Wednesday, 13 April 2016

The Princess and the Giant East Midlands Award WIN!!


WE WON the Geoffrey Trease Prize for Children's Writing! 

This is an extra, discretionary award only rarely given, so we are extra-super pleased to have won it!!

Thank you to everyone at the awards, and to Sarah Warburton for her outstanding illustrations and to Nosy Crow for publishing it!

I'm over the moon to bring you more award news! This time it's a little closer to home.

The Princess and the Giant has been shortlisted for the East Midlands Book Award.  This is a regional award open to writers based in the East Midlands. It's the first time a picture book has ever been shortlisted so getting this far is totally amazing!

There are six books in all, including novels by Steven Dunne, Tom Preston, Jonathon Taylor, Jess Green and Eve Makis.  Winners will be announced at Lowdham Book Festival in June.

The prize is £1000 so keep your fingers crossed and Sarah Warburton and I might just get a fancy afternoon tea out!

The Princess and the Giant is illustrated by Sarah Warburton and published by Nosy Crow. Find out more here.

Find out more about the East Midlands Book Award

The Princess and the Presents wins Magnolia Award

I am delighted to announce that The Princess and the Presents, published by Nosy Crow and illustrated by Sarah Warburton, has won the Magnolia Children's Choice Award for the State of Mississippi USA!

The Award aims to "introduce the children of Mississippi to current children's literature and instil a love of reading."

Lindsay Beck, Secretary, and PreK-2nd Selection Committee Chair for the Award, said, "Your book was a hit with our committee and I can also say as a school librarian, who went through the voting process with all of my students, that it was a hit with them too! Please accept my congratulations on behalf of the committee and the children of Mississippi."

I am planning a skype session with Ms Beck's class so watch this space for photos and more!

Find out more about the awards here.

Find out more about The Princess and the Presents

King's School Macclesfield and Simply Books

I had a great day with pre-school, reception and infant children at The King's School Macclesfield.  Here we are posing for a photo, kindly sent to me by Simon Carter, press photographer for Macclesfield newspapers.  

Children grew their own beanstalks, designed their own germs, made up rhymes and joined in with LOTS of stories.  I do love being in school! 

Infant Vice-Principle, Emma Warburton, told me that the children were buzzing after their sessions with me and she kept hearing snippets of conversation about what they had been doing.  Having me in was a rather brave move, as it was their first day back after the Easter holidays,  But the kids were great and it was a good way to get them in the mood as they are spending the whole week off-curriculum to focus on books and reading.  Bravo King's!

The school got in touch after working with local bookseller Simply Books, based in Bramhall. Simply Books provide a fantastic service for schools in their area, from sending goodie-boxes of books beautifully wrapped, to stocking whole libraries and advising schools on new publications and author visits.  They have a wonderful shop and cafe with home-made cakes, so do drop in if you get a chance.  

Tuesday, 5 April 2016

Sheffield Writing Competition - Win a Lego Fire Station!

Calling all Sheffield primary school children!  

How would you like to win a fantastic Lego Fire Station set, worth over £100??

I'm excited to announce that the South Yorkshire Fire & Rescue Service have launched a writing competition - and this fabulous Lego set is the prize!  

All you have to do is write a story or some non-fiction about The Day in the Life of a Firefighter.

Entries must include at least one fire-safety message.

The fire service have invited me to judge the shortlisted entries which is super-exciting as I know there are a lot of really fantastic writers in Sheffield.  The competition is open to children aged 5-11, and the closing date is 13 May 2016.

So get out your pencils, pens, paper, tablets, phones or computers and get writing!  Runners up will receive a signed book from me!

Click here to find out more.