World Book Day 2012
It's that time again. Time to curse about costumes celebrate children's authors, illustrators and all things booktastic. Yes, it's World Book Day and we're doing our bit with costume suggestions, author webchats and Q&As, and book giveaways in our Facebook competitions.
Author webchats and Q&As
Simon Mayo webchat
When Radio 2 presenter Simon Mayo dropped by for a webchat he tackled some burning Mumsnetter questions about his new children's book, Itch. Find out how it went from a short story for his 11-year-old son to a complete novel, which three accents he likes to read it in, and how Stephen King helped to inspire him. Read the whole webchat here.
While we had him in the Towers it seemed only right that we finagle him into reading an extract from Itch. Pull up a chair and enjoy!
Charlie Higson Q&A
Charlie Higson is well known to children as author of the Young Bond books, (although you may know him from The Fast Show). He's also thrilled and terrified teenagers with his zombie-adventure series, which includes The Enemy, The Dead and The Fear. A huge fan of horror films and books, Charlie even studied gothic literature at university.
If you or your child have a question for Charlie, post it here before 5pm on Friday 2 March. At the end of the week we'll send the questions over to Charlie and the authors of the ten questions he answers will each receive a signed copy of his book, The Fear.
Cressida Cowell Q&A
Cressida has written and illustrated nine books in the popular Hiccup series which is now published in over 30 languages. She lives in London with her husband Simon Cowell and their three children. Send your question or your child's question to Cressida before 5pm on Friday 2 March and the authors of the ten questions Cressida answers will each receive a signed copy of How to Steal a Dragon's Sword.
Julia Donaldson webchat
Children's Laureate Julia Donaldson is doing an exclusive webchat on Gransnet on Friday 2 March (12-1pm). She has written over 100 books and plays for children and teenagers and is probably best known for her partnership with Axel Scheffler, illustrator of best-selling book The Gruffalo, amongst many others. She'll be talking about her incredible career as well as her new book (illustrated by Nick Sharratt) Goat Goes To Playgroup.
Marty and her sister Melissa couldn't be more different. Marty loves her Converse trainers, playing football, hiding in her secret den and helping her dad with his DIY. But Melissa loves Justin Bieber and all things pink, girly and pretty. In her brand new book, The Worst Thing About My Sister, Jacqueline Wilson brings into sharp focus the relationship these sisters have – argumentative and combative – but ultimately very loving.
Nick Sharratt is a very popular award children’s writer and illustrator who is best known for his iconic illustrations in all of Jacqueline Wilson’s books. His new picture book Socks will have you wriggling and giggling your socks off at bedtime as you read Elizabeth Lindsay’s bouncing rhythmic text aloud.
Win: Random House Publishers are offering one lucky winner the chance to win a signed copy of both fabulous books.
It's World Book Day and Mumsnet bloggers are recommending great children's books to read aloud. Find out what it's like to work in children's publishing from our bloggers who write, illustrate, edit and publish children's books.
And read guest blogger Nick Gibb (Minister for Schools) to find out why he thinks parents must get more children reading.
If your child has come home from school demanding a World Book costume that would make the wardrobe mistress at the National Theatre blanch, we have a few words for you. It's going to be OK.
The Mumsnet Guide to Surviving World Book Day was made for this very moment. We've got costume ideas galore, from 10-minute bespoke creations to ambitious extravaganzas, we have suggestions to suit all budgets, skill levels and (limited) time frames.