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James Foley’s top tips for budding cartoonists

Behind every successful creator is a first story, a first line, a first drawing. James Foley’s passion for art started young, with a step-by-step drawing of Bart Simpson and some ‘public murals’ on and underneath the tables of his childhood home. These days, James writes and illustrates for a living, and regularly presents to schoolkids and encourages them to get stuck into their art. This month James took a few moments to share his top tips for getting into (and staying into) cartooning.

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Morse code and semaphore activities for schools

Need a last-minute Book Week activity? Why not get your students to create and use semaphore flags or morse code? Morse code and the semaphore signalling method was used to communicate important military information, home-front anxieties and, eventually, hopes for a more peaceful world. We've created some handy activity sheets for the book Lighthouse Girl by Dianne Wolfer and Brian Simmonds. Download them by clicking on the images below and pressing print.

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Design your own robot with James Foley

Sally Tinker of S. Tinker Inc. is the world's foremost inventor under the age of 12 and creator of Brobot: Just as a Brother Should Be (patent pending). Fremantle Press is offering five lucky schools the chance to win two special Brobot gift packs: one for the classroom and one for the person who designs the best robot.

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