Category Archives: Blog

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   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 to   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

Granny Mutton short-listed

Granny Mutton’s fame has stretched to Scotland. A Scarf and a Half has been short-listed for the Heart of Hawick children’s book award which will take place in May. It is one of four picture books and four junior fiction books chosen by a panel of parents, teachers and librarians. Around 600 pupils at 10 schools are now… Continue Reading

World Book Day

I’m joining in World Book Day celebrations which encourages parents and children to mark the joy and value of books and reading. I’ll be at the Chicken and Frog Bookshop in Brentwood on Saturday March 5 sharing my Granny Mutton yarns and joining in sheep related craft activities. I believe the best way to build… Continue Reading

National Storytelling Week

Whether you like dragons, fairies or finding fortune you will find the art of storytelling has it all. National Storytelling Week running from January 30 to February 6 celebrates the power of the spoken story. I find storytelling can be a great educational and therapeutic tool not only for the listener but also the teller… Continue Reading