Winnie the Witch illustrator pays special visit to Hartlepool school

Children's book illustrator Korky Paul at St Aidan's Primary School.

Children's book illustrator Korky Paul at St Aidan's Primary School.

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An illustrator of popular children’s books paid a special visit to a Hartlepool school.

Korky Paul, the man behind the pictures in the Winnie the Witch series, has been promoting reading for fun at St Aidan’s CE Primary, in Loyalty Road.

Children's book illustrator Korky Paul at St Aidan's Primary School.

Children's book illustrator Korky Paul at St Aidan's Primary School.

The visit was organised by the school in partnership with Hartlepool Libraries.

Class teacher Kirsty Lightowler said: “Korky Paul came in to work with our Year 2 pupils as part of the Northern Children’s Book Festival and it was all about promoting reading for enjoyment.

“There’s a big focus now on encouraging kids to read for fun, and not just because they’re learning to.

“Korky illustrates the Winnie the Witch books and the children really enjoy them – we’ve read a few of them in class – so they were really excited for him to come along.

We’re always trying to create a bigger buzz around reading for enjoyment and Korky Paul’s visit definitely did that.

Kirsty Lightowler, St Aidan’s teacher

“He read out some parts of the books and did some drawings of Winnie, which he’s signed and we’re going to display in the school.

“He even slipped in a bit of market research by showing the kids some different drawings he’d done for his next book cover and asked them to pick their favourite – they loved it.”

She added: “Having a real illustrator in the school was a great experience for the children. We’re always trying to create a bigger buzz around reading for enjoyment and Korky Paul’s visit definitely did that.”

Children's book illustrator Korky Paul at St Aidan's Primary School.  (left to right) Amelia Lord, Reuben Sharpe and Lilly Phillips after they all worked on an illustration.

Children's book illustrator Korky Paul at St Aidan's Primary School. (left to right) Amelia Lord, Reuben Sharpe and Lilly Phillips after they all worked on an illustration.

Children's book illustrator Korky Paul at St Aidan's Primary School.

Children's book illustrator Korky Paul at St Aidan's Primary School.

Children's book illustrator Korky Paul at St Aidan's Primary School.

Children's book illustrator Korky Paul at St Aidan's Primary School.