National Storytelling Week with the National Literacy Trust

Swapna HaddowThe Bad Panda Club

I’m back at my desk after a month of travelling around Canada on my holidays and I was chuffed to bits to be working with the National Literacy Trust to celebrate National Storytelling Week. I started with an exclusive extract from Bad Panda: Mites, Camera, Action! which isn’t out until next month! And then, Conor and I created a brand …

Signing off for 2023

Swapna HaddowHalfway Round the World with the Haddows, Pawsome News, Roarsome News, Roosting With Dave, Scrapbook, The Bad Panda Club

Phew! That was a BIG year! You’ve all made so many of my dreams come true, starting with a phenomenal World Book Day release for Dave Pigeon. I was chuffed to bits to see so many schools join in with mine and Sheena’s big virtual event. HUGE thank you to everyone who shared their work with us. Dave was back …

Bad Panda is a winner!

Swapna HaddowThe Bad Panda Club

Bad Panda has just won the Telling Tales category of the Coventry Inspiration Book Awards 2023! I’m over the moon about this and so thankful to all the schools and pupils who voted for Lin and her pals. Here are the awesome pupils of Cannon Park Primary presenting Bad Panda at the ceremony: Thank you Coventry SLS for shortlisting the …

Bad Panda: Most Likely to ‘Make us Giggle’

Swapna HaddowThe Bad Panda Club

To celebrate National Reading Group Day 2022, Team Chatterbooks have chosen the books that make it into this year’s yearbook and I’m chuffed to bits to see Bad Panda was chosen as the book most likely to ‘make us giggle’. Have a look at all the yearbook celebrations here. Thank you, Chatterbooks! And Bad Panda has been selected as part …

It’s Bad Panda 2 day!

Swapna HaddowThe Bad Panda Club

Bad Panda: The Cake Escape is officially out in the world today! Lin the panda is on a mission to find her missing best friend, Fu – but has he been stolen by the boy who was looking to add to his sinister collection of stuffed animals? And can Lin and her zoo friends find him before it’s too late? …

A double shortlisting!

Swapna HaddowScrapbook, The Bad Panda Club

I am thrilled to bits to see that Torn Apart has been shortlisted for the incredible Historical Association’s Young Quills Award! This means the world to me as the partition of India rarely features in young historical fiction so I’m so thankful to see Torn Apart feature on this incredible platform. You can have a look at the full shortlist …

It’s 2022!

Swapna HaddowPawsome News, The Bad Panda Club

What a bearilliant start to 2022! Not only were Bad Panda AND My Dad is a Grizzly Bear shortlisted for the Books for Topics Books of the Year 2021 but My Dad is a Grizzly Bear WON it’s category for EYFS Best Classroom Read-Aloud. Thank you to Books for Topics for all your support. I’m chuffed to bits for both …