Reading for pleasure and the enjoyment to be had from listening to stories are key objectives in any literacy strategy whether in school and or in a library. But first the child/young person has to be enthused and convinced that reading can be truly enjoyable. Author visits are an essential stimulus for young readers and listeners as they generate enthusiasm, provide enrichment opportunities and they are great fun! Having a writer in school also motivates teachers and often provides them with fresh ideas.
Meeting a ‘real’ writer leaves a lasting and profound effect on children and young people.