Today of course is Remembrance Day. Wherever you are and whatever you are doing, please take a moment to step back from the constant rushing around that has become modern day life and remember all those who sacrificed their lives to keep us safe and to give us the wonderful world that we have today. 🌹
Now, did you know, that alongside the intriguing American events this week, its actually been Nationl Nursery Rhyme Week here in the U.K.?! Now that’s something cheerier to focus on. 😊 Nursery rhymes are hugely important in early childhood, as they help children master key skills such as language and communication and social, physical and emotional skills. Not only that, but singing, whether on your own or in a group of people, is great for the soul. It makes you feel good, no matter how young or old you are. Just like reading with your child, singing fun songs and nursery rhymes with your wee one, creates closeness and a feeling of unity. So what are you waiting for? If you’re stuck for nursery rhyme ideas, then these ones are pretty good to get you started :- ‘Doctor Foster’, ‘Baa Baa Black Sheep’, ‘Two Little Dickie Birds’, ‘Incy Wincy Spider’ and ‘Hey Diddle Diddle’.
As for news from the world of ‘Whimsy Wood’ this week, well I’m absolutely thrilled to tell you that book 10, ‘Fearne Fairy And The Landing Lesson’, is at the printers as we speak! It will be released on November the 26th and I am completely and utterly over the moon with its front and back covers! Here are images of these cracking covers:-
Humongous thanks go to Abela Publishing, Sarah Mauchline our illustrator, Tamsin Cooke (author extraordinaire of ‘The Scarlet Files’) and all the children who kindly read and reviewed the manuscript of this 10th ‘Whimsy Wood’ children’s book. Thank you. 😘
Finally, if you are interested in other ‘Fearne Fairy’ books, then I’m delighted to tell you that ‘Fearne Fairy And The Dandelion Clocks’, book 8 in The Whimsy Wood Series, is currently listed on the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) ‘Book Blast’ page! To check out this book and other wonderful children’s books listed there, please click on this link:-
Well that’s all from me for now. Wishing you all a wonderfully whimsical weekend! 😃
Sarah Hill, children’s author and creator of The Whimsy Wood Series.