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  • SPANNER SCHOOL VISITS!

    Author: Bill Greenhead | Date: 8th October 2019

    SPANNER SCHOOL VISITS! 

    Summer is officially over and it’s back to school!

    We hope you all had fun in the sun, enjoyed reading about Hannah’s adventures at bedtime and experienced some adventures of your own. Now it’s time to get back into your school routine groove and to make it even more exciting, Stuart or Bill can visit your school!

    Recently, Bill visited Cobham Primary School and the kids had a great time coming up with ideas where they would hide from Mr Bumbags if they were the bear, brainstorming even more thrilling adventures for Hannah and loved watching our animated trailer narrated by the brilliant Dawn French.

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    We received lovely feedback from the headteacher Jacqui Saunders “The assembly was fun, fun, fun and the children loved the illustrations being brought to life before their very eyes! I have seen more children drawing at playtimes today than ever before. Excellent way to inspire budding illustrators!”

    Bill also visited Park Way Primary School and was handed a lovely drawing by Phoebe!

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    Stuart has visited a range of schools from the British School of Amsterdam to St Christopher’s and St Peters. The British School of Amsterdam sent us a great message about the visit: “The children have learnt how Stuart created the books after telling bedtime stories to his daughters, who are the inspiration for these and future books. The children were amazed by the sessions and have been coming up with new stories and characters for the series. These books and its author are both highly recommended”.

    We can organise activities for big or small groups, simply read the book to the children, tell them about Hannah’s adventures and answer all their burning questions! We are flexible and open to ideas to ensure everyone will enjoy and learn from the visit. Our aim is to inspire more children to draw and write stories, to make reading fun and to learn more about what it is like being an author or an illustrator.

    If you would like Stuart or Bill to visit your school, simply e-mail us at info@stuhead.co.uk or message us on our social media accounts @stuheadltd. You can also check out Bill and Stuart on Authors Abroad!

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  • Spanner News

    Author: Bill Greenhead | Date: 14th August 2019

    Welcome to the Hannah the Spanner Blog!

    Each of our books takes you on one of Hannah’s thrilling adventures alongside her family, friends, a nice toy pig called Pig, and a cat called Cynthia. The author, Stuart Simmonds, made a promise to his daughter Hannah that he would one day turn the stories that he told her at bedtime into books! With the quite brilliant illustrations of Bill Greenhead that bring the characters and stories to life, Stuart has kept his promise and Hannah the Spanner is ready for the world to see.

    Since launching the books we have had lots of Spanner Fans, including Archie aged 5, who sent us a photo of his amazing robot drawing and as he loves space we sent him to the moon! (Go check out @Claremummyto3 on Instagram!) We also received a lovely photo from Evie aged 7 (@sister_sister06) and two big cheesy grins from Rylan and Joseph! (@Delilahboysandme).

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    We are also excited to announce that the  “Hannah Spanner fun” page is now live on our website where you can find free activities, puzzles and worksheets to download to keep your children busy over the summer holidays. You can choose from helping Hannah and the Robot get his booties back, Spotting the Dancing Bear, colouring in your favourite characters and many more!

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    The animated trailer narrated by the fabulous Dawn French has also been released and Stuart and Bill are developing fun storylines in the little town where Hannah lives. If you know of any TV execs that need a new Kids TV show, point them in our direction!

    We currently have 6 Hannah the Spanner books available to get your hands on: The Dancing Bear, The Robot, The Circus, The Trip to the Moon, The Racing Car and The Diamond Robbery! 1 more title under the Hannah the Spanner banner is also coming out this year too, Hannah the Spanner and the Polar Bears (keep your eyes peeled for updates!).

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    Encouraging more children to read and enjoy their stories is so important to us. A recent survey from Nielsen Book research found that the proportion of young children being read to everyday has dropped by a fifth over the last 5 years, only 51% of young children are read to daily. We really hope Hannah's amazing adventures open new worlds to children and encourage families to pick up one of our books at bedtime.

    We would love to receive your children’s photos, drawings or letters and they could be our Fan of the Week!

    Thanks for reading, you are officially a Spanner fan!

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