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2015 Portsmouth Book Award

2015 Portsmouth Book Award

More good news: ‘There’s a Lion In My Cornflakes’ by me and Jim Field has been shortlisted in the Picture Book Category of the 2015 Portsmouth Book Award! School children in Portsmouth will vote for their favourite books later this year, which is surely the […]

Pencil Tip #20: Keep moving forwards

A friend showed me her knitting project the other day. She’s making a blanket for her niece by stitching together the most neatly knitted squares I’ve ever seen. When I asked how she managed to keep every single row looking so perfect, she told me […]

77,562 thank you’s

77,562 thank you’s

Goodnight Digger was my most borrowed book
Goodnight Digger was my most borrowed book

I’ve been a little quiet, forgive me – Christmas removed any sign of routine from day to day life, and it feels like my year is only just starting. But what a start.

Yesterday was ‘PLR day’, the day authors and illustrators receive a statement from the Public Lending Rights team letting them know how many times their books were borrowed from UK libraries over the past year. Turns out my books were loaned out a whopping 77,562 times in twelve months. Wowsers.

My husband informs me that, if you got those library lenders together, they wouldn’t quite fit into Old Trafford. So of course I have spent a good deal of time daydreaming about headlining a gig there, with a delightfully intelligent audience who all have exquisite taste.

My most borrowed book was ‘Goodnight Digger‘, which by happy coincidence is tonight’s CBeebies Bedtime Story at 6.50pm.

Thank you to the PLR team who work so hard keeping track of library loans. Most of all, thanks to the librarians who stock my books and to the lenders who take them home (and who absolutely do not tear them or scribble on them, right?) If I could give you each a hug, I would – and as today is International Hug Day, consider yourself gently squeezed.

P.S. I really struggled over whether to use an apostrophe in that heading or not, and I’m still not convinced I’ve got it right. Where’s an editor when you need one?

Sheffield Children’s Book Awards

Sheffield Children’s Book Awards

All mended after my recent surgery, I can now go galavanting cross-country at will. Thank goodness, because otherwise I’d have had to miss out on attending the absolutely fantastic Sheffield Children’s Book Awards. The awards ceremony was so much fun! What a great day out […]

Sainsbury’s Children’s Book Awards – WE WON!

Sainsbury’s Children’s Book Awards – WE WON!

Well I never. I didn’t even know that the smashing team at Bloomsbury had entered our book into the brand new Sainsbury’s Children’s Book Awards, but There’s a Lion In My Cornflakes by me and that incredibly talented chap Jim Field has just won Best […]