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You Can Never Run Out of Love at Seven Stories!

You Can Never cover redOn Saturday 21st July 2018 I will be visiting Seven Stories, the National Centre for Children’s Books in Newcastle, for an interactive storytelling session based on You Can Never Run Out of Love.

For more details and to book your place, click on the book cover image.

Hope to see you there!

Launching You Can Never Run Out of Love

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We were very lucky to have Ali Pye, the illustrator of my new book, You Can Never Run Out of Love, here in Mumbles to join me for the launch party. Many thanks to the wonderful Cover OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAto Cover Bookshop for supporting our event. Hope everyone enjoyed it as much as we did!

 

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You Can Never Run Out Of Love!

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Knight Who Wouldn’t Fight shortlisted for Oscar’s Book Prize 2017

static1.squarespace.comWe are so excited that The Knight Who Wouldn’t Fight has made it onto the shortlist for the 2017 Oscar’s Book Prize, a competition which commemorates Oscar Ashton by celebrating stories that help to foster the imagination and highlighting the importance of reading with children.

Click on the image to find out more!

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Snatchabook nominated for California Young Reader Medal 2017-2018

Snatchabook US coverWe are incredibly honoured that The Snatchabook has been nominated for this prestigious award. Click on the image to find out more!

Between now and April 1st 2017, school children across the state of California will be voting for their favourite books.

Fingers crossed for Eliza and the Snatchabook…

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The Knight Who Wouldn’t Fight draws a crowd at the Good Life Experience in North Wales

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The Knight Who Wouldn’t Fight is launched!

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Launch 5A great time was had by all at the launch of The Knight Who Didn’t Fight  in Mumbles on Saturday, hosted by our fabulous local indie bookshop, Cover to Cover. Storytelling, live drawing, children’s art activities, book-signing and cake… perfect for a rainy afternoon!

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Snatchabook steals all the books in Rosendale Nursery!

Wanted SnatchabookAll the books in this Lambeth Nursery class have disappeared – who could have taken them?

Click on the poster to visit the Nursery Blog and find out! Scroll down to the week ending April 15 and take a look at some of the brilliant Snatchabook-inspired work the children have done. Don’t forget to watch the video of them investigating the crime scene!

The Snatchabook Pops Up in Hackney

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Pop Up Harrington HillThe Snatchabook and I had lots of fun visiting Harrington Hill and Orchard Primary Schools in Hackney last week through Pop Up. We acted out the story to music composed by Gerry Smith (see the Resources page of my website), and pretended to be Eliza Brown and the Snatchabook. There were lots of great dragons, witches, pirates and princesses, too!

Inspiring Reading in Young Children: Lambeth Early Years Conference

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Last week, I was invited to give the keynote speech at an Early Years conference on reading at the Oval, London. The theme of my talk was the importance of reading aloud to children every day – in my opinion, the best way to inspire in them a lifelong love of stories, and to motivate them to read. I started by reading The Snatchabook, and many of the delegates (all teachers and Early Years practitioners) told me how nice it was to be read to, for a change! My talk also touched on another subject that is close to my heart: diversity in picture books. In the afternoon, I led workshops on practical ideas for using books in the classroom, and how to build a classroom library.
I had a wonderful time meeting so many committed teachers who share my passion for reading and for books. Infant school teachers (and librarians) have such an important job: inspiring the next generation of readers.