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 with award-winning picture book illustrator Catherine Rayner, the children will have the chance to look at the many different stories she has written and illustrated. She will read the class Sylvia and Bird and talk to them about how she went about drawing Sylvia. The group will then have the chance to be illustrators themselves. Working with Catherine they will create their own dragon that can do anything they like – fly, leap, swim…

Suitable for:
Years 1 and 2

The authors in the Children’s Bookshow seem very experienced; the most important thing is an author’s ability to relate to children – and of course the quality of their work. This feels like a quality organisation.

Teacher, London school

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

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 most recent book, Arlo The Lion Who Couldn't Sleep is on the 2021 Kate Greenaway Medal shortlist.

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

Jo Daley

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

07769 216493