Catherine Rayner Workshop

The Children’s Bookshow allocates four free workshops for schools who attend a related theatre performance.

In this fun and interactive session, the children will have the chance to look at the many different stories Catherine has written and illustrated. She will read the class her latest book, Five Bears and talk to them about how she went about drawing each one. The group will then have the chance to be illustrators themselves. Working with Catherine they will create their own bear with its own unique character and personality.

Suitable for:
Years 1 and 2

‘She enthused them to read more of author's stories and write their own. We particularly enjoyed having Catherine do a workshop in school.’

Primary teacher, Ilkley


What you need to know

Length of workshop:
Approx. 1 hour
Location of workshop:
We will come to your school
Number of children:
Workshops are for a class of 30 children
Suitable for:
Years 1 and 2

Please note, a teacher must be present throughout the workshop

Materials needed

  • Flipchart or whiteboard
  • Pens and paper for the children
  • Thick black marker pens
  • Coloured pencils, crayons, pens for the children

Book a related theatre performance to be eligible for one of four free workshops

This workshop is allocated to a school attending a specific theatre performance with 30 or more children; visit the performance page to find out more and book:

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About Catherine Rayner

Photo of Catherine Rayner

Award winning author and illustrator Catherine Rayner was born in Harrogate and now lives in Edinburgh. Much of her inspiration for her illustration comes from her pets, but the vision for her first picture book, Augustus and His Smile came from watching the tigers at Edinburgh Zoo! Her book, Arlo The Lion Who Couldn't Sleep shortlisted for the 2021 Kate Greenaway Medal and her latest title, Five Bears will be published in June 2022.

More about Catherine Rayner

Previous workshops with Catherine Rayner

On the day

  • Please inform your school receptionist that our artist will be arriving so they can be welcomed warmly.
  • A teacher must be present throughout the workshop.
  • Make sure that all the materials that our artist has requested are ready and available.
  • Please let us know if any of the children have particular requirements, and ensure that their normal carer is present.
  • The offer of a cup of tea is often greatly appreciated!

Have any questions? Get in touch

Natalie McKie

Your contact for this performance is Natalie McKie, she will be happy to answer any queries you have:

Email
natalie.bookshow@gmail.com
Phone
07827 444399