Giveaway Time

Daddy’s Little Star prize draw giveaway: you can enter this prize draw at any time between now and 1st July 2017.

The prize is a fabulous copy of the new edition of Daddy’s Little Star, signed by brilliant illustrator, Rosalind Beardshaw . I’ll also sign and personalise it with the winner’s choice of dedication.


If you’d like a chance to win this special book, just leave your name on my website, either in a comments box (there’s a box at the bottom of this page or below recent posts) or on the contact page. You can leave a friendly comment as well, if you like. That would be nice, but it’s up to you. Your name is enough.

In two weeks time, I’ll put all the names in a hat, close my eyes tightly, turn around three times and pull out the prize-winner’s name.


The draw is open to everyone. I’ll send the book anywhere, as long as there’s a postal service to deliver it there.

Leave your message before 23.00 GMT time on Saturday 1st July, and I’ll announce the winner the next day.

Good luck!


Picture book gifts for Father’s Day

Father’s Day is almost here in the UK, so I’m thrilled to see Daddy’s Little Star popping up in some fab lists of dad-celebrating books.

Take a look at Scholastic’s own Top Picks for Father’s Day blog here

Catherine Friess, who interviewed me for her lovely Story Snug review of Daddy’s Little Star, has posted a list of Picture Book Gifts for Father’s Day here

And Ewan and George’s Blog provides an extensive list of old and new picture books about dads, in the events section of a very diverting website here

Did you know – in the USA the book was released as Mommy’s Little Star. So it could be the perfect gift for Mother’s Day too!



Daddy’s Little Star is, at heart, a celebration of the loving bond between a parent and child. I hope lots of mums, dads and grandparents enjoy sharing it with their little ones, not just on 18th June but all year round as well.

After the party

Oh, wow – what a party! I had a great time celebrating Little Fox’s tenth birthday with lots of lovely young book-enthusiasts. Here I am valiantly resisting the cupcakes before everybody arrived:


Today I am full of gratitude. Here are some thank yous:

Thank you to all the little stars and their grown-ups who came along to enjoy story readings, activities and cakes.


It was great to see old friends and new. Some beautiful and clever things were made.


Thank you to Rosalind Beardshaw, whose wonderful illustrations bring Little Fox to life. Ros was partying elsewhere yesterday, but we did one big shout-out for her, among all the happy shouting.

Thank you to Rachel and Graham at Regency Cakes for creating the delightful, scrumptious, foxy cupcakes.


Thank you to Clair, Hilary, Richard, Angela and their colleagues at Heffers Children’s Bookshop in Cambridge, for kindly organising and hosting the event. And for having such a glorious story-chair!


Thank you to Steve, my wonderful husband, chauffeur and general willing helper. Daddy’s Little Star, my first and favourite book, is dedicated to him.

And finally – today I am especially grateful to have my loved ones close by. After last night’s attack in London, my thoughts are with the victims and their families, of this and other atrocities.

A heartfelt thank you to our emergency services personnel, and all those who risk their lives for others in the face of terror.