Monday 14th June 2021 brings children’s writer Sue Wickstead to Patricia’s Pen with Writing Picturebook Stories.
Writing Picturebook Stories
My name is Sue Wickstead and I write children’s picturebooks, many with a bus theme. If you’ve ever travelled on a bus, you’ll know it’s a slow, bumpy ride but fun to watch the world pass by as you journey on the top deck. The buses in my books are based on real Playbus projects.
My original book was the Bewbush Playbus photographic history book about a real Playbus. The Playbus was a converted double-decker which provided a safe cosy place for children to play with toys and arts and crafts. It was this Playbus which inspired me to write my bus story picturebooks.
My first bus story was Jay-Jay the Supersonic Bus. Jay-Jay got his name from the original bus number plate JJK261. In my story I show Jay-Jay being rescued from a scrap yard and turned into a Playbus for children at the local airport. This followed with two more stories about Jay-Jay.
Jay-Jay and his Island Adventure
Jay-Jay is invited to an island where the children have never seen a double-decker bus – and certainly not one full of toys!
Jay-Jay and the Carnival
Jay-Jay has had an eventful summer and is ready for his journey to the carnival.
After finishing the above books my muse kept me busy with lots more ideas and characters.
Daisy Daydream the Nursery Rhyme Bus
Playbus projects were used for children’s entertainment over the school summer holidays which inspired me to write the following stories.
Sparky The Dragon Bus is a story around a bus specially converted to allow children with disabilities to play alongside able-bodied children. It is fitted with a stair lift as well as an exit slide from the top deck of the bus. Like all the other Playbuses Sparky is exciting and full of fun and adventure.
In addition to bus stories some of my stories relate to my teaching and other experiences along the way.
I have more stories in production, not always a bus, but always a bus included somewhere.
Age range for Sue’s children’s books – 4 – 8 years
About Sue Wickstead
Sue Wickstead is a teacher and author. She has currently written seven children’s picture books using a bus theme as well as a photographic history book about the real bus.
Sue once worked with a playbus charity based in Crawley. This led her to write the photographic history book about the project. Bewbush Playbus was published in 2012. She later wrote a fictional tale about the bus. Jay-Jay the Supersonic Bus, his number plate JJK261 gave him his name. This has been followed by six more picture books which all have a bus connection and link to her teaching journey.