Bad Panda at the International School of Paris

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Today, I dropped in an author Zoom to see Grade 2 at the International School of Paris in France.

We spoke about Bad Panda and I gave them my top tips on planning a story using objects in the classroom. The pupils had heaps of questions for me and I told them all about where ideas come from and how to make a book.

Thank you so much to the brilliant staff and pupils at ISP for such a bearilliant event.

University of Otago College of Education Creative New Zealand Children’s Writer in Residence

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I’m thrilled to announce that I will be the University of Otago College of Education Creative New Zealand Children’s Writer in Residence 2022. I’m so honoured (and a little bit daunted) to follow in the footsteps of previous fellows – all of whom are my writing heroes.

I’ll be blogging about my experience so stay tuned next year to hear what I get up to.

All About Diwali arrives!

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Happy Publication Day to All About Diwali by me and Aditi Kakade Beaufrand!

This book is stunning!

Illustrated throughtout by the immensely talented Aditi, the book is packed full of facts, recipes and activities to get you in the mood for Diwali later this year.

In conversation with Zac McCallum

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Sheena and I kicked off Wednesday morning with a Bad Panda interview with Zac McCallum, school librarian and blogger at My Best Friends are Books. This week marks the release of Bad Panda in New Zealand and Australia so, despite lockdown, it didn’t seem right not to mark the occasion.

We chatted about how the book came to be, our favourite illustrations, how to create names for pandas that look like a sack of potatoes and Sheena talked us through how to draw our very own Lins.

Thank you so much to everyone who came along and made my morning so much fun and thank you to Zac for hosting a brilliant event.