Gallery: Author opens new school library

A POPULAR children's author and illustrator was on hand at a Suffolk primary school to cut the red ribbon and officially open its new library.

A POPULAR children's author and illustrator was on hand at a Suffolk primary school to cut the red ribbon and officially open its new library.

Michael Foreman, who was born in Pakefield, near Lowestoft, went to Grundisburgh Primary School on Monday to unveil the revamped room and talk to pupils about the inspiration behind his creations.

To mark his visit nearly all of the 129 pupils at the school dressed up as characters from some of his 200 books, which include Wonder Goal, The Little Dinosaur and his autobiographical memoir, War Boy: A Country Childhood.

The refurbishment includes new double glazing, under floor heating, settees, rugs, bean bags and small table and chair areas for group working.


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Rosemary Scott, headteacher, said: “It was really inspiring for the children to meet with someone whose books they have enjoyed.

“It was absolutely delightful because he spent lots of time talking to pupils about his life and growing up during the Second World War. They were able to learn some of the back stories to the books they have read and bring to life some of the characters that they love.

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“The new library is something we are very excited about. For the last 20 years it has been an unused atrium - very cold in winter and too hot in summer. Now it has been transformed into a fabulous space for our children.”

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