David Fickling

  • Christmas Book Spine Poems
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    Christmas Book Spine Poems

    If your little bookworm is looking for a festive activity you can have a lot of fun making Christmas book spine poems. Creating book spine poems at school, at home or in the library is a great way to promote literacy skills and encourage children to talk about stories. Book spine poems are also really simple to create! Just […]


  • Picture Books published in June 2020

    Picture Books published in June 2020

    Many authors and illustrators have had to cancel or postpone book launches and haven’t had the opportunity to promote their books in real life. We invited authors, illustrators and publishers to share news of their picture books published in June 2020 so that we could share them with you.


  • World Book Day 2020 – Books about Books and Reading!
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    World Book Day 2020 – Books about Books and Reading!

    On World Book Day many children are celebrating books and reading by dressing up as their favourite characters and holding book related events in school. This week many authors and illustrators have been visiting schools or doing Skype visits – it’s a real celebration of books, you can find out more about World Book Day…


  • I Don’t Like Books. Never. Ever. The End. by Emma Perry & Sharon Davey

    I Don’t Like Books. Never. Ever. The End. by Emma Perry & Sharon Davey

    I Don’t Like Books. Never. Ever. The End. is Story Snug’s 700th blogpost! What makes this an extra special blogpost is that this wonderfully entertaining story is the debut picture book written by one of my SCBWI writing friends, Emma Perry. I read one of the very first drafts of this story and I am…


  • Story Snug Advent – December 3rd: When It Snows

    Story Snug Advent – December 3rd: When It Snows

    Well done to those of you who guessed which book cover yesterday’s wonderful image came from – When It Snows by Richard Collingridge.


  • Book Tree Advent Calendar
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    Book Tree Advent Calendar

    A few months ago our daughter discovered that our two little men, Christmas and Snowy, had help with the book Advent Calendars that Story Snug has done for the previous two years so now it’s time for something different – a book tree Advent Calendar. This year Christmas and Snowy will watch as every day a different Christmas book is unwrapped. I’ve…


  • Christmassy Picture Books

    Christmassy Picture Books

    Are you feeling Christmassy yet? We’ve read several new Christmas books but have yet to get out our favourites from previous years. These are the books that we enjoyed reading last Christmas and include cats, rabbits, nursery rhyme and fairytale characters and an adorable big bear. The Jolly Christmas Postman follows the same format as The Jolly…


  • When it Snows by Richard Collingridge

    When it Snows by Richard Collingridge

    The snow doesn’t stop a little boy and his teddybear from having a big adventure in When it Snows. This beautifully illustrated story includes elements of Christmas that are important to children and celebrates the power of books, reading and imagination.