Updated: Oct 12, 2020
It’s been so much fun to see several of you sending in photos of box opening and craft activities over the last few days. Thanks to everyone who has bought boxes and to those who have been kind enough to share our ideas with the world. Starting a new business is terrifying but seeing the outcome of these little boxes reaching their intended audience is so special. Watch this space as we will be launching a new gallery on the website to celebrate all your #readcreateplayshare creations.
When putting the October box together, we had a lot of family fun following Katie Cottle’s Blue Giant draw along - you can find the link on the instruction sheet in our October Read With Me box. Have you had a go yet?
This week, we’ve also enjoyed the luxury of watching several events from the Cheltenham Literature Festival online. As our local festival, it’s a treat to enjoy each year and I'm so impressed with how they've managed to adapt with the restrictions currently in place. For one thing, it's such a bonus to be able to view the events anytime from the comfort and safety of your own home. It's such a shame to miss the wonderful atmosphere that the event usually brings to town but the hype has still been enjoyable and we've had so many bonus interviews to listen to on our local radio station, BBC Gloucestershire too. In recent years, I’ve loved taking part in writing courses with Lucy Christopher, listening to Brian Selznick and Lauren Childs discuss the wonder of picture book storytelling and hearing how Anna James, PG Bell and Catherine Doyle found their story inspiration. This year, I've caught interviews with mural artist Brandon Higgins and also M.G. Leonard and Sam Sedgman about their fantastic children's mystery series inspired by Sam's passion for, and Maya's new love of, steam trains, which sounds brilliant!
Now that Pickle is almost 4, we can enjoy some events together too. A real highlight from this year has been the morning draw along events. Here are some of our favourites from both the Festival and elsewhere. If you would like to recommend others, feel free to link them in the comments below. We'd love to see if you have a go at any!
Dapo Adeola’s collaboration with Nathan Bryan explores the same theme as our October book and is aptly titled ‘Clean Up’. Follow this link to the festival website to learn how to draw a turtle with Dapo!
Sophy Henn’s new character, Pizazz is such a great comic book character for ages 7+ to enjoy. Pizazz is just the kind of superhero that every 9 and a half year old would aspire to be. At Cheltenham Festival this year, Sophy shared her step by step instructions on how to draw Pizazz.
Learn to draw Luna from the beautiful Luna Loves series written by Joseph Coelho and illustrated by Fiona Lumbers. This series is hosted by the Moon Lane TV channel on YouTube where you can find several other great draw along clips too. We’re also excited to see a Luna Loves book on the list for World Book Day 2021! You can find the full list here.
Rob Biddulph championed children's illustrators throughout lockdown with his draw along online art series. You can find a host of videos on his website, plus his new book, Draw With Rob, is available to buy in the shops and online now.
And, of course, you can always just pick a page from your favourite picture book and re-create it. We chose the magical forest hut from Smriti Prasadam-Halls and David Litchfield’s beautiful new release inspired by the rainbows of 2020: Rain Before Rainbows.
What's your favourite illustration from a children's picture book?
If you’re dipping into any bookish arts, crafts or play, you can send your photos to firstname.lastname@example.org or tag them on social media using #readcreateplayshare.
Have a wonderful book inspired week, everyone!
Love Ginny x