Bookalicious’ Llydia Bannocks reveals her top Christmas-themed kids’ books

Llydia Bannocks, Bookalicious, #whatkatydidUK

Bookalicious’ Llydia Bannocks with daughter Blossom Primrose (photo charlottegreenphotpgraphy.com)

When it comes to Christmas-themed books for children, Bookalicious‘ Llydia Bannocks knows exactly what she’s looking for.

“Pages that create those magical memories, nostalgia and evokes that emotion that stays with us for years to come,” she says.

“Babies will want to discover new and exciting textures, colours and sounds and start to experience those first special sensory memories that conjure up what makes it Christmas.

“Creative, interactive reads are a huge winner, captivating even the most reluctant of little readers. Bold and beautiful laser cut detail, elaborate pop-ups bring stories to life in a three dimensional way.

“But most importantly you want an awesome story that you just want to share for years to come with your friends, loved ones and future family yourself.

“It’s never about the most famous of authors or top sellers and its never about design over substance.  When it comes to selecting the most beautiful jacketed books or detailed 3D reads, they must deliver that fabulous story too!” Continue reading

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My chat with… Tom Gates author Liz Pichon PLUS your chance to win a signed copy of the new book

Liz Pichon, Tom Gates, Katy Pearson #whatkatydidUK

Bestseller: Tom Gates author Liz Pichon

Author Liz Pichon is something of a superstar in the world of children’s books.

More than three million copies of her bestselling Tom Gates series have sold in the UK alone, with all the books being no 1 bestsellers and all translated into more than 50 languages.

Her latest Tom Gates book, Epic Adventure (kind of) is out TODAY and to celebrate mum-of-three Liz, 54, is bringing her Tom Gates Brilliant Bands and Doodle Tour to Southend later this month.

Click here for your chance to win a signed copy of Tom Gates Epic Adventures (kind of) by Liz Pichon

But being an author is the last thing that Liz, who is dyslexic, ever thought she would be.

Just how have her struggles with dyslexia impacted on her life, I wonder? Continue reading