Type of Artist:
Children’s author of picture books and young fiction
Book reading followed by activity/workshop, and including time for Q&A and (if desired) book signing. See also http://www.peterbently.com/author-visits/
DetailsPreferred age range:
Reception upwards. Core schools audience for solo author visits is R–Yr3
Maximum number in any one session:
Flexible. Happy with class or whole-year groups for a reading + activity/workshop; or larger groups for readings only.
No of sessions per day:
Generally 3 max. Happy to discuss with teachers/librarians/event organisers.
45 -60 minutes
Happy to discuss requirements with teachers/librarians
Areas prepared to travel to:
I am currently based in southeast London/Kent but happy to travel anywhere if travel/overnight expenses covered. I have made recent visits to Hull, Cumbria and Shropshire.
Car @ 40p/mile or train.
Please email us for details
Please indicate which author you are interested in.
Hold PLI (public liability insurance):
Yes and current DBS
Peter Bently's website
Popular titles (picture books unless stated):
Octopus Shocktopus (winner of the FCBG Children's Book Award)
Spookermarket Dogs in Disguise (winner of the Shropshire Bookfest Picture Book Award)
Cats in Chaos
The KIng's Birthday Suit (shortlisted for the Laugh Out Loud Awards)
The Royal Leapfrog
The Great Dog Bottom Swap (shortlisted for the Roald Dahl Funny Prize)
A Home on the River
The Cat, the Mouse and the Runaway Train Cats Ahoy! (winner of the Roald Dahl Funny Prize) Rich Witch, Poor Witch King Jack and the Dragon (shortlisted for the Kate Greenaway Medal) Knightmare books 1–4 (young fiction series) The Great Sheep Shenanigans Those Magnificent Sheep in their Flying Machine Meet the Parents
The Prince and the Porker
Vampire School 1–6 (young fiction series)
Teacher feedback from my Scottish Book Trust schools book tour, March 2013:
“The kids learned so much about story telling and writing in the lead up to [Scottish Book Trust’s] visit, and then the wonderful morning with Peter Bently was a fantastic culmination of it all. The children were thrilled to meet him in person, and I know they will treasure the books he signed so personally for them. Since his visit we have made a display about Peter Bently’s Cats Ahoy! for the school library to share our learning with the wider school community. The children have become enthused by the idea of writing, and have enjoyed being allowed to let their imaginations loose. In particular they have enjoyed the rhythms and rhymes of the words, and they now look out and notice these aspects of writing in other books too.” —Nicola Kingslake, St. Madoes Primary School.
“The children really enjoyed meeting Peter and really engaged with his story. We shared with you the books we had written for Book week. Peter was a great and energetic storyteller. We have talked about this when the children have been reading aloud this week and lots of expression has resulted!!!” —Jenni Milroy, Milnathort Primary School.
Peter Bently's Amazon page