Usually consist of a 30-40 minute story telling session, where I introduce myself and talk about writing in a second language - encouraging the children to tell me about their own backgrounds.
I then read The Queen Next Door (with plenty of fun props!) and chat about the message in the book - being grateful for what we have, avoiding comparisons and giving value to the things that really matter. Afterwards, we play a 'Guess the Throne' game followed by a 'Pimp Your Throne' activity.
For Nursery, I tend to do a shorter intro, read the book and help with the craft.
I will ask you a few questions about age group, time and number of kids, a swell as expectations of course.
"It was really great to have Marcela in our class last week. Everything was extremally clear and well organised from her emails and we had all our resources set up in good time. Her introductory PowerPoint was very engaging and the childen particularly loved the quiz. Marcela brought the story to life with her use of props and the children responded really well to having "a real life author" in our class.
Marcela had a fantastic rapport with the children. The children were very engaged with the activities and continued designing their very thrones well into the afternoon. We all wish Marcela the best of luck with this book and her forthcoming releases. Obrigado"
Ned Symes (Year 1 class teacher, Bessemer Grange)
"Her story was a relatable one to many of our pupils and their families, as English is her second language. In fact, she was born in country of Brazil, which the children guessed with the help of facts about the country. She inspired both the children and the staff, with her 'anything is possible' outlook - her idea for the book was a simple one which transformed and blossomed into a beautiful tale of kindness but also of being thankful and seeing the beauty in what you have, even if it does not appear to be as grand as what those around you have. The book itself was fun and engaging and the illustrations were vibrant and modern. Marcela brought the story to life with props and a story-telling voice that had all of the children hanging on to her every word. After a quick competition (with crowns as a prize), many of the pupils in KS1 at Adamsrill spoke of being or becoming an author themselves, which is exactly the reaction that we want all of our children to have after hearing a wonderfully written story."
Jahkera Haynes-Theodore, (Year 2 Teacher, Adamsrill Primary School)
I am always happy to pop over to a bookstore to run a story time session, chat to little ones and sign some books. So if you own or work at a bookshop (especially SE London ones) and facy doing an event together, then lets chat!