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April 3, 2020

Here is another story reading.  This time it's about a little worrisome hedgehog called Hector.  I'm sure Hector would be very happy right now with the lockdown situation. Hope everyone is managing their best at this very hard time. I've realised that I actually LOVE r...

March 30, 2020

Here are some more 'how to draw' and colouring in for you to download!  Just right click, download and print!

March 28, 2020

Jo reads one of her favourite stories about a rather shy snail on her first day at school!

March 22, 2020

Free downloads for homeschoolers!

March 20, 2020

Here is a reading of my story 'Lucy's light'.  This is for everyone who is in self-isolation or home schooling right now.  These are challenging times but I hope I can offer a little escape into a book for a few minutes.

Don't forget to spend some time today by swi...

March 18, 2020

What does love feel like? Like a box of butterflies! A story about emotions for ages 4 to 8 years

March 17, 2020

I have recently visited some primary schools where we read my book 'A Box of Butterflies' and then did some discussion about emotions and some artwork connected to it.  So I thought I would upload some worksheets for any parents or teachers who would like to use them a...

February 6, 2020

1. Keep a notebook (or several) for all your ideas.

Sometimes I write things down in the middle of the night or on my phone if I'm out and about.  Sometimes my notebooks have random expressions I've heard or funny rhyming words or the name of a plant which I like....

February 6, 2020

A couple of months ago I went to London Zoo ... without the kids in tow. I took my sketchbook and lots of paints and inks and brushes and palettes. I was excited. I was going to have all the time in the world to draw animals!  Once I finally got there I was so tired fr...

January 10, 2020

I hope your year is off to a flying start.  I have been busy creating new picture book ideas and already have booked in lots of primary school visits around World book day. I'm looking forward to meeting the children, creating some art with them and maybe even creating...