Tuesday, 7 December 2010
Don't Dip Your Chips in Your Drink, Kate! has won an Award!!!!!
Leigh and I won Highly Commended Picture Book AND Community Libraries Favourite Book at the Sheffield Children's Book Awards!!
The awards are voted for by children from across Sheffield - over 200 schools took part this year. We are so grateful to all the amazing organisers, but mostly to the children of Sheffield. We love you!!!
Wednesday, 10 November 2010
Tuesday, 9 November 2010
Saturday, 28 August 2010
One of the staff came up to talk to me in Waterstones today, to say that Don't Dip Your Chips in Your Drink, Kate is her daughters' favourite. She said, "They do have most of the bad manners described in your book, but hadn't thought of dipping their chips yet. Now they do it all the time!" Oops! Soz!
So Supermarket Zoo was in the window at Waterstones, and lots of kids came in to make whacky shopping lists, make monkey masks and listen to stories. We actually made some sales too which always helps!
Don't worry if you didn't make it, all the activity sheets are on my website, www.carylhart.com
Friday, 27 August 2010
Thursday, 26 August 2010
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Tuesday, 20 July 2010
While doing some research for my new young fiction project, I came across this first edition of Treasure Island, by Robert Louis Stevenson. Clear out your attic, rummage around in your grandparents' drawers, and you could make a fortune. This 1883 first edition is on sale for nearly £22,000!!!
Many authors visit schools, libraries and other public venues. Author visits are a fantastic motivation for children, teachers and parents. Children get to meet their literary heros and get stuck in to some brilliant creative activities.
But, for me, the most valuable thing about school visits, is that children learn that authors are real people. We all started life as babies, we went to school, got in trouble with our teachers (or not!). We all had crushes and spots and made mistakes.
Author visits say to children: "If I am just like you, you could be just like me, if you want to be."
I think this is a very powerful and enabling message to give children.
To find out more about booking an author, go to:
Friday, 2 July 2010
Look what was waiting on my doorstep when I got back from walking the dog!
Today is publication day for my third picture book, Supermarket Zoo and these beautiful flowers are from the team at Simon & Schuster.
I can't believe its finally out!
Watch out for special promotions in Waterstone's, Asda, Sainsbury's, WHSmith and Amazon throughout July and August!!!
Have you spotted a copy of Supermarket Zoo or Don't Dip Your Chips in a store near you? If you have, you could win a prize!
Take a picture of yourself in front of any shop display of Supermarket Zoo or Don't Dip Your Chips and email it to me, together with your name, age and the name and location of the store.
The person who sends me the best photo will win a personally signed copy of Supermarket Zoo!
Please email photos as a jpeg (no more than 100 KB) to:
Competition closes 31 August 2010
Wednesday, 30 June 2010
Tuesday, 29 June 2010
Saturday, 26 June 2010
Firth Park Library 10.00 - 11.30
To Book: Tel 0114 203 7433
Eccleshall Library 1.00 - 2.00
To Book: Tel 0114 203 7222
Central Library 3.30- 4.30
To Book: Tel 0114 273 4734
or follow this link:
The Sixth Sick Sheik's Sixth Sheep's Sick!
Go on.. give it a go (head stands optional)!
Wednesday, 23 June 2010
Great to meet you Harriet!
Check out Harriet's books here: http://www.harrietgoodwinbooks.com/
I was at Picknalls First School on Monday, with about 300 nursery and infant children! I have never seen so many small children in once place and ALL behaving IMPECCABLY!! What lovely, responsive children there are in Uttoxeter!
We had great fun joining in with stories and making collages and making a LOT of noise with percussion instruments!
Yesterday I was based at Windsor Park Middle School, working with about 90 Year 2s and 3s. We made rhyme machines and made up lots of very silly rhymes. In the afternoon, I was at the Uttoxeter Cinebowl with about 100 Year 1s 2s and 3s. I dread to think what anyone outside thought of all the mooing, and baaing that was going on, but we had a great time!!
Thank you to Eleanor Shakespear from Thomas Alleyne's High School for all her hard work organising the festival, and to all the teachers who helped run the activities. And of course, to all the fantastic children!
Sunday, 20 June 2010
I am hoping that I'm not going to be talking to a cinema full of bleating sheep on Tuesday! Perhaps I'll bring my dog Roo, just in case!!
Thursday, 17 June 2010
On Monday, I'll be working with Julia Jarman, Author of Class 2 at the Zoo and other fab stories. We'll be visiting Picknalls First School where we are planning all sorts of fun activities for around 200 infant school children.
Then on Tuesday I'm visiting Windsor Park Middle School to work with 3 classes of Year 3 and Year 4 children, then in the afternoon, I'm speaking at the Cinebowl to lots of children from the Ryecroft cluster of schools.
Should be fun!!
By the way, don't bother ringing me on Wednesday, I'll be in bed!!
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Monday, 7 June 2010
I have visited libraries in Shirebrook, Buxton and Pinxton, and hooked up the the library bus at Tibshelf.
Unfortunately, I don't have any pictures that I can show you yet, but we had a great time reading stories, making zizzers, cutting, sticking and gluing!
Wednesday, 2 June 2010
Today I visited children at Shirebrook and Buxton libraries, and we had lots of fun making up silly rhymes and using home made percussion instruments to play some poems.
Thursday, 27 May 2010
Tuesday, 25 May 2010
Friday, 21 May 2010
Q: What do you get if you mix 30 very small children, a trolley of percussion instruments, scissors, glue, sparkles, string, stories and songs.... and what do you get?Lots and Lots of Fun!!
(Oh, and quite a lot of noise!) Check out the Gallery to find out more about my time with Fairfield and St Peter's Nursery Schools in the Building Foundations Project:http://tinyurl.com/3xzbgyn
Thursday, 13 May 2010
Wednesday, 12 May 2010
Here we are, all very excited, waiting to go into the Rainbow Magic Premiere! If you haven't already heard of them, Rainbow Magic is a series of hugely successful books published by Orchard Books, and written by Daisy Meadows. HiT entertainment have just released a Rainbow Magic film on DVD and we were invited down to Leicester Square in London to walk up the pink carpet and enjoy the first screening of the film.We had a great time laughing at the silly goblins, hiding from the scarry snowman and eating popcorn. Afterwards the children had a great time at the Rainbow Magic party, with pink party food, face painting, balloon sculpture, photographs, more balloons, magic tricks, crafty stuff and more. And as if that wasn't enough, we each got a bulging party bag with a copy of the DVD, books, CDs, and a lovely sparkly snowstorm to put in photographs we had taken with the Rainbow Fairies. What a great day. Thanks Orchard for inviting us!!More pictures to follow!
Friday, 30 April 2010
Publishing a picture book is a LOOOOONNNNNGGG process, especially if you are just starting out.
Supermarket Zoo is due out on 1 July this year. That’s two years after it was snapped up by Simon & Schuster in May 2008 and three years from the time I first sat down to write the story.
And you won’t see a paperback until this time next year, May 2011!! So if you want to get a picture book published, you’d better start now!!
Thursday, 22 April 2010
Monday, 19 April 2010
Sunday, 18 April 2010
Friday, 16 April 2010
There's writing, and re-writing and more re-writing. Then once your text has been acquired, your editor will ask you for more changes. Then when your illustrator looks at the text, you will probably have to change even more, either because they can't draw what you've asked of them, or because there are too many words to fit on the page. It's fun to look back at your original text and see how much things have changed! Usually for the better.
Friday, 5 March 2010
I had a great time at Somers Park Primary School in Malvern this week. I wanted the children to find out about the process of creating a picture book, and what better way to do so than inviting volunteers to dress up? By the time we had all the key players up at the front, there were hardly any children left in the audience!
For more pictures to to my gallery:
Thursday, 18 February 2010
I have just found out that Don't Dip Your Chips in Your Drink, Kate! has been nominated for the picture book category of the Sheffield Children's Book Award!Last year, over 200 Sheffield schools took part in the awards, voting for their favourite picture books, shorter novels and longer novels. The awards ceremony was a riot! Imagine a city hall full to bursting with school children screaming their heads off for their favourite titles! It's incredible! Last year, the picture book award was bagged by Steve Smallman and Joelle Dreidemy for Smelly Peter, The Great Pea Eater and in 2008, Claire Freedman and Ben Cort won with Aliens Love Underpants. As you can imagine, I am absolutely thrilled to pieces that Don't Dip Your Chips in your Drink, Kate! has been nominated. But we'll all have to wait a wait to find out how we get on, because the award ceremony isn't until November!! I can't reveal the other five books to be nominated as two have yet to be confirmed, but prmise to update you all when I find out.Meanwhile, all you Sheffield kids - get voting!!!
Thursday, 11 February 2010
I have just finished a tour of village schools in Derbyshire as part of The Write Stuff literacy project organised by Lady Manners School. We had a brilliant time, reading stories and finding out all sorts of secrets about publishing picture books. Also appearing in the festival were Lynne Chapman, and The Two Steves! Check out my website gallery for lots of pictures and video clips!www.carylhart.com
Tuesday, 2 February 2010
I have just heard that David Tennant, former Doctor Who is going to record the audio CD for Supermarket Zoo!! How cool is that! They are recording tomorrow, so I'm hoping to get a signed copy! The CD will be released in July 2011. Supermarket Zoo the book is out this July and it's looking FANTABULOUS!!!
Tuesday, 26 January 2010
Friday, 22 January 2010
Here I am, doing what I enjoy most.I've just finished a long walk through one of the most beautiful places in the world with two of my favourite friends in the world. In this picture, we are drying out in The Old Smithy cafe, our wet socks steaming on the radiator, large mugs of tea in our hands and in front of us a gut-buster Full English - salty bacon, fried egg, perfectly blackened sausages, mushrooms, tomatoes, baked beans and chips. These are the simple pleasures of an author's life in the Peak District!
Tuesday, 19 January 2010
I am just about to launch a new programme of environmental and literacy workshops for schools within the Peak District National Park.Look Where We Live is aimed at children growing up in the Peak District. The workshops give children the chance to tell the world what they think about their own environment.
Children explore their surroundings using environmental games, role play and other thought-provoking activities. They use descriptive writing, poetry, drama, illustration and video to communicate their thoughts and feelings to others. The best work will be published on the project website for friends, family, residents, visitors and environmental managers to see.
The workshops are supported by the Peak District National Park Authority and East Midlands Development Agency, under the Live & Work Rural programme.Come back soon to find out more!
Tuesday, 12 January 2010
You can follow my blog, see my books and have a generally very good nosey around! Only one of my books is listed so far, others to follow on publication! Visit my website to find out more: www.carylhart.com