Happy World Book Day!

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It’s World Book Day but the World Book Day fun started, for me, last week with the Pass the Pen takeover on Twitter. World Book Day in collaboration with BookTrust champion emerging authors and illustrators and I was paired with the BRILLIANT Natalie Denny who took over my account on 27th February to talk about her fantastic series Keisha Jones.

Here in Aotearoa, Gavin Bishop was the World Book Day speaker at the University of Otago. He showed what it looked like to be creating books for an impressive forty-six years and gave us a fascinating insight into his writing and illustrating journey over that time.

I then tuned in with Year 2 at Cliftonville Primary School to talk about our big feelings with my new book Little Dinosaurs, Big Feelings. We talked about all the things that made us angry which included people who were mean and rude, especially to animals. We read Steggie’s story from the book and practiced Dr Diplo’s mindful exercise for dealing with feelings of anger. I had some brilliant questions about why we feel feelings and why we feel angry.

I also got to catch up with namesake Haddow Class, at Horndean CE School, for a bumper Q&A session. We talked about favourite books, counting penguins, how I write and how long it takes to get from Margate to New Zealand!

Thank you so much to everyone who shared pictures of their incredible World Book Day costumes. I’m chuffed to bits that you brilliant readers take the time to create such awesome creations. Here are some of the INCREDIBLE costumes shared on social media: