Make your own giraffe mask from a cardboard template and choose various coloured papers to make the giraffe patterns (old magazine pages work well). No giraffes have exactly the same pattern but be sure to keep to giraffe colours.

You can add extra details with pen or crayon. Instead of using elastic to tie the mask around your head, use a gardening stick or dowel and tape it to the back of the mask so you can hold the mask in front of your face and feel you are truly taking on the face of a giraffe.

If you are doing this in a group, have a giraffe parade to music and walk slowly with a sway as if you’re walking through the African desert or through the French countryside just like Zeraffa did. You might like to stop and turn and face each other so you can see what others have made. Finally perhaps you can bow to each other stretching your necks out long just as giraffes might do if they walked together in a group on a long journey.

The mask in the picture was made when the illustrator Jane Ray and I did a combined workshop.

1899. All Nansi knows is that she and her mother were running away from someone, and then she was being fished out of Cardiff docks with no memory of how she got there. Her mother hasn’t been seen since. With nobody else to turn to, she works for Pernicious Sid at the Empire Theatre. She loves it when she gets the chance to perform and dreams of being a star, but Sid also makes her steal, sneaking into rich houses dressed as a maid, telling her the money will pay for a dectective to find out who she is. Life is hard but Nansi is a fighter, determined to protect her friend Bee and, most of all, to find her mother.

Everything changes when Constance and Violet join the theatre. At first it looks like Violet might be Nansi’s big break, but it’s Con that holds the real secret. Who can Nansi trust? As she starts to get closer to the truth, she’s soon on the run for her life.

Can she save her mother? Can she save herself?

Eloise Williams’s wild, dark Victorian thriller has a brave, complex heroine who will break your heart and make you cheer. ‘It’s hard to drown when you’re as good at swimming as I am…’

Lily’s life is in mortal peril. Her father is missing and now silver-eyed men stalk her through the shadows. What could they want from her?

With her friends – Robert, the clockmaker’s son, and Malkin, her mechanical fox – Lily is plunged into a murky and menacing world. Too soon Lily realizes that those she holds dear may be the very ones to break her heart…

It’s 1919 and Amritsar is a city on the brink of rebellion. Riots, violence and tension spill onto the streets. Bissen Singh fought bravely for the British Empire during World War One; now he waits patiently for news from England, and Gurdial, a young orphan, is desperate to marry Sohni, the daughter of a rich and evil man.

 

Rather than hand them over to the police, the lord employs the children. But what does he really want with them? Blackwood is a man obsessed. He has devoted his life to unearthing the roots of magic. Tormented by the thought of death he knows that only real magic can overcome mortality. He has in his possession a book that contains the secret of true magic, but he cannot unlock its meaning alone. Only Tom and Esther can help him unravel its terrible and dangerous secrets…

At the end of the American Civil War, Charley – a young African-American slave from the deep south – is ostensibly freed. But then her adopted mother is raped and lynched at the hands of a mob and Charley is left alone. In a terrifyingly lawless land, where the colour of a person’s skin can bring violent death, Charley disguises herself as a man and joins the army. Soon she’s being sent to the prairies to fight a whole new war against the “savage Indians”. Trapped in a world of injustice and inequality, it’s only when Charley is posted to Apache territory that she begins to learn what it is to be truly free.

14-year-old Tariro is a daughter of the soil: she loves the land, the baobab tree she was born beneath, her loving family – and brave, handsome Nhamo. She couldn’t be happier. But then the white settlers arrive, and everything changes – suddenly, violently, and tragically, robbing Tariro of all that she loves.

Forty years later, 14-year-old Katie adores her doting father, her exclusive boarding school, and her farm with its baobab tree in rural Zimbabwe. Life is great. Until the land acquisition programme forces the family off the land and to cold, rainy London.

Katie and Tariro are two girls linked by a terrible secret, grappling with the complexities of adolescence, family and a painful colonial legacy as their lives play out against the tragic history of the land in Zimbabwe.

What makes the Mona Lisa smile? Katie wants to find out so she climbs into the Leonardo Da Vinci painting. But the Mona Lisa is not really feeling very happy, so Katie tries to cheer her up …with disastrous results!
Journey through five masterpieces from five Italian Renaissance artists: Mona Lisa by Leonardo Da Vinci, An Angel in Red with a Lute by an associate of Leonardo, St George and the Dragon by Raphael, Primavera by Sandro Botticelli and The Lion of St Mark by Vittore Carpaccio.

From a smelly watering hole deep in the heart of the Serengeti to the ferocious clamour of the Colosseum, join Julius Zebra and his motley menagerie of friends as they gear up to be … gladiators! Only if they win the love of the Roman crowds will they win back their freedom. But do Julius and his pals have what it takes to succeed in a world where only the meanest and toughest survive? 

How did the universe begin? Where did humans come from? Why did Darwin cause such a commotion? And how did the Romans conquer the world? Through the use of pop-ups, flaps and booklets, ‘How the World Began’ is an exploration of the history of our planet, from the birth of the universe to ancient civilisations, the present and even the future of the earth.