πŸ’ πŸ˜ƒ Spring Is Just Around The Corner! πŸ˜ƒ πŸ’

My goodness me! Everywhere I look, where I live in the wonderful county of Wiltshire, are signs and smells that Spring is just around the corner! It’s such an uplifting and exciting feeling! In and amongst the various things that I have been up to this past week, I happened to stumble across this piece of prose about the early signs of Spring, written by Howard Evans. I thought it was rather lovely, so here it is.

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Now, talking of ‘uplifting and exciting’ (as mentioned above), I think that would definitely describe last week for my Whimsy Wood Series and I. Last week happened to be Book Week, which reached its zenith last Thursday when it was World Book Day.

We had a stupendous week visiting Ayschoughfee Hall Primary School in Lincolnshire on the Monday, Easton Royal Academy in Wiltshire on Wednesday and OLOPS Catholic Primary School in Nottingham on Thursday. I delivered assemblies, woodland-related literacy activities and creative writing workshops to these schools’ pupils and we certainly had a blast!

My highlight would have to be the 2 creative writing workshops that I delivered on World Book Day, to the OLOPS Catholic Primary School children. I had never run a workshop for 60 KS2 children before and I was a little apprehensive about the number, but actually it went brilliantly! Once their school afternoon was finished, all 120 of their KS2 children had taken part in a Whimsy Wood creative writing workshop! Hurray!

In other Whimsy Wood news, a rather delightful plant is in bloom along ‘Snapdragon Stream’, that runs peacefully across the top right hand corner of Whimsy Wood. This intriguing plant in question is called the Butterbur (makes me think of Hogwarts!) and is beautiful when in flower :-

The Blooming Butterbur Goreing Alongside 'Snapdragon Stream'! πŸ˜ƒ
The Blooming Butterbur Growing Alongside ‘Snapdragon Stream’! πŸ˜ƒ

‘Florence Fox’ spotted it’s pretty pink flowers first and she reported this development to ‘Mrs Scarlet the squirrel’, who runs ‘The Woodland Store’. Mrs Scarlet was delighted to hear the news, as she likes to use its leaves to wrap up the store’s special acorn butter and its flowers make a charming cordial, which she sells in The Woodland Store.

On that note, I’m going to make myself a cuppa and crack on with the preparations for the 2 school visits my ‘Whimsy Wood’ team and I have this week.

Wishing you a wonderfully whimsical week!

Sarah Hill, children’s author and creator of The Whimsy Wood Series.

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✨ πŸ“š πŸ˜ƒ It’s Nearly Book Week ! πŸ˜ƒ πŸ“š βœ¨

Book week is nearly here and I for one am very excited! It starts this coming Monday (February the 29th to be precise), with World Book Day being on Thursday March the 3rd. As a children’s author, this is one of the busiest times of the year, especially on the school visits front. 😊

Books, Books, Books Galore!

This year, I have been fortunate enough to be invited to Ayscoughfee Hall School in Spalding, Lincolnshire; Easton Royal Academy in Easton Royal, Wiltshire; OLOPS Catholic Primary Academy in Bulwell, Nottingham; Townsend Barn Nursery in Poulshot, Wiltshire and Hamp Academy in Bridgwater, Somerset.

Visiting Author Chair! πŸ˜ƒ
Visiting Author Chair! πŸ˜ƒ

I’m really looking forward to visiting all these primary schools, meeting the children, running creative writing workshops, engaging with my audience and hopefully igniting some imaginations! I hope they enjoy some of the whimsical fun I have planned for them! πŸ˜ƒ

In other ‘Whimsy Wood’ news, it’s only 3 weeks now until book 8, ‘Fearne Fairy And The Dandelion Clocks’ is launched! Its official release date is Saturday March the 19th and it will be available in all good book shops and online retailers. Please do ask your local book shop to order a copy for you, as it’s great to support local independent book shops. Thank you. 😊

Front Cover Of 'Fearne Fairy And The Dandelion Clocks'
Front Cover Of ‘Fearne Fairy And The Dandelion Clocks’

Well that’s all from me for this week. I hope to have some exciting stories of my Book Week school visits for you next week!

Wishing you a wonderfully whimsical weekend,

Sarah Hill, children’s author and creator of The Whimsy Wood Series.

 

πŸπŸ‚πŸ˜ƒ Golden Thank Yous πŸ˜ƒπŸ‚πŸ

It’s been said many times before, but it really doesn’t cost anything to simply say, “Thank you!” Yet these two little words can mean the world to the recipient. Take, for example, this wonderful letter that I received in the post this week, from Wyberton Primary’s school council, following my author visit to them recently.

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When I read this carefully written, thoughtful letter, I was filled with joy and a rather lovely, warm, cosy feeling. I didn’t stop smiling all day! With this in mind, it occurred to me how powerful saying, “Thank you” really is.

I then started thinking about all the things that I am thankful for. Now I came up with quite a long list, which I won’t bore you with, but by simply looking around me when out walking across the fields near where we live, I was reminded how beautiful nature and indeed the seasons are.

We’d been led to believe (as we are every year here in the UK), that there would be an Indian Summer. This was of course and usually is, a load of old codswallop! To be completely truthful, we’ve had a splendid summer in England and I’m rather delighted (indeed thankful!) to see the start of Autumn. I love this colourful month, filled with conkers and crab apples, bonfires and blackberries! To really get you in the spirit of being thankful for all things autumnal, I thought I’d share this poem by Brenda Williams :-

 

Thank you for the harvest
When fruit and berries grow.
Thank you for the ripening corn
Planted long ago.

Thank you for the autumn
And a warm and sunny day.
Thank you for the harvest
And crops to store away.

Thank you for the sugar beet
And fields of new mown hay
To feed the cows and horses
When winter comes to stay

Β© to Brenda Williams

I have been invited to Easton Royal Academy, to lead their assembly next week. This happens to be the school that I am ‘Associate Author’ for (and the second year running I’ll have you know! Something I am thankful for 😊) and they had requested some poetry. Since next Wednesday (the day my visit is planned for), is officially the first day of autumn, I shall be revelling in reading them numerous autumnal poems! I may even include a wee bit from Julia Donaldson’s ‘The Scarecrow’s Wedding’, which my children and I adore!

Something else I am thankful for, is that ‘Posie Pixie And The Copper Kettle’, book 1 from my Whimsy Wood, is now available in hard back form! Please click on this link to the publisher’s website to order your copy! πŸ˜ƒΒ http://abelapublishing.com/posie-pixie-and-the-copper-kettle–book-1-in-the-whimsy-wood-series–hardback_p31204951.htmΒ Before long, the other 6 books in the 1st set from my series, will also be available in hard back form. The next being book 2, ‘Posie Pixie And The Lost Matchbox’.

'Posie Pixie And The Lost Matchbox', book 2 in my 'Whimsy Wood' series 😊
‘Posie Pixie And The Lost Matchbox’, book 2 in my ‘Whimsy Wood’ series 😊

As you may or may not know, each of my ‘Whimsy Wood’ books is written for a specific month in the calendar, so the flora and fauna within the wood changes as you read through the series. Book 1 happened to be written for the month of August, making book 2 a September book you see. In ‘Posie Pixie And The Lost Matchbox’, we meet ‘Raspberry Rabbit’ ( Whimsy Wood’s cheerful yet silly, recycling rabbit!) and Posie’s best friend ‘Wibble Woodlouse! If you’re looking for an awesome autumnal children’s book, filled with colourful leaves, vivid descriptions and adventure, then this is the book you’re after! πŸ˜‰πŸ˜ƒΒ http://abelapublishing.com/posie-pixie-and-the-lost-matchbox–book-2-in-the-whimsy-wood-series_p27279550.htm

Well, I’d best away and be creative elsewhere! Whimsical wishes to you all,

Sarah Hill, children’s author and creator of The Whimsy Wood Series.

Hip Hip Hooray! It’s World Book Day!

Finally, this fabulous day for celebrating everything and anything to do with books is here! Yippee! I hope wherever you are, you are having a delectable day reading your favourite book, dressing up as one of your much-loved book characters, or watching a film adaptation of your most treasured book. I’ve been having a splendiferous time myself this entire week in the name of World Book Day, as I have been privileged enough to be invited to not just one, oh no, no, no! Not just 2, or even 3 my good friends! I was invited to visit 4 fantastic primary schools this week, as part of their celebration for World Book Day today.

These schools were Staniland Academy in Boston, Lincolnshire, Easton Royal Academy in Easton Royal, Pewsey, Wiltshire, Queen’s Crescent Primary in Chippenham, Wiltshire and this afternoon I’m visiting Heddington Primary in Heddington, Wiltshire. I’ve had so much fun taking their assemblies, creating woodland maps with their Year 2 children, creating woodland characters with their Year 1 children and discussing woodland phonics with their Reception children. I also ran creative writing workshops for the Junior children at Easton Royal Academy, where I am honoured to be their Associate Author. I was also very fortunate to be invited to Queen’s Crescent Primary’s Reading Festival that they held last night. I’m really looking forward to reading book 6, ‘Posie Pixie And The Snowstorm’, to all the Key-Stage 1 children at Heddington Primary this afternoon and to be part of their Book Fair after school today.

Talking of ‘Posie Pixie And The Snowstorm’, which was launched very successfully last Saturday at the Trowbridge branch of WHSmith, I wondered if you might like to have a sneaky peek in this freshly published latest instalment from my ‘Whimsy Wood’ children’s series?! Okey-cokey…here we go…

Inside book 6, 'Posie Pixie And The Snowstorm'!
Inside book 6, ‘Posie Pixie And The Snowstorm’!

Now Posie was beside herself with excitement during the launch of book 6 at the weekend! She’s also giddy with glee, since it’s World Book Day today! So much so, she thought she’d try to write her own story with the help of all the ‘Whimsy Wood’ folk! Now down in ‘Whimsy Wood’, they don’t have such things as paper or pens of course. Instead, ‘Posie Pixie’, ‘Raspberry Rabbit’, ‘Florence Fox’ and ‘Bromley Badger’ have been writing their own special stories on ivy leaves. ‘Mrs Spottisdowne the sparrow’ had to fly to ‘The Woodland Store’ earlier, to purchase some more blackberry ink from ‘Mrs Scarlet the squirrel’, who runs the store. The woodland folk had been creating some many splendid stories, that they’d used up Posie’s blackberry ink supplies!!

Well, on that creative note, I had best fly away myself to visit the children at Heddington Primary! I will leave you with a link to some free colouring-in sheets from my ‘Whimsy Wood’ children’s series, that are currently available on the publisher’s website. I hope you have fun with them! Wishing you all a wonderfully whimsical World Book Day! πŸ™‚

Sarah Hill, children’s author and creator of The Whimsy Wood Series.