I have been invited once again by my local Library to read to groups of school children from the local primary school on library visits. I love doing this, it was one of my highlights last year and I think it is wonderful that children are being introduced to libraries at such a young age.
I shall be reading ‘The Thirsty Flowers’ to two groups of Reception Class children (4-5 year olds). The first event is tomorrow, 18th January and the second is on 25thJanuary 2018. I will be joined by Ann Scantlebury, another local children’s writer, who will also be reading one of her stories. The children will also take part in some library based activities aimed at helping them to understand how to use the library.
I seem to have got myself a little out of phase here in that I have reported on my Library visit of 16th March before reporting on my Book Signing on Saturday 11th March.
The signing session was to celebrate the official launch of “The Thirsty Flowers”, my illustrated story for 3-5 year olds and was held on my local High Street at the children’s clothing shop that stocks my books. I actually set up my stall outside the shop, in the entrance to the small arcade where the shop is situated on the corner. I was there for two hours in the morning, from 10.00am until 12.00 noon, and I sold (and signed) several copies of the book so I was well satisfied with my mornings work. The photograph shows me signing a copy for a young customer.
As previously reported I also held an on-line ‘virtual’ launch on my Facebook Author’s Page so I am pleased to say that the book is now well and truly launched!
This morning I visited my local Library as I had been invited to read to a class of school children on a Library visit. The planned visit had been subject to change at short notice. I had been expecting to read my new book ‘The Thirsty Flowers’ to the Nursery Class from my local school and to read a new story for slightly older children to a class of 6-7 year olds on May 4th.
Just last week I learned that the school had swapped the dates round and I had the class of 6-7 year olds today. I had expected another month or so to polish the story, ‘Demolition Dan’, as it was not quite ready for public airing but suddenly I had to give it my full attention. I have to say I am happy with the work I have done on the story in order to get it ready to read and the children seemed to enjoy it. Hopefully it will eventually be turned into another illustrated story book.
Apart from the sudden need to give the new story my full attention I was a little bit sorry that the dates were changed round as the reading of ‘The Thirsty Flowers’ today would have tied in well with my book launch this coming Saturday, 11th March, when I will be signing copies of the book and giving away balloons in a local shop where the book is stocked.
Despite the change of plan it was an enjoyable morning and it was great to see young children being encouraged to find out what their local library can offer.
I am now able to release the ISBN for my children’s story book “The Thirsty Flowers”, you will find it under the book’s listing on my ‘Books’ page. The official launch date for the book is 11th March 2017. I will be posting more information about this is a few days time.
The Nursery class from my local Primary School will be visiting the Public Library on the morning of 9th March 2017 and I have been invited along to read my new children’s story book “The Thirsty Flowers.” There may also be time to read a few poems from my children’s collection “Barking at Nothing.” It promises to be a fun morning.
As you have no doubt seen on entering this site, my new children’s illustrated story book “The Thirsty Flowers” is now available. It was a bit of a rush to finally get it out it time to make some sales before Christmas but I am absolutely thrilled with the way it looks, thanks to young art student, Kerrie McCauley’s lovely illustrations. I’m sure you will agree with me that she has a great future ahead of her.
Please note the book is currently only available directly from me via this website as it has yet to be officially published. As soon as an official publication date is fixed I will release the ISBN number and let you know. As with my other books all net profits from the sale of “The Thirsty Flowers” will be donated to a children’s charity.
Watch out for my new picture story book for 3-5 year olds. “The Thirsty Flowers” was broadcast twice on the BBC Radio 4 pre-school children’s programme ‘Listen With Mother’ in the late 1970’s, under my maiden name Elizabeth Overend. Until now the story has never appeared in print.
The book is being illustrated by talented young newcomer Kerrie Mccauley and all being well is scheduled to be available in the spring next year. Children are bound to love her delightful illustrations. Hopefully we will be able to share the cover image with you soon.