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Joys of lockdown? Yes, there have been some!
I’ve loved hearing librarians reading my stories at virtual story-times all over the country. Rachel in Newcastle has read Big Red Bath. Most recently Trish in Builth Wells has read Jungle Grumble as part of the library’s Silly Squad, Summer Reading Challenge.
Books don’t come sillier than Jungle Grumble illustrated by Lynne Chapman. Click this link to see and hear it.
I’ve been busy in the garden and have grown a lot of lovely veg. Like the reformed Fussy Freda I’ve been inventing recipes to use them all up.
Yes, I will tell you something I’ve been keeping secret. I have been writing and I’ve just finished a novel which I began years ago. It’s with my agent so I’m waiting nervously. Authors spend a lot of time trying not to bite their nails. Will she like It? Will she think it good enough to send to publishers? Will they like it? That’s all I’ll say about that at the moment but watch this space.
My new website, www.juliajarman.com. It’s good I think, but not perfect yet. We need your help to point out where links don’t work, so please get in touch to tell us.
I’ve enjoyed reading some of my own stories on video. We plan to have a YouTube channel with me reading lots of my stories. Meanwhile, here are some links to the ones I’ve recorded so far.
13th May 2020
Let’s be cheerful! I could tell you about cancelled visits but what would be the point of that?
I do need to tell you that Full House Theatre’s tour of Big Red Bath, scheduled for May and June, has been postponed, postponed NOT cancelled. I hope for not too long.
Watch this space to find out when it WILL be coming to a theatre near you.
Meanwhile listen up! There are lots of good things happening!
The lovely people who organise stories in the park in Bedford have created STAY AT HOME STORYTIME!
Check out Facebook or Instagram #stayathomestorytime every morning at 11am for a great story read by a Bedford person.
Yesterday was my turn. I read Class Two at the Zoo and you can hear it by going to the site or – short cut! – clicking here.
I’ve also recorded Class Three All At Sea but was boarded by a young sea-dog while reading, so I’m not sure if this will go ahead. Again, watch this space!
Teachers have been busy making recordings too. I have heard from several who are reading The Time Travelling Cat and the Egyptian Cat to their Year 3 pupils, and a couple reading The Time Travelling Cat and the Roman Eagle to their Year 4 classes.
Thank you, teachers, for letting me know. This made me so happy I sent each teacher a signed copy of the book to share with their pupils.
I also sent some picture books to librarian Joanne Jenkinson of Lincoln Central Library, who needed books to carry on with Rhyme Time from her home, because she couldn’t get into the library to get the books out.
Must stop giving books away or I’ll be bankrupt, but I do love hearing from you!
Keep fit, keep happy and keep in touch!
PS. Below are pics from some of the schools I visited around World Book Day.
What fun that was!
I had a lovely visit to Barlby Primary School in North Kensington, London where I met Year One and Two pupils and staff. This Year One class had prepared a list of questions. I had a great day and look forward to returning soon to speak to Year 4 who are reading The...
World Book Day 2020! World Book Day 2020 is on March 5th! I’ll be at Thorpedene Primary School in Shoeburyness. On WBD eve I’ll be at Barton Seagrave Primary School in Kettering.
I was delighted to be invited to visit the Krishna Avanti School in Leicester in February 2020. Teacher Razina Gaffar said; Julia is a lovely lady who really engaged both staff and children! Children loved her stories and were excited to get their books signed, she...
Big Red Bath Back On Tour In 2020! Starting Spring 2020. For ages 2-5 A quirky, vibrant and humorous adaptation of Julia Jarman and Adrian Reynolds’ popular children’s picture book. Rubba-Dubba-Giggle, Rubba-Dubba-Laugh, there’s magic to be found in the Big Red...
When librarian Karen Morris told me there was a very real need for a story about dementia I said I'd have a go. Karen said a lot of children were having to come to terms with the fact that their grannies and granddads were losing their memories. Beloved grandparents...
I was thrilled to be asked to open two libraries in January. What a great start to the year! First it was off to Hayden Abbey School in Aylesbury, where I had a brilliant World Book Day last year. It's such a lively book-loving school and I was delighted that they...
PLR stands for Public Lending Rights. It refers to the little something authors get every time one of their books is borrowed from the library. My books were borrowed a lot last year. Thank you very much! More than 20,000 of you took BIG BOUNCY BED home. Three cheers...
It's 25 years since Ka, the Time Travelling Cat, first appeared in "Topher and his Time Travelling Cat". Since then the book, never out of print, has had several titles and many guises. Here she is in her latest garb. The whole series is getting a new look.
Freda is a very faddy child. Inspired by one of my own daughters - she drove me crazy - I've updated an earlier story to give it a healthy eating message. I hope this story saves lives! We launched this book as Beaudesert Lower School in Leighton Buzzard, Bedfordshire...
I really enjoyed being one of a group of speakers at Wimpole Hall last July. It was an opportunity to launch the new book cover for an old favourite, The Time Travelling Cat and the Great Victorian Stink. It was a great day out, so thank you to all those involved in...
A new picture book for fans of Class Two at the Zoo and Class Three All at Sea! Especially good for Year 1 and Year 2 learning about farms and colours. Be careful if you go to a farm wearing red clothing!