All About Kathryn White
Kathryn has written a wide range of books for children of all ages. ‘When They Fight’, her first picture book was selected as a notable book for social studies by the US Libraries Association and Here Comes the Crocodile, was shortlisted for both the Nottingham and Sheffield Children’s Book Awards.
She is a regular performer at the Edinburgh Festival of Literature where she presented her picture books, Ruby’s School Walk and Click Clack, Crocodile’s Back at the Bath and Cheltenham Festivals. Kathryn’s latest book, ‘The Tickle Test’ is available to buy now.
Kathryn’s books cover all infant and primary school levels, moving up to lower KS3. In addition Kathryn has been a creative writing tutor for adults at HMP Shepton Mallet and a consultant on raising literacy standards in early years education. Her workshops demonstrate to professionals and carers how books can be used in different ways to encourage the most reluctant readers to interact with texts through art and play.
Kathryn is TESOL qualified and has run a number of courses for foreign language students between the ages of 11 -17 years.
Kathryn was a contributor to the anthology on war and peace: Lines In The Sand with her poem, A Mother’s War Song (Francis Lincoln) and wrote a story for WOW 366, a book specially produced by Scholastic in the National Year of Reading in aid of the NSPCC and Childline.
Kathryn White’s School Visits
Blandford St Mary’s Primary
Organised through Authors Abroad,
Children here are getting into character with Kathryn White
Youngsters at Blandford St. Mary’s Primary dressed as their favourite storybook characters to give me a warm, enthusiastic welcome when I launched their new school library. The children designed some fab character masks from my books and we kicked off with a wonderful assembly filled with book quizzes, followed by a sneak preview of my new book, Ruby’s Sleepover, which is due out on May 1st.
Thank you all for a wonderful day.
I love to write, I love to perform my books and inspire my readers.
I have a treasure trove of my own books now available to use in schools. The younger audiences will have great fun with the puppet mouse on a Cheese Hunt and reading both of my zany crocodile books. I always get the children to colour in fun character masks. I bring pre-printed masks for classes to use in my events and there’s a great jungle play on offer at the end of the workshop.
Older year groups benefit from my ghost tales, again there are some pretty gruesome masks to help them really get into and think about character. There’re also some interesting historical elements to my tales and intriguing facts thrown in for good measure, ranging from the Inuit culture to ancient Egypt when the first female Pharaoh, Hatshepsut took power in my dark and magical tale, The Gift.
I hold a maximum of four events per day and generally kick off with a first reading of Here Comes The Crocodile to a group of younger children in the hall. We then have a mask-making bonanza.
Ruby’s School Walk was shortlisted for theReadBoston – Best Read Aloud Book Award 2011. This is an annual award given to the best read aloud book, appropriate for ages 4-8, published during that year.
Years 2 & 3 enjoy a Ruby’s School Walk event with masks and maps to school.
Ages 4 to 7 years Illustrated By: Miriam Latimer
Join Ruby on her way to school and see the world her mom cannot see. In an old house, she spies bats with red eyes peering out and scary witches that flit about. And these aren’t the only dangers on her path: tigers, crocodiles and mighty beasts abound! “I must be brave, I must be strong,” chants Ruby as she musters the nerve to scare them off; but will it work?
“Ruby’s School Walk is an excellent book for helping children face their fears about starting school. Filled with imagination and an understanding about the ‘back to school’ jitters every child goes through towards the end of summer, the book will help turn their worries into excitement for the school year ahead.” Michael Elkort, MD, MA, FAAP, Pediatrician, Newton-Wellesley Hospital
“…the energetic words and repetitive lines will encourage lively, interactive read-alouds, and Latimer’s bright, mixed-media cartoon artwork amplifies both the comedy in Ruby’s fantasy world and the happy hum of the inviting classroom. A cheerful offering that may help soothe new-school jitters.” Booklist
The older year events are produced from a selection of my other stories such as: Pitch Pond Curse, The Gift of The Tupiak.
Ready with her backpack of essential items and trusty vivid imagination, Ruby returns for another adventure (Ruby’s School Walk, 2010)—of the backyard-at-night variety—with thrilling and eventually cozy results.
Ruby’s rhyming narrative is full of infectious enthusiasm: “I’m sleeping with Mai in my tent tonight, when the moon is full and the stars are bright.” Mai brings a teddy and a book, but Ruby brings her blue egg, colourful beans and two magical rings. Soon camping excitement turns to worry as rumbles and shadows and over active imaginations produce fears of a fearsome giant, a fire-snorting dragon and pirates from “magical ships that sail from the moon.” Luckily Ruby creatively uses her trove to vanquish the scary threats and both girls tuck in for a dreamy sleep. While White’s rhythmic text keeps the fantastical action flowing, Latimer uses acrylic paints and watercolour pencils to deftly portray every detail in the girls’ real and make-believe moments. The pinkish-red tent draws the eye on most pages, but readers will pore over the smaller additions that pop in the otherwise darkish palette: a prowling mosquito, a cat prancing on the fence, Ruby’s crocodile slippers, the howling foxes, a perched owl. The final page shows all the creatures and characters cuddled up together along the curves of a crescent moon.
As the weather turns and young readers yearn to be outside, share this well-designed tale for a most satisfying ending to a good night. (Picture book. 3-6)
Balance (Kit White)
Lawrence, a popular, confident, fifteen year old is just cruising through life. He can leap the line, screw the system and keep his BALANCE, as easy as. But a dark twist of fate sends Lawrence spiralling out of control. He is sent to an institution for young offenders of all cultures and temperaments. As Lawrence struggles to come to terms with his imprisonment: the violence and disrespect, he makes powerful enemies but he also finds friendship and courage. This original, cleverly structured story keeps the reader guessing until the very end.
The Tickle Test
THE TICKLE TEST – OUT NOW!
Only those BRAVE enough to BATTLE a BEAR , TACKLE a TIGER and pass the TRIAL of the CROCODILE will make it onto the TICKLE SQUAD !
Great for Nursery and Reception events.
All of Kathryn’s books
- Good Day, Bad Day (illustrated by Cliff Wright), (Oxford University Press, 2000)
- When They Fight (illustrated by Cliff Wright), (Oxford University Press, 2002)
- The Hunt (Heinemann (book publisher), 2002)
- The Tupilak (Heinemann (book publisher), 2002)
- Heads or Tails (Heinemann (book publisher), 2004)
- Girls Watch (Heinemann (book publisher), 2004)
- Splitzaroni (Badger Publishing, 2004)
- Lines in the Sand (contributing author), (Frances Lincoln, 2004)
- Here Comes the Crocodile (illustrated by Michael Terry), (Little Tiger Press, 2004)
- The Nutty Nut Chase (illustrated by Vanessa Cabban), (Little Tiger Press, 2004)
- Pitch Pond Curse (Heinemann (book publisher), 2005)
- Ghost Thief (Heinemann (book publisher), 2005)
- Snowshoe the Hare (Egmont Publishing, 2005)
- Wow!366 (contributing author) (Scholastic Corporation, 2008)
- Sleepy Time (Caterpillar Books, 2009)
- Sharks on the Loose (Oxford University Press, 2009)
- Click, Clack, Crocodile’s Back (Little Tiger Press, 2009)
- Carving the Sea Path (Evans Brothers, 2009)
- Play Time (Caterpillar Books, 2010)
- Tea Time (Caterpillar Books, 2010)
- Bath Time (Caterpillar Books, 2010)
- Cheese Hunt (Caterpillar Books, 2010)
- Ruby’s School Walk (Barefoot Books, 2010)
- Beast Hunter (Bloomsbury Publishing, 2011)
- Ruby’s Sleepover (Barefoot Books 2012)
- Sea Wolf (Bloomsbury Publishing, 2016)
- The Tickle Test (Andersen Books, 2017)
- Hector’s Android (Caboodle Books 2017)
Both Sea Wolf and Beast Hunter (Bloomsbury Publishing) are part of the Accelerated Reader Scheme
Kathryn’s latest book, Hector’s Android was published in 2017.
Hector and his best friend, Kofi, are going to build Blaster BLADE 1. but when Sameer and Lucas put their mean machines into action to take down Hector’s Android, the battle of the robots begins. Enter the world of robots, at your peril.
Recommendations & Reviews
“At St Aubyn’s we were delighted to have a visit from Kathryn White. Our aim for our book week was to engage the children with storytelling and encourage them to read picture books. I was amazed by how well the Nursery pupils listened and engaged with the story telling. Kathryn had them mesmerised with Click Clack Crocodile’s Back. They had only been with us for six weeks when Kathryn came and they hadn’t visited the library before so it was a completely new and exciting place to be. Yet they were not at all restless as Kathryn’s storytelling was so animated. For our reception pupils Kathryn provided masks. They decorated them at the beginning of the session, then listened to the story and played their character role. The interactive approach was well-delivered and children were excited to be involved. The masks were a lovely memento of their experience which they could take home and talk about with their parents. Overall, a thoroughly brilliant and inspiring day for pupils and teachers alike. I highly recommend a visit from Kathryn to your school.” School Librarian (Rebecca Scott) – St. Aubyn’s.
“Copenhagen International School was pleased to welcome guest author Kathryn White. Kathryn’s workshops included lively readings, interactive presentations, and mask-making workshops for children from ages 3 to 11. The 2-day visit was an exciting and educational event for all of us at CIS. Her experience working with children of all ages allowed her to adapt each workshop to different grade levels, and students were immediately at ease with her friendly manner and warm approach. During the visit, students not only learned more about becoming an author and the book-making process, but were inspired to make creative connections to Kathryn’s books based on their own personal experiences and cultural backgrounds. Kathryn’s workshops for younger children included a dramatic and participatory reading of Here Comes the Crocodile and a mask-making activity based on the different animals in the story. One of the highlights of Kathryn’s visit was an assembly with the entire primary school during which students, parents and teachers were captivated by her animated and very funny audio-visual presentation of Here Comes the Crocodile on CD Rom. Students giggled at the sound effects of the roaring animals and burping crocodile. Their favourite part by far was being able to participate in the story by wearing the masks they had made during the workshops and dancing to a “Jungle Boogie” up on stage with Kathryn. Kathryn White’s books, workshops and presentations are a wonderful way for International Schools to help promote reading and literacy in the classroom. One of our classes was so inspired that they decided to learn more about the writing process by creating their own book to be put in the library. In a thank you letter written by grade 2 students following Kathryn’s visit, one child wrote: ‘I hope you have fun where you go next.’ I am sure that she will, and that the school children she visits will, too.” Copenhagen International School
To Make a Booking
To make an enquiry about Kathryn White, 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