Bonnier Books UK imprint Piccadilly Press has teamed up with Konnie Huq to celebrate National Teachers’ Day, delivering two free online lessons on 5th October.
Huq, an author and former “Blue Peter” presenter, will deliver 60-minute lessons called "Teacher Tea Break with Cookie!" at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. They will feature activities based on her STEM and eco-inspired Cookie series, including an introduction to the characters, live drawing, save the planet tips, decoding and competitions.
“Created as a thank you to teachers, who Huq feels are unsung heroes of lockdown, Konnie is inviting teachers to sit back and relax as she takes over their classrooms virtually, to deliver science experiments, STEM fun and bookish activities for young readers, aimed at readers aged seven and above,” Bonnier said.
The lessons will be streamed on Zoom and are free and open to all schools, libraries and home-schooled children. Additionally, Piccadilly Press has partnered with Maryland Cookies and Bird and Blend Tea to give the first 1,000 teachers who register a bundle of freebies including tea, biscuits and Cookie-themed classroom decorations. Teachers registered for the event will also have exclusive access to discounted signed copies of the Cookie series via Rocketship Bookshop in Salisbury.
Helen Wicks, Bonnier Books UK’s executive director, said: “Bonnier Books UK is delighted to support Konnie’s Teacher Tea Break events. Author events like this bring books to life for children and encourage them to develop a love of reading for pleasure. We know that Konnie and Cookie will enthuse thousands of children through these fun and informative STEM-inspired events, as well as supporting all of our hardworking and inspirational teachers in what they do.”
Huq revealed she wanted to support schools which are "understaffed and underfunded", calling for teachers to be given a pay rise. “Homeschooling has shown us that teachers are undoubtedly unsung heroes of our nation, helping shape the adults of tomorrow,” she added.
To find our more or register, visit the website.