I interviewed Anne Wan, local children’s author, earlier in the year and discussed with her the joys and woes of writing children’s fiction.
As I mentioned in my piece on Why Children’s Fiction Matters, all writers of adult fiction, including me, owe children’s writers a huge debt.
Nobody just “comes into” reading. There is nearly always a lifelong love of reading which has been encouraged and nurtured, but to have that, there must be the great children’s books that have rightly gone down as classics in their own right.
Someone has to write those great children’s books and as well as the perennial classics, new writers are needed for each generation.
Anne’s first book was Secrets of the Snow Globe: Vanishing Voices but she is having a book launch this coming Friday night, 29th September, at Waterstones, West Quay, Southampton for her second book in the series.
This is Secrets of the Snow Globe: Shooting Star and the launch will be from 6.30 pm to 8.00 pm. Her books are aimed at the Key Stage 2 readership (roughly ages 7 to 9 though children either side of that bracket have also enjoyed the first book in her series).
There will be refreshments, a special reading by Anne and children’s crafts and Anne would be delighted to see you there.
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