Young David in South Korea

My Young David Books are now out in South Korean, published by Life Press. If any of you have friends or family who speak Korean (and might have some children they would like to buy these for) please let them know! I’m so chuffed 🙂 (Would love to say that in Korean, but don’t know how.) And congratulations too to illustrator Amy Warmington (and her husband Andy) who have just given birth to a little boy. We grow Young David fans organically around here 😉


Supporting act for the Gruffalo

I was recently invited along to help open the new library of Woodlawn School in Whitley Bay However, when I got there I discovered I was a mere supporting act. When the Gruffalo arrived the children squealed with delight and queued up to have their picture taken with him. I managed to kick a few of them out of the way to make sure I had a chance with him too 🙂 After he left, I donated a set of my Young David Picture Books on behalf of SPCK Publishing and read some stories to the younger children. I then spent some time with the senior students talking about the life of a writer. I hope the children and staff will spend many happy hours in their new library – it’s a magical place.

Storytelling time. The children of Woodlawn School enjoying the tale of David and the Giant.

The senior students of Woodlawn School receiving a set of Young David Books for their new library – a gift from SPCK Publishing.

Picture book workshop and donation at Trinity School

I visited Trinity School and College, Rochester, in May, to make a donation of books to their library. I did an interactive reading of my book, David and the Hairy Beast, where the children were encouraged to act out the stories. I then did a workshop with the older children on how to write and illustrate picture books. The books were donated by SPCK Publishing in celebration of the re-launch of the Young David Books series. Trinity is an independent day school specialising in teaching children aged 6 – 18 with a diagnosis of speech, language and communication difficulties, including dyslexia, dyspraxia, high-functioning autism and Asperger’s Syndrome. The staff do a brilliant job and I was highly impressed with how well the children engaged with me. It’s a school run on love.


Here I am with Freya Bond (left) and Libby Bird


Georgia Murphy received the books for the library on behalf of Trinity School and College.

And just as I was putting this on my blog some wonderful thank you cards arrived from the children. I loved them all, but this picture from Erin and message from Bethany really touched me.


New home for Young David Books

I am delighted to announce that my Young David Books are now going to be published by SPCK Publishing. SPCK are one of the oldest publishing houses in the world with a track record in producing quality Christian books and resources. Illustrator Amy Warmington (nee Barnes) and I are looking forward to working with the team at SPCK to bring the Young David stories to a worldwide audience. We are sure that the young shepherd boy will be as delighted as we are. So you will no longer be able to order books directly from However, they are still – and will continue to be – in bookshops in the UK and from April, will be available through SPCK.

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