Sidmouth children’s author creates online resources for readers

Jo and Archie the dog. Picture: Jo Earlam

Jo and Archie the dog. Picture: Jo Earlam - Credit: Archant

A Sidmouth author has been keeping busy during lockdown creating lots of new digital content for her readers.

mong other projects, Jo Earlam, from Tipton St John, has been reading her books aloud in videos which she has now made available on YouTube.

The Herald previously reported on the children’s book author who published Archie, Space Dog! and Tuamor the Turtle.

Jo said: “When the Coronavirus lockdown happened I was partway through a project working with 200 children in seven primary schools in the Stonehouse area of Plymouth, who were using my story Tuamor the Turtle to understand more about marine plastic pollution and write their own stories, in a writing competition organised by the charity Millfields Inspired.”

She added she was now trying to reach the children who she hadn’t been able to visit directly in their schools so decided to record herself reading Tuamor the Turtle.

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Jo’s Tuamor the Turtle colouring competition is still running, until its closing date May 30.

The author has also uploaded lots of extra content including links to the illustrator Mark Hannon, showing readers how to draw turtles, as well as how he drew the images in the book.

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For Archie Space Dog, Jo has created an entirely new website, with lots of resources including a guide to how she wrote the story and suggested ideas for children writing their own books.

Jo said: “I originally created this new content to enable me to continue work I was doing with primary schools in Plymouth, but obviously it’s now there as a resource for any child, parent, teacher or school.

“I hope to have lots of colourful entries for the Tuamor colouring competition, which has age and location categories. The colouring in can be freestyle, own drawing, or using one of the sketch images on the website.

“I will also be taking part in a Tuamor-themed Marine Conservation Society free primary age webinar on June 16 at 11am which will include a question and answer session.”

Visit and for more details about upcoming events.

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