My husband and I have always been readers long before we met each other. Perhaps that’s one of the reasons why we ended up together? And now that we have a little girl, it’s lovely that she shares the same passion for books even without having to prompt her.
Even when she was a baby little T had her own growing collection. Now that she’s six, she’s managed to accumulate enough books to have her own little library even though we’ve gotten rid of some of her baby ones already.
She went through phases from the usual Julia Donaldson books of the Gruffalo fame, to the Kipper series of books and the adventures of Slinky Malinki the cat by Lynley Dodd and a whole load of others. At the moment, her current favourite author is Chris Riddell (who also happens to be a cartoonist for the Observer), he has written a series of books for children about a little girl called Ada Goth (Goth Girl) and another one Ottoline who is being taken care of Mr. Munroe, who looks a lot like cousin It from the Adams Family movie, while her parents are away.
T loves his characters. Ada and Ottoline are both very independent and individual type of girls, who are a bit different from the usual characters you find in children’s books.
When we found out that Chris Riddell was going to be at the Children’s Bath Literary Festival, we quickly signed up for her to see him in person. I’m hoping that she’ll have a chance to really meet him and maybe even ask to sign one of her many books, although to be fair she does have his signature already, since the Coraline book (by Neil Gaiman) was illustrated by Chris Riddel, turned out to be a signed copy by both the author and the artist.
We also wanted to take her to meet Cbeebies presenter Cerrie Burnell who also wrote the Harper books series which she also likes, but it falls on a Friday and we don’t really want T to miss school. Hopefully she’ll have a chance to meet her maybe Ms. Burnell will be around again next year?
The Festival will run from the 1st till the 9th of October. Click here for more details.
Have you been to Children’s Bath Literary Festival?