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Good to meet you…author Iva Valentino

Today I’m welcoming the fabulously named Iva Valentino to my blog. What a great name for a writer, Iva! And I love the title of Iva’s new novel for children: Black Cats and Ballet Slippers. When I was at school, any book with the word ballet in the title got my immediate attention. I’ve brought…… Continue reading Good to meet you…author Iva Valentino

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Good to meet you…author Sandy Carlson

I’m very excited about to getting to know author Sandy Carlson today. Sandy is a teacher and author of children’s books, but – even more exciting than this! – Sandy’s website states: I have climbed mountains, swum in oceans, and run down sand dunes. I’ve outrun wildfires, hid in a basement from a tornado, cleaned debris…… Continue reading Good to meet you…author Sandy Carlson

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The anniversary of The Star Spangled Banner

Tomorrow is the anniversary of the battle of Fort McHenry, which was used in the ‘War of 1812’ (although this battle happened in 1814 – try not to get confused) to successfully defend Chesapeake Bay against a bombardment by the British Navy. I’m glad to report that, although there are wars in lots of other…… Continue reading The anniversary of The Star Spangled Banner

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The fabulous covers of Puffin Books

I first wrote this post for my friend the brilliant J.Q. Roses’s blog. I’m reposting it today as an excuse to show some of the wonderful covers that Puffin books produce. In fact some of these covers have become so iconic that a collection of one hundred of them is available as a boxed set…… Continue reading The fabulous covers of Puffin Books

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Introducing children’s historical author Penny Estelle, plus giveaway

Some of you may remember children’s author Penny Estelle from when she visited last year.  It’s lovely to welcome Penny again today to discuss her children’s time-slip novels, and Penny has very generously offered to give away a copy of her novel to a lucky commenter. Good to see you again, Penny! * Good morning…… Continue reading Introducing children’s historical author Penny Estelle, plus giveaway

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Good to meet you…author Mikki Sadil

It’s blowing a gale here in northern England today.  The streets are dark, wet and miserable, and we’re a long way from my guest’s California Sun.  I’ve turned the central heating up and put my Beach Boys CD on, but somehow I don’t think this is going to cut it. So I’m hoping a nice…… Continue reading Good to meet you…author Mikki Sadil

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A fabulous storyteller with a remarkable life

Judith Kerr is one of the greatest children’s illustrators of our time, and a brilliant storyteller.  A couple of weeks ago I was lucky enough to listen to her talk at the Edinburgh Book Festival.  Although she’s now ninety years old, she had the whole audience gripped.  When the hour was over – and it…… Continue reading A fabulous storyteller with a remarkable life