Friday, 10 June 2011

Angels & Urchins Top Ten Picture Books

London-based parenting magazine, Angels & Urchins, has just published its Top Ten picture books of the decade. And guess what? One of their favourite books for 2009 was Don't Dip Your Chips in Your Drink, Kate!

Other favourites included:
2001: Fix it Duck, by Jez Alborough
2001: The Other Goose, by Judith Kerr
2002: Harry and the Bucketful of Dinosaurs by Ian Whybrow & Adrian Reynolds
2002: Pants, by Giles Andreae & Nick Sharratt
2003: Some Dogs Do, by Jez Alborough
2004: The Snail and the Whale by Julia Donaldson & Axel Scheffler
2005: Mr Large in Charge, by Jill Murphy
2006: The Princess and the Pea by Lauren Child
2006: That Rabbit Belongs to Emily Brown, by Cressida Cowell & Neal Layton
2007: Grill Pan Eddy, by Jeanne Willis & Tony Ross
2008: The Lamb who Came for Dinner, by Steve Smallman & Joelle Dreidemy
2008: The Bog Baby by Jeanne Willis and Gwen Millward
2009: Don't Dip Your Chips in Your Drink, Kate! by Caryl Hart & Leigh Hodgkinson
2010: The Heart and the Bottle by Oliver Jeffers
2010: I'm the Best by Lucy Cousins

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Saturday, 4 June 2011

A New World Record!!

We broke a Guinness World Record today!

As part of Sheffield's Peace in the Park celebrations, charity Self Help Africa organised the bid to break the record for the greatest number of parents reading to children at one time.

We beat the existing record by miles! In all, we had 281 adults, reading to 346 children! That's 26 more adults and 35 more children than the previous record!

I was invited to be an adjudicator, along with other local authors. The day was great fun and hopeful the event will have raised lots of money for this very worthy charity. To find out more, visit

Dinosaurs in Blackwells

I found my latest book in the window of Blackwells, Sheffield today!!