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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.

Picture Book Club – Eva Eland and Margarite Surnaite

Once again, Picture Book Club is on tour. This time we’re travelling to Cambridge to catch up with Eva Eland and meet Margarite Surnaite. You’ll love their debut picture books When Sadness Comes to Call and The Lost Book so come along and hear how they came into being. Our lovely hosts, Heffers bookshop, would […]

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Fleet Library

It’s Saturday so it must be another library story time, this time at Fleet Library. Come and meet the Dream Dogs and make one of your own to take home!

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London Dog Week

At last it’s London Dog Week! I’m doing two visits in the capital to help the LDW team celebrate the bond between humans and their dogs. There’s a school visit to Henwick Primary in Greenwich with the Puppy Club team on 29th March. Then on Saturday I’m thrilled to be taking the Dream Dogs to […]

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Bracknell Library

Come and join the Dream Dogs at Bracknell Library. It’s FREE! There will be drawing, reading, singing and the chance to make your very own dream dog to take home!

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School visit – English Martyrs Reading

I’ll be spending the day at English Martyrs School, taking the Dream Dogs to meet EYFS and KS1 and chatting about picture book publishing with KS2.

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