Sunday, 29 March 2015

Have a Great Easter Break!

Well, it's been a bit quiet on the Reading Bus Patron of Reading front, but don't worry, I'll be back after the break!  I'm heading south this week to spend time being a cat-sitter for a friend who lives in London, and getting a lot of writing - and reading! - done.  I can't wait!

May your break be full of books!

Friday, 19 December 2014

Happy Christmas and Merry New Year!

Wishing you all loads of great books to read over the holiday!

And in the new year?  Watch out for some fabulous ferrets!

Wednesday, 12 November 2014

Happy National Non-Fiction Month!

November is National Non-Fiction Month, and my book of the month is Gill Arbuthnott's What Makes You You?  

What's it all about?  Here's the blurb -

What Makes You You? is a mind-blowing introduction to the building blocks of life, DNA, what it is, how it works, and what we can do with it ... Packed with amazing 3D style illustrations and explanatory diagrams that jump off the page as well as amazing tales of scientific discoveries and what's in store for the future, Gill truly brings science to life.

AND it's been shortlisted for the Royal Society Young People's Book Award 2014 - so what are you waiting for?  Get reading!

Do you have a favourite non-fiction book you think I should read?  Let me know - I'm happy to read non-fiction any month of the year!

Monday, 1 September 2014

Remember Those Golden Envelopes?

Way back last term, Barry Donaldson (aka Reading Bus Man) went out into the world with some golden envelopes - and in the golden envelopes there was a challenge - and the challenge was ...

... to create some amazing cover images for The Wickit Chronicles!  And here are the winners (and a couple of Honourable Mentions) from Heatheryburn Primary School -

For Ely Plot, we have Hollie Thompson's bold design - 

Then, Keia Robb's cover for Fen Gold -

For Ice Road, we have Evan Michael Forrest's picture - 

And for Witch Bell, the last book of the series, here is Dylan Carroll's cover -

I wanted to also post 2 Honourable Mentions - Bradley Robertson's energetic Ely Plot picture -

and Ella Webster's scary poisoner -

Was it hard to choose the winners?  You bet it was.  I want to thank all of you for letting me see your cover ideas - it absolutely made my day!  Huge congratulations! 

And now, let's see what amazing challenges Barry can come up with next - 

Thursday, 28 August 2014

Hold that Sign!

This is another of the occasional series - Writers and Other Strange Folk Who Think Books are Great! - where I take photos of the Aberdeen Reading Bus sign out on its travels. And this time, the sign made its appearance at the Edinburgh International Book Festival, in the hands of magnificently-costumed Kate O'Hearn and her equally awesome sidekicks, brother Dave O'Hearn and Derek Marshall.

And the lovely lady in the hat?  That's Janet Smyth, festival organiser extraordinaire, who made all of the school events - including Meet Leif! - possible.  And yes, she's in her pajamas.  Don't ask.

Tuesday, 12 August 2014

Writers and Other Strange Folk!

Hello and welcome to the first of a now-and-then series of photos, featuring writers and other strange folk posing with the Aberdeen Reading Bus sign!

First up we have Linda Strachan, author of the Hamish McHaggis books, among many others. You can visit Linda's website here.

Then there's Susan Price, winner of the Carnegie Medal and writer of more books than you could shake a stick at, should you feel like doing so.  Susan's website is here.

And then ... well, just because you're a statue/exhibition case by Eduardo Paolozzi in the National Museum of Scotland doesn't mean you don't like books!

That's all for now, but who knows who I'll grab next?  You'll just have to wait and see!