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Anna Wilson & Harry Woodgate Author & Illustrator Event

May 1 @ 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm

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May 1
1:30 pm - 2:30 pm
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About Anna & Harry

Anna Wilson began her career as a picture book editor at Macmillan Children’s Books, but quickly turned her attention to writing her own books and has published over 50 books. Her children’s series, Vlad the World’s Worst Vampire has been translated into thirteen languages. Her latest picture book Grandpa and the Kingfisher was shortlisted for the Wainwright Nature Prize in 2023. As well as writing for young people, Anna has also published a memoir: A Place for Everything – my mother, autism and me. It has been reviewed as “a seminal work in this area” by the world expert in autism in women, Professor Tony Attwood. Anna also has extensive experience in teaching creative writing. She was an Associate Lecturer at Bath Spa University and is currently a tutor for the Arvon Foundation and the HarperCollins Author Academy. She is also a Royal Literary Fund Fellow.

Harry Woodgate is an award-winning author and illustrator whose books include Grandad’s Camper, Grandad’s Pride, Shine Like The Stars, Timid, Little Glow, My First Baking Book and The Very Merry Murder Club. They have worked with clients including Google, National Book Tokens and the Sunday Times Magazine, as well as publishers such as Bloomsbury, Walker Books, Andersen Press and Simon & Schuster.

Harry is passionate about writing and illustrating diverse, inclusive stories that inspire children to be inquisitive, creative, kind and proud of what makes them unique.

Their debut author-illustrator picture book, Grandad’s Camper, won the Waterstones Children’s Book Prize for Best Illustrated Book, Children’s Illustrated Book of the Year at the British Book Awards, as well as a Stonewall Book Award Honor from the American Library Association. It was also shortlisted for the inaugural Polari Children’s & YA Prize, and was nominated for the CILIP Yoto Kate Greenaway Award.

Check out Anna’s website: annawilson.co.uk

Check out Harry’s website: harrywoodgate.com

Anna on X (@acwilsonwriter)

Anna on Instagram (@acwilsonwriter)

Harry on Instagram (@harrywoodgateart)

What to expect from the event

This interactive session with both author and illustrator will include a book reading and a fun writing activity with author, Anna. Then pupils can join in with a draw-along with Harry, illustrator, finding out about the illustrations in the book. Pupils will have the chance to ask Anna and Harry their questions, too. So grab your pencils and imaginations and join this fab event.

Focus Book

The session will be focused on Shine Like the Stars, written by Anna and illustrated by Harry.

Shine like the Stars book cover by Anna Wilson Illustrated by Harry Woodgate

Buy the book

If you’d like to buy the book for your school before or after the event, we offer a substantial discount on the RRP price. Please email [email protected] to order books. Orders received 7 days before the event will arrive in time for the event.

We can also offer this book at a discounted rate to families PLUS your school will also receive a 5% credit (based on the value of the books sold to families) towards any future book purchases made through Reading Rocks. To enquire about our family discounts email [email protected].

About the Book

Book title: Shine Like the Stars

Author: Anna Wilson

Illustrator: Harry Woodgate

You are part of this earth. You grow like the seed. You shine like the stars. Reconnect with the natural world with illustrations from British Book Award and Waterstones Children’s Book Prize-winning Harry Woodgate.

We are all connected to the natural world, and it is connected to us. And just as the stars shine brightly in the night sky, so can you. Told from the point of view of the natural world, this exquisite and thought-provoking story from children’s author Anna Wilson invites us to connect with the world around us and achieve our potential.

Publisher: Andersen Press

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