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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 of individuals who wanted to participate in the project. Marley has since gone on to collect over 9,000 books from...

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My Dad's Murder Didn't Break Me

On Tuesday 12 May 1992, my father was murdered and my world changed forever. At 3pm, 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 at the thought that something terrible had happened. I arrived home to be greeted by police cars and the sound of my sister crying in the living room – a sound that will stay with me forever.My mother took me upstairs and told me my father had died that morning. I have never held her so tightly. I would never see my dad again, I thought. I would never play football with him again and I would never hold...

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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 prospect, especially for someone who craves a structured day and has always worked for other people. ‘Was I mad?’ I...

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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 February. It was fantastic meeting the children for the first time. Looking forward to the next two years as patron...

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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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