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Bookville Kilkenny

I’m so excited to be visiting Kilkenny for the Bookville Festival! I’ll be talking about my Animal Stories and sharing lots of tales about my own animals and the inspiration behind my books. More details about the festival are here.

World Book Day 2022

I’m back home now after a great week travelling round different schools and events for World Book Day. It’s always so brilliant to see everyone’s excitement about books and reading! I got to visit three brilliant schools:

And about sixteen more online, through a fab Museum Kittens online event with Tameside Libraries. One of the schools got to visit the library afterwards to find my books – I love these photos!

I also did lots of reading on a book barge moored at Camden Market! They had gorgeous book themed food, a butterfly (from The Very Hungry Caterpillar) on stilts, and a chair made out of books!

It was brilliant to see so many children dressed up as characters from my books too!

This is a fantastic Star!

It was so lovely to see Museum Kittens costumes for the first time!

And I got to help make museums with Sarah Lodge’s brilliant artwork:

We also had Jess the Lonely Puppy

Maisie Hitchins, with beautiful red hair!

A fabulous Rose costume, from Rose and the Magician’s Mask

And me! I love this one – I do wear a lot of cardigans and big necklaces…

Hope you all had an amazing World Book Day too!

Upcoming events

I’ve got lots of school visits planned for the week around World Book Day – 28th February to 4th March – but I also have two free public storytelling events that week at Camden Market in London. Times are not absolutely fixed yet, but are probably Thursday 3rd 5.15-5.45pm (possibly this will change to earlier!) and Friday 4th 4.15-4.45pm. So looking forward to events again!

A Puppy’s First Christmas

It’s so exciting to have 50 books in the Animal Stories series! A Puppy’s First Christmas has been getting some lovely reviews online, but I think this is my favourite… This gorgeous puppy belongs to the Eaton family – you can find them on Instagram at @an.eaton.readit

50th Animal Story!

I’m so excited that my 50th Animal Stories book is published today! The first book in the series, Lost in the Snow, was published in 2006. I don’t remember very much about that year as I also had baby twins, so I was a little bit sleep-deprived! But it’s wonderful to see the first and 50th books together.

This is fifteen years of puppies and kittens!

Book shelf with Animal Stories

Happy reading, everyone!

New covers!

My Animal Stories series has a new look! Pip, the lovely designer at Little Tiger, has come up with a new design, still featuring the beautiful artwork by Sophy Williams, who has been illustrating this series for 15 years now! Thanks so much to Pip and Sophy for making the books look so gorgeous. The only problem is that now when I do book signings I will have to be as neat and beautiful as the signature on the cover…


I can’t quite believe it, but at the moment I’m working on the fiftieth book in the Animal Stories series, which will be published for Christmas 2021. It doesn’t seem possible! I’m loving working on a story about an adventurous Labrador pup and his shy owner – although it was quite tricky to write about snow a couple of weeks ago during the heatwave!

Reading Children’s Festival

Come and join the launch of Reading Children’s Festival at the launch event, Forbury Fiesta, on Saturday 11th May. I’ll be doing two storytime events, at 11am and 11.45am, with a chance to draw your own book covers and make cat bracelets too. My events will be in the bandstand, and there will be lots of other fun things to do all over Reading’s Forbury Gardens.

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