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!
A brilliant half-term treat!
Lots of fab author events are happening over half-term week at new bookshop, Four Bears Books in Caversham.
Come along on Thursday 28th October at 10am to find out about my Museum Kittens books, and then make your own kitten!
Book on Eventbrite here.
Really looking forward to a live author event!
Join me and the fantastic illustrator Sarah Lodge, talking with lovely editor Ella from Little Tiger Books. Find out all about the Museum Kittens series, and lots of details about how Sarah and I work. There’ll be a chance to ask your questions too! We’ll be live at 6.30pm @littletigerbooks on Instagram.
One of the best things about writing books is getting to have your stories and characters illustrated. I love seeing illustrations so much! For my new (ish!) series Museum Kittens, the amazing Sarah Lodge created some character ideas while I was working on the first book – and they were just right! She had even drawn Bianca washing Tasha’s ears, a scene I’d only just written, it felt perfect. Sarah also works as a bookseller at Foyles, one of the oldest and most famous bookshops in London, and she has drawn the most fabulous Museum Kittens artwork around their children’s department – I love it! I’m so sad that with lockdown I may not actually get to London to see it for myself, but here are some wonderful photos… Thanks so much, Sarah!
Today is publication day for The Pharaoh’s Curse, the second in my Museum Kittens series, and also for my new winter story, Luna! I love the gorgeous Museum Kittens illustrations by Sarah Lodge, they bring the kittens to life. You can see from the cover that Sarah has drawn the most amazing Egyptian artefacts for this story too!
Luna is illustrated by Jo Anne Davies – her pictures of Hannah and the little bear cub Luna are so full of emotion and excitement. I so hope you enjoy these two!
This is the beautiful cover of Luna by Britta Teckentrup.
You can find out more about both books on my YouTube channel here!
The Pharaoh’s Curse on YouTube
Luna on YouTube
The first book in my new Museum Kittens series, The Midnight Visitor, is published today! I’ve loved writing this book. I’m a huge cat fan, and I love museums, so this series combines two of my favourite things! It was inspired by the real museum cats at the Hermitage Museum in St Petersburg, Russia, and the British Museum in London.
The Midnight Visitor is the story of Peter, the little black kitten who arrives at the museum on a stormy night, and has to try to fit in with the other kittens. If you love museums too, why not try making your own Museum in a Box, with Peter, Tasha, Bianca and Boris to guard your special treasures? You can find the activity sheet on the Activities page under Pics and Things. Send me photos of your museums too!
Author Live Broadcasts on Instagram
Authors are putting together a timetable of LIVE events on Instagram that you can tune into. The beauty of a LIVE event is that you can post comments for the person broadcasting. They can then respond to those comments in real time.
See my news page for more details!
Tune in on Monday 16th to hear all about my new series Museum Kittens.
Find me on Instagram here at 2pm!
I am so excited that I have a new series coming out, with the first book The Midnight Visitor published in April! Museum Kittens was inspired by the cats at the Hermitage Museum in St Petersburg
and the British Museum in London, especially the amazing Mike!
It’s about Peter, Tasha, Boris and Bianca and their adventures trying to protect the museum from the dastardly rats (and Boris’s unfortunate obsession with sandwiches…) The books are gorgeously illustrated by Sarah Lodge – it’s been so exciting for me seeing her amazing illustrations bring the characters to life.
My cats are resolutely unexcited about more books, however hard I try…