Meet Emma

Emma Larkin, is the founder of “Emma Larkin Books” and “Rebel in Kerry Press”. She recently written and published her first book “Izzy’s Magical Football Adventure”, and she hope to write many more books about Izzy and her adventures in sport. 

Author Visit – Contact Emma on [email protected] for details of availability.

Visits Preparation

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Presentation is most suitable for children in First and Second Classes
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I have visited schools using Zoom and it works really well.
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I do the visit live on Zoom, not pre-recorded. Students can see me on their smart board screen, and I can see them via a desktop computer/camera usually.
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I do an introductory call with the teacher a few days before hand and explain how it all works.
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I sent a complimentary copy of each Izzy book to the class along with a bookmark for all the children. I also send on colouring pages from the Izzy books which the children can colour.

Introduction and Presentation

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I start the visit by introducing myself, I try to be full of fun energy, and ask the children to cheer if they love reading! Then I ask for a cheer while I call out various activities/sports. I hold up some props like hurleys, footballs, basketball. This is all to relax everyone and create a friendly fun environment.
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Then I explain to the children that I am going to show them some photos about my book and myself. I share the screen and go through some slides about me, how I work and a quick overview of my book. I sent this to the teacher in advance so that he/she knows what it is all about.
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Q&A with the children around what they are reading and why they like reading. Also, what sports/ activities they like playing and why they like playing sport (If they are not into sport, what hobbies they have, what they like doing, etc). I always stress that sport does not have to be competitive, and that there is an activity out there for everyone.
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A reading from “Izzy’s Magical Football Adventure” or “Izzy’s Magical Camogie Adventure” – with pauses for the children to ask questions or comment on the story.

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I will have slides of all the illustrations while reading it which I share on the screen.

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Finish up with 10-15 minutes of questions from the children.
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Presentation usually takes around 45 minutes.

Activities

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If can be nice if the children can wear a jersey for the visit or sports top of some sort, it can help them to talk about what sport they like. I wear a jersey and Izzy jacket as well to the talk.
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Sometimes, the teacher will have asked the children to write a few lines in advance about their idea for an Izzy adventure or a drawing of Izzy on an adventure. Then the children can share their stories/drawings with me.
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I would love to hear from you on [email protected] We can discuss availability and fees which are in line with recommended fees by CBI (Children’s Books Ireland) https://childrensbooksireland.ie/
Contact Emma on [email protected] for details of availability.
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