Reading and Writing Workshop Testimonials for ‘Grandma Georgia’s Amazing Handbag’ FS1, FS2 & KS1:

Thank you so much Karen for the wonderful workshops that you delivered to our Foundation Stage and KS1 children. The children loved the story and talked enthusiastically about what they had heard. They were really keen to try your follow up activities and our nursery children used you story as inspiration for their own play during their continuous provision time. Thank you for giving the children the amazing experience of meeting an actual author.

Louise Richardson
Nursery Teacher and English Lead, Riverside Primary School and Nursery


Our FS and KS1 children enjoyed the author’s ‘Grandma Georgia’s Amazing Handbag’ workshops and loved the story. Year 1 have produced some wonderful ‘handbags’ as follow up work, which are currently adorning the classroom ceiling!

David Rye
Head Teacher at West Malling CEP School, Kent


KD Greaves recently came into our school during our School Book Week and carried out some expertly constructed workshops with our Reception and KS1 classes. The children were fully engaged with her reading of the book and subsequent questions and activities.  It was evident that the author has a huge previous experience in education, by the impressive way she ignited the children’s interest throughout her time with them.  The teaching staff were extremely impressed.

Hayley Redmond: English Subject Lead, Reading Recovery Trained Teacher, BRP Trainer and School Co-ordinator, Wickhambreaux CEP School, Canterbury


We would like to thank KD Greaves so much for a very enjoyable and interactive visit. The children loved the story and loved the props that she brought with her. All the children were keen to make bags and cat puppets afterwards. We found KD Greaves flexible and very agreeable in making the arrangements and on the day. We would definitely like her to visit us again!

Cara Watson: Literacy Lead at Balfour Infant School, Chatham


The children loved their time with Karen and thoroughly enjoyed exploring the book as the characters were brought to life by their creator. Karen brought props and asked questions throughout her talk, making it very interactive. It was lovely how she adapted the talks for the children’s ages, meaning we could include Nursery right through the Year 2. Thank you, Karen!

Coral Doughty: Literacy Lead at New Horizons Children’s Academy, Chatham


The children in EYFS and KS1 were very excited to have a real life author come and visit the school. The children really loved listening to the story and looking at the great illustrations. The workshops that KD Greaves ran based on her book, Grandma Georgia’s Amazing Handbag, were very engaging. The children enjoyed taking part in the activities that were arranged. We have some wonderful displays of Grandma Georgia’s handbag around the school. I would thoroughly recommend a visit by KD Greaves to your school.

Stephanie Jarvis: Head Teacher at St Helen’s CEP School, Cliffe


KD Greaves came to visit City Way Nursery to read to all of our  children. She immediately had the whole group engaged and answering/asking questions!

We completed activities around the story and even now, more than a month after the visit, the children still request “Grandma Georgia’s Amazing Handbag!

Manager at City Way Day Nursery

Year One were very enthusiastic to join in with the workshop and share ideas. The book itself was very inspiring and extracted good language and overall learning from the children.

Sita Maharaj
Year One Teacher at St Nicholas CEVC School, Strood


The children in my class loved the story. It was inspiring and encouraged the children’s creativity in making their own bags, designs and expressing their ideas practically as an EYFS class.

Mrs A Gates
EYFS Class Teacher
St Nicholas CEVC School


A well organised, well-paced workshop that suited all our children (two and a half to four years). The author read the story, asking simple questions throughout, which allowed the children to fully participate and express their opinions. The follow up activities, including the children making their own variant of Grandma Georgia’s bag, promoted further story discussion. I would thoroughly recommend this beautifully illustrated book and an author/workshop visit: You won’t be disappointed!

Noelle Odie
Pre-School Manager, St Andrew’s Pre-School, Rochester


Pupils were excited to meet the author, KD Greaves, and share her latest book. They enjoyed participating in activities linked to the story and especially liked using their craft skills to make a bag just like Grandma Georgia’s.

Linda Mercer
Head of KS1, St Andrew’s School, Rochester


“The workshop delivered to EYFS & KS1 was so lovely. The children were engaged and thoroughly enjoyed the story. They were able to participate in discussions and give their opinions. I also thought it was a great idea to bring in Black Cat to sit on the children’s laps when they were showing good sitting. Many thanks for a great day!”

Jessica Whalin
Literacy Lead for Pre-Prep at King’s School, Rochester