Who will you be giving a book to on International Book Giving Day?

February 14th is International Book Giving Day. The aim? To get books into the hands of as many children as possible, all around the world.

I will be giving away copies of my new book, ‘Flying Lemurs’ to local libraries and schools and via a competition on twitter and facebook. If you want the chance to win a signed copy, make sure you take a look at my pages by Monday 13th February to find out how to enter the prize draw!
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ibgd_poster_with_signatureBelow is a little more information about International Book Giving Day. For more, check out their website: bookgivingday.com

Internation Book Giving Day takes place on 14th February each year. The aim? To get books into the hands of as many children as possible. International Book Giving Day is a 100% volunteer initiative aimed at increasing children’s access to and enthusiasm for books.

  • Most children in developing countries do not own books.
  • In the United Kingdom, one-third of children do not own books.
  • In the United States, two-thirds of children living in poverty do not own books.

International Book Giving Day’s focus is on encouraging people worldwide to give a book to a child on February 14th. We invite individuals to

1) gift a book to a friend or family member,
2) leave a book in a waiting room for children to read
3) donate a gently used book to a local library, hospital or shelter or to an organization that distributes used books to children in need internationally.

Who will you be giving a book to on 14th February?

Workshops in London this Autumn 2016

puppets_cropI’ll be doing several events in London over the next few weeks if you are looking for something to do with the kids! They can find out how to draw a lemur, make fingers puppets and add their own costumes – it’s going to be awesome! Please come along if you’re free!

Monday 24th October 2016
2.30-3.30pm

Tales on Moon Lane,  25 Half Moon Lane, Herne Hill, London, SE24 9JU
http://www.talesonmoonlane.co.uk/half-term-festivals

Sunday 6th November 2016
2.30-3.30pm

Richmond Literature Festival
Kew Library, 106 North Road, Richmond TW9 4HJ
http://www.richmondliterature.com/shop/4579207128/zehra-hicks-flying-lemurs/8798952

Some new books out for the summer!

I’ve had a very busy few months, what with visiting 10 schools in 3 weeks over World Book Day in March – which was incredibly rewarding – and so many children had some really creative ideas! I have also been very busy on a new book which is coming out in July 2016 – and I can reveal the cover here! Also, ‘All Mine!’ is being published in a board book format which is coming out in a few weeks time!

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‘All Mine!’ nominated for Kate Greenaway Children’s Book Awards 2016

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I am absolutely THRILLED that ‘All Mine!’ has been nominated for The CILIP Carnegie & Kate Greenaway Children’s Book Awards 2016 ‪#‎CKG16‬. It’s such a prestigious award, and among such amazing company, so I am completely honoured that ‘All Mine!’ has made it to the nomination list. Thank you to all the lovely librarians who voted for it! See the full list of nominations here: http://www.carnegiegreenaway.org.uk/pressdesk/press.php?release=pres_2016_nom_ann_green.html

Channel 5 News interview

I’m still in shock that I was invited to be interviewed on Channel 5 News talking about the importance of reading to children at bedtime! Still waiting for a video clip… meanwhile, here is some photographic evidence!

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Events for May and over half-term

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Events in April 2015

Felt rather proud to be in such prestigious company on the Macmillan Children’s Books stand at the Bologna Book Fair this month.

If you are looking for something to do with children over the Easter holidays, I will be reading my new book at Epsom Library at 11am on Wednesday 8th April (ideally for children up to 7yrs) and we will be making puppets!

http://www.surreycc.gov.uk/events/events-in-epsom-and-ewell/storytime-and-crafts-with-zehra-hicks-at-epsom-library#.VPTAoz5ppcM.facebook

Bologna stand

Events in February

I will be at several bookshops in London doing some events in February:
Sunday 8th February, 11am, Wimbledon Books
Saturday 21st February, 11am, Dulwich Books

More dates to come!

 

‘All Mine!’ book trailer

‘All Mine!’ book trailer goes live! Two days until publication day – yeah!

Hot off the press!

Very exciting to get these advance copies of All Mine! in the post last week – including a copy in Korean. What a great early Christmas present, I can’t wait until it’s out in bookshops next month! Advances_3 crop