It's BookTrust's #StorySharerWeek, where we celebrate everyone who shares stories and books with children and young people. As their current Writer In Residence, I'll be joining BookTrust LIVE to share some of my best story sharing tips, while answering any questions that pop up in the chat box along the way. I'd love to see you there! You can watch the event live on this Thursday afternoon at 10am (Atlantic Time) at any of the following links...
On BookTrust's website: https://www.booktrust.org.uk/what-we-do/programmes-and-campaigns/bookstart/practitioners/bookstart-toddler-and-pre-schooler/webinar-with-michelle-robinson/
On YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EwKVnUDJpXQ
On Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/661775619427849
On LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/events/7123266924645396481/comments/
I'm absolutely thrilled to share the news: I'm following in the footsteps of some remarkable authors and illustrators as the new BookTrust Writer In Residence! You can read all about it in this blog post on their website.
I've long been a fan of BookTrust and the wonderful work they do to promote early years literacy in every child. Their resources have been a great help to me as a parent. I know that enjoyment is the key to learning to read, to continuing to read, to getting the reading bug - all of which is proven to have a huge impact on the way we go on through our lives.
I urge anyone who either has, cares for, or works with young children to explore the BookTrust website for brilliant tips, advice and recommendations that are all there to support you, as you support children learning to read. And learning, I hope, to enjoy it!
I've been working with the team at Bloomsbury for many years, and I am tremendously proud of every book we've created together. I feel like I'm becoming a stronger writer with every one, and that has a lot to do with the editors I work with. They champion my stories and help me hone them, and I am super thankful for their support. Thank you to Team Bloomers -- members past, present and future!
Since moving to Nova Scotia a year and a half ago, I've been trying to make sure schools, libraries and bookstores can get hold of my books. It IS possible, folks, it's just not as straightforward as I'd hoped. I'm working on making them more easily available here, but in the meantime, if you're looking for copies please ask your local bookstore. They can search up titles by ISBN and order them in for you. Particular thanks to Woozles in Halifax and Vickery House Books in Parrsboro for their support!
Thanks to Janet Smyth for the invitation, and to Olivia Hope for the introduction. Thanks also to my publishers and Indigo for their support with book sales, to the Festival staff, crew and volunteers for their help, and to all the families who joined the fun!
My latest book is The Pumpkin Who Was Afraid of The Dark. It's a cute story for kids who aren't so keen on the creepier aspects of Halloween! I've been finding it hard to get hold of some of my books here in Canada - I'm having to spend a lot of money on importing them in bulk! If you're in Canada and struggling to find a copy, please drop me a line and we can arrange something between us via Canada Post! I'm hoping that, as time goes on, I can find more stockists here.
I hope you're well and enjoying the Fall colours. We were just battered by Hurricane Fiona, so many of our leaves - and trees - are sadly gone. We're just thankful to have come through it in one piece. Onwards toward Halloween! Let's hope it's a fun one this year.
I've recently moved to Canada and only just set my .ca website up, hence this blog is sadly empty!
I don't post particularly often as I'm so busy writing, editing, performing in schools and online, and settling in to my new life in Nova Scotia. Until I start filling this page with updates and news, you can read all my old posts on my .co.uk website here.
I'm available for school visits across Nova Scotia (and beyond - try me!) via Writers In The Schools.
Thank you for stopping by!