This! This is what the world of children’s books needs in bucket loads. Susie Day writes in her blog about why she chose to include a character with Hemiplegia in her new book, Pea’s Book of Holidays. This kind of casual inclusion is so, so important and I salute Susie Day for writing a series of books that truly is inclusive.
Also, check out @chaletfan’s brilliant review of Pea’s Book of Holidays here
Usually I celebrate the arrival of a new book in glamorous author style, ie in my pyjamas, crying over my laptop while I try to write the next one. But I thought Pea’s Book of Holidays deserved a party all its own.
Dorky writer face.
Why? I’m proud of all my books. But writing this one has been a different experience: not only because I’ve drawn so much from real memories of growing up reading Enid Blyton, or actual family holidays, but also because the process was different this time. More collaboration, more research, and more fear.
Stackable Peas. Many thanks to Oxford Blackwells for hosting!
Mostly, my job is to write fun characters, a plot and daft jokes about ginger beer, but along the way I aim for all that stuff to be casually inclusive; to show a world where difference – by all definitions – is present…
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