Wokingham Children’s Book Festival Author – Katrina Charman

Katrina lives in a small village in South East England with her husband and three daughters. In 2013 she was the recipient of the SCBWI British Isles’ Margaret Carey scholarship for fiction, and in 2014 she was one of the winners of the SCBWI’s Undiscovered Voices competition.
Katrina has wanted to be a children’s writer ever since she was eleven, when her school teacher set her class the task of writing an epilogue to Roald Dahl’s Matilda. Her teacher thought her writing was good enough to send to Roald Dahl himself. Sadly, she never got a reply, but the experience ignited her love of reading and writing.
Katrina is the author of THE LAST FIREHAWK chapter book series (Scholastic Branches), SURVIVAL TAILS middle-grade series (Little, Brown), POPPY’S PLACE middle-grade series (Stripes), early reader THE NINJABREAD MAN (Franklin Watts) and picture book CAR, CAR, TRUCK, JEEP (Bloomsbury).

Survival Tails: The Titanic

When loyal dog Mutt discovers that his owner and best friend Alice is set to board the RMS Titanic without him, he is determined to follow her across the ocean. With the help of King Leon the rat, Mutt sneaks aboard, but it isn’t long before the Captain’s cat, Clara, discovers the stowaway. Reluctantly, Clara agrees to help Mutt find Alice, on the condition that he help her look after a trio of abandoned kittens she found in a lifeboat. But when the unthinkable happens and the so-called unsinkable ship hits an iceberg, Mutt and his new friends have to race against the clock to reunite with their humans–and to survive.

Historical Fact and Fiction with Katrina Charman

 

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Sunday 21 Oct 2:45pm 8 to 12 Historical Fact and Fiction with Katrina Charman

  

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Wokingham Children’s Book Festival Author – Tony De Saulles

Tony De Saulles is an award-winning children’s author and illustrator. He is the illustrator of the bestselling Horrible Science series, which has won many awards including The Blue Peter Prize For Best Book With Facts. The first title in Tony’s new fiction series Bee Boy is out in 2018. Tony lives in West Sussex with his dog, where he is starting his own beehive.

Bee Boy

Half BEE. Half BOY. Melvin Meadly is . . . BEE BOY! When a strange sickness bug strikes at school, Mel has his suspicions – could this have something to do with the new kid, Berty Crump? More questions arise when Mel and his bees discover a factory in the woods with giant flowers, chemical spraying drones, beekeepers in metal suits, and worse of all . . . ZOMBEEZ! 

 

Bee Boy with Tony De Saulles

 

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Sunday 21 Oct 1pm 7 to 12 Bee Boy with Tony De Saulles

  

Wokingham Children’s Book Festival Author – Sibéal Pounder

Sibéal Pounder previously worked for the Financial Times, where she researched the How To Spend It section and wrote the For Goodness’ Sake column – interviewing everyone from Veronica Etro to Vivienne Westwood. As well as Bad Mermaids, she writes about fabulous witches and feisty fairies in Witch Wars, her first and much loved series for Bloomsbury. Witch Wars has sold over 50,000 copies and was shortlisted for the Waterstones Children’s Book Prize and the Sainsbury’s Children’s Book Award.

Witch Wars

When Fran the Fabulous Fairy turns up in Tiga Whicabim’s shed to tell her she’s a witch, Tiga doesn’t believe her. Or at least not until Fran points out that TIGA WHICABIM is actually an anagram of I AM A BIG WITCH and magics her away down the drainpipes to compete in Witch Wars – the competition to crown the next Top Witch of Ritzy City. Filled with silly spells, delectable dresses, ridiculous riddles and a serious shoe problem, Witch Wars is a witch story like no other. Although if you enjoyed The Worst Witch, you’ll love this too!

 

Welcome to Witch Wars with Sibéal Pounder

 

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Sunday 21 Oct 2:30pm 8 to 12 Welcome to Witch Wars with Sibéal Pounder 

  

Wokingham Children’s Book Festival Author – Elaine Wickson

Elaine’s school reports said she was a bit of a daydreamer but that’s because she was too busy thinking up stories. Nowadays she likes to think of herself as a professional daydreamer, and is often found in her Plotting Shed at the bottom of the garden where all her ideas germinate.

Planet Stan

Stan loves a calming, ordered environment. His dinosaur-loving younger brother Fred is the opposite: chaotic, messy, prone to leaving snails under Stan’s bed. As Stan struggles to cope with his high maintenance brother and his hair-brained schemes he charts all the ups and downs of his life in a series of hilarious infographics.

 

 

The World of Planet Stan with Elaine Wickson

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Sunday 21 Oct 2:45pm 7 to 11 The World of Planet Stan with Elaine Wickson

  

Wokingham Children’s Book Festival Author – Darron Jon Love

Come and meet Darron and hear about his favourite books and how he constructs and write’s his stories. Hear one of Annie’s Grannies adventure stories with questions at the end. Books will be available for sale from Darron.

I take my inspiration from the chaos that is every day life and the things that make me laugh in the world. In my Annie’s Grannies series, Annie spends a lot of time with her grannies. Many parents have to work hard to provide for their children and pursue their careers, as a parent, I understand the benefits of having friends or relatives who are able to help out.
My books engage children and adults through the humour of the grannies’ ineptitude to tackle tasks, trips or normal days out. They also carry important messages for children that appear in the form of Annie’s diary, where, at the end of each book she writes about the things she has learnt that day.

Annie’s Grannies

Annie is a normal 10 year old girl but her grannies should not be left unsupervised. While her parents are at work there’s some hilarious trouble brewing. Annie’s grannies are enthusiastic as ever but nothing is as simple as it should be. Today they are baking cakes for the local fete…what could possibly go wrong!

 

 

The Fun Of Reading with Darron Jon Love

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Saturday 20 Oct 10am 4 to 8 The Fun Of Reading with Darron Jon Love (Free Event)

  

Wokingham Children’s Book Festival Author – Carol Otieno

The Move

Monty the Lion and his family are moving house today. Will Monty like his new house and will he meet new friends? Enjoy this new series of books with fantastic artwork.

 

 

Workshops with Carol Otieno

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Saturday 20 Oct 11am 4 to 7 Life of a children’s author with Carol Otieno (Free Workshop)

 

Wokingham Children’s Book Festival Author – A.F. Harrold

A.F. Harrold is a poet, performer and children’s author who has written the prize-winningly funny Fizzlebert Stump series, the wonderfully strange (and prize-winning) novels The Imaginary and The Song from Somewhere Else and collaborated with former Children’s Laureate Chris Riddell on the decidedly daft poetry collection Things You Find in a Poet’s Beard.

The Imaginary

An extraordinary tale of love, loss, imagination and not really being there, for fans of Roald Dahl and Neil Gaiman. Rudger is Amanda’s best friend. He doesn’t exist, but nobody’s perfect. Only Amanda can see her imaginary friend – until the sinister Mr Bunting arrives at Amanda’s door. Mr Bunting hunts imaginaries. Rumour says that he eats them. And he’s sniffed out Rudger. Soon Rudger is alone, and running for his imaginary life. But can a boy who isn’t there survive without a friend to dream him up? A brilliantly funny, scary and moving read from the unique imagination of A.F. Harrold, this beautiful book is astoundingly illustrated with integrated art and colour spreads by the award-winning Emily Gravett.

 

Workshops with A.F. Harrold

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Sunday 21 Oct 9:45pm 7 to 11 From Funny to Strange and Back Again with A F Harrold
Sunday 21 Oct 12:30pm 7 to 11 Making Poems with A.F. Harrold

  

Wokingham Children’s Book Festival Author – Cathy MacLennan

Cathy MacLennan is an author/illustrator of children’s books. She lives in Berkshire and works from her studio in the garden.
Her bright, painting/illustration style is greatly influenced by her African childhood and she loves to depict animals, flora, fauna, weather and pattern, with acrylics, on coloured or textured paper.
Her writing is full of alliteration, onomatopoeia, rhythm, rhyme and repetition and is loved by children 0-10 years old.

Cathy MacLennan’s popular debut title, Chicky Chicky Chook Chook, is now available as a board book with a touch-and-feel cover. Chicky chicks, buzzy bees and kitty cats romp in sun and snuggle in the warmth, until pitter-patter, down comes the rain. A great read-aloud, sing-along book, full of fun-to-imitate animal sounds, rhythm and movement.

 

Join illustrator Cathy MacLennan for a mega doodle fest, be inspired by some of Cathy’s books. Book your ticket here;

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Saturday 20 Oct 1pm 3 to 7 Oodles of Doodles with Cathy MacLennan

 

  

Wokingham Children’s Book Festival Author – Keith Sheppard

Wokingham-based children’s author, Keith Sheppard, has always had a passion for writing but real life kept getting in the way – until 2009 when his first book, a sequel to Lewis Carroll’s Alice stories, was published. Keith retired from his job in software development to concentrate on writing and two further children’s books followed. A major new Young Adult novel is currently in the pipeline. Keith regularly works with local schools and libraries, promoting literacy. When not writing, Keith enjoys
playing tennis and bridge (but not at the same time).

In the Kingdom of the Fair-Eyes

Trapped by an underground rock fall, Eve and Paul stumble upon the bizarre world of the “Fair-eyes”, a subterranean civilization whose society and foibles are curiously reminiscent of our own. The kidnap of a princess catapults the children into a desperate and dangerous rescue mission-but is everything as it seems? Could the pathologically stupid Goblins really have hatched this plot on their own? Are there darker forces at work? Was the princess the real target or is someone playing for even bigger stakes? Why do all your pens go missing and you keep finding unidentified keys at the back of the kitchen drawer? Let’s go rescue a princess. She’s a celebrity, for goodness’ sake! Get her out of there..

 

Dragon’s Have Feelings too! with Keith Sheppard

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Sunday 21 Oct 10:30am 8 to 14 Dragon’s Have Feelings too! with Keith Sheppard

  

Wokingham Children’s Book Festival Author – Tom Easton

I am an author of fiction for all ages with more than thirty books published. I have written under a number of different pseudonyms in a variety of genres. Subjects include vampires, pirates, pandemics and teenage agony aunts (not all in the same book). I live in Surrey with my wife, three children and two cats. In my spare time I work as a Production Manager for a UK publisher.

Our House

Chloe Deal is observant. Every day she notices small details – like how Front Door always refuses to open when it’s raining; how whatever task he sets out to do, Daddy usually ends up snoozing to the radio in his shed; how her younger sister Daisy muddles her similes but never her fashion sense, and how Mummy’s nostrils flare when Dad forgets to mow the lawn, again.

So when Chloe starts a school project about her house, she ends up cataloguing the chaotic balancing act of her family along with it. In the run up to the school holidays (and Chloe’s birthday), disaster follows disaster at home and school. Mummy’s patience is beginning to unravel. Can Chloe get the house, her siblings and her father in shape before it’s too late?

Our House – Funny families in children’s fiction with Tom Easton

 

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Sunday 21 Oct 1:15pm 7 to 9 Our House – Funny families in children’s fiction with Tom Easton