Thursday, 7 July 2016

Writing - Children's books

It is so important that children have contact with books. My grandson is almost eighteen months old and he has a positive experience with books. Many writers and illustrators are slaving away daily to find the future generations, Gruffalo, Tiger who came to Tea, Thomas the Tank Engine and so on. 

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Moving to the Tiger etc, by Judith Kerr aged 93, it is great news that she has received a lifetime achievement award for her work.
The 93-year-old was presented with the accolade at London Zoo on Wednesday.
Kerr is the second recipient of the prize, set up last year to celebrate an author or illustrator's outstanding contribution to children's books.
Award judge Shami Chakrabarti said she represented "the enduring power of storytelling and the written word".
Kerr, she said, symbolised "the best of Britain, Europe [and] literature" and had made "the most enormous contribution to children's writing in the UK".
Born in 1923, Kerr fled Nazi Germany with her family in 1933 and moved across Europe before eventually settling in England.
She later wrote an autobiographical trilogy about her experiences that are now used in schools as a way of explaining Nazism to children.
The Tiger Who Came to Tea, Kerr's first book, was an instant success when it was published in 1968 and has never been out of print.
She has also written and illustrated 17 books about Mog the Cat, the most recent of which, Mog's Christmas Calamity, was released last year.


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Kerr, who was given an OBE for services to children's literature and Holocaust education in 2012, received her award from fellow author Michael Morpurgo, president of BookTrust.
The charity, whose main aim is to get children and families reading, gives out more than two million books to UK children each year.
Author and illustrator Shirley Hughes became the first recipient of the charity's lifetime achievement award last year.


Winston Woodlouse (study)

Just to illustrate to myself how difficult this process can be, as much to anyone else, I have started to work on a children's book character, Winston Woodlouse, and the idea was to produce a story for my grandson. Then I intended to illustrate it myself but ...
As they say 'God loves a trier'

God Bless