I'm happy to visit your school or library or bookstore with my actor husband, Michael. We start off with a PowerPoint slide show of some special animals and follow with a reading from Born to Dance and newly published Safe for life, and a question and answer session about the book, its plot, and how it came to be written. We can also hold writing sessions with groups. After any writing session we're happy to receive finished stories from the children, for positive comment!
From Cecilia Busby - World Book Day Organiser for Great Torrington Junior School, Devon.
"Katherine Reynolds visited Great Torrington Junior School for World Book Day, along with her book, Born to Dance, and her actor husband, Michael J. Reynolds. Together they inspired and entertained the children with well-prepared engaging ideas and material and got the children to come up with amazing imaginative ideas for their own stories based on Katherine's book. The event was a talking point for many of them over the following weeks. They thoroughly enjoyed meeting a 'real author' and got a lot out of the visit."
From James Geen - Deputy Headmaster of Minehead First School for World Book Week 2009:
"The children enjoyed your visit immensely. When I was observing your discussions with my own class, it was wonderful to see how enthusiastic they were. It was wonderful to witness the manner in which you both engaged with each and every child and showed a real interest in their ideas, recommendations and questions. I am sure the children will continue to reflect with a great amount of fondness on this experience both through their discussions as well as in their won writing. Thank you again for helping to make our Book Week such a success and we hope it isn't too long before we see you back at Minehead First School."
From Jo Chaffey, Head of English, Taunton Preparatory School, Somerset:
"The children all enjoyed their time with you and are feeling inspired to write!! We are all very grateful to you for sharing Born to Dance with us and for helping us to create more efficient storytellers."
From Tanya Foinette, Headmistress, St. Mary's Church of England School, Thorncombe, Devon
"Pupils enjoyed the whole school talk and particularly loved the PowerPoint show. They laughed aloud in reaction to the photos of animals that had funny, human characteristics. These photos gave the children good stimulus and were linked into the classroom workshops that followed. The session with Class 1 was just over half an hour and this was just right. They enjoyed the reading and responded well to Katherine and Michael. Children in Class 2 liked the story reading and said it helped them to get good ideas. The level of discussion in Class 3 was very good. Their questions and responses showed that the whole event had the desired effect which was to come up with some story ideas that they could then write about. Overall, considering the limited time involved, the morning was very successful and good fun for the children.”
'Born To Dance'
'Safe For Life'
'Under The Rainbow'
Buy Our Books
Who lives at Great Park?
Great Park's Neighbours
Fun and Games
What Readers Say
Prizes / Reviews
Some Schools visited:
Butts Primary School, Alton, Hampshire
Great Torrington Junior School, North Devon
Milverton Primary School, Somerset
Minehead First School, Somerset
St. Mary’s Virgin CofE VA School, Gillingham, Dorset
St. Mary’s C of E School, Thorncombe, West Dorset
Taunton Preparatory School, Somerset
Wiveliscombe Primary School, Somerset
Queen's College Junior School, Taunton Somerset
Payhembury C of E Primary School
Northlew & Ashbury Parochial Primary School, West Devon
Wynstream Primary School, Exeter, Devon