Happy World Book Day!

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Thank you so much to all the readers, parents, guardians, carers, educators, librarians, teachers, booksellers, bloggers, volunteers and absolutely everyone else who has ever helped get Dave Pigeon books into the hands of readers.

Every year it blows my mind that fans sit down and create costumes and other brilliant things all inspired by Dave Pigeon. My heart is always bursting with joy to see these pigeontastic creations. Let’s face it, it’s not easy with all those feathers, so thank you very much for all your hard work.

Here are some particularly brilliant Dave Pigeon creations from World Book Day 2019:

Interview with The Children’s Book Spectacular

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Fantastic news for those of you need who need a big children’s book fix! The Children’s Book Spectacular, a group of librarians, editors, literacy agents, teachers and authors, have launched an incredible channel on You Tube so they can bring a whole host of all things children’s books! Hurrah, hurrah, hurrah!

They very kindly asked ME to launch their channel with their very first video. Have a watch, listen to me jabber on about books and remember to subscribe to this brilliant channel.

Dave Pigeon World Book Day Inspiration

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World Book Day lands on Thursday 7th March and it’s a double celebration because Dave Pigeon (Royal Coo!) publishes on that very same day!

Every year we love seeing your Dave Pigeon costumes so please do send in or tweet your pictures. Here are some pigeontastic costumes from previous years to inspire your own creations:

And if you need a Dave Pigeon mask, use this handy activity sheet to create your very own:

Have fun creating your costumes and get in touch with pictures of your masterpieces because Dave Pigeon fans always have the best costumes.

Dave Pigeon Competition Time!

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Faber & Faber are offering you the chance to win all four Dave Pigeon books AND a cuddly royal pigeon to celebrate the release of Dave Pigeon (Royal Coo!) in two weeks time!

To be in with a chance of winning, tweet a picture of your drawing of your favourite animal as royalty to @faberchildrens on Twitter, using the hashtag #DavePigeon. Alternatively you can email your drawing to kidsmarketing@faber.co.uk or post to: Kids Marketing, Faber & Faber, Bloomsbury House, 74-77 Great Russell Street, London, WC1B 3DA. Entries must be in by 1st May 2019.

Here’s my gorgeous boy dressed as royalty to inspire your creation:

Dave Pigeon visits Halswell School

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Today, I visited Halswell School as their brand new Patron of Reading. On this glorious sunny Thursday, I couldn’t have asked for a warmer welcome from the pupils and staff of Halswell School, lead at the helm by their brilliant school librarian Zac.

I introduced the pigeontastic Year 5 and Year 6 pupils to the Dave Pigeon series and our favourite feathery duo.

The pupils then helped me write a whole host of new Mean Cat stories; there was plenty of poo, a truck load of toilets and lots of massive fearsome potatoes.

As part of my PoR duties I also contribute to the school’s newsletters and today I gave the Halswell pupils my top tips for creative writing, which I thought I would share with you:

Swapna Haddow’s Creative Writing Top Tips

I Spy

Always be on the look out for story ideas. A newspaper headline, a visit to a gallery, walking the dog, a swing across the monkey bars – inspiration is everywhere.

Carry a notebook

A notebook is the perfect place to jot down ideas. Keep it on you at all times – inspiration can strike at any moment.

Read, read, read!

With every book you read, ask questions. What was your favourite bit? And what didn’t you enjoy so much? These questions will help you work out what you want in your own stories.


The most important thing is to have fun and enjoy creating your masterpiece. Remember to share your stories and ideas with friends and fellow writers.