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I am available for school visits, library events and book signings. I have lessons plans for Early Years, Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 but I also love to talk to teenagers and adults about picture books. I also do book themed children’s parties. Please contact me at info@fionabarker.co.uk for more details.

Feedback from school visits:

The way you spoke with our young people was really good as you were on their level, they could sense how enthusiastic you are about picture books and that made them more enthusiastic. It was obvious that you know a great deal about them they liked all having the time to look at different types of books and share their opinions.  I don’t think any of us fully appreciated the range of picture books out there and the different styles they are!” 5.12.17, Pupil Referral Unit, Year 8-11.

The children were buzzing, you’ve clearly made a huge impact!” 6.6.16, state primary, Surrey.

“An amazing day! Wonderful to be able to involve the whole school, right down to Early Years” 3.3.16, World Book Day visit, independent prep, Berkshire

I help to organise Picture Book Club; a monthly club for grown-ups who like to get together and marvel at picture books, eat cake and gossip about children’s publishing. We meet in Waterstones in Reading on the second Tuesday of every month. Follow updates on twitter #picturebookclub or like our Facebook page.

Picture books are for everyone, not just children. I love to share my love for them with adult groups too! I’m a registered WI speaker and also talk to U3A groups about picture books and children’s publishing. If you’d like me to come and share some picture book love with your group or book club then get in touch via the contact page.

RCBG Hard at work on book design
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The ladies of Pound Green WI enjoying an evening in with some picture books!

World Book Day Bookshop Fun

To celebrate World Book Day I will be at Windsor Waterstones for some reading, dressing up and crafty fun. Come and join in!

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World Book Day School Visit

On Thursday 1st March I’ll be visiting Ascot Heath Juniors for World Book Day! We’re going to have an amazing day creating a giant picture book from scratch with each class having a different role to play in it’s publishing journey from idea to finished book! I can’t wait to get started!

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WI talk – Cookham Dean

I will be heading over to Cookham Dean to chat picture books with the ladies of the Cookham Dean WI.

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WI talk – Winnersh

It’s the turn of Winnersh WI to share my collection of picture books and chat about children’s publishing.

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WI talk – Woolhampton

I’ll be popping in to meet Woolhampton WI to chat all things picture book related.

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