Word up: Vale View pupils and teachers with author Jasper Cooper
Vale View Primary School, Vale View Road, Dover. Author and Illustrator Jasper Cooper visits Year 5 pupils as part of Book Week. Picture: Andy Jones
A KENT-BASED children's author and illustrator has visited pupils at Vale View primary to talk about his work as part of the school's book week programme.
Dad-of-two Jasper Cooper is the creator of fantasy trilogy The Kingdom of Gems. The former tennis champion spoke to the youngsters about how he had become an author and about the characters in his books, the first, Candara's Gift, self-published in 2006, the second, The Silver Well last March and the third The Glass Prison in September.
Mr Cooper, who has visited more than 60 schools to talk about writing, said: "Visiting a school is a delight for me. I love talking about my writing and artwork and enjoy the enthusiasm of the children.
"It is great to have the opportunity to creatively inspire them with their reading and writing."
Mr Cooper, who has a degree in art, illustrates his books and designs the covers with his 24-year-old son Joseph. He has been a speaker at the Kent Literacy Conference and says he "thoroughly enjoys visiting a school and talking to children."
He adds: "My aim is to interest the children and inspire them to read and write. Schools are constantly giving positive feedback about the infectious buzz that is created by my visits."
Vale View deputy head Helen Ward said: "This was a fantastic opportunity for the children to meet a real author. They were inspired by Jasper's books and enthusiasm and have produced some very creative work as a result of his visit.
"Jasper has also offered to return to our school to see the book-related work that the Year 6 children will be producing during the rest of this term."
Other fun during the book week included a visit from author Jane Clarke, a book fair and a dress up day.