In the past week I have read to over a thousand children. I have set dragons flying and free in Hackney and Stockport and Brabraham and Norwich. I have read The Ice Bear through a few times, and I have rediscovered a very insistent small hatchling dragon who very much wants his own story. I have met very lovely children and teachers and booksellers. My evening event with the North Norfolk Children's Book Group was astonishing. So many people turned out on a warm October evening to a small motel in Aylesham. The room was full and children sat at my feet and looked and listened as I read.
Now I have much to think about and a busy week next week before I can go home to work. But for today all I have to do is play.
One of the things I discovered last week was that The Ice Bear was a book of the month on Love Reading last month, which is good. And Tell Me a Dragon is shortlisted for the Norfolk Children's Book Award. Last year's winner was a fantastic book, There Are Cats in This Book by Viviane Schwarz, a brilliant page turning picture book for young children. I watched her reading this at The Starlit Festival and she was fantastic.