More Luton library events

I’m doing some more Luton library events this summer! Join me for stories, challenges, games and book-related silliness at the either or both of these:

Leagrave Library, Tuesday 16th August, 10:30-11.30

Stopsley Library, Thursday 18th August, 2-3pm

Both are free, and suitable for children 7-11ish.

If you haven’t read it yet, you could read Max Counts to a Million as part of the summer reading challenge. Bring all your questions along to the library and we’ll chat about it.

Stories in the peace garden

A special one-off event bringing together theatre, storytelling and games, for 5-9 year olds and their families. At the Peace Garden, High Town, Luton.

The theatre production includes excerpts of Max Counts to a Million, and there’s a Q+A with me afterwards.

Book a free ticket here.

Update: The event was great, and it was fun to see storytellers summarise the whole of Max… in such an engaging fashion. Thanks to the organisers and everyone who came along!

Event at Luton Central library

I’m doing two local library events during the Easter holidays. We’ll do some readings, some little activities, some Q+A stuff, all family friendly and suitable for all ages. Both are free and you can drop in on the day. Come along!

Event one is at Luton Central Libary on Monday 11th of April:

Event two is at Hitchin Central Library, details here.

The blog tour

Max Counts to a Million is on tour this week – a blog tour. What’s a blog tour, you may ask? It’s when a series of bloggers pass the baton from one to the next, taking it in turns to write about something. It gets you a series of perspectives on the same thing, a diversity of content from relevant enthusiasts.

In this case, it’s some of Britain’s finest teachers, librarians and children’s book champions.

I’ll round up all the links at the end of the week:

Thanks to everyone who took part, and for celebrating Max and Operation Million!

Out with The Book Fairies!

It’s coming up on two years since the beginning of the Covid-19 lockdown. To mark the occasion, on Wednesday 16th March, The Book Fairies hid copies of Max Counts to a Million around the country.

You know about the Book Fairies, right? They’re real and everything. Look, here is evidence of their activity:

Books were left in cafes, playgrounds, outside schools, at a swimming pool, a children’s hospital, and one in the capable hands of a statue in London.

I joined the fairies too, with copies left at the Luton bus interchange for children heading home on the bus after school.

If you love books and want to share them, you can be a book fairy too.

Win the book!

Two competitions you can enter to win a copy of Max Counts to a Million

  1. Over on the Nosy Crow Instagram, you can win a copy by following them and tagging your friends. You’ve got until 23rd March 2022 to do that.
  2. are offering an entire ‘Max bundle’ that includes the book, a rainbow neon light, Smarties and things. So that’s good. Closing date is 21st March.

Good luck!

Launch assembly!

A big thank you to Wenlock Junior School, Luton, for hosting a launch party assembly for Max Counts to a Million.

The book is dedicated to all the students and staff at the school, in recognition of the challenges of the pandemic over the last couple of years, and to say thank you for all that the school has done.

Wenlock students were also among the book’s first readers, with two classes reading the book out loud last year when it was still in draft form. They get a thank you in the acknowledgements.

That’s two good reasons to launch the book at Wenlock, and so thank you for having me. And congratulations to the two winners who guessed closest to the number of letters contained in the book!

In shops today

Max Counts to a Million is in shops from today. I went to check, and yep. There it is. On the table no less, alongside its sibling books also out this spring.

Published by Nosy Crow, it’s the story of a boy who counts to a million during lockdown. It’s funny, it’s moving, and it’s perfect for reading aloud and reflecting on all that we’ve been through in the last couple of years.

You can of course buy it online from all the usual places. I recommend buying it from an unusual place. Specifically, Zebedee’s Bookshop, which is run by my children.