All About Andy Seed
Andy Seed is the winner of the 2015 Blue Peter Book Award and well known for his bestselling series of memoirs, All Teachers Great and Small, described by The Daily Mail as ‘heartwarming and hilarious’.
Andy writes humorous fiction, non-fiction and poetry for children and is well-known for his popular funny fact books published by Bloomsbury, including The Silly Book of Side-Splitting Stuff which won the Blue Peter Book Award and The Silly Book of Weird and Wacky Words which was shortlisted for the award in 2016.
Andy specialises in exciting, interactive author visits which get children excited about books. He is a passionate advocate of reading for pleasure and has been a keynote speaker at conferences and events around the UK and abroad, where he shares his successful strategies for getting young people to read.
Andy’s School Visits
Andy works from reception/foundation classes to Y6 in primary, as well as occasionally working with Y7/8 in secondary schools.
A typical KS1 session for ages 5-7:
The focus is on interactive poetry and wordplay.
This involves performing fun poems which the children can join in with in various ways, e.g. through chanting, repeating, sounds, actions, mimes and movement.
As children perform he helps them to understand how simple poems are constructed so that they can develop their own versions of them.
There is a lot of emphasis on speaking and listening: all children get a chance to join in.
Andy typically starts a session by telling a story to settle children and get them listening, then moves on to interactive poems before he shows the children some of his books and helps them to understand what an author does.
A typical KS2 session for ages 7-11:
Andy usually begins his session with a dramatic story to tune-in pupils, capture their full attention and fire up their imaginations.
Following this Andy will often use an enjoyable interactive poem to get everyone joining in and fully involved in the session. With younger children he will teach them a very catchy poem which they can use as a model for their own writing.
The main part of the session is taken up with Andy sharing his books through reading extracts, showing slides, doing activities based on the pages and fun interactive challenges which get children thinking, speaking, generating ideas and performing. Andy likes to get lots of volunteers out to the front to have a go at his creative fact and word games. Because Andy writes humorous books full of highly enjoyable facts and jokes, this interactive sharing of content serves to get children excited about reading the books – attitudes to reading are changed, even amongst those who are reluctant.
Andy finishes the session with a Q&A exchange where he will give insights into how authors work, share tips for writing, recommend excellent books by various authors and encourage children to become library users. Enjoyment and inspiration are guaranteed!
Aims and Objectives
- For children to become excited and positive about poetry, stories and non-fiction
- For children to listen to and perform a range of poems
- For children to find out how stories are constructed and what brings them alive.
- For children to understand how varied non-fiction writing can be and how humour can be used to make reading information enjoyable and interesting.
- For children to improve their presentation/performance/drama skills and develop the ability to speak well in front of an audience.
- For children to become enthusiastic about books and reading
- For children to find out what kinds of books they would really like to read
- For children to grasp why reading for pleasure is important: that it makes you more aware, grows the brain, opens up opportunities, helps you succeed at school and beyond and gives you enjoyment and understanding of many things.
- For children to know where they can get books.
Materials/facilities required: A digital projector/screen for PowerPoint, a whiteboard or flipchart and a table to put books on are all he needs. Poetry sessions for younger children (aged 4/5/6) are best done in the hall so that they can move around.
The Silly Book of Side-Splitting Stuff
Short listed for the Blue Peter Book Awards 2015 as one of three books in the Best Book with Facts category.
This laugh-out-loud book is bursting with lists, facts, jokes and funny true stories all about silly people, silly animals, silly inventions, silly names and much more. Discover The Great Stink, the man who ate a bike, a girl really called Lorna Mower and a sofa that can do 101mph.
Find out about famous pranks, crazy festivals, nutty cats, gross foods, epic sports fails, ludicrously silly words and really rubbish predictions.
Razzle Dazzle (poetry book for ages 8-13)
Wacky wordplay at its best: take a trip through 60 rib-tickling poems about cheese, chocolate, giant gorillas, bionic grannies, bogeymen and much, much more from one of the funniest poets around. Razzle Dazzle will make you giggle, chortle and snort all the way!
How to Spot a Hadrosaur in a Bus Queue (a miscellany for ages 8-13)
A fantastic miscellany of fascinating information, nutty humour, lists, strange facts, amazing figures, funny nuggets and much more. Chosen by the School Library Association as one of their top 100 books to encourage boys to read.
A cool & colourful information book aimed at reluctant readers of 9-14. With limited, carefully-chosen text and exciting illustrations it explains how animation is made.
The Silly Book of Weird and Wacky Words
A fantastic feast of jokes, riddles, games, wacky words, punny poems, nutty names, tongue-twisters, funny nonsense, witty wordplay and much more. Shortlisted for the 2016 Blue Peter Book Award and Somerset Book Award.
Prankenstein: a fun mystery story for ages 8-12
When Soapy Thompson’s granny is shot through the roof on a turbo-charged stairlift he knows that something is not right. Someone, or something, is playing incredible, hilarious pranks on Soapy’s family, neighbours and teachers – but who? Soapy and his friends appoint themselves chief detectives to solve the mystery and discover that the culprit is a hairy uncontrollable creature – with a shocking secret!
The Anti-Boredom Book of Brilliant Outdoor Things to do
The Anti-Boredom Book of Brilliant Outdoor Things to Do book tells you how to make the great outdoors even greater. It’s packed full of ideas to keep children active both at home and out and about in the countryside, the town, the coast or a local park. There are all kinds of activities to try and creative things to make or build.
Reviews and Recommendations
‘The children who came back from the workshops were buzzing!’ Lindsay Miller, English Adviser
‘Brilliant start to the celebrations in school for World Book Day … Andy was just as good with all the classes and managed to keep it interactive even when he worked with 2 classes at a time!’ English co-ordinator, Scholes J&I School
“I really can’t thank you enough, you have inspired our children more than I could have ever imagined.” Laura Exley, Churchfield Primary School
Thank you for coming to CIS, the children loved meeting you and your two day visit was a huge success! Wendy Taylor, Cambridge International School, St Petersburg
To Make a Booking
To make an enquiry about Andy Seed, or any of the other authors, poets & illustrators listed on this website, please phone Trevor Wilson on +44 (0) 1535 656015, or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org