Category Archives: Blog

National Writing Day

Grab a pen and some paper and get scribbling for  National Writing Day on June 27. The importance of reading is well-known but the skills and enjoyment gained from writing are often over-looked. The aim of National Writing Day is to support people in putting their stories onto paper whether it be from their imagination,… Continue Reading

Royal Birthday Surprise

My latest story The Royal Birthday Surprise is featured in May’s edition of the beautifully designed Storytime Magazine.(issue 45) Prince Henry wants a big birthday bash but it doesn’t go to plan. The story has been given some delightful illustrations by Jessica Gibson.  Check it out at http://www.storytimemagazine.com     Continue Reading

World Book Day Fun

Little Lionel is on the trail of book enthusiasts for World Book Day on March 1. I will be visiting pupils for storytelling sessions and hope children will spread the word that reading can be fun. There’s ideas, quizzes, and dressing up suggestions on the official website http://www.worldbookday.com   Continue Reading

Storytellers’ Christmas

Essex authors in every genre from local history to children’s books, crime and YA  gathered for Storytellers’ Christmas recently. Here I am with children’s author Tessa Buckley who writes the Eye Spy adventure series. Continue Reading

Spectacular Specs

Miss Beck’s Spectacular Specs is my latest story to appear in the beautifully illustrated Storytime Magazine which celebrates its third anniversary this month.(issue 37) The pupils of Class 3B rescue tiny teacher Miss Beck but will her Spectacular Specs save her from peril in the classroom? The magazine is one of the UK’s biggest subscription magazines for children and… Continue Reading

Knit in public day

  Granny Mutton has her needles ready for World Wide Knit in Public Day on Saturday June 10. Communities across 57 countries across the globe will be holding events which range from knitting for charity, yarn swaps, teaching children to knit and creating new knitting classes. For more details and to find an event near you see… Continue Reading

Share a Story Month

If you love a good picture book then why not share it with others? The power of illustrations is the focus of National Share a Story Month organised  by The Federation of Children’s Book Groups.  www.fcbg.org.uk Readers have told me how much they enjoy the vibrant illustrations by Catalina Echeverri in the Granny Mutton yarn series… Continue Reading

World Book Day celebrations

   It was great to meet some enthusiastic young readers at Rayleigh Library to kick off World Book Day celebrations. We had fun with Granny Mutton’s super long scarf and lots of socks. Thanks to Linda Hunt and Tracy Potter at the library the children also enjoyed wool weaving and making fluffy sheep pictures. Continue Reading

Simply Knitting

Granny Mutton has made it into top knitting magazine Simply Knitting. The article by Judy Darley in issue 156 focusses on the Granny Mutton yarns and how the books are encouraging children to try knitting. For more details go to http://www.theyarnloop.com   Continue Reading

Boolino best books

It was great to see A Box of Socks and A Scarf and a Half amongst the best selling books of the month at online platform Boolino Books. The website aims to turn children into book lovers by helping parents find books they like in an easy way. There are blogs about the latest ideas and issues concerning children’s… Continue Reading