Greyfriars Primary School pupils with children’s author Jeanne Willis. Picture: Tony Jones.

Children’s author Jeanne Willis came to speak to primary school pupils about writing books and following their dreams.

The award-winning author who has published more than 80 children’s books, spent the day at Greyfriars Primary School in London Road, King’s Lynn last Thursday.

Children throughout the school were able to talk to her about some of her books such as The Monster Bed, Caterpillar Dreams and Parrot Goes to Playschool.

“She was fantastic with the children,” said assistant headteacher Claire Emery.

“She inspired the children and she gave them an insight into what it is like to be an author, and using imagination in the class room.”

With the younger pupils in the school, Mrs Willis, who lives in London, talked about one of her most well-known books, The Bog Baby.

Mrs Emery said: “The children really enjoyed the talk and they got to make their own Bog Baby to take home.”

“With the older children, Jeanne spoke about how her life experiences inspired ideas for her books.”

At the end of the school day, parents were able to meet Mrs Willis and there was an opportunity to buy one of the author’s books which she signed.

Mrs Emery said the children enjoyed Mrs Willis’ visit and to be able to dedicate the whole  day to creative writing.

“The children were taken off the timetable so they could  fully immerse themselves in the topic,” she said.

“The visit was important as it has taught the children to be inspired by their own life experiences and be able to write about them in their own words.”