I feel lucky to have a life 100% dedicated to books - I write, edit, publish and spend one day a week working directly with young children and their families.
I'm best known as the author of the Lulu/Lola books, though I've written over 25 picture books.
I'm also the publisher at Alanna Books.
In the UK, the Lulu and Zeki books are books are published by Alanna Books.
In the US, Lola and Leo books are published by Charlesbridge Publishing.
The Lulu & Zeki books are also published in Denmark by Forlaget Arvids, in Netherlands by Luister, in Brazil by Pallas and in Korea by Glburri.
My books are also published by Chicken-House/Scholastic, Barefoot Books, Little Tiger, Annick Press and O'Brien Press.
As well as writing, I am also the publisher at Alanna Books where I publish
Lulu, her little brother Zeki,
Suzanne Bloom, Jakob Martin Strid,
Margaret Bateson-Hill and a few more
beautiful, select titles.
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Alanna Books was shortlisted for the Independent Publishers Guild's
The Alison Morrison Diversity Award
For more see the Alanna website
March is a busy month - with London Book Fair and preparation for the Bologna Book Fair and the Federation of Children's Book Groups Conference immediately after.
Zeki Can Swim came out in the UK last month and reviews of both the US and UK editions are here.
Lola Gets a Cat came out in the USA on Valentine's Day. I've collected the reviews on the Alanna Books site - you can red them here. I've just pressed the button to print the UK edition - coming June 2017.
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I blog and write about gender, diversity and inclusion. Read my blog or click on the links below to read more.
10 inclusive children's book laws - via Barrington Stoke 2015
Ebb and flow: The advances and retreats in the battle to make children’s books more inclusive and diverse
IBBY Conference, key note speech 2015
or read on my blog here
On reviewing books which are marketed in a very gendered way - a response to an article in the Independent newspaper
Gendered Marketing of children's books
It's NOT what kids want!
In Books for Keeps No. 203 - Nov 2013
Who gets to Purple Plastic Purse? Beyond inclusion in children's books
In Write4Children, Vol IV, Issue II
Winchester University Press
Storytelling in a multi-lingual setting
In Books for Keeps No 180 - Jan 2010
Sales of the Lola and Leo books
hit $1million in the USA in 2016.
Read all about it in the Bookseller
by clicking here.