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Inspirations from the Bookshelf – Lynn Stuart

For a recent issue of the SCBWI British Isles online magazine, Words & Pictures, I interviewed Lynn Stuart about what authors have inspired her writing. She explained that she is inspired by the work of Hugh Chesterman and Dr Seuss.

She told me how she was introduced to Hugh Chesterman after purchasing Number 11 Joy Street in 2007. The illustrations reminded her of the Dr Seuss books as both authors have a great sense of fun and adventure. Lynn elaborated that her most vivid memory of Dr Seuss is reading The Lorax to her daughter in 1995 and the enjoyment on her face.

“The more I read by Hugh Chesterman and Dr Seuss, the more I am impressed with them. It’s just my opinion, but I believe Dr Seuss was inspired by Chesterman in the same way he has inspired me.”

Lynn Stuart

Lynn recommends children’s authors should read The Lorax by Dr Seuss, as it is a book very much ahead of its time about industrialisation and its effect on nature.

To read the complete feature take a look at: Words & Pictures – INSPIRATIONS FROM THE BOOKSHELF Hugh Chesterman and Dr. Seuss.

My New Venture

I am really very excited… more than excited! Can you be more than excited? Ecstatic maybe! I am launching a brand new enterprise for me. I am venturing into the world of Children’s Book Blog Tours. It is something I have been thinking of getting involved with for a long time. After all I have the connections and I have a well established blog with a good following. So now I have set the wheels in motion and put out a few feelers and I’ve had an amazing response.

My very first participation in a Children’s Book Blog Tour will be on Tuesday 3rd May when I am hosting Clare Helen Welsh for the launch of her new book How Messy! published by Happy Yak an imprint of Quarto. Here is a list of the schedule:

You can see I will be concluding the tour and we have a great interview all lined up and waiting to go. And this is not the only one. I have others lined up too to be revealed soon. Told you it was exciting!

So keep an eye out for my blog on future blog tours and if you want to ensure you do not miss any, you could always type your email into the subscribe box. Oh yes… and don’t forget to leave a comment.

Hope to see you soon. Have fun!

Spring is Here

What a great time of year. I love it when the trees come back to life with leaves and beautiful blossom. To celebrate the joys of spring I have written a post for Shepherd about my spring book recommendations and you can see it here: https://shepherd.com/best-books/introduce-young-children-to-spring-and-the-seasons

Shepherd.com is a website that invites authors to share their favourite books around topics and themes they are passionate about and why they recommend each book. My post is about the best books to introduce young children to spring and the seasons.

Spring is the perfect time to read my picture books Rabbit’s Spring Gift and Rabbit’s Spring Adventure. These books are very popular for school visits and are both published by QED publishers, a subsidiary of Quarto.

Rabbit’s Spring Gift by Anita Loughrey and Lucy Barnard

Rabbit’s Spring Gift is illustrated by Lucy Barnard. It is part of the A Year in Nature series. It has a theme of sibling rivalry set around the concept of spring. Rabbit wants to give her mum a thank you gift, but her brother tries to out-do her at every turn, so Rabbit decides to hunt out the perfect gift. The book intertwines family relationships and the changing seasons. At the back of the book there are activities suitable for young children to do in the spring. These could be carried out at home or in the classroom.

Rabbit’s Spring Adventure by Anita Loughrey and Daniel Howarth

Rabbit’s Spring Adventure is illustrated by Daniel Howarth. It is part of the Animal Seasons series. You can discover the beginnings of new life with Rabbit as he leaves the warren to search for all the signs of spring, from the bright flowers that speckle the grass to the frogspawn that bobs on the pond. There are again activities and teacher /parent notes at the back of the book.

Have a lovely spring break.

A Year in Nature

Today is World Book Day and I am busy doing virtual visits using my book Rabbit’s Spring Gift, which is beautifully illustrated by Lucy Barnard and published by Quarto Publishing.

This delightful picture book about friendship and the changing seasons that includes activities, crafts and discussion points to develop an understanding of the natural world. It is the ideal book for virtual visits throughout the Spring Term with reception and Key Stage One children. Rabbit’s Spring Gift is a tender and reassuring story of sibling rivalry and gift-giving. Rabbit wants to give her brother a thank you gift but her brother tries to out-do-her at every turn.

A virtual visit would consist of a 30 minute session to include:

  • An introduction about me and my books
  • A little background information about writing Rabbit’s Spring Gift
  • A reading of the book
  • A discussion about spring and the kinds of things they do during the spring eg. spring walks, spring art, planting seeds, etc.
  • A spring activity.
  • Q+A

The other books in the series are Frog’s summer Journey which was launched with Rabbit’s Spring Gift last March at the beginning of the first lockdown in the UK. Squirrel’s Autumn Puzzle and Fox’s Winter Discovery will be launched this Autumn. All these fantastic picture books would be suitable to do similar virtual visits throughout the year.

If you are interested in booking a virtual visit to help with distance learning or enhance the children’s education in the classroom please get in touch through my website to enquire about prices and availability http://www.anitaloughrey.com

Happy New Year

2020 did not go as good as I had hoped. So many author visits were cancelled throughout the spring and summer terms and some of my books were postponed, due to this awful crisis we have all had to strive through. I have managed to drag myself back on my feet with the launch of my new virtual visits, which are proving to be a great success. You can book for for a visit through my website contact page or Authors Aloud UK.

In 2021 I hope to continue growing my followers and publicising my books. If you would like to help me with this goal please follow my blog and follow me on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. You can also follow my dogs Instagram account here.

Also later in 2021, my new picture books will finally hit the shelves after being postponed for a year. So keep an eye out for them.

Squirrel's Autumn Puzzle
Fox's Winter Discovery

I hope you all have a healthy 2021 and it brings everything you wish for.

Merry Christmas to you All

Thank you to all my followers, friends and family for the tremendous support you have given me over this extremely difficult year for us all. You have all been amazing. I have been blogging for two years now and although I found it very difficult to continue to write during the first lockdown your encouragement and positive comments helped me to get back on my feet and get going again. I hope you have found the information I have shared with you over 2020 useful and informative.

If there is anything you would like me to write about, any books you would love to see me review, or any of my interviews you would like me to share, please let me know.

I look forward to posting many more book reviews and interviews next year. If there is anything you would like me to write about, any books you would love to see me review, or any of my interviews you would like me to share, please let me know.

I wish you all a fantastic Christmas even though your family and loved ones may be unable to be with you.

My radio debut

On Wednesday 8th April, I was invited to talk about my new books on the 24-hour Internet radio station covering UK National & International, Chat and Spin radio station.  Their Head Office is based in Washington, Tyne And Wear. They have over 30,000 listeners each week. They have been interviewing authors from all over the world about their new books and where people can purchase them. My time slot was at 7:50 pm.

You can listen to a recording of the show I was on about 40 minutes in here:

I am talking about my new picture books, Rabbits’s Spring Gift and Frog’s Summer Journey. They are part of the A Year in Nature series of seasonal animal led picture books published by Quarto Educational (QED) and they have been illustrated by Lucy Barnard.

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The release of the other two books in the series, Squirrels’ Autumn Puzzle and Fox’s Winter Discovery, have been postponed until September 2021.

After the show they invited me back for another interview on Saturday 18th April at 11:20 am. Here is  a recording of the show:

I am about 2 hours 20 mins in. This is now going to be a regular slot over the next few weeks during the corona virus lock down. You can tune in every Saturday at 11:20 to listen to me talking about my books.

You can listen to the show live on the Chat and Spin radio website: www.chatandspinradio.com

You can find out more about me and my books on my website: www.anitaloughrey.com

Or follow me on Twitter @amloughrey and Instgram @anitaloughrey

Rabbit’s Spring Adventure

In 2012, I wrote a series of picture books based around the seasons which were part of the Animal Seasons series. They are published by QED and illustrated by Daniel Howarth.Season collage

You can listen to a reading of Rabbit’s Spring Adventure read by Jessica Zumhingst on YouTube. Jessica is a Kindergarten Teacher at North Park Elementary.

This year I have had the first two picture books also based on the seasons released just last month. They are part of a new series called A Year in Nature that compliment the previous series. They are also published by QED but this time they are illustrated by Lucy Barnard.

 

Book birthday

Today I have not one but two new books out: Rabbits’s Spring Gift and Frog’s Summer Journey. They are part of the A Year in Nature series of seasonal animal led picture books published by Quarto Educational (QED). The other two book  in the series are released in September. The beautiful illustrations are by Lucy Barnard.

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Rabbits’s Spring Gift has a theme of sibling rivalry set around the concept of spring. Rabbit wants to give her mum a thank you gift, but her brother tries to out-do her at every turn. Take a look and discover if Rabbit can find the ideal gift. The book intertwines family relationships and the changing seasons.

Frog’s Summer Journey was inspired by the ‘grass is greener’ proverb and is set during summer. Frog is looking for somewhere new to live but none of the places he visits on the pond are just right. You can follow Frog on his journey and discover all the signs of summer on your way.

At the back of each book I have included seasonal activities, crafts and discussion points to help develop a child’s understanding of the natural world. these books could be used in schools, nurseries and at home to support topics on the seasons and animals. The gorgeous illustrations give the perfect ahhh-factor.

These books compliment my previous Animal Seasons series picture books also published by Quarto but illustrated by Daniel Howarth.

Here are the new books being modelled by my dog, Logan.

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You can find out more about me and my books on my website: www.anitaloughrey.com or follow me on Facebook: @anitaloughrey.author  Twitter @amloughrey  and Instagram: @anitaloughrey

You can find out more about Lucy Barnard on her agent’s website: www.advocate-art.com or follow her on Facebook @lucybarnardillustration Twitter @barnard_lucy and Instagram @lucybarnardillustrates