Schools event. Poems read by Lucinda Jacob accompanied by illustrator Lauren O'Neill.
Hopscotch in the Sky takes children on a magical poetic journey through the seasons of the year, from ice creams to Christmas trees, flying grannies to reading mermaids, haiku to rhyming verse. Funny and touching, sweet and sharp, Lucinda Jacob's poems are full of life and verve. The collection itself features a rainbow of enchanting illustration by award-winning artist Lauren O’Neill, winner of the Children’s Books Ireland Award for Illustration in 2016.
We encourage schools to purchase a copy. An accompanying e book, The Hopscotch in the Sky Poetry Kit, is free to download, introducing children to the poetic forms used in the book and chock-full of ideas to encourage readers to try their hand at writing their own poems. It will be especially helpful also to teachers who would like to include writing poetry as a classroom activity with their pupils.
Lucinda Jacob is a children’s writer and creative writing teacher. She has written (and in some cases illustrated) several books for children, as well as scripts for children’s TV and radio. She is also a textile artist and works part-time as a librarian. Lucinda often visits schools and libraries, to read and talk to children about stories and poetry, and she often works with children, helping them to write poems of their own. She lives with her husband in Dún Laoghaire near Dublin. She has two grown-up daughters. Lots of Lucinda’s poems have been published in magazines and collections, but Hopscotch in the Sky is her first book of poems.
Lauren O’Neill is a curly-haired, Wexford-born illustrator and NCAD graduate who now lives and works in Dublin. She lives with her husband, Dónal, and spends most of her time in or near her home studio, drawing, eating biscuits or going on nature walks with their dog, Smudge. She often does drawing workshops for kids, usually learning more from them than they do from her. She has worked on several books for children, and is the proud winner of the Children’s Books Ireland Honour Award for Illustration 2016 for Gulliver, a new version of Swift’s classic tale.