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What was your favourite childhood book and why?

I have two favourite childhood books. One is the first book I ever bought for myself. It was ‘One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish’ by Dr Seuss and I bought it from a school jumble sale when I was about 5. I was amazed and riveted – it was like opening a door into a bizarre barmy universe with different creatures on every page. Later I  loved ‘Finn Family Moomintroll’ by Tove Janssen – a tale of a magical transforming hobgoblin’s hat and a summer unfolding in Moominvalley.

Which of your own published books is your favourite and why?

My favourite of my own books to read aloud to an audience are The Last Wolf, The Bad Bunnies’ Magic Show, and Jim. The Bad Bunnies and Jim are both comically disastrous and people get sawn in half, knives get thrown, and people get eaten. Audiences seem to like that sort of thing happening. But The Last Wolf is the first book I’ve made that features the natural world and wild animals, so I have a soft spot for that one at the moment.

Why do you choose to read?

We humans use stories all the time to make sense of the world, to understand the past and plan the future – we are the story-telling animal, and it comes from having wildly powerful imaginations. Imagination makes us the most dangerous animal on the planet and the most amazing.  And books are a fantastic way of delivering one person’s idea straight into somebody else’s head. We read because inside every book is a world somebody invented to be unlocked and explored. Books are great empathy developers – the best way to find out what it feels like to be someone else is in a book. In the words of the marvellous Chris Riddell: “Books are like doors. You can open them and step into another place…or time…or world.”

Top Texts

Top texts for November

Chosen by Diane Leedham, these texts are aimed at older readers and reflect a wider awareness of diversity.

Top Texts for October

Using a theme of “old but gold” our top texts for October have been chosen by Ben Harris​.

Top texts for September

September’s top texts have been chosen by Susannah Herbert, Executive Director of the Forward Arts Foundation.​

Top Texts for August

​This month’s top texts have been chosen by Ben King, founder of the Teacher Book Awards. He has chosen three fiction books, each with a ghostly theme.

Top Texts for July

​This month’s Top Texts have been chosen by Joy Court, Reviews Editor for The School Librarian journal. She has chosen three thought provoking and enjoyable books that will stimulate much conversation!