This is a very busy time of year for children’s authors – World Book Day! I’m still doing World Book Day events this week too, but here are photos from some of the schools I visited last week. Above are some of the children from Birch Copse School, in their gorgeous library!
And this is me with the librarian from Reading School, where I talked to the boys about how I started writing, and also helped out with a GCSE English Language group – fascinating watching someone else analyse your writing!
Hope everyone had a fabulous World Book Day!
There’ll be a special World Book Day celebration going on at Kidzania this Saturday! I’ll be there between 11am and 1pm, talking about The Perfect Kitten. Come along and say hello!
Just wanted to post this lovely image (created by Lauren, one of the brilliant Scholastic editorial team). World Book Day is so exciting – dressing up, making a fuss about books, getting book recommendations from friends! It’s really wonderful that we celebrate reading, especially reading for pleasure. I became a writer through loving books and working in publishing (still one of the most fantastic jobs ever, but writing does just about win). The Princess and the Suffragette was inspired by a book I read over and over as a child, A Little Princess. I’m only a writer because I loved to read first!
Well, I think this year’s World Book Day counts as the strangest ever! I was supposed to be at a school in London, but the events had to be cancelled due to snow. I saw so many photos of brave authors trekking out to schools round the country!
The photo above is me on my way to a very cold event earlier in the week.
I hope you all had a wonderful day – either celebrating World Book Day in school all dressed up, or at home snuggled up on the sofa with a book!
I’ve been sent some gorgeous photos of World Book Day costumes…
Hannah took this brilliant Rex to be Polly from the Hounds of Penhallow.
Two fabulous Suffragettes – it’s so lovely to see people inspired by The Princess and the Suffragette.
A very sad and lost kitten
Maisie Hitchins with Wonder Woman, which is an excellent combination, I think.
And some amazing Extreme Reading!
Yesterday I went to talk about Furry Friends at the Beaver pack that all my children attended. We fired marshmallows round the hall (of course!) and finished off with making masks based on my Animal Stories. This particularly perfect puppy is Lottie – she’s actually a Cub, but she was helping out!
You can’t see, but the mask said “I love Holly Webb” on it, and Lottie had brought all her books to be signed too. I’ve never seen a more beautifully rolled neckerchief, either. My children’s always looked a bit like they’d been cleaning the floor with them…
Thanks to everyone who has sent photos of their gorgeous World Book Day costumes! I hope you all had an amazing day. And thanks to all the fab mums, dads and grandmas who helped create these beautiful outfits!
This is a fantastic Maisie Hitchins outfit, and she even has a case to solve – The Case of the Missing PE Trainers! Hope you found them!
Buttons the Runaway Puppy in a mash-up with Percy Jackson…
Here’s Martha as Misty the Abandoned Kitten!
And lastly, here is Katie as Amelia from The Winter Wolf. Katie and her Grandma Moira made this costume together, and it’s beautiful. They even managed to find a wolf to be Frost!
What makes it even better is that this is Katie’s second time dressing up as one of my characters. Last year she was Lotta from The Reindeer Girl.
Thanks everyone for sending me these gorgeous photos!
I hope everyone’s looking forward to World Book Day! It’s the 20th year, and there are loads of brilliant celebrations going on. Are you dressing up for school? I’m feeling quite jealous that I don’t get to wear an amazing costume. I will be carrying around a huge guinea pig though!
If you’re dressing up as a character from one of my books, please send me a photo to go in the gallery! Have an amazing day!
So many of you celebrated World Book Day in style! I love making costumes, but some of my readers (or their lovely parents!) are amazingly talented and creative. Have a look!
Maisie Hitchins – everyone loves that purple dress!
Look at the hair!
This Maisie came with an interesting sidekick…
Catkin from The Secret Kitten was popular this year too!
Katie and her gran made this fabulous Reindeer Girl costume – Katie even has a baby Karl reindeer. (Such a pity there was no snow!)
Abbie’s school was running a competition to find an unusual place to read – Abbie read to her lucky dog Poppy! It does look a bit uncomfortable though…