It was an absolute career highlight to find out that Tom Hardy was reading a book I illustrated, ‘The Problem With Problems’, on CBeebies at the beginning of lockdown! I have been very slack about updating my website so the link has probably gone by now (but you can probably find it on youtube). We have been very lucky to have other amazing celebrities read the book for charity including Gillian Anderson for Save the Children #savewithstories campaign and Adrian Lester for Sparkle Sheffield – a charity that supports parents with autistic children.
The Problem With Problems, written by Rachel Rooney, illustrated by me, was published in UK in March 2020 and is publishing in 19 territories around the world.
I’m very excited to announce I have two new books coming out in 2020! I’ve been very busy so I’m very behind in updating my website, but for the moment, here are the covers! Pug Hug (published by Hodder) publishes in February 2020 and The Problem With Problems (published by Andersen Press) publishes in March 2020, written by Rachel Rooney and illustrated by me!
I’ve had loads of fun doing events in bookshops, libraries and festivals over the last few months doing readings and puppet making for my new book, Giraffe and Frog. The latest was for The Big Draw at Epsom Library in October.
Looking for things to do to entertain the kids this August? I’ll be doing lots of daytime events launching my new book ‘Giraffe and Frog’. Taking place in bookshops, libraries and festivals – in London, Surrey, Hampshire and Kent. Readings, signings, puppet making and comic-strip drawing activities – something for everyone!
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! twitter facebook
Below 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?
I’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!
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!