For the past few years I have asked teachers, TAs and librarians if they would be kind enough to nominate a child they think would benefit from the gift of a book for Christmas. My family and I would like to do the same for Christmas 2021.

Our idea is to work with schools and libraries to help us gift books to fifty children who have had a difficult year at school or home in the hope that a book would be a boost for them; to children who do not have any books at home; or to children for who one special book might help engage them with a lifetime of reading for pleasure.

Each book will be personally dedicated, signed, gift-wrapped and will come with a Christmas card from me. Those nominating can choose from any of my books for children.

The Christmas card will have this year’s illustration by the wonderful Yorkshire artist James Innerdale.

If you’d like to nominate a child, please email the following information to by Sunday 21st November 2021:

  1. the child’s name (this will not be published and will be kept in full confidence)
  2. a short paragraph explaining why you are nominating that child (this will not be published and will be kept in full confidence)
  3. your choice of book for them from one of my  books listed at
  4. your name and school address (where I will send the book)

I am sorry, we cannot promise to send a book to every child nominated. We have set an upper limit of 50. But I will send a personal Christmas card to each nominee and a poster pack for each school.

My family and I will choose the recipients and aim to have the books dispatched to schools in the first week of December 2021.

You will be under no obligation to disclose to the child why they are receiving the book or to present it to them publicly.

(For more information about special offer schools book packs, FREE signed bookplates and signed books to purchase as gifts see here. )

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