Julia Donaldson and Lydia Monks to Meet Children in Wolverhampton

Julia Donaldson and Lydia Monks to Meet Children in Wolverhampton

Award-winning writer of The Gruffalo and former Children’s Laureate, Julia Donaldson and Lydia Monks, the award-winning illustrator of What the Ladybird Heard, are coming to Wolverhampton’s Grand Station on Tuesday 15th March. Accompanied by Malcolm Donaldson on the guitar their show promises to bring books such as A Squash and a Squeeze, What the Ladybird Heard and Rhyming Rabbit to life for children across the region.

Almost 900 children in Years 2 and 3 from up to 40 local schools will have the opportunity to join this free event. To inspire reading for pleasure and as a memory of meeting Julia and Lydia, all children who attend the Grand Station event will receive a signed copy of What the Ladybird Heard as a gift. Julia and Lydia will officially open the newly launched Infant section at Wolverhampton Grammar School with a story time session and draw-along for children in Reception and Year 1.  The What the Ladybird Heard series has sold over 4 million copies worldwide to date across the four available titles.

Head of Wolverhampton Grammar School, Alex Frazer commented: “We are delighted to welcome Julia and Lydia to the City of Wolverhampton and to our school. Inspiring children of all ages to read and write for pleasure is imperative to their education and at Wolverhampton Grammar School we are thrilled to work with local primary and secondary schools to encourage a love for those subjects.”

This event has been organised in partnership with Annie Everall at Authors Aloud UK. Authors Aloud UK is an agency representing over 300 children’s authors, illustrators, poets and storytellers. They organise ‘live’ and ‘virtual’ visits to schools, as well as author tours to enable children to experience the magic of meeting their favourite authors. Their work in partnership with Macmillan Children’s Books and Wolverhampton Grammar School has ensured that children across Wolverhampton have the opportunity to meet Julia and Lydia.  Annie Everall, Director of Authors Aloud UK, said: “It is a pleasure to be arranging this visit to Wolverhampton with Julia and Lydia. Wolverhampton Grammar School has a strong ethos of encouraging children to read for pleasure and the visit will be a very positive way to support this.”

Zoe Rowley, Head Librarian at Wolverhampton Grammar School, is delighted that Julia will visit Wolverhampton to promote reading for pleasure to young people across the region. 

“Julia’s event promises to be a huge success, and we feel extremely honoured to welcome both Julia and Lydia to Wolverhampton and into our School community. We are looking forward to hosting a wonderful event full of fun and enjoyment for lots of local school children, and we know that Julia will join Jeff Kinney, David Baddiel, Clare Balding and many other wonderful writers who have worked with Wolverhampton Grammar School to inspire a love of reading for all. It’s wonderful that with funding from the School we are able to gift each child a signed copy of one of Julia’s books too,” Mrs Rowley commented. 

Julia Donaldson is the author of some of the world’s best-loved children’s books, including the modern classics The Gruffalo and The Gruffalo’s Child, which together have sold over 17 million copies worldwide, and the hugely successful What the Ladybird Heard adventures. Julia also writes fiction, including the Princess Mirror-Belle books illustrated by Lydia Monks, as well as poems, plays and songs – and her brilliant live shows are always in demand. She was the UK Children’s Laureate 2011-13, is a fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, and was recognised in the New Year Honours list 2019 with a CBE for her services to Literature. Julia and her husband Malcolm divide their time between West Sussex and Edinburgh.

Lydia Monks is one of the most original and bestselling picture book artists working today. Lydia illustrates several bestselling series including the What the Ladybird Heard adventures and Princess Mirror-Belle, written by Julia Donaldson.  Her distinctive use of colour and collage has won her critical acclaim and several awards, including the Royal Mail Scottish Children’s Book Award, the Stockport Children’s Book Award and multiple nominations for the Kate Greenaway Medal. She is also the author and illustrator of the Twit Twoo School picture books. Lydia lives in Sheffield.

Wolverhampton Grammar School supports local schools and organisations in a variety of ways including access and use of facilities including a Sports Centre, all weather Astro-turf, Dance Studio, Drama Theatre and Learning Hub. Please contact the School if you would like to discuss opportunities to support each other in terms of access to the facilities and equipment available.

For more information about this, or other ways Wolverhampton Grammar School can support your school or organisation, please contact Zoe Rowley by email: zer@wgs-sch.net or telephone: 01902 421326.

For information about Authors Aloud UK, please contact Annie Everall, by email: annieeverall@authorsalouduk.co.uk or telephone: 07889 274637.