My City Safari series has just published, and to celebrate I’ve written a guest blog for Project Wild Thing. It’s full of ideas for engaging children in urban wildlife spotting, and you can read it here.
The books are published by Raintree and they introduce 4-to-6-year olds to the hidden lives of urban animals… with clues to help you discover who’s living near you.
If you’re lucky it’ll be this dude:
I had big plans when I started this blog. But plans don’t always work out.
Exhibit A: you spend ages planning a Christmas like this:
And, inevitably, you get this:
The plan to post about my new books on publication went just as smoothly. So, 11 days into 2014, a belated hello to my books that published in 2013!
Hardbacks: The Dealing with Feeling series (Raintree) was great fun to create, drawing on the experiences of children I know. The scenarios are brought to life by Clare Elsom’s expressive illustrations.
E-books: Lonely Planet’s Not-For-Parents Activity Pack is 48pp of KS2 activities for teachers to use alongside Lonely Planet’s awesome Not-for-Parents titles, plus a great double-sided classroom poster.
Paperbacks: The first four titles in the Bloomsbury Transport Collection published in 2013, and my author copies quickly found new homes with my sons’ friends. They feature brilliant retro-style artwork, which is predicted to be one of the big trends in children’s publishing this year. My First Book of Cars, My First Book of Trains, My First Book of Trucks and Tractors and My First Book of Aircraft (A&C Black) will be joined by four new Transport titles in 2014.
Raintree published seven of my 2012 titles in paperback in 2013: five books in the eye-popping Extreme Animals series and two Astronaut Travel Guides, featuring interviews with real astronauts. Last but not least, my Wayland Radar: Top Jobs titles – Stuntman, Celebrity Photographer and Fashion Stylist – published in paperback.
Watch out for news of my 2014 titles around this time next year…
Procrastinate – it’s good for you! – click to read my latest blog for Author Allsorts. The theme was how to be healthy when you spend all day writing. Top tip – watch how much butter you put on your toast…
This is my latest post on writing for Author Allsorts, click to read the rest on the Author Allsorts blog…
Our local paper carried a little article about me last week. Quite a few people got in touch to say congrats, all very exciting.
A few days later I met the headteacher of my son’s new academy, and we got chatting about the fact I write children’s books.
“I’ve been looking for a local children’s author to open our new school library,” she said.
“I was trying to get Jonathan Stroud.”
“But he’s going to be in America.”
“It’s so important to show the children that they shouldn’t limit their horizons. It’s great for them to meet local people who have been really successful.”
I flex my red ribbon-cutting muscles.
“So let me know if you can think of anybody.”
And with those words, my 15 minutes of fame were officially O to the V to the E to the R.
Does anyone have a number for Jonathan Stroud?
Baby look at me. And tell me what you see. If you squint, I could be the face of a failing First Capital Connect…