Tuesday, 27 May 2014

Tenterden Rural Alliance Regional Book Award

2013 saw the start of the Tenterden Rural Alliance Regional Book Award. Homewood School teamed with twelve feeder primary schools to read and discuss the three shortlisted books.

Unfortunately I didn't have my camera for the event. Mark Lowry, author of Socks are Not Enough and Pants are Everything (if you haven't read them yet...put them on your list!) was our fab compere for the event and threw curly-wurlys into the crowd as if there were no tomorrow. Gillian Cross joined us by video link to talk about her book, After Tomorrow. Nicky Singer, author of Feather Boy told us about the inspiration behind Feather Boy...it involved trespassing into derelict houses (don't try it...she warned us!)

The event was organised by staff and students who put a huge amount of effort into the running of the evening.

Students from Homewood School read out their WWI poems to the audience...the poetry was beautiful, reflective and quite chilling at the same time...showing the wealth of talent at the school.

I was chuffed to have been on the shortlist and hugely chuffed that Sky Hawk won (and receive an honorary curly-wurly too) :0)

Moon Bear news...

Peace by Piece... is Animals Asia's new landmark campaign to help rescue and rehabilitate over 130 moon bears in Nanning, China. These bears have been kept in horrendous conditions – many trapped in tiny cages from birth - and farmed for their bile. The courageous plan is to convert the bear farm into a bear sanctuary and education centre. 

Follow the link to see Animal Asia's amazing work...


Inspired by Animal Asia, three Somerset children baked cakes and ran a dress-as-a-bear for the day and raised a great total of £230 for the charity. 


Little Rebels Book Award  http://littlerebelsaward.wordpress.com

Moon Bear was shortlisted for the Little Rebels Book Award. The award is given by the Alliance of Radical Booksellers and administered by the Letterbox Library, a not-for-profit children's booksellers and social enterprise. They specialise in books which celebrate diversity, equality and inclusion. For more information follow  http://www.letterboxlibrary.com

The event was held in London at the Bishopsgate Institute and I sat in on on a lively panel with Deborah Chancellor and Geraldine McCaughrean, chaired by Wendy Cooling...discussing the importance of little rebels.

Gillian Cross was the ultimate little rebel, winning with her wonderful book After Tomorrow.

Moon Bear in Germany 

I was treated to a sneak preview of the gorgeous cover of the German edition of Moon Bear, published by dtv junior.

Moon Bear in Audio

Moon Bear is now available in audio, read beautifully by Nigel Carrington 

To listen to a short extract ... http://www.audible.com.au/pd/Children/Moon-Bear-Audiobook/B00K1GN7BW