Bonnier Books UK imprint Piccadilly Press and Konnie Huq have teamed up to celebrate National Teachers’ Day, by delivering the Teacher Tea Break with Cookie! – two free online lessons for schools on Tuesday 5 October.
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 virtually takes over their classrooms, to deliver science experiments, STEM fun and bookish activities for young readers (aimed at readers aged 7+).
Delivered by Huq, acclaimed children’s author and former Blue Peter presenter, the 60-minute lessons will take place at 11am and 2pm and will feature activities based on her STEM and eco-inspired Cookie series, featuring an introduction to the Cookie characters, live drawing, a science quiz, save the planet tips, decoding and competitions.
The lessons will be streamed on Zoom and are free and open to all schools, libraries and home-schooled children.
Additionally, Piccadilly Press have 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 special Cookie-themed classroom decorations. There will be lesson plans and resources linked to the Cookie books available for everyone. Bookselling for the events will be done by Rocketship Bookshop in Salisbury, and teachers registered for the event will have exclusive access to discounted signed copies of the Cookie series.
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.”
Cookie and the Most Mysterious Mystery in the World is the latest title in the bestselling Cookie series (published on 2 September).