Rashmi Sirdeshpande’s Tips for Picture Books

Rashmi Sirdeshpande is a picture book author, writing both fiction and non-fiction texts, and is our partnering author for picture books for the #DACBaccess month. Here are her thoughts on why the open month is important, and her very best tips for picture book writers and illustrators.   A note about the open submissions month …

Lorna Scobie makes a difference with The Art of Ping Pong

It’s almost time for BBC’s Children in Need and our illustrator Lorna Scobie has been doing her bit. Lorna has joined eight of the UK’s top artists and illustrators in teaming up with Fivefootsix and designing a ping pong bat for the charity. The bats (kindly supplied by Topspin Sports) will be auctioned from today until…

MONSTER OF THE MONTH

This month, MONSTER OF THE MONTH illustrator, Jon Holder, took some advice from the Children’s Writers’ and Artists’ Yearbook and spent some time with his target audience. Jon took his work-in-progress to three UK schools and read it aloud to hundreds of primary school children aged eight and up. Jon said, ‘To say I was…

MONSTER OF THE MONTH

This month the winning monster came from Rhoslyn Salisbury in Cheltenham. She has just moved house and said ‘I’m sitting in the bath preoccupied with the thought that there’s a monster constructed of the previous tenant’s hair down the bath drain, about to spring up from under the plug at any moment.’ Congratulations, Rhoslyn! Meet…

MONSTER OF THE MONTH COMPETITION – FEBRUARY

Congratulations to the winner of February’s MONSTER OF THE MONTH: Sophia Roberts from Jersey in the Channel Islands! Sophia sent us this description of a particularly nasty monster she encountered recently: ‘I forgot that my mam had given me some home-made fish pie two weeks ago and found the mouldy (and very smelly) remnants of it…