Category The Dawn Chorus

Early Years Visits

I met some lovely children on visits to Early Years settings in Wokingham. Three year olds are very good at making birds and I particularly liked a group effort ‘Harry Betsy’. It was great to find The Dawn Chorus in some of the Bookstart Treasure pack  that Claire from Wokingham Library was handing out.     […]

Wood Festival

I had a great time reading The Dawn Chorus to children at Wood Festival. Even the very little ones coloured in birds and decorated them with feathers. There was a lot of careful cutting out too. My friend Shirin did a workshop making faces which produced some amazing works of art. It’s a lovely festival […]

Illustrated window

Thank you very much to Mostly Books in Abingdon for letting me cover the window with birds to celebrate the publication of The Dawn Chorus. It was lovely to see children decorating the birds to hang in the window. Lots of people dropped in and ended up kindly helping. Thanks very much to Emma from Bloomsbury […]

The Dawn Chorus arrived in the post!

This week I had the best post ever, the first copies of my book The Dawn Chorus. Even though I have been making this book for over 2 years it was a wonderful surprise!  Seeing all of the work come together into a physical object and holding it in one piece was very exciting. I […]

Max by Giovanetti, graduation and my first ever picture book proof.

This was a good week.  I was given a great book “Max” by Giovanetii full of wonderful drawings of Max ( a hamster) that I can’t stop looking at. If you are trying to draw the same character in hundreds of different situations you can learn a lot from this book. Giovanetti started out in […]

How to make a portfolio out of cardboard

I thought I would try and make something out of all the ends of A3 sketchpads I have accumulated making The Dawn Chorus. And I wanted an excuse to use this amazing wallpaper I found years ago at a flea market. 1. Stick a piece of ribbon or binding to join the 2 pieces of […]

Peep

Sketchbook full of different Peep ideas.