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YOUNG creatives from Jubilee Primary School in Wallsend welcomed BAFTA nominated illustrator and picture book creator Joe Berger to their classroom for an interactive event, thanks to leading supply teaching agency First Class Supply and Seven Stories – The National Centre for Children’s Books.

Joe Berger is an award-winning freelance illustrator whose work has appeared in numerous international magazines and newspapers, book cover designs, animated shorts, title sequences and commercials. As part of the double-act Berger & Wyse, with Pascal Wyse, Joe has a weekly comic strip in the Guardian and the duo’s animated title sequence for BBC1’s Hustle was nominated for a BAFTA. Joe has illustrated over thirty books for different publishers, including Tracey Corderoy’s Hubble Bubble, Frank Cottrell Boyce’s Chitty Chitty Bang Bang series as well as his own Lyttle Lies series.

As part of the event, Joe introduced pupils to Sam Lyttle, the boy who can’t stop telling porkies and the hero of two graphic novels Lyttle Lies: The Pudding Problem and The Stinky Truth. Armed with a pen and a flipchart, Joe drew enthralled pupils into Sam’s world and gave some useful tips to any budding cartoonists on how to draw comic strips.

Joseph Anderson, a Year 5 pupil took part in the event. He said, “When I am older I would like to be an author just like Joe. My favourite part of the assembly was when he shared tips on how to draw characters, I am going to practice his techniques so I can include drawings with my stories. Joe has given me lots of ideas and I can’t wait to write more stories!”

First Class Supply has an exclusive education sponsorship programme with Seven Stories – The National Centre for Children’s Books which is now in its second year. This sponsorship programme provides invaluable support to help the charity to deliver regular outreach work in schools and to continue to broaden engagement with children in the region.

Lesley Robinson, director of First Class Supply said, “The work that Seven Stories does in the region in invaluable and we are proud that our partnership enables us to offer a range of activities to children across the North East at no cost whatsoever to the schools.

“Since the launch of our exclusive partnership, hundreds of local school children have benefitted from the sponsorship, enjoying everything from Authors into Schools sessions like Joe’s, to Hooks into Books packs, Poetry Roadshows, visits to Seven Stories and Reading for Pleasure workshops.

At First Class Supply we are genuinely committed to making a contribution to our local community and enhancing the opportunities to school children in the North East.”

For further information on First Class Supply please visit www.firstclasssupply.co.uk

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