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Barnes Children’s Literature Festival

Barnes Children’s Literature Festival

Well, didn’t we all have a brilliant time in Barnes? What a wonderful festival. Thanks so much to Amanda Brettargh and her army of volunteers. Thanks also to all of the families who came along to join in the ‘Goodnight Spaceman’ fun. I was made […]

How to draw an astronaut

Nick East, illustrator of the Goodnight series, has created this incredible drawing tutorial for The Guardian. Give it a go, it’s great fun! You can always share your results with me and Nick on Twitter – @eastynick and @micherobinson.

Goodnight Spaceman – thumbs up to Tim Peake!

Excuse the excess exclamation marks, but GOODNIGHT SPACEMAN has been created in collaboration with Tim Peake!!!!


Tim is an incredible role model for everyone, particularly young children. Part of his mission, and ultimately his legacy, is to engage primary school children with science, numeracy and literacy.

We made GOODNIGHT SPACEMAN as a companion book to Tim’s ESA Principia mission to the International Space Station. The book centres around two young children whose father is an astronaut. They imagine visiting him and his crew mates onboard the ISS, before returning home to bed. While the story was written with Tim’s own family in mind, we hope it speaks directly to each and every young child who looks to the stars and dreams. Cc8SJC6W4AAFMvI

There aren’t enough exclamation marks in the world to adequately express how thrilled me and Nick are to have Tim involved in this latest instalment in the Goodnight series. We’re incredibly grateful to Tim and to everyone at Puffin Books and the ESA for making it possible. You could say we’re over the moon

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On a personal note, life here on earth has been a little rough recently. An hour after watching Tim blast off in the Soyuz, my own father called me to tell me he’d been diagnosed with cancer. He’s since started chemo and had a huge operation, just three days after I had a very similar big op myself. So for me and dad, secretly knowing the big GOODNIGHT SPACEMAN reveal was on the way has been a great tonic.

It’s been truly inspiring and cheering to follow Tim’s adventures. That constant grin of his is quite something. If a dad can walk in space, me and my dad can handle a little bit of a wobble down here on earth. ‘Onwards and upwards’ is our motto, so I think there must be a little bit of astronaut spirit in us all.

Enough slushy stuff. In closing: THUMBS UP TO TIM PEAKE!

Telegraph’s best children’s books of 2016

Telegraph’s best children’s books of 2016

Hooray! ‘A BEGINNER’S GUIDE TO BEAR SPOTTING’ by me and David Roberts is one of the Daily Telegraph’s best children’s books of 2016! Great news on World Book Day. ‘An illustrated story that will delight adventurous under-fives.’ This book is being so well received all […]

Winners! Stockport Children’s Book Awards 2015

Winners! Stockport Children’s Book Awards 2015

Drum roll, please… ‘There’s a Lion in my Cornflakes’ has won Best Picture Book at the Stockport Children’s Book Awards 2015! Me and Jim Field were invited along to the very special, very glamorous award ceremony at Edgeley Park last night, along with some extremely […]