n.s. blackman, school visits
Welcome to my author page! I enjoy visiting schools and libraries to inspire children to read for pleasure and to encourage their own creativity through stories and drawings. I have had lovely feedback from the schools, libraries and museums that I have visited, across the UK - and the US - and my books have been shortlisted for awards. To book an author visit or to get more details about one, please use the links on this page
Academic Approval
I am very proud that The Secret Dinosaur was selected by the experts at Hodder Education to be used as an English comprehension exercise in Hodder's Primary Literacy Course. The textbook features only the very best children's authors including Michael Morpurgo and Roald Dahl, so The Secret Dinosaur is in good company! Several schools now use The Secret Dinosaur as a class reader, particularly following, or in the run-up, to an author visit. These are chapter books, perfect for emergent or confident readers. They are illustrated throughout with beautiful black and white drawings and they have been praised by teachers and librarians for being a great read aloud and appealing to both keen and reluctant readers.
Flexible Visits
My author visits are either based on the Secret Dinosaur series,or my historically accurate Saxon adventure, Freedom for Bron, which was shortlisted for the KS2 Hull Children's Book Award. Secret Dinosaur visits are suitable for children in Reception, KS1 and LKS2 while Freedom for Bron visits are suitable for children in KS2. I am happy to visit for a half day or a whole day and do a variety of talks, classroom tours and workshops based on dinosaurs, Saxons or both!
Teachers and librarians say that my author visits encourage pupils to read and inspire them in their own drawing and storytelling. I tailor my talks and workshops to the age group of the children and bring exciting props. Visits include fun quizzes, Saxon role play and on-the-spot drawing, showing the children how to draw a great T-Rex! Children love to see how my illustrations developed as I wrote the books so I display my pictures on the interactive whiteboard and talk through my characters and story ideas. Classroom activity booklets, based on my work and linked to the curriculum at KS1 and KS2, are available to download for free (take a look using the buttons on this page) and can be really useful if you are teaching the dinosaur or Saxon topic. I also bring activity sheets for use during a visit and every school booking a dinosaur visit also receives a signed, beautifully illustrated Secret Dinosaur poster. "Feedback from children has been superb" Headteacher, King's Prep School, Rochester I've had some lovely feedback from teachers, librarians and parents. "His assembly and workshops were tailored perfectly to the age group. Feedback from children has been superb." Headteacher, King's Prep School, Rochester "The children were engaged and focused throughout and it really got their ideas flowing. My class have come in today desperate to show me the dinosaur pictures they did last night! You have certainly inspired their young minds." Literacy coordinator, Dulwich College.
I love reading for pleasure and it's wonderful to think that my books encourage others to do the same! I believe that creative writing can help children to find their own voice and I love to encourage children's creativity and confidence during school visits. Natural History Museum The Natural History Museum in London invited me recently to take part in the museum's prestigious farewell party to its famous 'dippy' diplodocus skeleton. It was a wonderful event to take part in - I hosted my Secret Dinosaur illustration and writing workshop in the museum's main hall, a great pleasure and honour! Following enthusiastic feedback from parents and children, The Natural History Museum's flagship bookshop now stocks my Secret Dinosaur series. London, Hull, Los Angeles...and beyond! Freedom for Bron was shortlisted for the KS2 Hull Children's Book Award, so last summer I got to visit Hull during its year as City of Culture. The teachers, parents, librarians and children were absolutely fizzing with energy and creativity, it was a real treat to be there. Meeting young readers, whether or not they know my books is a such a privilege. As well as Hull, author tours have taken me to Los Angeles, Bristol, Birmingham and of course all around my home town of London. Outstanding Reviews
 n.s. blackman, school visits
Welcome to my author page! I enjoy visiting schools and libraries to inspire children to read for pleasure and to encourage their own creativity through stories and drawings. I have had lovely feedback from the schools, libraries and museums that I have visited, across the UK - and the US - and my books have been shortlisted for awards. To book an author visit or to get more details about one, please use the links on this page
Academic Approval I am very proud that The Secret Dinosaur was selected by the experts at Hodder Education to be used as an English comprehension exercise in Hodder's Primary Literacy Course. The textbook features only the very best children's authors including Michael Morpurgo and Roald Dahl, so The Secret Dinosaur is in good company! Several schools now use The Secret Dinosaur as a class reader, particularly following, or in the run-up, to an author visit. These are chapter books, perfect for emergent or confident readers. They are illustrated throughout with beautiful black and white drawings and they have been praised by teachers and librarians for being a great read aloud and appealing to both keen and reluctant readers.
Flexible Visits
Teachers and librarians say that my author visits encourage pupils to read and inspire them in their own drawing and storytelling. I tailor my talks and workshops to the age group of the children and bring exciting props. Visits include fun quizzes, Saxon role play and on-the-spot drawing, showing the children how to draw a great T-Rex! Children love to see how my illustrations developed as I wrote the books so I display my pictures on the interactive whiteboard and talk through my characters and story ideas. Classroom activity booklets, based on my work and linked to the curriculum at KS1 and KS2, are available to download for free (take a look using the buttons on this page) and can be really useful if you are teaching the dinosaur or Saxon topic. I also bring activity sheets for use during a visit and every school booking a dinosaur visit also receives a signed, beautifully illustrated Secret Dinosaur poster. "Feedback from children has been superb" Headteacher, King's Prep School, Rochester I've had some lovely feedback from teachers, librarians and parents. "His assembly and workshops were tailored perfectly to the age group. Feedback from children has been superb." Headteacher, King's Prep School, Rochester "The children were engaged and focused throughout and it really got their ideas flowing. My class have come in today desperate to show me the dinosaur pictures they did last night! You have certainly inspired their young minds." Literacy coordinator, Dulwich College.
My author visits are either based on the Secret Dinosaur series,or my historically accurate Saxon adventure, Freedom for Bron, which was shortlisted for the KS2 Hull Children's Book Award. Secret Dinosaur visits are suitable for children in Reception, KS1 and LKS2 while Freedom for Bron visits are suitable for children in KS2. I am happy to visit for a half day or a whole day and do a variety of talks, classroom tours and workshops based on dinosaurs, Saxons or both!
I love reading for pleasure and it's wonderful to think that my books encourage others to do the same! I believe that creative writing can help children to find their own voice and I love to encourage children's creativity and confidence during school visits. Natural History Museum The Natural History Museum in London invited me recently to take part in the museum's prestigious farewell party to its famous 'dippy' diplodocus skeleton. It was a wonderful event to take part in - I hosted my Secret Dinosaur illustration and writing workshop in the museum's main hall, a great pleasure and honour! Following enthusiastic feedback from parents and children, The Natural History Museum's flagship bookshop now stocks my Secret Dinosaur series. London, Hull, Los Angeles...and beyond! Freedom for Bron was shortlisted for the KS2 Hull Children's Book Award, so last summer I got to visit Hull during its year as City of Culture. The teachers, parents, librarians and children were absolutely fizzing with energy and creativity, it was a real treat to be there. Meeting young readers, whether or not they know my books is a such a privilege. As well as Hull, author tours have taken me to Los Angeles, Bristol, Birmingham and of course all around my home town of London. Outstanding Reviews
 n.s. blackman, school visits
Welcome to my author page! I enjoy visiting schools and libraries to inspire children to read for pleasure and to encourage their own creativity through stories and drawings. I have had lovely feedback from the schools, libraries and museums that I have visited, across the UK - and the US - and my books have been shortlisted for awards. To book an author visit or to get more details about one, please use the links on this page
Academic Approval
I am very proud that The Secret Dinosaur was selected by the experts at Hodder Education to be used as an English comprehension exercise in Hodder's Primary Literacy Course. The textbook features only the very best children's authors including Michael Morpurgo and Roald Dahl, so The Secret Dinosaur is in good company! Several schools now use The Secret Dinosaur as a class reader, particularly following, or in the run-up, to an author visit. These are chapter books, perfect for emergent or confident readers. They are illustrated throughout with beautiful black and white drawings and they have been praised by teachers and librarians for being a great read aloud and appealing to both keen and reluctant readers.
Flexible Visits
Teachers and librarians say that my author visits encourage pupils to read and inspire them in their own drawing and storytelling. I tailor my talks and workshops to the age group of the children and bring exciting props. Visits include fun quizzes, Saxon role play and on-the-spot drawing, showing the children how to draw a great T-Rex! Children love to see how my illustrations developed as I wrote the books so I display my pictures on the interactive whiteboard and talk through my characters and story ideas. Classroom activity booklets, based on my work and linked to the curriculum at KS1 and KS2, are available to download for free (take a look using the buttons on this page) and can be really useful if you are teaching the dinosaur or Saxon topic. I also bring activity sheets for use during a visit and every school booking a dinosaur visit also receives a signed, beautifully illustrated Secret Dinosaur poster. "Feedback from children has been superb" Headteacher, King's Prep School, Rochester I've had some lovely feedback from teachers, librarians and parents. "His assembly and workshops were tailored perfectly to the age group. Feedback from children has been superb." Headteacher, King's Prep School, Rochester "The children were engaged and focused throughout and it really got their ideas flowing. My class have come in today desperate to show me the dinosaur pictures they did last night! You have certainly inspired their young minds." Literacy coordinator, Dulwich College.
My author visits are either based on the Secret Dinosaur series,or my historically accurate Saxon adventure, Freedom for Bron, which was shortlisted for the KS2 Hull Children's Book Award. Secret Dinosaur visits are suitable for children in Reception, KS1 and LKS2 while Freedom for Bron visits are suitable for children in KS2. I am happy to visit for a half day or a whole day and do a variety of talks, classroom tours and workshops based on dinosaurs, Saxons or both!
I love reading for pleasure and it's wonderful to think that my books encourage others to do the same! I believe that creative writing can help children to find their own voice and I love to encourage children's creativity and confidence during school visits. Natural History Museum The Natural History Museum in London invited me recently to take part in the museum's prestigious farewell party to its famous 'dippy' diplodocus skeleton. It was a wonderful event to take part in - I hosted my Secret Dinosaur illustration and writing workshop in the museum's main hall, a great pleasure and honour! Following enthusiastic feedback from parents and children, The Natural History Museum's flagship bookshop now stocks my Secret Dinosaur series. London, Hull, Los Angeles...and beyond! Freedom for Bron was shortlisted for the KS2 Hull Children's Book Award, so last summer I got to visit Hull during its year as City of Culture. The teachers, parents, librarians and children were absolutely fizzing with energy and creativity, it was a real treat to be there. Meeting young readers, whether or not they know my books is a such a privilege. As well as Hull, author tours have taken me to Los Angeles, Bristol, Birmingham and of course all around my home town of London. Outstanding Reviews
 n.s. blackman, school visits
Welcome to my author page! I enjoy visiting schools and libraries to inspire children to read for pleasure and to encourage their own creativity through stories and drawings. I have had lovely feedback from the schools, libraries and museums that I have visited, across the UK - and the US - and my books have been shortlisted for awards. To book an author visit or to get more details about one, please use the links on this page
Academic Approval
I am very proud that The Secret Dinosaur was selected by the experts at Hodder Education to be used as an English comprehension exercise in Hodder's Primary Literacy Course. The textbook features only the very best children's authors including Michael Morpurgo and Roald Dahl, so The Secret Dinosaur is in good company! Several schools now use The Secret Dinosaur as a class reader, particularly following, or in the run-up, to an author visit. These are chapter books, perfect for emergent or confident readers. They are illustrated throughout with beautiful black and white drawings and they have been praised by teachers and librarians for being a great read aloud and appealing to both keen and reluctant readers.
Flexible Visits
Teachers and librarians say that my author visits encourage pupils to read and inspire them in their own drawing and storytelling. I tailor my talks and workshops to the age group of the children and bring exciting props. Visits include fun quizzes, Saxon role play and on-the-spot drawing, showing the children how to draw a great T-Rex! Children love to see how my illustrations developed as I wrote the books so I display my pictures on the interactive whiteboard and talk through my characters and story ideas. Classroom activity booklets, based on my work and linked to the curriculum at KS1 and KS2, are available to download for free (take a look using the buttons on this page) and can be really useful if you are teaching the dinosaur or Saxon topic. I also bring activity sheets for use during a visit and every school booking a dinosaur visit also receives a signed, beautifully illustrated Secret Dinosaur poster. "Feedback from children has been superb" Headteacher, King's Prep School, Rochester I've had some lovely feedback from teachers, librarians and parents. "His assembly and workshops were tailored perfectly to the age group. Feedback from children has been superb." Headteacher, King's Prep School, Rochester "The children were engaged and focused throughout and it really got their ideas flowing. My class have come in today desperate to show me the dinosaur pictures they did last night! You have certainly inspired their young minds." Literacy coordinator, Dulwich College.
My author visits are either based on the Secret Dinosaur series,or my historically accurate Saxon adventure, Freedom for Bron, which was shortlisted for the KS2 Hull Children's Book Award. Secret Dinosaur visits are suitable for children in Reception, KS1 and LKS2 while Freedom for Bron visits are suitable for children in KS2. I am happy to visit for a half day or a whole day and do a variety of talks, classroom tours and workshops based on dinosaurs, Saxons or both!
I love reading for pleasure and it's wonderful to think that my books encourage others to do the same! I believe that creative writing can help children to find their own voice and I love to encourage children's creativity and confidence during school visits. Natural History Museum The Natural History Museum in London invited me recently to take part in the museum's prestigious farewell party to its famous 'dippy' diplodocus skeleton. It was a wonderful event to take part in - I hosted my Secret Dinosaur illustration and writing workshop in the museum's main hall, a great pleasure and honour! Following enthusiastic feedback from parents and children, The Natural History Museum's flagship bookshop now stocks my Secret Dinosaur series. London, Hull, Los Angeles...and beyond! Freedom for Bron was shortlisted for the KS2 Hull Children's Book Award, so last summer I got to visit Hull during its year as City of Culture. The teachers, parents, librarians and children were absolutely fizzing with energy and creativity, it was a real treat to be there. Meeting young readers, whether or not they know my books is a such a privilege. As well as Hull, author tours have taken me to Los Angeles, Bristol, Birmingham and of course all around my home town of London. Outstanding Reviews
 n.s. blackman, school visits
Welcome to my author page! I enjoy visiting schools and libraries to inspire children to read for pleasure and to encourage their own creativity through stories and drawings. I have had lovely feedback from the schools, libraries and museums that I have visited, across the UK - and the US - and my books have been shortlisted for awards. To book an author visit or to get more details about one, please use the links on this page
Academic Approval I am very proud that The Secret Dinosaur was selected by the experts at Hodder Education to be used as an English comprehension exercise in Hodder's Primary Literacy Course. The textbook features only the very best children's authors including Michael Morpurgo and Roald Dahl, so The Secret Dinosaur is in good company! Several schools now use The Secret Dinosaur as a class reader, particularly following, or in the run-up, to an author visit. These are chapter books, perfect for emergent or confident readers. They are illustrated throughout with beautiful black and white drawings and they have been praised by teachers and librarians for being a great read aloud and appealing to both keen and reluctant readers.
Flexible Visits
Teachers and librarians say that my author visits encourage pupils to read and inspire them in their own drawing and storytelling. I tailor my talks and workshops to the age group of the children and bring exciting props. Visits include fun quizzes, Saxon role play and on-the-spot drawing, showing the children how to draw a great T-Rex! Children love to see how my illustrations developed as I wrote the books so I display my pictures on the interactive whiteboard and talk through my characters and story ideas. Classroom activity booklets, based on my work and linked to the curriculum at KS1 and KS2, are available to download for free (take a look using the buttons on this page) and can be really useful if you are teaching the dinosaur or Saxon topic. I also bring activity sheets for use during a visit and every school booking a dinosaur visit also receives a signed, beautifully illustrated Secret Dinosaur poster. "Feedback from children has been superb" Headteacher, King's Prep School, Rochester I've had some lovely feedback from teachers, librarians and parents. "His assembly and workshops were tailored perfectly to the age group. Feedback from children has been superb." Headteacher, King's Prep School, Rochester "The children were engaged and focused throughout and it really got their ideas flowing. My class have come in today desperate to show me the dinosaur pictures they did last night! You have certainly inspired their young minds." Literacy coordinator, Dulwich College. My author visits are either based on the Secret Dinosaur series,or my historically accurate Saxon adventure, Freedom for Bron, which was shortlisted for the KS2 Hull Children's Book Award. Secret Dinosaur visits are suitable for children in Reception, KS1 and LKS2 while Freedom for Bron visits are suitable for children in KS2. I am happy to visit for a half day or a whole day and do a variety of talks, classroom tours and workshops based on dinosaurs, Saxons or both! I love reading for pleasure and it's wonderful to think that my books encourage others to do the same! I believe that creative writing can help children to find their own voice and I love to encourage children's creativity and confidence during school visits. Natural History Museum The Natural History Museum in London invited me recently to take part in the museum's prestigious farewell party to its famous 'dippy' diplodocus skeleton. It was a wonderful event to take part in - I hosted my Secret Dinosaur illustration and writing workshop in the museum's main hall, a great pleasure and honour! Following enthusiastic feedback from parents and children, The Natural History Museum's flagship bookshop now stocks my Secret Dinosaur series. London, Hull, Los Angeles...and beyond! Freedom for Bron was shortlisted for the KS2 Hull Children's Book Award, so last summer I got to visit Hull during its year as City of Culture. The teachers, parents, librarians and children were absolutely fizzing with energy and creativity, it was a real treat to be there. Meeting young readers, whether or not they know my books is a such a privilege. As well as Hull, author tours have taken me to Los Angeles, Bristol, Birmingham and of course all around my home town of London. Outstanding Reviews
 n.s. blackman, school visits
Welcome to my author page! I enjoy visiting schools and libraries to inspire children to read for pleasure and to encourage their own creativity through stories and drawings. I have had lovely feedback from the schools, libraries and museums that I have visited, across the UK - and the US - and my books have been shortlisted for awards. To book an author visit or to get more details about one, please use the links on this page
Flexible Visits
My author visits are either based on the Secret Dinosaur series,or my historically accurate Saxon adventure, Freedom for Bron, which was shortlisted for the KS2 Hull Children's Book Award. Secret Dinosaur visits are suitable for children in Reception, KS1 and LKS2 while Freedom for Bron visits are suitable for children in KS2. I am happy to visit for a half day or a whole day and do a variety of talks, classroom tours and workshops based on dinosaurs, Saxons or both!
Teachers and librarians say that my author visits encourage pupils to read and inspire them in their own drawing and storytelling. I tailor my talks and workshops to the age group of the children and bring exciting props. Visits include fun quizzes, Saxon role play and on-the-spot drawing, showing the children how to draw a great T-Rex! Children love to see how my illustrations developed as I wrote the books so I display my pictures on the interactive whiteboard and talk through my characters and story ideas. Classroom activity booklets, based on my work and linked to the curriculum at KS1 and KS2, are available to download for free (take a look using the buttons on this page) and can be really useful if you are teaching the dinosaur or Saxon topic. I also bring activity sheets for use during a visit and every school booking a dinosaur visit also receives a signed, beautifully illustrated Secret Dinosaur poster. "Feedback from children has been superb" Headteacher, King's Prep School, Rochester I've had some lovely feedback from teachers, librarians and parents. "His assembly and workshops were tailored perfectly to the age group. Feedback from children has been superb." Headteacher, King's Prep School, Rochester "The children were engaged and focused throughout and it really got their ideas flowing. My class have come in today desperate to show me the dinosaur pictures they did last night! You have certainly inspired their young minds." Literacy coordinator, Dulwich College. Academic Approval I am very proud that The Secret Dinosaur was selected by the experts at Hodder Education to be used as an English comprehension exercise in Hodder's Primary Literacy Course. The textbook features only the very best children's authors including Michael Morpurgo and Roald Dahl, so The Secret Dinosaur is in good company! Several schools now use The Secret Dinosaur as a class reader, particularly following, or in the run-up, to an author visit. These are chapter books, perfect for emergent or confident readers. They are illustrated throughout with beautiful black and white drawings and they have been praised by teachers and librarians for being a great read aloud and appealing to both keen and reluctant readers.
About Me I love reading for pleasure and it's wonderful to think that my books encourage others to do the same! I believe that creative writing can help children to find their own voice and I love to encourage children's creativity and confidence during school visits. Natural History Museum The Natural History Museum in London invited me recently to take part in the museum's prestigious farewell party to its famous 'dippy' diplodocus skeleton. It was a wonderful event to take part in - I hosted my Secret Dinosaur illustration and writing workshop in the museum's main hall, a great pleasure and honour! Following enthusiastic feedback from parents and children, The Natural History Museum's flagship bookshop now stocks my Secret Dinosaur series. London, Hull, Los Angeles...and beyond! Freedom for Bron was shortlisted for the KS2 Hull Children's Book Award, so last summer I got to visit Hull during its year as City of Culture. The teachers, parents, librarians and children were absolutely fizzing with energy and creativity, it was a real treat to be there. Meeting young readers, whether or not they know my books is a such a privilege. As well as Hull, author tours have taken me to Los Angeles, Bristol, Birmingham and of course all around my home town of London. Outstanding Reviews
 n.s. blackman, school visits
Welcome to my author page! I enjoy visiting schools and libraries to inspire children to read for pleasure and to encourage their own creativity through stories and drawings. I have had lovely feedback from the schools, libraries and museums that I have visited, across the UK - and the US - and my books have been shortlisted for awards. To book an author visit or to get more details about one, please use the links on this page
Flexible Visits
My author visits are either based on the Secret Dinosaur series,or my historically accurate Saxon adventure, Freedom for Bron, which was shortlisted for the KS2 Hull Children's Book Award. Secret Dinosaur visits are suitable for children in Reception, KS1 and LKS2 while Freedom for Bron visits are suitable for children in KS2. I am happy to visit for a half day or a whole day and do a variety of talks, classroom tours and workshops based on dinosaurs, Saxons or both!
Teachers and librarians say that my author visits encourage pupils to read and inspire them in their own drawing and storytelling. I tailor my talks and workshops to the age group of the children and bring exciting props. Visits include fun quizzes, Saxon role play and on-the-spot drawing, showing the children how to draw a great T-Rex! Children love to see how my illustrations developed as I wrote the books so I display my pictures on the interactive whiteboard and talk through my characters and story ideas. Classroom activity booklets, based on my work and linked to the curriculum at KS1 and KS2, are available to download for free (take a look using the buttons on this page) and can be really useful if you are teaching the dinosaur or Saxon topic. I also bring activity sheets for use during a visit and every school booking a dinosaur visit also receives a signed, beautifully illustrated Secret Dinosaur poster. "Feedback from children has been superb" Headteacher, King's Prep School, Rochester I've had some lovely feedback from teachers, librarians and parents. "His assembly and workshops were tailored perfectly to the age group. Feedback from children has been superb." Headteacher, King's Prep School, Rochester "The children were engaged and focused throughout and it really got their ideas flowing. My class have come in today desperate to show me the dinosaur pictures they did last night! You have certainly inspired their young minds." Literacy coordinator, Dulwich College. Academic Approval
I am very proud that The Secret Dinosaur was selected by the experts at Hodder Education to be used as an English comprehension exercise in Hodder's Primary Literacy Course. The textbook features only the very best children's authors including Michael Morpurgo and Roald Dahl, so The Secret Dinosaur is in good company! Several schools now use The Secret Dinosaur as a class reader, particularly following, or in the run-up, to an author visit. These are chapter books, perfect for emergent or confident readers. They are illustrated throughout with beautiful black and white drawings and they have been praised by teachers and librarians for being a great read aloud and appealing to both keen and reluctant readers.
About Me
I love reading for pleasure and it's wonderful to think that my books encourage others to do the same! I believe that creative writing can help children to find their own voice and I love to encourage children's creativity and confidence during school visits. Natural History Museum The Natural History Museum in London invited me recently to take part in the museum's prestigious farewell party to its famous 'dippy' diplodocus skeleton. It was a wonderful event to take part in - I hosted my Secret Dinosaur illustration and writing workshop in the museum's main hall, a great pleasure and honour! Following enthusiastic feedback from parents and children, The Natural History Museum's flagship bookshop now stocks my Secret Dinosaur series. London, Hull, Los Angeles...and beyond! Freedom for Bron was shortlisted for the KS2 Hull Children's Book Award, so last summer I got to visit Hull during its year as City of Culture. The teachers, parents, librarians and children were absolutely fizzing with energy and creativity, it was a real treat to be there. Meeting young readers, whether or not they know my books is a such a privilege. As well as Hull, author tours have taken me to Los Angeles, Bristol, Birmingham and of course all around my home town of London. Outstanding Reviews
 n.s. blackman, school visits
Welcome to my author page! I enjoy visiting schools and libraries to inspire children to read for pleasure and to encourage their own creativity through stories and drawings. I have had lovely feedback from the schools, libraries and museums that I have visited, across the UK - and the US - and my books have been shortlisted for awards. To book an author visit or to get more details about one, please use the links on this page
Flexible Visits
My author visits are either based on the Secret Dinosaur series,or my historically accurate Saxon adventure, Freedom for Bron, which was shortlisted for the KS2 Hull Children's Book Award. Secret Dinosaur visits are suitable for children in Reception, KS1 and LKS2 while Freedom for Bron visits are suitable for children in KS2. I am happy to visit for a half day or a whole day and do a variety of talks, classroom tours and workshops based on dinosaurs, Saxons or both!
Teachers and librarians say that my author visits encourage pupils to read and inspire them in their own drawing and storytelling. I tailor my talks and workshops to the age group of the children and bring exciting props. Visits include fun quizzes, Saxon role play and on-the-spot drawing, showing the children how to draw a great T-Rex! Children love to see how my illustrations developed as I wrote the books so I display my pictures on the interactive whiteboard and talk through my characters and story ideas. Classroom activity booklets, based on my work and linked to the curriculum at KS1 and KS2, are available to download for free (take a look using the buttons on this page) and can be really useful if you are teaching the dinosaur or Saxon topic. I also bring activity sheets for use during a visit and every school booking a dinosaur visit also receives a signed, beautifully illustrated Secret Dinosaur poster. "Feedback from children has been superb" Headteacher, King's Prep School, Rochester I've had some lovely feedback from teachers, librarians and parents. "His assembly and workshops were tailored perfectly to the age group. Feedback from children has been superb." Headteacher, King's Prep School, Rochester "The children were engaged and focused throughout and it really got their ideas flowing. My class have come in today desperate to show me the dinosaur pictures they did last night! You have certainly inspired their young minds." Literacy coordinator, Dulwich College. Academic Approval
I am very proud that The Secret Dinosaur was selected by the experts at Hodder Education to be used as an English comprehension exercise in Hodder's Primary Literacy Course. The textbook features only the very best children's authors including Michael Morpurgo and Roald Dahl, so The Secret Dinosaur is in good company! Several schools now use The Secret Dinosaur as a class reader, particularly following, or in the run-up, to an author visit. These are chapter books, perfect for emergent or confident readers. They are illustrated throughout with beautiful black and white drawings and they have been praised by teachers and librarians for being a great read aloud and appealing to both keen and reluctant readers. About Me
I love reading for pleasure and it's wonderful to think that my books encourage others to do the same! I believe that creative writing can help children to find their own voice and I love to encourage children's creativity and confidence during school visits. Natural History Museum The Natural History Museum in London invited me recently to take part in the museum's prestigious farewell party to its famous 'dippy' diplodocus skeleton. It was a wonderful event to take part in - I hosted my Secret Dinosaur illustration and writing workshop in the museum's main hall, a great pleasure and honour! Following enthusiastic feedback from parents and children, The Natural History Museum's flagship bookshop now stocks my Secret Dinosaur series. London, Hull, Los Angeles...and beyond! Freedom for Bron was shortlisted for the KS2 Hull Children's Book Award, so last summer I got to visit Hull during its year as City of Culture. The teachers, parents, librarians and children were absolutely fizzing with energy and creativity, it was a real treat to be there. Meeting young readers, whether or not they know my books is a such a privilege. As well as Hull, author tours have taken me to Los Angeles, Bristol, Birmingham and of course all around my home town of London. Outstanding Reviews
 n.s. blackman, school visits
Welcome to my author page! I enjoy visiting schools and libraries to inspire children to read for pleasure and to encourage their own creativity through stories and drawings. I have had lovely feedback from the schools, libraries and museums that I have visited, across the UK - and the US - and my books have been shortlisted for awards. To book an author visit or to get more details about one, please use the links on this page
Flexible Visits
My author visits are either based on the Secret Dinosaur series,or my historically accurate Saxon adventure, Freedom for Bron, which was shortlisted for the KS2 Hull Children's Book Award. Secret Dinosaur visits are suitable for children in Reception, KS1 and LKS2 while Freedom for Bron visits are suitable for children in KS2. I am happy to visit for a half day or a whole day and do a variety of talks, classroom tours and workshops based on dinosaurs, Saxons or both!
Teachers and librarians say that my author visits encourage pupils to read and inspire them in their own drawing and storytelling. I tailor my talks and workshops to the age group of the children and bring exciting props. Visits include fun quizzes, Saxon role play and on-the-spot drawing, showing the children how to draw a great T-Rex! Children love to see how my illustrations developed as I wrote the books so I display my pictures on the interactive whiteboard and talk through my characters and story ideas. Classroom activity booklets, based on my work and linked to the curriculum at KS1 and KS2, are available to download for free (take a look using the buttons on this page) and can be really useful if you are teaching the dinosaur or Saxon topic. I also bring activity sheets for use during a visit and every school booking a dinosaur visit also receives a signed, beautifully illustrated Secret Dinosaur poster. "Feedback from children has been superb" Headteacher, King's Prep School, Rochester I've had some lovely feedback from teachers, librarians and parents. "His assembly and workshops were tailored perfectly to the age group. Feedback from children has been superb." Headteacher, King's Prep School, Rochester "The children were engaged and focused throughout and it really got their ideas flowing. My class have come in today desperate to show me the dinosaur pictures they did last night! You have certainly inspired their young minds." Literacy coordinator, Dulwich College. Academic Approval
I am very proud that The Secret Dinosaur was selected by the experts at Hodder Education to be used as an English comprehension exercise in Hodder's Primary Literacy Course. The textbook features only the very best children's authors including Michael Morpurgo and Roald Dahl, so The Secret Dinosaur is in good company! Several schools now use The Secret Dinosaur as a class reader, particularly following, or in the run-up, to an author visit. These are chapter books, perfect for emergent or confident readers. They are illustrated throughout with beautiful black and white drawings and they have been praised by teachers and librarians for being a great read aloud and appealing to both keen and reluctant readers. About Me
I love reading for pleasure and it's wonderful to think that my books encourage others to do the same! I believe that creative writing can help children to find their own voice and I love to encourage children's creativity and confidence during school visits. Natural History Museum The Natural History Museum in London invited me recently to take part in the museum's prestigious farewell party to its famous 'dippy' diplodocus skeleton. It was a wonderful event to take part in - I hosted my Secret Dinosaur illustration and writing workshop in the museum's main hall, a great pleasure and honour! Following enthusiastic feedback from parents and children, The Natural History Museum's flagship bookshop now stocks my Secret Dinosaur series. London, Hull, Los Angeles...and beyond! Freedom for Bron was shortlisted for the KS2 Hull Children's Book Award, so last summer I got to visit Hull during its year as City of Culture. The teachers, parents, librarians and children were absolutely fizzing with energy and creativity, it was a real treat to be there. Meeting young readers, whether or not they know my books is a such a privilege. As well as Hull, author tours have taken me to Los Angeles, Bristol, Birmingham and of course all around my home town of London.
Outstanding Reviews
 n.s. blackman, school visits
Welcome to my author page! I enjoy visiting schools and libraries to inspire children to read for pleasure and to encourage their own creativity through stories and drawings. I have had lovely feedback from the schools, libraries and museums that I have visited, across the UK - and the US - and my books have been shortlisted for awards. To book an author visit or to get more details about one, please use the links on this page
Flexible Visits
My author visits are either based on the Secret Dinosaur series,or my historically accurate Saxon adventure, Freedom for Bron, which was shortlisted for the KS2 Hull Children's Book Award. Secret Dinosaur visits are suitable for children in Reception, KS1 and LKS2 while Freedom for Bron visits are suitable for children in KS2. I am happy to visit for a half day or a whole day and do a variety of talks, classroom tours and workshops based on dinosaurs, Saxons or both!
Teachers and librarians say that my author visits encourage pupils to read and inspire them in their own drawing and storytelling. I tailor my talks and workshops to the age group of the children and bring exciting props. Visits include fun quizzes, Saxon role play and on-the-spot drawing, showing the children how to draw a great T-Rex! Children love to see how my illustrations developed as I wrote the books so I display my pictures on the interactive whiteboard and talk through my characters and story ideas. Classroom activity booklets, based on my work and linked to the curriculum at KS1 and KS2, are available to download for free (take a look using the buttons on this page) and can be really useful if you are teaching the dinosaur or Saxon topic. I also bring activity sheets for use during a visit and every school booking a dinosaur visit also receives a signed, beautifully illustrated Secret Dinosaur poster. "Feedback from children has been superb" Headteacher, King's Prep School, Rochester I've had some lovely feedback from teachers, librarians and parents. "His assembly and workshops were tailored perfectly to the age group. Feedback from children has been superb." Headteacher, King's Prep School, Rochester "The children were engaged and focused throughout and it really got their ideas flowing. My class have come in today desperate to show me the dinosaur pictures they did last night! You have certainly inspired their young minds." Literacy coordinator, Dulwich College. Academic Approval I am very proud that The Secret Dinosaur was selected by the experts at Hodder Education to be used as an English comprehension exercise in Hodder's Primary Literacy Course. The textbook features only the very best children's authors including Michael Morpurgo and Roald Dahl, so The Secret Dinosaur is in good company! Several schools now use The Secret Dinosaur as a class reader, particularly following, or in the run-up, to an author visit. These are chapter books, perfect for emergent or confident readers. They are illustrated throughout with beautiful black and white drawings and they have been praised by teachers and librarians for being a great read aloud and appealing to both keen and reluctant readers. About Me
I love reading for pleasure and it's wonderful to think that my books encourage others to do the same! I believe that creative writing can help children to find their own voice and I love to encourage children's creativity and confidence during school visits. Natural History Museum The Natural History Museum in London invited me recently to take part in the museum's prestigious farewell party to its famous 'dippy' diplodocus skeleton. It was a wonderful event to take part in - I hosted my Secret Dinosaur illustration and writing workshop in the museum's main hall, a great pleasure and honour! Following enthusiastic feedback from parents and children, The Natural History Museum's flagship bookshop now stocks my Secret Dinosaur series. London, Hull, Los Angeles...and beyond! Freedom for Bron was shortlisted for the KS2 Hull Children's Book Award, so last summer I got to visit Hull during its year as City of Culture. The teachers, parents, librarians and children were absolutely fizzing with energy and creativity, it was a real treat to be there. Meeting young readers, whether or not they know my books is a such a privilege. As well as Hull, author tours have taken me to Los Angeles, Bristol, Birmingham and of course all around my home town of London.
Outstanding Reviews
 n.s. blackman, school visits
Welcome to my author page! I enjoy visiting schools and libraries to inspire children to read for pleasure and to encourage their own creativity through stories and drawings. I have had lovely feedback from the schools, libraries and museums that I have visited, across the UK - and the US - and my books have been shortlisted for awards. To book an author visit or to get more details about one, please use the links on this page
Flexible Visits
My author visits are either based on the Secret Dinosaur series,or my historically accurate Saxon adventure, Freedom for Bron, which was shortlisted for the KS2 Hull Children's Book Award. Secret Dinosaur visits are suitable for children in Reception, KS1 and LKS2 while Freedom for Bron visits are suitable for children in KS2. I am happy to visit for a half day or a whole day and do a variety of talks, classroom tours and workshops based on dinosaurs, Saxons or both!
Teachers and librarians say that my author visits encourage pupils to read and inspire them in their own drawing and storytelling. I tailor my talks and workshops to the age group of the children and bring exciting props. Visits include fun quizzes, Saxon role play and on-the-spot drawing, showing the children how to draw a great T-Rex! Children love to see how my illustrations developed as I wrote the books so I display my pictures on the interactive whiteboard and talk through my characters and story ideas. Classroom activity booklets, based on my work and linked to the curriculum at KS1 and KS2, are available to download for free (take a look using the buttons on this page) and can be really useful if you are teaching the dinosaur or Saxon topic. I also bring activity sheets for use during a visit and every school booking a dinosaur visit also receives a signed, beautifully illustrated Secret Dinosaur poster. "Feedback from children has been superb" Headteacher, King's Prep School, Rochester I've had some lovely feedback from teachers, librarians and parents. "His assembly and workshops were tailored perfectly to the age group. Feedback from children has been superb." Headteacher, King's Prep School, Rochester "The children were engaged and focused throughout and it really got their ideas flowing. My class have come in today desperate to show me the dinosaur pictures they did last night! You have certainly inspired their young minds." Literacy coordinator, Dulwich College. Academic Approval I am very proud that The Secret Dinosaur was selected by the experts at Hodder Education to be used as an English comprehension exercise in Hodder's Primary Literacy Course. The textbook features only the very best children's authors including Michael Morpurgo and Roald Dahl, so The Secret Dinosaur is in good company! Several schools now use The Secret Dinosaur as a class reader, particularly following, or in the run-up, to an author visit. These are chapter books, perfect for emergent or confident readers. They are illustrated throughout with beautiful black and white drawings and they have been praised by teachers and librarians for being a great read aloud and appealing to both keen and reluctant readers. About Me
I love reading for pleasure and it's wonderful to think that my books encourage others to do the same! I believe that creative writing can help children to find their own voice and I love to encourage children's creativity and confidence during school visits. Natural History Museum The Natural History Museum in London invited me recently to take part in the museum's prestigious farewell party to its famous 'dippy' diplodocus skeleton. It was a wonderful event to take part in - I hosted my Secret Dinosaur illustration and writing workshop in the museum's main hall, a great pleasure and honour! Following enthusiastic feedback from parents and children, The Natural History Museum's flagship bookshop now stocks my Secret Dinosaur series. London, Hull, Los Angeles...and beyond! Freedom for Bron was shortlisted for the KS2 Hull Children's Book Award, so last summer I got to visit Hull during its year as City of Culture. The teachers, parents, librarians and children were absolutely fizzing with energy and creativity, it was a real treat to be there. Meeting young readers, whether or not they know my books is a such a privilege. As well as Hull, author tours have taken me to Los Angeles, Bristol, Birmingham and of course all around my home town of London.
Outstanding Reviews
 n.s. blackman, school visits
Welcome to my author page! I enjoy visiting schools and libraries to inspire children to read for pleasure and to encourage their own creativity through stories and drawings. I have had lovely feedback from the schools, libraries and museums that I have visited, across the UK - and the US - and my books have been shortlisted for awards. To book an author visit or to get more details about one, please use the links on this page
Flexible Visits
My author visits are either based on the Secret Dinosaur series,or my historically accurate Saxon adventure, Freedom for Bron, which was shortlisted for the KS2 Hull Children's Book Award. Secret Dinosaur visits are suitable for children in Reception, KS1 and LKS2 while Freedom for Bron visits are suitable for children in KS2. I am happy to visit for a half day or a whole day and do a variety of talks, classroom tours and workshops based on dinosaurs, Saxons or both!
Teachers and librarians say that my author visits encourage pupils to read and inspire them in their own drawing and storytelling. I tailor my talks and workshops to the age group of the children and bring exciting props. Visits include fun quizzes, Saxon role play and on-the-spot drawing, showing the children how to draw a great T-Rex! Children love to see how my illustrations developed as I wrote the books so I display my pictures on the interactive whiteboard and talk through my characters and story ideas. Classroom activity booklets, based on my work and linked to the curriculum at KS1 and KS2, are available to download for free (take a look using the buttons on this page) and can be really useful if you are teaching the dinosaur or Saxon topic. I also bring activity sheets for use during a visit and every school booking a dinosaur visit also receives a signed, beautifully illustrated Secret Dinosaur poster. "Feedback from children has been superb" Headteacher, King's Prep School, Rochester I've had some lovely feedback from teachers, librarians and parents. "His assembly and workshops were tailored perfectly to the age group. Feedback from children has been superb." Headteacher, King's Prep School, Rochester "The children were engaged and focused throughout and it really got their ideas flowing. My class have come in today desperate to show me the dinosaur pictures they did last night! You have certainly inspired their young minds." Literacy coordinator, Dulwich College. Academic Approval I am very proud that The Secret Dinosaur was selected by the experts at Hodder Education to be used as an English comprehension exercise in Hodder's Primary Literacy Course. The textbook features only the very best children's authors including Michael Morpurgo and Roald Dahl, so The Secret Dinosaur is in good company! Several schools now use The Secret Dinosaur as a class reader, particularly following, or in the run-up, to an author visit. These are chapter books, perfect for emergent or confident readers. They are illustrated throughout with beautiful black and white drawings and they have been praised by teachers and librarians for being a great read aloud and appealing to both keen and reluctant readers. About Me
I love reading for pleasure and it's wonderful to think that my books encourage others to do the same! I believe that creative writing can help children to find their own voice and I love to encourage children's creativity and confidence during school visits. Natural History Museum The Natural History Museum in London invited me recently to take part in the museum's prestigious farewell party to its famous 'dippy' diplodocus skeleton. It was a wonderful event to take part in - I hosted my Secret Dinosaur illustration and writing workshop in the museum's main hall, a great pleasure and honour! Following enthusiastic feedback from parents and children, The Natural History Museum's flagship bookshop now stocks my Secret Dinosaur series. London, Hull, Los Angeles...and beyond! Freedom for Bron was shortlisted for the KS2 Hull Children's Book Award, so last summer I got to visit Hull during its year as City of Culture. The teachers, parents, librarians and children were absolutely fizzing with energy and creativity, it was a real treat to be there. Meeting young readers, whether or not they know my books is a such a privilege. As well as Hull, author tours have taken me to Los Angeles, Bristol, Birmingham and of course all around my home town of London.
Outstanding Reviews
 n.s. blackman, school visits
Welcome to my author page! I enjoy visiting schools and libraries to inspire children to read for pleasure and to encourage their own creativity through stories and drawings. I have had lovely feedback from the schools, libraries and museums that I have visited, across the UK - and the US - and my books have been shortlisted for awards. To book an author visit or to get more details about one, please use the links on this page
Flexible Visits My author visits are either based on the Secret Dinosaur series,or my historically accurate Saxon adventure, Freedom for Bron, which was shortlisted for the KS2 Hull Children's Book Award. Secret Dinosaur visits are suitable for children in Reception, KS1 and LKS2 while Freedom for Bron visits are suitable for children in KS2. I am happy to visit for a half day or a whole day and do a variety of talks, classroom tours and workshops based on dinosaurs, Saxons or both!
Teachers and librarians say that my author visits encourage pupils to read and inspire them in their own drawing and storytelling. I tailor my talks and workshops to the age group of the children and bring exciting props. Visits include fun quizzes, Saxon role play and on-the-spot drawing, showing the children how to draw a great T-Rex! Children love to see how my illustrations developed as I wrote the books so I display my pictures on the interactive whiteboard and talk through my characters and story ideas. Classroom activity booklets, based on my work and linked to the curriculum at KS1 and KS2, are available to download for free (take a look using the buttons on this page) and can be really useful if you are teaching the dinosaur or Saxon topic. I also bring activity sheets for use during a visit and every school booking a dinosaur visit also receives a signed, beautifully illustrated Secret Dinosaur poster. "Feedback from children has been superb" Headteacher, King's Prep School, Rochester I've had some lovely feedback from teachers, librarians and parents. "His assembly and workshops were tailored perfectly to the age group. Feedback from children has been superb." Headteacher, King's Prep School, Rochester "The children were engaged and focused throughout and it really got their ideas flowing. My class have come in today desperate to show me the dinosaur pictures they did last night! You have certainly inspired their young minds." Literacy coordinator, Dulwich College. Academic Approval I am very proud that The Secret Dinosaur was selected by the experts at Hodder Education to be used as an English comprehension exercise in Hodder's Primary Literacy Course. The textbook features only the very best children's authors including Michael Morpurgo and Roald Dahl, so The Secret Dinosaur is in good company! Several schools now use The Secret Dinosaur as a class reader, particularly following, or in the run-up, to an author visit. These are chapter books, perfect for emergent or confident readers. They are illustrated throughout with beautiful black and white drawings and they have been praised by teachers and librarians for being a great read aloud and appealing to both keen and reluctant readers. About Me I love reading for pleasure and it's wonderful to think that my books encourage others to do the same! I believe that creative writing can help children to find their own voice and I love to encourage children's creativity and confidence during school visits. Natural History Museum The Natural History Museum in London invited me recently to take part in the museum's prestigious farewell party to its famous 'dippy' diplodocus skeleton. It was a wonderful event to take part in - I hosted my Secret Dinosaur illustration and writing workshop in the museum's main hall, a great pleasure and honour! Following enthusiastic feedback from parents and children, The Natural History Museum's flagship bookshop now stocks my Secret Dinosaur series. London, Hull, Los Angeles...and beyond! Freedom for Bron was shortlisted for the KS2 Hull Children's Book Award, so last summer I got to visit Hull during its year as City of Culture. The teachers, parents, librarians and children were absolutely fizzing with energy and creativity, it was a real treat to be there. Meeting young readers, whether or not they know my books is a such a privilege. As well as Hull, author tours have taken me to Los Angeles, Bristol, Birmingham and of course all around my home town of London. Outstanding Reviews
 n.s. blackman, school visits
Welcome to my author page! I enjoy visiting schools and libraries to inspire children to read for pleasure and to encourage their own creativity through stories and drawings. I have had lovely feedback from the schools, libraries and museums that I have visited, across the UK - and the US - and my books have been shortlisted for awards. To book an author visit or to get more details about one, please use the links on this page
Flexible Visits My author visits are either based on the Secret Dinosaur series,or my historically accurate Saxon adventure, Freedom for Bron, which was shortlisted for the KS2 Hull Children's Book Award. Secret Dinosaur visits are suitable for children in Reception, KS1 and LKS2 while Freedom for Bron visits are suitable for children in KS2. I am happy to visit for a half day or a whole day and do a variety of talks, classroom tours and workshops based on dinosaurs, Saxons or both!
Teachers and librarians say that my author visits encourage pupils to read and inspire them in their own drawing and storytelling. I tailor my talks and workshops to the age group of the children and bring exciting props. Visits include fun quizzes, Saxon role play and on-the-spot drawing, showing the children how to draw a great T-Rex! Children love to see how my illustrations developed as I wrote the books so I display my pictures on the interactive whiteboard and talk through my characters and story ideas. Classroom activity booklets, based on my work and linked to the curriculum at KS1 and KS2, are available to download for free (take a look using the buttons on this page) and can be really useful if you are teaching the dinosaur or Saxon topic. I also bring activity sheets for use during a visit and every school booking a dinosaur visit also receives a signed, beautifully illustrated Secret Dinosaur poster. "Feedback from children has been superb" Headteacher, King's Prep School, Rochester I've had some lovely feedback from teachers, librarians and parents. "His assembly and workshops were tailored perfectly to the age group. Feedback from children has been superb." Headteacher, King's Prep School, Rochester "The children were engaged and focused throughout and it really got their ideas flowing. My class have come in today desperate to show me the dinosaur pictures they did last night! You have certainly inspired their young minds." Literacy coordinator, Dulwich College. Academic Approval I am very proud that The Secret Dinosaur was selected by the experts at Hodder Education to be used as an English comprehension exercise in Hodder's Primary Literacy Course. The textbook features only the very best children's authors including Michael Morpurgo and Roald Dahl, so The Secret Dinosaur is in good company! Several schools now use The Secret Dinosaur as a class reader, particularly following, or in the run-up, to an author visit. These are chapter books, perfect for emergent or confident readers. They are illustrated throughout with beautiful black and white drawings and they have been praised by teachers and librarians for being a great read aloud and appealing to both keen and reluctant readers. About Me
I love reading for pleasure and it's wonderful to think that my books encourage others to do the same! I believe that creative writing can help children to find their own voice and I love to encourage children's creativity and confidence during school visits. Natural History Museum The Natural History Museum in London invited me recently to take part in the museum's prestigious farewell party to its famous 'dippy' diplodocus skeleton. It was a wonderful event to take part in - I hosted my Secret Dinosaur illustration and writing workshop in the museum's main hall, a great pleasure and honour! Following enthusiastic feedback from parents and children, The Natural History Museum's flagship bookshop now stocks my Secret Dinosaur series. London, Hull, Los Angeles...and beyond! Freedom for Bron was shortlisted for the KS2 Hull Children's Book Award, so last summer I got to visit Hull during its year as City of Culture. The teachers, parents, librarians and children were absolutely fizzing with energy and creativity, it was a real treat to be there. Meeting young readers, whether or not they know my books is a such a privilege. As well as Hull, author tours have taken me to Los Angeles, Bristol, Birmingham and of course all around my home town of London.
Outstanding Reviews
 n.s. blackman, school visits Welcome to my author page! I enjoy visiting schools and libraries to inspire children to read for pleasure and to encourage their own creativity through stories and drawings. I have had lovely feedback from the schools, libraries and museums that I have visited, across the UK - and the US - and my books have been shortlisted for awards. To book an author visit or to get more details about one, please use the links on this page
Flexible Visits My author visits are either based on the Secret Dinosaur series,or my historically accurate Saxon adventure, Freedom for Bron, which was shortlisted for the KS2 Hull Children's Book Award. Secret Dinosaur visits are suitable for children in Reception, KS1 and LKS2 while Freedom for Bron visits are suitable for children in KS2. I am happy to visit for a half day or a whole day and do a variety of talks, classroom tours and workshops based on dinosaurs, Saxons or both!
Teachers and librarians say that my author visits encourage pupils to read and inspire them in their own drawing and storytelling. I tailor my talks and workshops to the age group of the children and bring exciting props. Visits include fun quizzes, Saxon role play and on-the-spot drawing, showing the children how to draw a great T-Rex! Children love to see how my illustrations developed as I wrote the books so I display my pictures on the interactive whiteboard and talk through my characters and story ideas. Classroom activity booklets, based on my work and linked to the curriculum at KS1 and KS2, are available to download for free (take a look using the buttons on this page) and can be really useful if you are teaching the dinosaur or Saxon topic. I also bring activity sheets for use during a visit and every school booking a dinosaur visit also receives a signed, beautifully illustrated Secret Dinosaur poster. "Feedback from children has been superb" Headteacher, King's Prep School, Rochester I've had some lovely feedback from teachers, librarians and parents. "His assembly and workshops were tailored perfectly to the age group. Feedback from children has been superb." Headteacher, King's Prep School, Rochester "The children were engaged and focused throughout and it really got their ideas flowing. My class have come in today desperate to show me the dinosaur pictures they did last night! You have certainly inspired their young minds." Literacy coordinator, Dulwich College. About Me I love reading for pleasure and it's wonderful to think that my books encourage others to do the same! I believe that creative writing can help children to find their own voice and I love to encourage children's creativity and confidence during school visits. Natural History Museum The Natural History Museum in London invited me recently to take part in the museum's prestigious farewell party to its famous 'dippy' diplodocus skeleton. It was a wonderful event to take part in - I hosted my Secret Dinosaur illustration and writing workshop in the museum's main hall, a great pleasure and honour! Following enthusiastic feedback from parents and children, The Natural History Museum's flagship bookshop now stocks my Secret Dinosaur series. London, Hull, Los Angeles...and beyond! Freedom for Bron was shortlisted for the KS2 Hull Children's Book Award, so last summer I got to visit Hull during its year as City of Culture. The teachers, parents, librarians and children were absolutely fizzing with energy and creativity, it was a real treat to be there. Meeting young readers, whether or not they know my books is a such a privilege. As well as Hull, author tours have taken me to Los Angeles, Bristol, Birmingham and of course all around my home town of London. Academic Approval I am very proud that The Secret Dinosaur was selected by the experts at Hodder Education to be used as an English comprehension exercise in Hodder's Primary Literacy Course. The textbook features only the very best children's authors including Michael Morpurgo and Roald Dahl, so The Secret Dinosaur is in good company! Several schools now use The Secret Dinosaur as a class reader, particularly following, or in the run-up, to an author visit. These are chapter books, perfect for emergent or confident readers. They are illustrated throughout with beautiful black and white drawings and they have been praised by teachers and librarians for being a great read aloud and appealing to both keen and reluctant readers. Outstanding Reviews
 n.s. blackman, school visits
Welcome to my author page! I enjoy visiting schools and libraries to inspire children to read for pleasure and to encourage their own creativity through stories and drawings. I have had lovely feedback from the schools, libraries and museums that I have visited, across the UK - and the US - and my books have been shortlisted for awards. To book an author visit or to get more details about one, please use the links on this page
Flexible Visits My author visits are either based on the Secret Dinosaur series,or my historically accurate Saxon adventure, Freedom for Bron, which was shortlisted for the KS2 Hull Children's Book Award. Secret Dinosaur visits are suitable for children in Reception, KS1 and LKS2 while Freedom for Bron visits are suitable for children in KS2. I am happy to visit for a half day or a whole day and do a variety of talks, classroom tours and workshops based on dinosaurs, Saxons or both!
Teachers and librarians say that my author visits encourage pupils to read and inspire them in their own drawing and storytelling. I tailor my talks and workshops to the age group of the children and bring exciting props. Visits include fun quizzes, Saxon role play and on-the-spot drawing, showing the children how to draw a great T-Rex! Children love to see how my illustrations developed as I wrote the books so I display my pictures on the interactive whiteboard and talk through my characters and story ideas. Classroom activity booklets, based on my work and linked to the curriculum at KS1 and KS2, are available to download for free (take a look using the buttons on this page) and can be really useful if you are teaching the dinosaur or Saxon topic. I also bring activity sheets for use during a visit and every school booking a dinosaur visit also receives a signed, beautifully illustrated Secret Dinosaur poster. "Feedback from children has been superb" Headteacher, King's Prep School, Rochester I've had some lovely feedback from teachers, librarians and parents. "His assembly and workshops were tailored perfectly to the age group. Feedback from children has been superb." Headteacher, King's Prep School, Rochester "The children were engaged and focused throughout and it really got their ideas flowing. My class have come in today desperate to show me the dinosaur pictures they did last night! You have certainly inspired their young minds." Literacy coordinator, Dulwich College. Academic Approval I am very proud that The Secret Dinosaur was selected by the experts at Hodder Education to be used as an English comprehension exercise in Hodder's Primary Literacy Course. The textbook features only the very best children's authors including Michael Morpurgo and Roald Dahl, so The Secret Dinosaur is in good company! Several schools now use The Secret Dinosaur as a class reader, particularly following, or in the run-up, to an author visit. These are chapter books, perfect for emergent or confident readers. They are illustrated throughout with beautiful black and white drawings and they have been praised by teachers and librarians for being a great read aloud and appealing to both keen and reluctant readers. About Me I love reading for pleasure and it's wonderful to think that my books encourage others to do the same! I believe that creative writing can help children to find their own voice and I love to encourage children's creativity and confidence during school visits. Natural History Museum The Natural History Museum in London invited me recently to take part in the museum's prestigious farewell party to its famous 'dippy' diplodocus skeleton. It was a wonderful event to take part in - I hosted my Secret Dinosaur illustration and writing workshop in the museum's main hall, a great pleasure and honour! Following enthusiastic feedback from parents and children, The Natural History Museum's flagship bookshop now stocks my Secret Dinosaur series. London, Hull, Los Angeles...and beyond! Freedom for Bron was shortlisted for the KS2 Hull Children's Book Award, so last summer I got to visit Hull during its year as City of Culture. The teachers, parents, librarians and children were absolutely fizzing with energy and creativity, it was a real treat to be there. Meeting young readers, whether or not they know my books is a such a privilege. As well as Hull, author tours have taken me to Los Angeles, Bristol, Birmingham and of course all around my home town of London. Outstanding Reviews
 n.s. blackman, school visits Welcome to my author page! I enjoy visiting schools and libraries to inspire children to read for pleasure and to encourage their own creativity through stories and drawings. I have had lovely feedback from the schools, libraries and museums that I have visited, across the UK - and the US - and my books have been shortlisted for awards. To book an author visit or to get more details about one, please use the links on this page
Flexible Visits My author visits are either based on the Secret Dinosaur series,or my historically accurate Saxon adventure, Freedom for Bron, which was shortlisted for the KS2 Hull Children's Book Award. Secret Dinosaur visits are suitable for children in Reception, KS1 and LKS2 while Freedom for Bron visits are suitable for children in KS2. I am happy to visit for a half day or a whole day and do a variety of talks, classroom tours and workshops based on dinosaurs, Saxons or both!
Academic Approval I am very proud that The Secret Dinosaur was selected by the experts at Hodder Education to be used as an English comprehension exercise in Hodder's Primary Literacy Course. The textbook features only the very best children's authors including Michael Morpurgo and Roald Dahl, so The Secret Dinosaur is in good company! Several schools now use The Secret Dinosaur as a class reader, particularly following, or in the run-up, to an author visit. These are chapter books, perfect for emergent or confident readers. They are illustrated throughout with beautiful black and white drawings and they have been praised by teachers and librarians for being a great read aloud and appealing to both keen and reluctant readers. Teachers and librarians say that my author visits encourage pupils to read and inspire them in their own drawing and storytelling. I tailor my talks and workshops to the age group of the children and bring exciting props. Visits include fun quizzes, Saxon role play and on-the-spot drawing, showing the children how to draw a great T-Rex! Children love to see how my illustrations developed as I wrote the books so I display my pictures on the interactive whiteboard and talk through my characters and story ideas. Classroom activity booklets, based on my work and linked to the curriculum at KS1 and KS2, are available to download for free (take a look using the buttons on this page) and can be really useful if you are teaching the dinosaur or Saxon topic. I also bring activity sheets for use during a visit and every school booking a dinosaur visit also receives a signed, beautifully illustrated Secret Dinosaur poster. "Feedback from children has been superb" Headteacher, King's Prep School, Rochester I've had some lovely feedback from teachers, librarians and parents. "His assembly and workshops were tailored perfectly to the age group. Feedback from children has been superb." Headteacher, King's Prep School, Rochester "The children were engaged and focused throughout and it really got their ideas flowing. My class have come in today desperate to show me the dinosaur pictures they did last night! You have certainly inspired their young minds." Literacy coordinator, Dulwich College. About Me I love reading for pleasure and it's wonderful to think that my books encourage others to do the same! I believe that creative writing can help children to find their own voice and I love to encourage children's creativity and confidence during school visits. Natural History Museum The Natural History Museum in London invited me recently to take part in the museum's prestigious farewell party to its famous 'dippy' diplodocus skeleton. It was a wonderful event to take part in - I hosted my Secret Dinosaur illustration and writing workshop in the museum's main hall, a great pleasure and honour! Following enthusiastic feedback from parents and children, The Natural History Museum's flagship bookshop now stocks my Secret Dinosaur series. London, Hull, Los Angeles...and beyond! Freedom for Bron was shortlisted for the KS2 Hull Children's Book Award, so last summer I got to visit Hull during its year as City of Culture. The teachers, parents, librarians and children were absolutely fizzing with energy and creativity, it was a real treat to be there. Meeting young readers, whether or not they know my books is a such a privilege. As well as Hull, author tours have taken me to Los Angeles, Bristol, Birmingham and of course all around my home town of London.