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Reading Gladiators™ Prize Visit

Following their success in a Reading Gladiators™ mini-challenge based on The Glassmaker’s Daughter, St Matthias Primary School in London were thrilled to win an event with both the author Dianne Hofmeyr and illustrator Jane Ray.

This title was the first in the Year 2 Reading Programme for this year and their winning entry showcased the pupils’ own work based on the book.

Programme leader Gemma Crozier wrote: We are very excited to begin our Reading Gladiators journey! To share information about our club with the rest of the school, we have created a bright and colourful RG display that shows what Year 2 think of the club and shares our book of the month. We loved the illustrations in ‘The Glassmaker’s Daughter’ so we created our own images of the glass palace. On our display you can see artwork of the palace before, during and after it is smashed to SMITHEREENS! We look forward to updating our display each month and sharing our thoughts on all the wonderful RG books. 

Reading Gladiators from the Year 2 group chatted with Dianne & Jane over lunch in their classroom, sharing their favourite books and thoughts on “The Glassmaker’s Daughter”. They then talked through their own impressive interpretations of Jane’s artwork!

The afternoon was filled with a fascinating joint presentation from Di & Jane, who read through The Glassmaker’s Daughter and shared pictures of their research with children from Year 2. Jane had also brought along her original artwork for some of the pages, including her beautiful creation showing the destruction of the glass palace.

Thank you to Di and Jane for making this event possible and to St Matthias Primary School for their wonderful hospitality.

The Glassmaker’s Daughter is published by Frances Lincoln Children’s Books.

For more information on our Reading Gladiators™ programme, see our dedicated website