Using illustration to develop reading and writing: free online CPD

, 16:00 - 17:00 FREE
On this picture there are coloured pencils in shape of a star and a tray of watercolour paint resting on some pales blue paper on which are drawn a cat and a mouse in black.
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Do you remember how you first found your passion for books?

Book illustrations jump into our imaginations as young children – bringing stories to life on the page and in our minds. Images of the Gruffalo, Winnie-the-Pooh and the Tiger Who Came to Tea live in our hearts and ignite our life-long love affairs with books.

Research from the Centre for Literacy in Primary Education shows that engaging children with book illustration supports them to develop sophisticated reading skills and become stronger independent writers.

At this event we will delve into the evidence on the vital role of illustration in engaging children with books and provide accessible, ready-to-teach activities from children’s book illustrators and authors.

Featured guests

Charlotte Hacking, Learning and Programmes Director at the Centre for Literacy in Primary Education

Charlotte developed and leads the CLPE's ground breaking Power of Pictures research, investigating the impact visual literacy and illustration can have on children’s reading and writing.

Yu Rong, illustrator

Yu Rong is an acclaimed children’s picture book illustrator. She trained as a primary school teacher before becoming an artist. Her work combines traditional hand paper cuts with drawing.

Viviane Schwarz, writer and illustrator

Viviane creates picture books, graphic novels and games. She specialises in interactivity and encouraging creativity in a range of media.


Image credit: © Viviane Schwarz


When: , 16:00 - 17:00
Key skills: Primary teaching; illustration; creative writing
Price: Admission: Free entry
Where: Online
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