Great news for my fans! My books are now in a lot of your local libraries!
My books can also be found in Westminster Libraries, Newham Libraries (East Ham and Stratford) and soon Barking & Dagenham Libraries. Following the feedback from my fans, this is so everyone can read and re-read and recommend to their heart’s content. So read for free! Why not drop my a line here or a book review, or if you prefer pop to my Facebook page, or website. Have a great Summer!
What a busy week it has been! I visited the three schools participating in my pilot scheme. Each class read ARTY TARDY and we analysed it together. I got some really good constructive feedback and they told how much they are enjoying it. I’m so pleased that it has already helped so many adults and children alike to understand life from the perspective of a child with autism for that was the aim of the book. It’s good that it has provoked so much thinking and already it is the favourite book of two autistic children in the schools I am working in. I am truly humbled – and delighted.
My son, the budding photographer and also the book cover designer was on hand to take photographs and did a great job. The story will be going to press shortly.
There has also been interest in the book from educational press and establishments and the book itself is going to be offered in various competitions – I will keep you posted!
If anyone wants a taster – pop along to my website and listed to the first two chapters! I hope you enjoy!
I am spearheading a pilot scheme across three boroughs using ARTY TARDY as an educational tool in order to promote inclusion.
Three schools from Newham, Dagenham and Redbridge have expressed an interest and have started reading the book with children. The hope is that it can help to integrate SEN pupils and promote understanding of Autism and in particular Asperger. There has already been some excellent feedback with pupils and parents who have connected with the book and for whom it has made a difference.
It has also just been selected by a school as a resource to fulfil the Inclusivity Module for their QuILT Accreditation – great news!
There is a PHOTO SHOOT next week where I look forward to meeting pupils, reading the book with them and having a Q&A session!
I’ll keep you updated about future news/media interest as it comes in.
Don’t forget to check out the Children’s Review page on my website to read what some of the children have to say!
What a wonderful review!!!
“The book isn’t preachy, and nor is it moralistic. It does, however, pack a powerful message: That schools must do more to facilitate the inclusion of SEN children. It also identifies the single-most important point of mainstream education – that no children, with and without SEN, are “mainstream” at all. All children need the support of their peers and teaching staff to thrive.”
Here’s another new review – I’m so pleased:
Arty Tardy is a journey rather than a story. The author, Kitty Clairmont has a wonderful way of captivating her audience and addressing what are sometimes ‘delicate’ issues – in this case SEN; in particular a boy named David (Tardy) with aspergers.
This book takes you through David’s dilemmas of daily life and allows you to see through his perception just how menial things for you and I, are often life altering when dealing with aspergers.
Kitty Clairmont’s clever use of language not only allows you the capability of envisaging David’s story and the vision through young eyes, but also opens your heart and mind to the many obstacles with which as adults we take for granted.
This is a must read for all; being young, old, for pleasure or educational purposes.
A pause for thought for us all:
“My school is like a horse chestnut tree. the branches are the teachers and the flowers are the children. Some of us have blotches of different colours and are different sizes and shapes but we are really all the same.” (P.117)
I want to say a big thank you to Kensington Primary School in Newham for ordering copies of my children’s book Arty Tardy. I look forward to meeting the children and getting feedback. I will add their reviews to my website so stay posted for an update!
I was asked to design a workshop for KS1 incorporating my poems and an aspect of their curriculum so I decided to use my poem ‘Living Rainbow’ and tie it to Healthy Eating!
Glad to say it has been enthusiastically approved and I can’t wait for the event. It will rolled out to Early Years first and we are in the midst of sorting out all the technicalities such as what fruit and vegetables we are going to use and how we are going to tailor the workshop specifically to suit Reception.
I am very exited about our ‘Living Rainbow’ and can’t wait to make it as tasty as possible. I will post examples of their written work and pictures as the school has said that it will be fine with them.
I’ll keep you posted!!!
Kitty’s analogy between Tardy and David defeating Goliath is very apt and I love the unlikely and even covert friendship between Tardy (the main character) and Jermaine.
One of my favourite characters is Tardy (I have a few) and Kitty shows real insight into the emotional and mental challenges of a boy, who as a ten year old, knows he will never grow up; but is learning tough life skills every day.
Colour is used in lots of ways: to paint (of course), to calm the soul, to relieve and show frustration, gain joy…. and my favourite…to describe how Miss Robinson “feels” to Tardy – Excellent!!
The characters personalities are very real and I found myself getting lost in this up-to-date, funny, thought provoking and heart-felt story. I laughed out loud (lol), jumped and cheered and shed a tear or twenty!
This is a fantastic book, to be enjoyed by children and adults alike, and definitely one my four kids and I will thoroughly enjoy over and over again!