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We had the chance to chat with award-winning illustrator Joe Todd-Stanton about his beautiful book ‘The Secret of Black Rock’; the third book penned and illustrated by Joe. Nominated for this years Children’s Book Award, hosted by the Federation of Children’s Book Groups and sponsored by BookLife Publishing, Joe discusses his inspiration, childhood and passion for storytelling. Why did you choose to become an illustrator? I was very lucky growing to have two parents who loved and made their own art. So from a young age I was encouraged to draw and paint. As I grew up I wanted to...

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It's not every day that you get to interview an award winning author who has eaten a tarantula! Katherine Rundell has been nominated for the Children's Book of the Year, which is an award hosted by the Federation of the Children's Book Group and sponsored by BookLife Publishing. We wanted to find out what inspired her to write such a compelling book and which authors inspired her to become a writer to begin with. Why did you choose to become an author? I can't remember a time when I didn't want to be a writer - it always seemed to...

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