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!
I’m doing lots of school visits this week to celebrate World Book Day, but there are also three story events at Camden Market – and they’re free!
Thursday 3rd March 5.15pm
Friday 4th March 4.15pm
Sunday 6th March 5.30pm
Book free on Eventbrite here.
I’ll be reading my short story, The Story Kitten, as well as signing books and giving out badges!
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!
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
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!
Happy reading, everyone!
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!
Join me for a live Animal Stories event on Thursday 26th March at 10am.
So excited about going to the Moscow Book Fair this weekend!
My events are Saturday 8th September at the Fair, Pavilion 75 at 1pm, with signing afterwards.
Then at Chitay Gorod Bookshop, Megamall “European”, Kievsky Train station square 2, 4th Floor at 5pm.
Hoping to see lots of readers there!
I’m hopefully going to visit Moscow again this year – for the Moscow Book Fair early in September. Exact dates and more details when I have them! This photo is from my lovely trip back in 2017.