Make a matchbox book with Claire Barker


Artform: Creative craft; drawing and writing
The Challenge: Make a teeny tiny book in a matchbox. You could even make lots of them to create a matchbox library!
What you will need: An empty matchbox, paper, pens, scissors and glue or sticky tape



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Find out more about Claire Barker:

Claire Barker is the author of two award-winning children’s series; Knitbone Pepper and Picklewitch and Jack. Her books have been translated into many languages, exploring the universal themes of friendship, magic and the natural world.

For several years she lived on a happy and chaotic little farm surrounded by an array of animals. At the same time she worked as a teaching assistant in her children’s local primary school; two things that turned out to be an endless source of inspiration. She now paints and writes stories in a shepherd’s hut in the peace of her Devon garden.

See what else you can find out about Claire from her website


Who else makes art like this?

Claire is an author and her main artform is writing. There are lots of other fantastic authors for you to find out about. Here are a few of our favourites:

Michael Morpurgo

Peter Bently

Clare Helen Welsh



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Thank you to Woody Fox for drawing the mice you can see on our Arts Award pages, if you'd like to learn how to draw mice check out Woody's challenge

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