19th June 2019 — Exeter Junior School pupils have been shadowing the celebrated the UK's oldest and most prestigious children's book award, the Kate Greenaway Medal, which recognises outstanding writing and illustration in children’s literature.
To celebrate the end of the project, pupils undertook an illustrating workshop to express their own interpretations inspired by the books and discussions.
‘You’re Safe with Me’ illustrated by Poonom Mistry, inspired Anna Brookes-Ferrari and Berenice Rydin-Orwin to combine gold spray paint and Indian fabric swatches to replicate the safe haven of the jungle, in their joint piece of Art work.
Talented young artist, Nathan Masters, produced an amalgamation of several of the nominated books, using his treasured easel and specialist acrylic paints, while Zoe Carson was inspired by ‘Ocean Meets Sky’ illustrated Terry Fan, to compose a ‘dreamscape’ that included her own beloved Grandpa.
After producing remarkable artwork the group watched the live stream broadcast of the awards ceremony hosted by Konnie Huq and were delighted to witness their friend and fellow pupil Kate Daybell present her certificate to the winner of the Carnegie Shadowers’ Choice on stage.
Upper One pupil Kate Daybell’s certificate design was selected as a winner of the Carnegie and Greenaway Shadowers’ Choice Certificate Design competition. Form One pupil Lottie Cumbley was also runner up for the ALCS Carnegie and Kate Greenaway Awards Shadowing Scheme diary writing competition and received her own copy of each nominated book as her prize.
Exeter Junior School Reading Development Coordinator Leah Hardy said it was a joy to watch the creativity of the school’s youngest pupils clearly recognised and applauded.