Anthony Browne brings books to Life 

24/09/2012 10:00 


Former Children’s Laureate and award-winning children’s author, Anthony Browne was guest of honour at a Cardiff Metropolitan University ‘Philosophy for Children conference’.

Anthony led a group of distinguished speakers who had gathered to talk to an audience of teachers and student teachers about how children’s thinking skills can be developed through the use of picture books and story.

(From left) Sara Stanley, Sara Liptai, Jan Baynham, Sue Lyle, Jo Bowers,
Mark Charman and Anthony Browne.
Philosophy for Children (P4C), which aims to develop children’s thinking skills continues to grow in popularity throughout south Wales with over 2000 teachers receiving training from a committed group of trainers in the area. Using a stimulus such as a picture book for discussion, children are encouraged to ask questions arising from the stories to then engage in a discussion and enquiry together.

A series of lively lectures and interactive workshops provided a range of ideas and resources that can be taken into the classroom, while Browne gave an inspiring speech about his work and how he hopes it will encourage more children to discover and ultimately love reading and engage in discussion.

Famous for the use of gorillas as characters in his books – previously saying he is fascinated by ‘the contrast they represent between strength and gentleness’ – Anthony is an acclaimed author and illustrator who champions picture books as being for all ages, not just young children.  He encourages people to read both the words and the pictures and use imagination to build the links between the two.

Acclaimed children’s author, Anthony Browne at Cardiff Met.
Speaking about Anthony’s visit, organiser Jo Bowers, senior lecturer at the Cardiff School of Education in Cardiff Met said:

“We were delighted that Anthony was able to take time out of his busy schedule to join us as his books have always been, and continue to be, a rich stimulus for engaging children in philosophical discussion. The aim of the conference was to  inspire student teachers, as well as those who have already qualified,  to share how P4C and thinking can be developed through all subjects in the curriculum.

“Thanks to Anthony and to everyone who spoke and delivered workshops, it certainly did just that.”