This fantastic new asset for all those primary school author studies has just launched today: www.dickkingsmith.com
Dick King-Smith, of course, sadly died in 2011, aged 88, after a long and illustrious career. He never embraced new technology during his lifetime and so this is the first website to be dedicated to his work. Here gathered together for the first time, is all the information children, parents and teachers could want on the author, whose books sold over 15 million copies worldwide.He won many awards for his books including the Special Educational Needs Award, the Children’s Book of the Year at the British Book Awards and the Guardian Children’s Book Prize. He was appointed OBE in 2010 for services to children’s literature.
The website, which is aimed at primary-age children, is filled with entertaining facts about the author and his life with a menagerie of different animals.Enchanting drawings by illustrator Layn Marlow bring the site to life and make it instantly appealling. It also includes information about his books and there are activities for children too. Amusing anecdotes abound, too, about his adventures as a soldier, farmer and primary school teacher before he became an author.
Juliet King-Smith, Dick’s eldest child, comments, ‘The family is delighted to be launching the first Dick King-Smith website. It's good to think that the website will bring our father's quirky and amusing stories to a new generation of readers. Dad wasn't one for modern technology - he was nervous of it and didn't really understand what it could achieve - but there's no doubt he'd have loved the information contained in this website and the way the animations and Layn's illustrations bring his stories so eloquently and charmingly to life.’
‘Writing my books is like handing out presents. Giving children pleasure gives you a wonderful sort of Father Christmassy feeling’ Dick King-Smith, 1995
The site very usefully hosts educational resources with ideas of how Key Stage 1 and 2 teachers might use Dick’s books in the classroom. The notes are written by highly regarded lecturer in literacy, learning and children’s books, Prue Goodwin, who frequently shared his stories with her classes when she was a teacher.
There are trailers from films adapted from his books, including the Oscar-winning Babe, which was based upon his award-winning book, The Sheep-Pig. The site will also link to the Dick King-Smith YouTube Channel, which contains footage of Dick's TV career, amongst other clips.
The website has been developed and designed by Multiple States working with project manager Alice Corrie. It was commissioned by Fox Busters, the King-Smith family company.
The launch of the site coincides with the release in February of reissues of three of the Sophie books by Walker Books with more to follow later in the year. The bright modern new look is bound to attract a new generation of readers.
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