Thursday, 22 September 2016

How to Save a Superhero is Here!

What on earth is Albie up to now?  He's supposed to be tidying his bedroom, but when someone steals his last puzzle piece, things get a bit hairy.

Can Albie save his new friends Scoot and Rascal from the clutches of The Collector?

Will he manage to tidy his room before Mum's timer goes off?

You'll find all this and more in Albie's latest adventure!

PLUS... Get your hands on loads of AWESOME How to Save  a Superhero activities - They;'re all FREE!!

Take me to the Superhero Activities

How to Save a Superhero is gorgeously illustrated by the Ed-the-Incredible Eaves and published by the totally Supertastic Simon and Schuster.   Get your signed copy now in Caryl Hart's Online Bookshop.

Wednesday, 13 April 2016

The Princess and the Giant East Midlands Award Shortlist

I'm over the moon to bring you more award news! This time it's a little closer to home.

The Princess and the Giant has been shortlisted for the East Midlands Book Award.  This is a regional award open to writers based in the East Midlands. It's the first time a picture book has ever been shortlisted so getting this far is totally amazing!

There are six books in all, including novels by Steven Dunne, Tom Preston, Jonathon Taylor, Jess Green and Eve Makis.  Winners will be announced at Lowdham Book Festival in June.

The prize is £1000 so keep your fingers crossed and Sarah Warburton and I might just get a fancy afternoon tea out!

The Princess and the Giant is illustrated by Sarah Warburton and published by Nosy Crow. Find out more here.

Find out more about the East Midlands Book Award

The Princess and the Presents wins Magnolia Award

I am delighted to announce that The Princess and the Presents, published by Nosy Crow and illustrated by Sarah Warburton, has won the Magnolia Children's Choice Award for the State of Mississippi USA!

The Award aims to "introduce the children of Mississippi to current children's literature and instil a love of reading."

Lindsay Beck, Secretary, and PreK-2nd Selection Committee Chair for the Award, said, "Your book was a hit with our committee and I can also say as a school librarian, who went through the voting process with all of my students, that it was a hit with them too! Please accept my congratulations on behalf of the committee and the children of Mississippi."

I am planning a skype session with Ms Beck's class so watch this space for photos and more!

Find out more about the awards here.

Find out more about The Princess and the Presents

King's School Macclesfield and Simply Books

I had a great day with pre-school, reception and infant children at The King's School Macclesfield.  Here we are posing for a photo, kindly sent to me by Simon Carter, press photographer for Macclesfield newspapers.  

Children grew their own beanstalks, designed their own germs, made up rhymes and joined in with LOTS of stories.  I do love being in school! 

Infant Vice-Principle, Emma Warburton, told me that the children were buzzing after their sessions with me and she kept hearing snippets of conversation about what they had been doing.  Having me in was a rather brave move, as it was their first day back after the Easter holidays,  But the kids were great and it was a good way to get them in the mood as they are spending the whole week off-curriculum to focus on books and reading.  Bravo King's!

The school got in touch after working with local bookseller Simply Books, based in Bramhall. Simply Books provide a fantastic service for schools in their area, from sending goodie-boxes of books beautifully wrapped, to stocking whole libraries and advising schools on new publications and author visits.  They have a wonderful shop and cafe with home-made cakes, so do drop in if you get a chance.  

Tuesday, 5 April 2016

Sheffield Writing Competition - Win a Lego Fire Station!

Calling all Sheffield primary school children!  

How would you like to win a fantastic Lego Fire Station set, worth over £100??


I'm excited to announce that the South Yorkshire Fire & Rescue Service have launched a writing competition - and this fabulous Lego set is the prize!  

All you have to do is write a story or some non-fiction about The Day in the Life of a Firefighter.

Entries must include at least one fire-safety message.

The fire service have invited me to judge the shortlisted entries which is super-exciting as I know there are a lot of really fantastic writers in Sheffield.  The competition is open to children aged 5-11, and the closing date is 13 May 2016.


So get out your pencils, pens, paper, tablets, phones or computers and get writing!  Runners up will receive a signed book from me!

Click here to find out more.


Monday, 21 March 2016

Albie Books - Whole Term on Curriculum

I had a very inspiring day at Sandringham Primary in E7 London last week. The Year 1s have been using Albie books by me and Ed Eaves for the whole term. They've found the books especially helpful when teaching expression, making stories exciting and writing new stories. I was bowled over at the quality of teaching in this amazing school. Here's a picture of one of their displays.

Check our their blog posts!

Thursday, 17 March 2016

The Invincibles are Almost Here!

I am extremely excited to announce that Sarah Warburton and I have been working away at a new series with award-winning publishers Nosy Crow.  It's called The Invincibles and the first book is out in April.

This project is especially exciting for me as its something I've been working on for a very long time. It started life over seven years ago.  Yes SEVEN! And it is very close to my heart because the main character, Nell Henry, is very much like me.  Her best friend, Freddie Spoon is based on MY best friend when I was around six or seven years old.  He was called Richard Marvin but everyone called him "Diddy."  In reality we may have only been friends for a few weeks or months, but he must have made a huge impression on me and I often think back to that time.

Anyway, these stories are full of the sort of crazy antics that I enjoyed as a child - fishing for frog spawn, building dens, tracking wild beasts and having picnics in trees. 

And they also include some of the more daring escapades that I WOULD have got up to, if I'd had Freddie Spoon by my side. Things like rescuing piglets and saving little old ladies from robbers.

So Nosy Crow have done this awesome thing where you can read the first part of the first story. How cool is that?  It's called The Piglet Pickle and you can find it here

So go on, have a nosy.  You know you want to!

Oh, and Diddy Marvin, if you're out there, do get in touch!


Saturday, 5 March 2016

It's World Book Day Week Month Term!

Every year around mid February, I start visiting schools in preparation for World Book Day.  It's a fantastic celebration and I love spending time with all the children, especially when they are dressed up as their favourite book characters.  

Luckily schools are flexible, which means that, for me, World Book Day lasts for most of a school term!  

This year, I spent the day itself at Manningham Library in Bradford with 35 pre-schoolers and around 55 Year 1s and 2s. We had a lovely time reading stories, including lots of actions, joining in and songs.  

The little ones loved meeting Whiffy Wilson and rummaging through his wash bag, while the older ones got active digging the garden and running away from the T-Rex in How to Grow a Dinosaur.  

After each session, children had lots of fun colouring in Whiffy Wilson in his bath and giving him lots of bubbles.  Older children made Dragon Chompers and took home lots of ideas and a story sheet to make up their own Albie adventures.

Visit my website for lots of fun activities to do at home and in school.





Wednesday, 17 February 2016

Young Enterprise Students Create Bee Book

A group of 14-15 year old Young Enterprise students have written, illustrated and published a lovely picture book all about bees.

The students who are from Saint Edmund Arrowsmith Catholic High School in Ashton-In-Makerfield, have also set up a company, created a website and set up a social media accounts to promote the book.

Adam Smith, Managing Director of the company, Little Tree Books said, "Making a picture book isn’t as easy as it sounds, but with dedication and a strong team behind you, you can always succeed."

Wise words Adam!

It's great to see young people so engaged in a project that will encourage young children to understand these fascinating amazing creatures, while learning about the process of book creation and publishing.  Good Work Little Tree!

You can buy a copy of the book here


Wednesday, 10 February 2016

Potty Training? Here you go!

This cute little lad wants to go dragon hunting with his cousin, Sir Brian the Bold but he can't get his armour on because of his huge nappy.  

What is he going to to?

Well, he's going to use the potty of course. Only, he can't decide quite how it works.  Oh dear!

Don't worry, there's nothing gruesome in this book. Only wonderful illustrations by the hugely talented Laura Ellen Anderson.

Published by Orchard Books on 5 May 2016.


Monday, 25 January 2016

Whiffy Wilson - one of The Guardian's Top Ten Worriers

In a recent article in The Guardian, Georgia Pritchett identified her Top 10  worriers in children's literature.  They range from the adorable Piglet in Winnie the Pooh to Scaredy Squirrel, a wonderful character created by Melanie Watts.  

I was very chuffed to discover that the list also includes Whiffy Wilson! Here's what Georgia has to say:

"This is one of my favourite books. It is about a Wolf who is scared of baths. I read it to my stinky children a lot. It is a rhyming story, skilfully written and with superb illustrations. I hope Scaredy Squirrel never meets Whiffy Wilson..."

Thank you so much Georgia!


Dinosaurs at Russell Scott Primary School

The Year 1 and 2s at Russell Scott Primary, Denton, have been having lots of fun with How to Grow a Dinosaur. Look what happened in their playground the other day!

They've done some brilliant writing and are reading the story with excellent expression! Well done Year 1 and 2!

Monday, 30 November 2015

Here's Kyle!

Meet Kyle. He's a huge Albie fan as you can see!  When he found out his dad, Dave had messaged Ed Eaves and me on Twitter, Kyle asked if he could show off his collection. 

Now, he's waiting patiently for number 7 to be published. Not long now, Kyle!

Kyle's picture joins our other Albie fans on the Albie Fans' Wall of Fame.  See who else is reading the books here.

If you would like your child to appear in the gallery, send me a photo on Twitter and I'll put it online.


Wednesday, 25 November 2015

There's a Monster in My Fridge - New Activities!

There's a Monster in my Fridge... is there one in yours too?

Get your claws on these FAB activities and have some brilliant monstery fun.  

Developed in partnership with Zoe Toft at Playing by the Book, these activities are great for children aged 4 to 10 and fit in with the school curriculum too.  

There's a Monster in my Fridge is illustrated by the cleverly talented Deborah Allwright.  Check out her blog here.

Take me to the Monster Activities Now

      
  




Sunday, 11 October 2015

NEW Whiffy Wilson out NOW!

Whiffy Wilson, the Wolf who Wouldn't go to Bed is now OUT! 
That cheeky wolf cub will NOT go to sleep! He's much too busy lining up his cars and playing his saxophone.  Luckily Dotty is on hand to show him  how much fun bedtimes can be.

Once again, Leonie Lord has done a stunning job illustrating this, the third in the Whiffy Wilson series.  Personally signed copies available to buy over on my website.


Tuesday, 6 October 2015

Love Albie? Love a Bargain?

Wowee! And here's another offer from the fabulous Book People!  

You can buy three awesome Albie adventures for the teeny weeny price of just £4.99! Looks like it might be time to start that Christmas shopping! 

Zoom over to The Book People right NOW!

Bargain of the Year!!

Oh My Gosh!  The Book People have a super fab bargain that you simply CAN NOT ignore! Get all three Princess books for just £4.99!! That's a saving of nearly £16.00!!

All three books are written by me and illustrated by the delectable Sarah Warburton. Hurry while stocks last!  I might even buy some myself!

Take me to The Book People!

Monday, 5 October 2015

There's a Monster in my Fridge!

It's nearly Hallowe'en!

And to celebrate, I am delighted to announce that I have a new and deliciously spooky book out! 

There are monsters lurking everywhere
With pointy teeth and tangly hair
Can you find them? Dare you look
Between the pages of this book?


Wildly illustrated by the amazing Deborah Allwright, it's packed with funny monsters and surprises.  Come back soon for some sneaky peeks and activities!  

Whoooooo!!!


NEW How to Catch a Dragon Activities

Albie is always having adventures!  In this story, he meets a real knight at the library and the two of them set off on a quest to find some dragons.  The book is bursting with wonderful illustrations from the brilliant Ed Eaves.  And now you can draw your own dragon, thanks to a brand new FREE download by Ed.

And if that wasn't enough, you an also make a Dragon Chomper! Eek!

Hurry over to the Activities and Downloads
page now!

Wednesday, 23 September 2015

ALL NEW Whiffy Wilson Activities

Oh you're going to LOVE these! 

I've teamed up with the amazing Zoe Toft at Playing by the Book to create LOADS of lovely activities for little ones.  They are all designed to inspire children aged 3 to 5 and can be used at home or in the classroom.

Want to find out more? Click Here