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LEMON DROP BOOKS MEETS // MARLEY DIAS (AUTHOR TO AUTHOR)

LEMON DROP BOOKS MEETS // MARLEY DIAS (AUTHOR TO AUTHOR)

                        Marley Dias is the super talented, 12 year-old social activist behind the #1000BlackGirlBooks campaign, an international movement to collect and donate children’s books that feature Black girls as the lead character. Marley launched her #1000BlackGirlBooks campaign in November of 2015, leveraging the power of social media to reach a large audience. The goal was to collect 1,000 books featuring Black female protagonists by February 2016. The story went viral and was picked up by media outlets around the world as well as bloggers, schools, youth-focused organizations and thousands...

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TIME IS MY HEALER BY MARK LEMON

TIME IS MY HEALER BY MARK LEMON

On Tuesday 12th May in 1992, my father was tragically murdered by another man. This changed my world forever. My name is Mark Lemon a children's author from Cambridge, now living in Bristol. I live with my wife Simone and our two beautiful children, Otis (six) and Thea (two). At 3pm on Tuesday 12th May in 1992 a teacher came to my classroom to tell me my mother had requested that I go home urgently. I will never forget that heart sinking feeling and the thought that something terrible had happened. I arrived home to be greeted by police cars...

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THAT SCARY LEAP OF FAITH

THAT SCARY LEAP OF FAITH

I've meant to write this blog for a while now, but I never got around to doing it. As someone who writes children's books, writing a blog has never felt like something people would want to read. So, after being contacted by a number of authors & illustrators wanting to know how to get started in self-publishing, now feels like the right time to start. A year ago, I decided to take that scary leap of faith and leave my job to become an author & independent publisher. Going from a regular income to being self employed was a daunting...

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Air Balloon Hill Primary School in St George, Bristol (Patron of reading)

This week I had the great pleasure of visiting my new patron of reading school, Air Balloon Hill Primary School in St George, Bristol. I was extremely privileged to listen to a group of reading recovery children read their books. Reading Recovery is a school-based, short-term intervention designed for children aged five or six, who are the lowest achieving in literacy after their first year of school. The intervention involves intensive one-to-one lessons for 30 minutes a day with a trained literacy teacher, for between 12 and 20 weeks. This image was taken at our book signing on Monday 20th...

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Foyles Event - Cabot Circus, Bristol

Last weekend we had our reading event at Foyles Cabot Circus, Bristol. It was amazing meeting so many new little Lemon Drop readers. A very big thank you to all that came along, we met some lovely people. HUGE thanks to the Foyles team for having us! Visit www.foyles.co.uk and purchase our award winning children's books.

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