Children’s Book Week starts TODAY

Kid Lit Giveaway Hop - Button - May 2013 - FINALRead any good children’s books recently? Stuck for ideas?  Well, this week is your big chance to hop around the world in search of good reads for kids.  You may even win copies, too!   Children’s Book Week is a celebration of the best books for children. 

Every day this week I’ll be posting here, talking about my books, my characters and other books that inspired me.   There will also be some extra activities like a downloadable colour-in picture, especially for the under-10s, since my books are probably best for 10 and over (although they can be read to younger people).  And on every post there will be a link to my Giveaway.  You can enter some of the options every day you visit.

My Stories

My books are The Princelings of the East series.  They star Fred and George, the princelings in the title, and they, along with everyone else in the books, are guinea pigs.  I was inspired to write the books based on the characters of my pets, and if you’d like to find out more about the animals themselves, you can read their blog.

I think of them experiencing all their adventures in much the same way as Moley and Ratty in The Wind in the Willows.  They live in their own world with its own rules, and rulers, and petty squabbles, and interesting people (like Badger) and selfish ones (like Mr Toad) too.  The first three books are written as a trilogy.  Each has its own main story, but there is a thread of a wider story running through them which is concluded in the third book.  The rest of the series is set in the same world, and we meet the same characters from time to time, but the other books are complete stories of their own.  Events in the Princelings’ world (also known as The Realms) do follow on from each other though.  Everything is working towards an end point in my head!

In tomorrow’s post I’ll talk about all the food you find in the stories and why it’s just slightly different from what you or I might eat!

Things to doF and G Dinner sketch

If you’d like to colour a picture of Princelings Fred and George at dinner, right-click it to ‘save image’ and download the picture file to your own device.  I’m afraid you’ll have to print it out yourself. It should print full size on letter paper or A4.

Enter my Giveaway

KL Giveaway

Thanks to Mother Daughter Book Reviews and Youth Literature Reviews I’m taking part in a worldwide promotion, the Kid Lit Giveaway Hop.   My Giveaway is part of that.

The prizes are:

  • one copy of the Princelings Trilogy (paperback) to a winner in the EU (plus Norway and Switzerland)
  • a bundle of the first three ebooks (as pictured) for a winner elsewhere in the world.
  • one copy of my latest ebook The Talent Seekers (or another of the series if preferred) to a winner (worldwide)

It’s open now and it will close at midnight 19th May (New York time).  Click the Kid Lit Giveaway button above to enter – and you can enter every day!

Even more – you can go to other blogs with more books and competitions!  Let’s go hopping…

Click here to find more participants and view this Linky Tools list.

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9 responses to “Children’s Book Week starts TODAY

  1. Congratulations on your beautiful books and thanks for joining in the giveaway hop! There are a couple of glitches in the linky list…yours comes up on a blank page…as does mine. Hope they get that fixed. 🙂 Books and kids go together like peanut butter and jelly…and books like yours will encourage kids to want to read them.:)

    • Thanks for the info, Vivian. That’s a shame. I confess I was disapponted I didn’t have more visitors on the first day – maybe that’s why.

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  3. So sorry for inviting you since my giveaway is US only (boo!) Maybe some of your readers though.

  4. Your page is coming up no problem now Jemima! Happy to spread the word about your giveaway. 🙂

    • Thanks for checking, Renee. I met a few others that were having problems, but then the whole Linky system seemed down earlier today. You’ve doen a great job, as always!

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