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What do teachers and parents say?
Hannah Richards, St Peter's Primary School, Hixon
"I just wanted to say a huge thank you for yesterday. What a fantastic day we all had. The children absolutely loved all you did with them and we as staff thought you were so enthusiastic and encouraging. At the governors meeting last night I raved about you and I've already had parents saying what a great day their children had."

Sarah Hind, Hazel Grove Primary School
"Thank you so much for a fabulous day sharing your books, enthusiasm and ideas with our children-they loved it! They have been creating such good quality writing and artwork as a result. We are going to be making a big display in the library of writing and art linked to your books. It is a priviledge to share your world for a day."

Joanne Parkes, Community Development Librarians, Sheffield Library Services
We would like to thank you for taking part in this years Off the Shelf Festival with Sheffield Libraries.
Your events at both Burngreave Library and Park Library were excellent and the children really enjoyed their visit. Everyone was impressed how well you engaged with the children, despite having such a large audience to contend with.Teachers also commented on how much they'd enjoyed the event.

Sandra Sambrook, St Mary's Catholic Primary School, Chesterfield
"I was bowled over by how well the day worked. Your thought and planning ensured that every child in our large primary school enjoyed and engaged throughout the day. The whole school introduction assembly was great, interactive, at their level and the stories went down a treat. It is quite something looking at approx 400 pupils and seeing EVERYONE facing you and captivated!!

Feedback from my colleagues showed that the activities you planned were easy to carry out and easy to adapt where necessary. Children were once again engaged and most importantly having fun!

So on behalf or St Mary's I would like to say a massive THANK YOU for a truly great day! I have already typed the e mail to send to our cluster recommending you!!"

Carole Dodd, St James' School, Ashton-under-Lyne
"I thought it was a fantastic day. The children loved the assembly, the books and the activities and you worked very hard to input with all the classes in one day. You were full of enthusiasm and the children were very motivated. Many of the children have been on your website. The Year 6 children wrote and finished their story books then took them to the FSU and read them out loud to our youngest children in lots of little groups. This was a super idea and all the children enjoyed the experience. The whole book week was very busy but very enjoyable for all and started with the wow factor on Monday - your visit!!"

Hilary Hutton, Bury Grammar School for Girls
"Thank you for such a personal, child friendly approach to life as an author. You inspired us to follow our dreams. We all loved your stories & couldn't help being drawn into the intriguing plots & lovely rhyming rhythms. We can't wait to get our personal signed copies of your books and try your stories out in drama!"

Carole Walker, Stocksbridge Library
"All the children had a great time,"

Eliza's Mum (Library Workshop)
"Eliza enjoyed making the musical instrument and using it to create a beat. She also enjoyed making her own mini-book - the hairy fairy. A very hands-on and practical session. Very enjoyable,"

Mrs Smith, mother of Lucy, 6
"A really warm and fun workshop holding the children's attention, learning skills and new things,"
What do Children say?
Year 5 child, St Mary's Catholic Primary School, Chesterfield
"Thank you for coming to our school caryl. I love all of your books,I am going to start a poem and will send it to you when i have finisht it. Good luck with your next book."

Charlotte, Year 6
"hello caryl you came to my schooll. I am writting a story at home and you gave me some great ideas. I like your books and you are a brill author!!!!!!!!!!!!!!:)

What was your favourite thing about the workshop?

"My favourite thing was when you read Rhino? What Rhino? There cool books. Youre a very good author," Hannah, Y3

"The rhythm and the stories because they were funny,"Tom, Y3

"My favourite thing was making the poems. They were great!" Luke Y3

"My favourite thing was when we got to play the music," Emily, Y3

"I thought the best thing was the storys. They were great especially Rhino What Rhino. Holly, Y3

"I thought it was brill because its something to do instead of sitting at home bored. Also Caryl is a lovely author, I love her books!" Megan, 10

"It was fun and entertaining and I'm glad I came," Lauren, 13

"I loved it! It was apslotly exelant!" Claire, 8

"I thought it was fun, especially when we did the poems," Holly, 11

"I like the rhyming and the poems," Ben, 6

"I liked the story," Lenia, 5

"It was exstremly fantasic, Lili-Mai, 10

What could I have done better?

"Do it all day because it was fun," Holly, Y3

"Give sweets for prizes!"Jordan Y3 (Actually I gave bookmarks, badges and postcards! - CH)

"Bring more stories," Abbie Y3

"Nothing," Ben, Y3
What the Professional Say
Sheffield Library Services
"Caryl ran a programme of activities for Sheffield Libraries, Archives & Information over the summer, including 20 Rhythm & Rhyme sessions in community libraries. She showed a very professional manner in the planning of the sessions and communicated all of her plans well, to ensure that everyone was happy with the process.

More recently we held the national launch of her new book entitled ‘Don’t Dip Your Chips in Your Drink Kate!’ This was a great success which saw Caryl using very innovative new ideas including many visuals which caught the children’s interest and kept them enthused throughout.

Following on from her sessions in Sheffield libraries she searched out recommendations, suggestions and feedback and developed any areas accordingly - a method which shows that she is interested in improving things and moving forward.

Her books are fresh and new, and Caryl’s way of delivering sessions to children and their families is bright and enthusiastic.

She is both friendly and focussed, and makes everyone in her presence feel comfortable and at ease. She recognises and deals with issues when they arise and presents her ideas and thoughts in a way that is suitable to the situation."

Claire South
Young People’s Library Officer
Schools & Young People’s Library Service

The Children's Hospital, Sheffield
"I have had the pleasure of working with Caryl for the past few months following
recommendation by Sheffield Library Services. Since that time Caryl has run a series of
workshops on our Oncology Ward, providing a variety of literary activities that offer
entertainment, learning and distraction in a challenging environment.

Our oncology patients range from 0 - 16 years and have illnesses of varying severity. Caryl
has ably worked with not only patients from across the board, but also openly included
siblings, parents and even staff.

I have been impressed by Caryl’s cheerful and enthusiastic approach to the workshops and
her ability to be flexible in her facilitation of them; a necessity in the hospital environment.
Our patients thoroughly enjoy seeing the books she has produced and learning what it
entails to be an author, as well as creating their own books, rhymes and musical

Cat Powell
Arts for Health Coordinator, The Children's Hospital, Sheffield