Wednesday 29 April 2020

Either Zoom or in person visit
Taking bookings NOW for 2023
Book a FREE Zoom school visit with Paul - virtual

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 &'23 Frog Life Cycle with downloadable fact sheets and activities. Please email   to discuss what is possible and the event can then be tailored to your needs and circumstances.

  Visit to Yorkshire Wildlife Trust  

October 2023, had a great day as part of National Literacy Trust's GREAT GREEN READ. I was invited to Potteric Carr Wildlife Reserve in Doncaster, to meet three different classes. They listened to me reading from Bug Belly and then tried out some Sneaky Snake drawings and crafts.

Summer Reading Challenge

September 2023, at my local library in Dodworth, South Yorkshire, I presented these fantastic Summer Reading Challenge readers with their awards. Some had read over 100 books this summer for the challenge! Amazing and WELL DONE!!!

Image of children and Paul Morton author illustrator
Summer Reading Challenge readers in Dodworth Library
STORY TIME at Worsborough Library
September 2023, I read from Bug Belly Babysitting Trouble and showed some giant artwork spreads. A huge thank you to everyone who came and especially to Katie for helping me show the illustrations. Afterwards we coloured in some Bug Belly puzzle sheets. And thanks to everyone who bought the books.

February half term 2023 I took the Bug Belly road show to my 'local' library in Hoyland, South Yorkshire. This wonderful library had a make-over last year and boasts a gigantic 3D ELMER the elephant amongst other children's books goodies. We had a great afternoon reading and looking at giant Bug Belly artwork. Then we coloured in some bugs and the children enthusiastically helped to feed Bug Belly. And he was VERY grateful. Thanks to all who came and all who bought the books.
Photo of Bug Belly the frog event at Hoyland Library

Photo of Bug Belly the frog event at Hoyland Library

Photo of Bug Belly the frog event at Hoyland Library

30th August 2022, we had a live Bug Belly event in the wonderful Children's Bookshop in Lindley, West Yorkshire. Around 12 kids with grown ups crammed in to listen to readings from Bug Belly Babysitting Trouble. Then we made some delicious looking colourful bugs, and we finished with a 'FEED BUG BELLY game. I can proudly say that the big green frog was very happy with the results.
Montage of photographs showing children enjoying Bug Belly the frog bookshop event
Montage pf pics showing childrens book event with Paul Morton and Bug belly the frog

I'd love to come and run a Bug Belly session at your local bookshop, please get in touch.

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

Thanks to Lucy at the library for some of these photographs.
Here's how it went, I had a really great team of bug colourers and Bug Belly feeders. Thanks to all who showed up.

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.


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


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.

No comments:

Post a Comment

GO TO BUG BELLY EVENTS Book a FREE Zoom school visit with Paul -  virtual Or book me directly for bookshops, schools and librar...