What A Wonderful Song

Tim Hopgood, author and illustrator shares his love of Louis Armstrong’s world-famous song What a Wonderful World and takes us behind the scenes of making it into a picture book and getting it published. One Father’s Day about five, six years ago my daughter gave me an old vinyl copy of Louis Armstrong’s rendition of What A […]

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Spawning a Little Frog

Tatyana Feeney is author and illustrator of a brilliant series of books that tackle everyday toddler troubles. From losing a favourite blanket ( Small Bunny’s Blue Blanket ) to likes and dislikes ( Little Owl’s Orange Scarf ), her simple story and minimalist artwork speaks volumes. Where did the idea for her new book Little Frog’s Tadpole Trouble  which deals with a new baby in the family come from? I have quite […]

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Books to tickle your funny bone for April Fools’ Day

Happy April Fools’ Day everyone! Today is all about silly jokes, hilarious pranks, japes, larks, and general tomfoolery, and so in the spirit of all things jocular, I thought I’d share some ideas for suitably rib-tickling reading. Charlotte Armstrong, Marketing Executive Wendy Quill is a Crocodile’s Bottom This book is guaranteed to give you the giggles, no matter what your age […]

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Picture This: Karen George on becoming a published illustrator

Karen George shares her journey to becoming a published illustrator, with a little help from Waterstones and Julia Donaldson… In 2009, I won the Waterstones/Macmillan ‘Picture This’ competition, beating 900 hopeful unpublished illustrators to the top prize of illustrating Freddie and the Fairy for Julia Donaldson . The timing of the competition was perfect for me, my […]

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Christopher Nibble: the greenest guinea pig in town

Author and illustrator Charlotte Middleton introduces the wonderful Christopher Nibble’s latest eco-adventure! Coming up with an idea for the next Christopher Nibble story was a bit of a challenge. We’ve already established that Christopher is a plucky, forward thinking and considerate guinea pig.  In his adventures so far he’s prevented the whole town of Dandeville from running […]

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