As you may or may not know, across the icy blue Atlantic waters to the vast and glorious country of America, they are currently awaiting the beginning of ‘Thanksgiving’ and the holiday spell that goes with it. This is a special time to spend with family and friends, enjoying each other’s company, eating splendid food and being thankful. It may not be something that we celebrate here, but I came across a rather lovely acrostic poem about this particular time of year recently, so I thought I’d share it with you:-
T is for Turkey on ‘Thanksgiving Day’. H is for “Hurry! I’m hungry!” I say. A is for Auntie, she works and she mends. N is for Native American friends. K is for Kitchen, the oven’s on low. S is for Silverware, set in a row. G is for Grandma, the one we love most. I is for Inside, where we’re warm as toast! V is for Vegetables, eat them we try. I is for Ice-cream on top of the pie. N is for Never do we have enough dressing! G is for Grandpa, who gives thanks for our blessings. 😊
Now in the wonderful world of ‘Whimsy Wood’, this past week has been truly incredible! There are so many things that have happened recently, that I am well and truly thankful for. The first thing, being the delectable display of my ‘Whimsy Wood’ books in Edington Farm Shop. I was at their Christmas Fair recently and I was absolutely delighted at how and where they’d decided to display my books! In prime position as you enter their shop and at child height! 😃
A few days after this Christmas Fair, I received an exciting email from ‘The Royal Dragonfly Book Awards’ over in America. They wanted to inform me that ‘Posie Pixie And The Snowstorm’ and ‘Posie Pixie And The Pancakes’ (books 6 and 7 in my ‘Whimsy Wood’ series) were tied winners of the ‘Picture Book For 6 Years+’ category!! I was completely bowled over and utterly elated!!
At the weekend, I attended the annual ‘Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators’ conference in Winchester. I learnt a lot from the various brilliant guest-speakers. These ranged from senior editors and agents to…..
….amazing authors and illustrators, such as Philip Reeves and Sarah McIntyre……
…..and Jonny Duddle. I was very fortunate, that these 3 fabulous folk kindly signed their books, that I’d brought from home with me. My 3 children were over-joyed, to see personal messages written to them on the insides of their well-thumbed copies! 😉
In the evening, I’m delighted and honoured to say that ‘Posie Pixie And The Snowstorm’ and ‘Posie Pixie And The Pancakes’, were included in the conference’s ‘Mass Book Launch’! I received my autographed certificate from fellow children’s authors, Philip Reeves and Jonny Duddle….
…..and we all celebrated with a slice of the splendid, swashbuckling ‘Mass Book Launch’ cake! It featured front covers of all the books that were included in this fabulous launch and I must say, it was the best chocolate cake I think I’ve ever had! 😋
For all these terrific things that I’ve mentioned above, I am indeed very, very thankful. On that note, I shall bid you farewell and wish you a truly happy thanksgiving! 😃✨
Sarah Hill, children’s author and creator of the ‘Whimsy Wood’ series.