I spoke with Tanja Nathanael from the Children’s Literature Association about the hot topic of being a BAME author. You can read the full interview here.
It’s 2019 and we have a whopper year coming up here at Swapna Haddow HQ.
Look out for Little Rabbit’s Big Surprise, illustrated by Alison Friend and published by Little Tiger Press, hopping onto bookshelves from February 7th. I’m so proud to announce that the book has also sold to Poland, Russia and USA.
Next up is Dave Pigeon (Royal Coo!), illustrated by Sheena Dempsey and published by Faber & Faber, flying into bookshops and libraries on March 7th, in time for World Book Day UK. This is our shiniest one yet!
And I’m so chuffed to let you know I have something rather special planned for Alice’s Day to celebrate over 150 years of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland but more on that soon!
It’s been an incredible year for adventures and new beginnings. We couldn’t have asked for a warmer welcome here in New Zealand. We wish you all a peaceful and restful break as we sign off for the year and will see you in 2019 for royal pigeons, little rabbits and more.
Happy Holidays from the Haddows!
I’m so proud to have written a piece for The Sapling, a brilliant online zine which focuses on conversations about children’s books for those who love children’s books. My essay started as a piece about funny books but took a different direction as I looked at the books that shaped me as a writer.
The hard copies are to die for and Alison’s work is divine. I’m chuffed to bits to see this story in the flesh and so proud that Team Stripes trusted me with their Little Rabbit. It’s a complete departure from the chaos of Dave Pigeon’s world and was a dream project to work on.
The book is out in February 2019 and I can’t wait to hear what you all think. In the meantime, enjoy these lush pics:
Dave Pigeon’s been making himself right at home here in Christchurch. So far, he’s joined the library shelves…
Matuku Takotako: Sumner Centre library
… He was spotted at a local bookshop by brilliant school librarian, Zac…
PaperPlus in Hornby
… And pigeontastic children’s book blogger Bob Docherty has given Dave Pigeon two dazzling reviews!
I think Dave is loving the Kiwi life.
It’s a couple of days until Halloween and I’m pleased to say that rather than an interview with a vampire, (90’s must-see film for all you young’uns), I had an interview with a librarian. Have a read of the full interview here and find out all about the time I fell into a canal.
Thank you so much to Christchurch City Libraries and the lovely Donna Robertson who took the time to chat with me.