To celebrate the publication of my Maverick early reader with Sophia Touliatou, ‘Biscuit Blast Off!’ I thought I’d share a little bit about how the new book came about since early readers can be something of a mystery to authors.
World Book Day shines a spotlight onto the subject of books and reading all over the world and this year I was lucky enough to spend the week with a large array of children and adults, many of them dressed as their favourite book characters!
Yesterday we returned to Waterstones, Drake Circus, Plymouth, almost a year to the day that ‘Aerodynamics of Biscuits’ was first launched!
This time we were celebrating the news that Oliver and the pirate mice will be published as an early reader (purple band) by Maverick Books, illustrated by Sophia Touliatou.
I’ve wracked my brain for another, more interesting, way to start this post but I just can’t think of anything more original than… where *has* the year gone?
I made a day trip to North Devon yesterday to see RHS Garden Rosemoor in all its beauty. I also got to see firsthand the hilarious Professor S .Tory, as part of a series of space themed workshops and activities running throughout August.
I have come to the conclusion (and it wasn’t difficult) that joining The Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators is the BEST New Years resolution I ever made …. accidentally- on -purpose !
Here’s where I fess up that joining (what I now know is a wonderfully supportive group of like-minded people), was actually a mistake!
To help me explain I’ve created a timeline:
I enjoyed a fabulous week celebrating World Book Week with the children and staff at White Rock Primary in Paignton and Lady Seawards Primary in Exeter.
Here’s a quick round up!
I had a lovely morning at Ivybridge Library as part of a weekend of festivities that sees the Christmas lights turn on. Here are a few photos of the event and of the Christmas mice we made, perfect as tree decorations… I wonder if any made it home..?!
The highlight was an unexpected blast from the past: a little girl I taught in reception, who is now in year Seven! You were the perfect Christmas helper, thank you , Tilly!