Posts tagged ‘authors’

Recently I learnt that Maurice Sendak had died at the age of 83. The news led me straight to the mantelpiece in my sitting room. Many picture books have a special place in my home, but the only ones that sit in this particular place of honour are all by Sendak. I scooped up the books and carried them upstairs to bed, and spent a nostalgic half hour journeying through the night kitchen, travelling through the months of the year with Chicken Soup with Rice and, of course, pulling on my imaginary wolf suit and sailing away with mischievous Max to where the wild things are.

It’s time for another sneak peek of our new books! Take a look below for a preview of the books that are scheduled for release in May and June—we are excited to share a glimpse of them with you!

Parent and Child magazine recently named I Took the Moon for a Walk one of the 100 Greatest Books for Kids, which makes us, well, over the moon with happiness! Today we’re pleased to share with you an interview with Carolyn Curtis, author of I Took the Moon for a Walk. Read on to learn about her inspiration for the story, songs based on her book and more!

Today is the first day of the Year of the Dragon, and we are very excited to share with you a Q & A with Dawn Casey, author of The Great Race. Read on to learn about the legend behind the Chinese zodiac, which animals Dawn would pick if she had been the one to create the calendar and more!

The lights of the shop have been turned down, the chefs have gone home from the cafe, and the office staff have closed their computers. But the day is not over: every Tuesday evening, Jo Kelsey runs a pilates class for adults in our first floor studio. And every other Tuesday, Vic and I run workshops for aspiring illustrators and writers. Here are some photographs from last week’s Tuesday activities, and here are seven tips that came out of the writing workshop:

Ever wondered where authors get their ideas from? Check out this guest post by our wonderful, world traveling author, Laurie Krebs, to learn how she came up with the concept for her first Barefoot Books title, We All Went on Safari. In her words

Thank you to everyone who left a comment and entered the contest, we loved hearing from you! Congratulations to Melissa Nassraway, our winner. This contest is now closed, please stay tuned for more!

It’s podcast Friday and if you’re not put off by the quest for fame, then have a listen to this thought-provoking tale of a mouse who wanted to make his name known. This interesting story is taken from one of acclaimed storyteller Hugh Lupton’s Barefoot collection, Tales of Mystery and Magic, wonderfully illustrated by Italian artist, Agnese Baruzzi.