Rupert Bear illustrator Stuart Trotter, from County Durham,
pictured with pupils from Newcastle School for Boys
after he declared the new library open.
The artist whose drawings bring Rupert Bear to life for young readers,
officially opened a Newcastle school library yesterday.
Illustrator Stuart Trotter, from Ferryhill, County Durham,
was the guest of honour at the official opening of the new
Newcastle School for Boys Infants Library in Gosforth.
Not only did Stuart – who is also an approved illustrator of Postman Pat, Kipper,
and Wallace and Gromit – declare the library open, but he also
lent the pupils a helping hand to create their own illustrated picture books.
Newcastle School for Boys is the city’s only independent all boys school
for pupils aged between three and 18 and the new library will cater specifically
for the reading needs of those from nursery to Year 2.
Stuart, who is also an author and publisher of children’s books,
spent the day at the school working with the children and sharing
some of the skills which have made him one of the UK’s top children’s book illustrators.
“It is a really nice, well stocked library. It is good for the children to go
in and read the sort of books that I illustrate” said Stuart.
Sian Woosnam, head of infants said, “I am delighted to have
the new library open so that boys of all ages are able to
have access to a wide range of books to encourage
reading for pleasure and independent research skills.''