Two Kent-based children’s authors are visiting more than 20 schools to celebrate World Book Day
PUBLISHED: 16:27 27 February 2017 | UPDATED: 16:27 27 February 2017
Lotte Moore and Tole Okogwu will be informing primary school pupils about their lives and careers
Kent-based children’s book authors Lotte Moore and Tola Okogwu are gearing up to embark on a tour of more than 20 schools in Kent over the next fortnight to celebrate World Book Day.
They will visit schools from Gillingham to Maidstone, Chatham to Gravesend, Aylesford to Dartford - giving their time freely to inspire primary school children to read, write and celebrate power of storytelling.
Lotte Moore lives in West London, she is an 81-year old grandmother and has written more than 20 books including children’s picture books, novels, short stories, and an autobiography. Her latest book, Lotte’s War, reached number one in the Amazon charts over Christmas following publication on Remembrance Day 2016. It is being well received by parents and teachers of KS2 children using it as a teaching resource for WW2 lessons.
As a child, Ms Moore lived in Kent with her parents who were friends with the likes of Charlie Chaplin, Winston Churchill, H E Bates, W H Auden and Benjamin Britten. She has spoken in many schools in London and the Home Counties over the past few years. Her latest six books have been released internationally by renowned publisher Urbane Publications and are now available to buy in all good bookshops as well as Amazon online.
Tola Okogwu lives in Greenhithe, and is the author of the Daddy Do My Hair? children’s picture book series, which under-represented demographics can identify with and introduces a much-needed conversation about diversity and fatherhood. The first book in the series, Daddy Do My Hair? Beth’s Twists, launched in 2016, with the second - Hope’s Twists - due for release in time for Father’s Day 2017.
Ms Okogwu’s business partner and publisher is her mother, Florence Olajide, who also lives in Kent. Tola Okogwu is a British blogger and founder of the hair and beauty blog, My Long Hair Journey (MLHJ). Through her blog, and wider writing, she seeks to inspire, educate and empower young girls of colour to take ownership of who they are and everything that makes them unique. Ms Okogwu is passionate about parenthood, the role of fathers and strongly believes that resources for parents should be freely and widely available.
An avid reader, Ms Okogwu enjoys spending time with her family and friends around her home where she lives with her husband and daughter.
The schedule for primary school visits is as follows:
Lotte Moore - Frittenden Church of England Primary school, Cranbrook
Lotte Moore - Leeds & Broomfield Primary, Maidstone
Tola Okogwu - Whitehill Primary, Dartford
Tola Okogwu - Byron Primary School, Gillingham
Lotte Moore - Bromley High School (GDST)
Tola Okogwu - Phoenix Junior Academy, Chatham
Tola Okogwu - New Horizons Children’s Academy, Chatham
Lotte Moore - Tree Tops Academy, Maidstone
Lotte Moore - Sutton Valence Primary School, Maidstone
Tola Okogwu - Kingswood Primary School, Maidstone
Tola Okogwu - Ulcome Primary School, Maidstone
Tola Okogwu - Wrotham Road Primary School, Gravesend
Tola Okogwu - St Michaels Rc Primary School, Chatham
Tola Okogwu - St Marys Island Ce Primary School, Chatham
Tola Okogwu - Aylesford Primary School
Tola Okogwu - Our Lady’s Catholic, Dartford
Tola Okogwu - Holy Trinity, Gravesend
Tola Okogwu - Napier Community Primary and Nursery Academy, Gillingham
Lotte Moore - Folkestone Primary Academy