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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

Knit and a Knot reviews

Little Lionel has detected some great reviews for the latest Granny Mutton yarn A Knit and a Knot. Here’s what some of the readers have said – “Amanda Brandon and Catalina Echeverri have teamed up again for the latest baa-rilliant story featuring Granny Mutton. We can’t wait to see what she makes next!” Full review… Continue Reading

Book Launch

Join Little Lionel on the trail of some book fun on Saturday October 15 when I will be reading and signing his latest adventure in A Knit and a Knot at The Book Nut, Barleylands Craft Village, Billericay. The book launch starts at 3pm. For more details click events at  http://www.thebooknut.co.uk   Continue Reading

Hooray! A Knit and a Knot publication day

I’m thrilled to announce the publication of the third Granny Mutton yarn – A Knit and a Knot out this week. It was great fun to write and Catalina has produced some energetic and vibrant pictures of Little Lionel and Rocky playing detectives when Granny discovers her favourite wool is missing. Thanks to everyone who has written some… Continue Reading

Scarf stretches across the world

  A Scarf and a Half has stretched across the world to Australia. The Wodonga Library features the tale of Granny Mutton and Little Lionel on its online story time session with Mrs Mac. To watch go tohttp://www.youtube.com/user/storytimeanytime   Continue Reading

Summer reading challenge

The Big Friendly Read is coming up this summer at libraries across the country. Last year more than 750,000 children took part in the summer reading challenge to encourage children to read six books over the holidays collecting stickers and rewards along the way. Last year A Scarf and a Half was on the reading list. I… Continue Reading

Hawick Book Awards

  I didn’t need A Scarf and a Half when I visited the Scottish Borders for the Heart of Hawick Children’s Book Awards. The sun was shining and I received a warm welcome.   My scarf book was one of four picture books short-listed for the award. A further four were chosen for junior fiction. We… Continue Reading