Today was my final school visit of the season, at home in Sheffield, at Rivelin School. I spent the day reading stories to Y1 and Y2 classes, singing made-up 'snaky' songs, doing my Rolf Harris impression with the flip chart and generally being rather silly, as usual. I had the school hall all to myself, so we got to dance the cancan too (in the style of wombats, emus and crocodiles!).
I do enjoy the silly stuff. I shall miss that, in the cold, dark months between now and World Book Day on March 5th, when it all kicks in again.
It's been an astonishing autumn though, probably because it's National Year of Reading. I've been out for 19 days in the last 5 weeks! That's 19 out of just 25 working days: no wonder I'm feeling a bit dazed. I wouldn't have it any other way though - what a lovely way to work with kids.
So, a big HELLO!! to all the kids at Rivelin Primary School. If you write that story about the grumpy mouse who lost his trousers, send it to me please! And if you want to see me with that anaconda I was telling you about, click here.
By the way, if you know any good jokes, there's still time to go in for the joke competition and win loads of free books...