You probably have never heard of a Patron of Reading before and that’s not surprising. While there are lots in the UK, there are only 3 in Ireland and SMGS is the first primary school in the Republic to have one!
A Patron of Reading is a school’s designated children’s author with whom the school forms a special relationship. The whole idea of the role is to create a buzz around books and reading, and to encourage reading for pleasure.
You can find out more here: http://www.patronofreading.co.uk/
What does a Patron of Reading do?
A Patron of Reading doesn’t deal in homework or phonics or spelling. The Patron is all about discovering fun ways to interact with books and reading. Think reading challenges, reviewing competitions, creative writing workshops, bookish treasure hunts and so on.
The Patron is here for everyone in the school: the children, of course, but also the teachers and the parents.
Who is the SMGS Patron of Reading then?
Your first ever Patron of Reading is Juliette Saumande. Juliette is a French writer and translator of children’s books living in Dublin. She has over 30 titles to her name, ranging from picture books to non-fiction, game books to novels and book apps, in French and in English.
She is part of the Writers in School scheme. She is actively involved in Children’s Books Ireland both as Reviews Editor for its magazine – Inis – and as a regular Book Doctor in CBI’s very successful Book Clinics.
As Juliette has two children in the school, you’re likely to find her in the yard every morning. Come say hello! J