Wednesday, 29 April 2020

BUG BELLY EVENTS
Catch a Bug Belly froggy event online

Book a FREE Zoom school visit with Paul - virtual authors.com

illustration of tadpoles in a row
Short 30 to 40 min Zoom visits for schools.
What is an author illustrator? My studio. Why frogs are AMAZING and a reading from my Bug Belly books. New for 2022 Frog Life Cycle with downloadable fact sheets and activities. Please email   hot.frog@me.com   to discuss what is possible and the event can then be tailored to your needs and circumstances.


FEED BUG BELLY at Barnsley Library
On 27th July I was joined by around 20 little tadpoles to enjoy book reading, artwork showing, bug colouring and cutting out. All ending ina wonderful finale game of FEEDING BUG BELLY!



SAVE THE FROGS WORLD SUMMIT
I was honoured to make a brief appearance on this year's Save the Frogs World Summit speaker list. Broadcast live to 38 countries! I presented a short section from the first Bug Belly and then showed, and spoke about, some froggy resources that I have created. A bit of a novelty and a break from the serious frog conservation agenda. But hopefully Bug Belly is playing a small part in raising awareness of nature conservation in general and a love for frogs in particular.

Save the Frogs World Summit

screen grab of Paul Morton author illustrator and some model tree frogs

graphic of Save the Frogs World Summit speaker programme



2 Zoom visits to Worsborough Common Primary 27.1.22
had another double class Zoom visit today to Classes 6 and 5. We chatted about frogs and then checked out the frog's life cycle and saw how only 2% ever make it to become a little froglet. Thank you  @WCPSc2026

Drawings of Bug Belly the Frog by Worsborough school children

↑ And look at these fantastic drawings of Bug Belly. ↑
I can see that you really listened and understood when I was drawing.

frog slideshow by Paul Morton

frog slideshow by Paul Morton



Visits to Fossdene Primary in Grennwich 25.1.22
These double class visits seem to be popular. Helps to split the class and concentrate on those AMAZING FROGS. Thank you for a great afternoon @FossdeneSchool



Zoom visits to Hoyland Common Primary
had a great double Zoom visit to Class 1 and Class 2. This is actually my old school so it was even more special for me. We looked at some AMAZING frogs, in every colour of the rainbow. Then see-through frogs and even INVISIBLE frogs! The craft and activity sheets had been downloaded and within hours I received back some wonderfully coloured in frogs. Brilliant, thank you @HoylandCommonPS

some amazingly coloured frogs. Bug Belly

map showing frogs of the world

children watching Paul Morton's Zoom visit

children watching Paul Morton's Zoom visit


school kids drawings of Bug Belly the frog book

school kids drawings of Bug Belly the frog book



Zoom visit to Hackwood Academy



For a late World Book Day I Zoomed into one of my Book Pen Pal schools. Hackwood Primary Academy in Derbyshire. I had a great time telling Owl Class about Bug Belly Babysitting Trouble and we looked at frogs from all over the world, including the biggest, and smallest.

And look what I’ve just received in the post! A fantastic pack of letters, questions, book recommendations and especially some brilliant drawings. Well done Owl Class you rock at drawing, I’m so pleased. Thank you.

If any other schools, yrs 1 to 3, would like my froggy Zoom show to beam into their classroom please get in touch.

Lots of resources and free downloads available too.




Contact me if you'd like to arrange a Zoom visit, or very soon, a real face-to-face visit.


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Over the last 12 months I've been working with three schools in the UK as their their Book Pen Pal. We exchange letters, packs of artwork and story recommendations of books that we've all enjoyed.
It's a brilliant scheme and I've really enjoyed being a part of it.
Here is just a selection of the fantastic artwork and stories I've received so far.








A big thank you to 

Hurworth Primary School, Darlington

Hackwood Primary Academy, Derby

St Oswald's CE Primary Academy, Bradford


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June - September 2020
We're very pleased and proud that BUG BELLY BABYSITTING TROUBLE has been chosen as one of the #sillysquad of books for 2020's Summer Reading Challenge. 


bug-belly in a montage of Silly Squad books for 2020 Summer Reading Challenge

If you like writing stories watch this short video on how to get great ideas for your stories. And then try the Summer Reading Story Writing Challenge.


So there will most certainly be exhibitions, readings and craft events to coincide with this honour.
Latest details so far.

Video of author/illustrator Paul Morton reading from his Bug Belly book



March 10th 2020

Just before school closures I did manage to visit one local school. I had a wonderful afternoon at Gawber Primary in Barnsley with the Super Stars in year 2.

picture shows tadpoles made by school children for Bug Belly book


First of all we learned some amazing facts about frogs. I read from the book and then we drew tadpoles together from stencils. We then cut them out and then added them to a GIANT Bug Belly school pond frieze.

picture shows tadpoles made by school children for Bug Belly book

picture shows pond freize drawn by school children for Bug Belly book

Check out the post on Gawber School's Twitter feed.

Photo of Paul Morton illustrator visiting local school



Photo of Paul Morton illustrator visiting local school





April 3rd 2020
Live book launch online & direct from my studio




Watch the full 40 min video below. But please give it a few seconds before I appear - I was setting up the 3 cameras, one for each of the social media platforms.

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