Introducing Britannica International – the School which Loves Books!

March 11, 2015 at 7:02 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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Today I had the great pleasure of visiting Britannica International School again! What a fabulous morning we had! We did writing workshops for the big kids, and story readings for the little kids, and learned sooooo much about what makes children into great writers. Like reading, and reading, and reading real books in our spare time, and TURNING OFF digital games and toys, and using digital technology as a tool, not a toy! Like playing outside with our friends, and spending time in nature, and having hobbies like stamp collecting. Because all these activities (and especially reading books), give us a great imagination, and a great imagination is the key to great writing….and a richer, happier, healthier life! Not surprisingly, all the kids agreed with me! They said that next time they asked for a birthday present, they were going to ask mum and dad to stop giving them boring digital games, and start giving them lots and lots of books! Yay! Here I am above with Britannica School’s enlightened and very impressive principal, David Goodwin, who believes that reading lots of books is the key to learning. And beside me is wonderful librarian Qing Zhang, who was the best host a visiting author could hope to have! And in front of us is just a small sample of Britannica’s horde of book-loving kids! BOY, do they love reading! If I were their mums and dads, I’d be so happy to have my children’s education in such wise hands!

Helloooo to my old friends at WISS!

March 10, 2015 at 5:56 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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It was fabulous to visit my old (and some new :)) friends at Western International School Shanghai today! My dear friend Fiona Collins, deputy principal and head of libraries (above left) and dedicated Primary School librarian Adrienne Johnson (right) were on hand to make the day run smoothly, and it was great to see the Grade 2s, 3s, 4s and 5s again! We had two story reading sessions where the Grade 2s and 3s met Rodney Ram, and two Riveting Story Workshops with the older kids! I hugely look forward to receiving lots of riveting stories from you all in my upcoming writing competitions this year! But in the meantime, you can enter my Shaggy Sheep Poem Competition – all the details are in the box attached to the whiteboard in your library below! And a fond farewell till next time to you all from the Chinese Zodiac beasties in the photo below, including Stamford the Lion at the back, the Big Cat who never made it into the Chinese Calendar…


Rodney Ram is frolicking up to Shanghai and Beijing today!

March 8, 2015 at 10:02 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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Hellooooo to all my friends and fans in Shanghai and Beijing!  Rodney Ram and I and the rest of the Chinese Calendar Tales family are flying up to Shanghai this afternoon to visit 8 fabulous schools in Shanghai and Beijing from Monday 9th March to Wednesday 18th March! We can’t wait to see you all!

And if we’re not coming to YOUR school, fear not! You can still help celebrate Rodney’s special year by entering my Clever Competition for primary school kids! See all the details on my blog on the Clever Competitions page above!

And you can follow our Shanghai and Beijing tour on this blog too, with lots of fun and photographs to view!

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