I was very luck to be a part of the Big Weekend in Cambridge, I volunteered to read stories to children in the Big Read Tent I love reading out loud to children and it was a joy and a real pleasure to do this. I went along armed with some of my favourite illustrated books and did my half an hour on the stage (chair) doing something I love.
The tent we were in was lovely and colourful and also a welcome relief for the parents and children from the very warm, sunny weather outside. So with my ‘captive audience I read a variety of books and all fabulously illustrated my set list as follows
‘Ernest’ and ‘Augustus and his Smile’ by Catherine Rayner,
‘Puffin Peter’ by Petr Horacek,
‘Something Else’ by Kathryn Cave and Illustrated by Chris Riddell
‘Tidy’ by Emily Gravett
‘Crunch’ by Carolina Rabei
I had a wonderful time and loved looking at the faces of my audience where some of them just had wonder in their expressions.
Little Cat came along as my mentor and manager, making sure I stayed on track.
Reading out loud to children is so important they hear stories being read and get to share with others, it is also seeing that books are valued and stories mean something. I was involved with Empathy Day earlier in June and it is was about raising awareness that empathy can be understood through books and by ensuring that children understand this and be aware of the thoughts and feelings of others we can hopefully make our world a better place.
I have to thank my son James for the photos as he came along with me, I also embarrassed him a little as I introduced him to the audience and told them he had come to listen to his Mum reading out loud.
Also thank you to the wonderful Rae Snape for organising the Big Read Tent and the flamingo’s which now haunt me.
But that is another story!
Brian the Lion
Linton Children’s Book Festival Saturday
Well what a day and it is only day one, I was lucky to be a part of the Book Festival in Linton, Cambridgeshire and I was exhausted at the end but my did I see some inspirational people. Little Cat loved hobnobbing with the great and the good, the place was full of children and their families and the place was buzzing. It is wonderful seeing people engaging with books and the written word and enjoying themselves. I have only mentioned a few of the things I got to see but there was so much more.
I saw John McCambridge, he drew some amazing dragons and all the children and adults involved were hooked, he was such a good speaker and I left just wanting to go and draw.
Listened to SF Said talking about his books Varjak Paw and Phoenix, he was a great speaker and made me smile as he told us about the amount of drafts it takes to make a great book. I do believe Little Cat thinks he is the ‘bees knees’ as Varjak Paw is his hero.
I shed a tear when listening to the wonderful Martin Impey as he explained why and how he made the wonderful collection of books about World War I. ‘Where the Poppies Grow’ ‘The Christmas Truce’ and ‘Flo of the Somme’. Such beautiful illustrations with the words of Hilary Robinson. If you ever get a chance to see him do, it is a real treat!
And last but not least I met the wonderful AF Harrold. Poet, writer and performer and what a charming person he is. Loving the poetry book I got him to sign ‘Things you find in a poet’s beard’.
The event is all free and it is a great community event being held at Linton Village College, this is where I am the librarian. The volunteers and organisers who mainly come from the village are the unsung heroes and without them this wonderful event would not happen, so all they do is very much appreciated. It is wonderful seeing people engaging with books and the written word.
Well off to see more today! I hope you all have a lovely Sunday, I know I shall 🙂
We are having a few days away in Wales and yesterday took the opportunity to visit the Solva Woollen Mill where I have wanted to visit for some time. It is a working mill and has lots wonderful things to see, but my reason for visiting is I have a great love of the work of Jackie Morris who is and writer and illustrator and she sells some of her work here. On September 24th the launch of two of her books ‘Something about a Bear’ and ‘Cat Walk’ will be at the Solva Woollen Mill, unfortunately I cannot get time off to go as I work in a school. So I ordered the two books in the Mill and was also very fortunate to be able to have a sneak preview of the books. They are amazing, beautiful and inspirational!
My friend ‘Little Cat’ came along for the ride and had a grand time, he met ‘sheep’ and ‘Anna’ (the owner) and had a super time looking at books and doing some shopping. He is very hopeful that as we have been entered into the prize draw he may win the wonderful painting of ‘Mary’
If you are ever near this part of the world the Solva Woollen Mill is a wonderful place to visit
Poster advertising the upcoming launch of ‘Something about a Bear’ at the Solva Woollen Mill.
‘Little Cat’ with his new friend ‘sheep’ looking at the purrfect cat book.
‘Little Cat’ checking out the painting of ‘Mary’.