with the children will surely act as an inspiration for our readers and writers. Stuart has even said that he would be delighted to come back in the future and I’m sure that can be arranged!



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