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In this session Jess will get kids thinking about what it means to be yourself and be a good friend, the two main concepts explored in her picture book Introducing Teddy.
Jess will help the kids understand what it means for them to be themselves (what/who makes them feel happy and comfortable? What is special and important about them?) and then encourage them to express that visually through illustration; they’ll take home a front-cover-style ‘Introducing ______’ self-portrait.
Jess will also guide discussion about diversity and the importance of showing respect and kindness to others who are being themselves. How do the characters in Introducing Teddy do this for one another, and how can we do this in our lives?
This session is also available in a longer workshop format which includes story writing.
Kids are dealing with a world where toys, clothing and even books are being ‘sorted’ for them into boys and girls sections. Jess will ask the kids to sort a selection of items into three piles: boys, girls and both. If the children have decided to allocate it to a particular gender, Jess will help […]
In 2015, Jess Walton wrote a picture book to explain gender identity to her young son, and to ensure that the diversity in his family was represented in the books on his shelf. A year later Jess had teamed up with a talented illustrator, published a Kickstarted book, worked with an agent and editor from […]
As a queer disabled author with a transgender parent, Jess Walton is no stranger to diversity. Is the diversity we see in the world represented in the books we read? If not, why not? Jess will read her book Introducing Teddy, a story about a teddy bear who knows in her heart that she is […]