Dave Pigeon (Racer!) is in the building!

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Advance copies of Dave Pigeon (Racer!) have been flying around and I’ve finally got my hands on a copy. I’m so proud to finally see the finished book and I can’t wait for you all to see it too, when it lands in bookshops and libraries next month.

In the meantime, enjoy the three Dave Pigeon book siblings hanging out together on top of a bookcase:

Sheffield Book Awards 2017

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Today, Sheena and I headed up north to Sheffield for the Sheffield Children’s Book Awards 2017. We were chuffed to bits that Dave Pigeon had made the shortlist and caught the dawn train northwards where we bumped into Carnegie-nominated author Patrice Lawrence who was heading up to the very same event.

Sheffield did not let down. Seven hundred book-loving children (and possibly just as many librarians, authors, illustrators and publishing folk), packed The Crucible for an incredible event, celebrating so many brilliant books.

Dave Pigeon was up for the Emerging Reads category and whilst we didn’t win, we couldn’t have been more pleased for Katie Smith and Sarah Jennings who won with ‘The Pumpkin Project’.

The overall winner was the very excellent ‘Nibbles the Book Monster’ by Emma Yarlett, one of our family’s favourite read.

Thank you so much to all the brilliant librarians at Sheffield Libraries for hosting such a fantastic event. We had an incredible time meeting everyone and catching up with some of our favourite authors and illustrators.

The Lancashire School Library Service Fantastic Book Awards 2018

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Flumping feathers! Dave Pigeon has been nominated for the Lancashire School Library Service Fantastic Book Awards 2018. We are pleased as punch, here at Dave Pigeon HQ! The awards are judged by thousands of children from primary schools across Lancashire, ahead of the award ceremony in May.

Thank you so much Lancashire School Library Service. Wings crossed for Dave Pigeon!

The Legend of Pemba in Wish Upon A Snowflake

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I’m so chuffed to have my hands on an advanced copy of ‘Wish Upon A Snowflake‘, a wintery anthology of animal tales, published by Stripes Publishing later this year.

Gorgeously illustrated by the very talented Alison Edgson, there are ten stories in this collection, including The Legend of Pemba by… *he hem*… ME! It’s such an honour to see my work in this book, alongside legendary writers such as Holly Webb and Jeanne Willis.

Find out all about a little snow leopard cub and his journey to discover his Brave in The Legend of Pemba, in Wish Upon A Snowflake, when the book hits the bookshelves this October.

Team Dave Pigeon at Manor Park Library with the Discover Story Centre

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Both Sheena and I were chuffed to bits to be working with Discover Story Centre at Manor Park library this afternoon.

We met with lots of children in the packed library, who were all taking part in the Summer Reading Challenge and got to work creating a flock of brand new pigeons and a brand new adventure for Dave Pigeon and Skipper. The story saw the two friends lost in Madagascar, when they are captured by Dr Evil, the evilest of pigeons. They had to escape via a trap door and secret tunnel thanks to help from local friendly pigeon, Jake.

It was such a wonderful afternoon and it was so heartwarming to see a library with staff librarians who knew so many of the children who came, thanks to a shared love of books and stories.

Thank you to Michael, Claire and Jane from the Discover Story Centre and the brilliant librarians Deborah, Guiseppe and Andrew who looked after us all afternoon. We had a pigeontastic time!