Just down the road from me is one of the most beautiful country homes you’ll find and if you visit you’ll find a walled garden, which on Sunday 21st April will become home to a fabulous children’s book festival. If you are a regular reader of my book you’ll know the value I place on books and how I really enjoying getting my children reading. We regularly review loads of children’s books and have even set up our own children’s book group with friends. Valuing books and enjoying them opens up a whole world of discovery for children. I can’t tell you how many times they recount the stories from their favourite books when they want to chat to me about their daily lives and need something to relate them to.
At Christmas we were lucky enough to go and see one of our favourite authors and illustrators James Mayhew perform with the De Havilland Philharmonic. It was one of those classical music concerts that I will remember for the rest of my life and the children came away completely enthused about his books. They also sat through an entire orchestral performance of The Nutcracker which I thought was quite a feat at 3 and 5. But that’s the thing about children’s authors, they take you away on different adventures, they broaden your horizons and you enjoy it so much that you don’t even realise that’s whats going on!
If you live in Herts, Beds, Bucks or London and you love the very best that children’s books have to offer then you should definitely visit Hoo Kids Book Fest, the line up is really amazing. I’m personally very excited as I want to see Cressida Cowell who is a personal inspiration and Lauren Child in particular. I’m also really keen to see David Melling talk about his books as I’ve really enjoyed reading them and love the artwork. I’m told he will talk a little about his artwork and maybe even teach the audience how to draw Hugless Douglas.
Hopefully I have inspired you a bit to have a look at Hoo Kids Book Fest, if you cant make the date or live too far way, I have some great news as this week there is a fab blog tour featuring guest posts by some of the authors. Have a little look at the banner above. If you come back here on Thursday I have a special guest post from David Melling, which I’m rather excited about!