Keynotes & Author Visits
Author visits: Nursery/infants
"We invited Laura into our Reception classroom to share her book 'JoJo and Gran-Gran' with the class. She retold the story interactively using props and then discussed with the children different family members and activities that they do with their families. The children were so excited and enjoyed reading her book and discussing her visit afterwards too! Thank you so much Laura, we will be inviting you back again for sure!”
Georgina Betts, early literacy lead and Reception class teacher, Redriff Primary School
With these visits, I read my popular JoJo and Gran Gran book and bring along a range of props to bring the story to life. I provide the children with provocations to write their thoughts on the books, which includes extension activities.
Libraries and community events/groups:
Similar to my nursery and primary school visits, I also carry out author visits at a number of events and libraries.
Author visits: Juniors
Leading writing workshops with children, planting a love of story writing. Sharing how I wrote JoJo and Gran Gran. Supporting children to write stories within the session.
Author visits Secondary schools/colleges
Delivering inspiring and impactful talks for students, sharing my story and inspiring students to be the best they can be.
"Laura toured several libraries in Lambeth retelling from her wonderful intergenerational story between grandchild JoJo and her grandmother Gran Gran to our under 5 Storytime sessions. These sessions were very successful with parents being able to meet Laura and speak to her about her book which is very relatable to many young children.
Lambeth Libraries wish Laura every success with tales of JoJo and Gran Gran and hope she will visit us again.”
Sandra Davidson, development librarian – children and young people, London Borough of Lambeth
I travel around the world sharing my story of how I left school with virtually no qualifications, being dyslexic, having had to have 10 pints of blood after an operation that went wrong, raising an autistic adult, to becoming the creator of the characters of the first animation that features a black British family.
"Laura delivered one of our keynote addresses at the recent international 3rd HCT Education Student Research Conference in Abu Dhabi. The session was extremely well received and we are already in discussions as to how we can continue to work with Laura for the benefit of both our students and faculty.”
Phil Quirk, executive dean education, Higher Colleges of Technology, UAE
Tips on writing children’s picture books and scriptwriting
I often get asked how to write books and scripts for children. I would advise to write about something that you are passionate about and that comes naturally to you.
This book is a great starting point
BBC Writers Room
Sign up to the email alerts from BBC Writers Room. I am delighted that we used a number of new writers who came from the Writers room
The Children's Media Conference
The Children's Media Conference is a useful organisation to connect with, and they have a lot of useful information and pointers to support you. Follow them on their social channels. Their 2020 conference was online due to COVID-19 and you should be able to access this from their website.
I also offer one-on-one coaching sessions in the areas of creative arts, media and publishing.
Jo-Jo and Gran-Gran All in a Week
Jo-Jo and Gran-Gran is based on a pre-school child and her grandmother, counting down the days until they see each other, illustrating the special and loving relationship that they have.
Jo-Jo and Gran-Gran Twelve and a Half Days of Christmas
This is the second of the Jo-Jo and Gran-Gran books depicting Jo-Jo and Gran-Gran talk about, reflect on and plan what they are going to do as they count down the days to Christmas Day.
provides a wonderful selection of traditional nursery rhymes and is a great resource for early years settings and for parents to use at home with their children. These rhymes positively promote children’s communication and language development.
Early Years Conversation Cards
I have developed my range of Early Years Conversation Cards to enable children to listen, share and connect with their peers and adults and to support parents and carers to encourage open discussions with children.