Nominated for the Kate Greenaway Medal

I am beyond thrilled and over the moon to discover that two of my picture books have been nominated for the prestigious Kate Greenaway Medal.

So many extraordinarily beautiful books on this list. The Greenaway always reminds me of why I love the picture book form and why I feel so incredibly blessed to be an author-illustrator. CONGRATULATIONS fellow artists and THANK YOU librarians! You can see all the nominations here: https://padlet.com/p0077346/muhibnhkewjh

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Drawing Europe Together on German Radio

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If you understand German, Friedbert Meurer at Deutschlandfunk radio has run a piece on Drawing Europe Together (with bits of English), talking with me, Axel Scheffler, Neal Layton and Patrick George. Listen to it here: https://srv.deutschlandradio.de/dlf-audiothek-audio-teilen.3265.de.html?mdm:audio_id=687661 Thanks to Sarah McIntyre for posting this link on Twitter.

Waterstones, Piccadilly housed an exhibition of all the art from the book.

Stars on Canvas Charity Auction

Stars on Canvas sponsored by The Crown Estate, is a charity art exhibition and auction of original pieces created by well known names from the worlds of art, illustration, sport, music and popular culture.

Stars on Canvas has been held every two years since 2008 and has raised more than £310,000 for national charity, Willow, in the ten years since its inception.

The online auction will go live on Thursday 15th November and will finish on Sunday 25th November. All canvases will start at 99p so happy bidding! The collection will also be shown at a public exhibition in London on 22-24th November. Venue to be announced.

There are LOTS to bid on! Below are canvases by me, Ellie Goulding, Frank Bruno, Collet Laughton, Deborah Batt, Axel Scheffler, Kim Haskins, Day-Z, Darcey Bussel and Elena Arevalo Melville.

For more info, visit www.starsoncanvas.org.uk/

TV Deal for Mr Panda

PRESS RELEASE

Hachette Children’s Group announces a TV option deal for Mr Panda picture book series by Steve Antony (published under its Hodder Children’s Books imprint) with production company Magic Light Pictures.

The deal was brokered between Karen Lawler at Hachette Children’s Group, and Michael Rose at Magic Light Pictures.

Magic Light Pictures are best known for their Julia Donaldson & Axel Scheffler offerings including The Gruffalo, Room on the Broom and  Stick Man. This year the company received their 4th Oscar® nomination for Roald Dahl’s Revolting Rhymes

Steve Antony's Mr Panda has taken the children's book world by storm, selling over 650,000 copies since it was first published in 2015. Sold in 17 languages so far, these masterful mini dramas are a huge hit with parents and children around the world.

Magic Light Pictures are planning an animated TV series based on Mr Panda, and they will also be representing the merchandising rights during the option period. Hachette Children’s Group will be handling the stage rights.

Karen Lawler, Head of Licensed Content at HCG says: ‘Mr Panda’s deadpan humour, fuzzy appeal and iconic illustrations have made him a success the world over.  He’s the perfect character for TV development and we’re thrilled to add this project to the exciting roster of the HCG licensing team’s TV and film adaptations. We couldn’t think of a better partner than Magic Light Pictures for bringing Mr Panda to life on screen.’

Steve Antony says: ‘I am absolutely thrilled that Magic Light will be animating Mr Panda, and it’s so great to finally be able to share this hugely exciting news with Mr Panda’s loyal fan base. He is in great hands, and I very much look forward to seeing him on screen.’

Michael Rose, Joint CEO Magic Light Pictures says: ‘Magic Light are renowned for bringing literary characters to life and Steve Antony’s brilliantly witty and characterful creation is a true original.  We’re thrilled to be working with Steve and Hachette to take Mr Panda to screen and introduce him to a whole new audience.’  

Drawing Europe Together

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Hi. I added an illustration (above) to this book (below).

”Are we still 'United in Diversity? Forty-five artists from across Europe share their powerful illustrations of the European Union's shared past and our unsure future. From Brexit bees to wall-jumping bulls, Drawing Europe Together is a unique collection portraying the European community . . . with or without Britain.

This is a passionate and heartfelt exploration of Europe and what it means to many of the people who live and work within its borders. The book brings together forty-five renowned illustrators who, through their drawings and accompanying words, share their vision of Europe in this beautiful and timely collection, with a foreword by the British Book Awards Illustrator of the Year 2018, Axel Scheffler.”

Out Nov 1st.

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Cheltenham Literature Festival

A few photos and tweets from the day.

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Manchester Literature Festival

Here are some photos and tweets from the day.

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US Tour: Headlining the 18th Annual ScholarShare Children's Book Festival at FairyTale Town

23 hour commute, 9,136 visitors, 6 thirty minute performances, 8 hours of signing, 5 mins on Good Day Sacramento, 4 large cups of Coke, 2 signing pens. One amazing opportunity to meet my readers at the 18th annual ScholarShare Children’s Book Festival at Fairytale Town. We sold out of Mr Pandas during my 2nd signing (sorry ‘bout that!). But it was AMAZING to sign (and totally deface) so many worn out, much-loved copies of Mr Panda*, and the brilliant Time Tested Books were very quick to produce ‘rain check’ vouchers and sticky bookplates for me to sign. Other highlights included meeting the other guest authors, eating a mighty tasty vegan Earth Burger and being shown Old Sacramento. Plus, I made two new friends (or 3, if you include my Humpty plush). Thank you Kathleen and Kathy and the rest of the FairyTale Town team for an unforgettable weekend. You took great care of this author. If only I could shake off this jet lag! x

*My Mr Panda books are published by Scholastic in the States andHachette Children's UK in the UK. 

National Literacy Trust launches Swindon Stories and Blip helps spread the word!


The National Literacy Trust in my hometown of Swindon is known as #SwindonStories. With Swindon Borough Council and WHSmith, Swindon Stories encompasses activities to equip children with literacy skills. Blip (from my book, Unplugged) helped spread the word with some fun downloadable posters and flyers. You too can help by downloading and printing our flyers and posters, which can be found here: https://literacytrust.org.uk/communities/swindon/