Writer in Residence: Nadia Shireen
Every six months, BookTrust appoints a new Writer in Residence (or Writer-Illustrator in Residence) to write blogs, run competitions and give us their own unique perspective on the world of children's books.
Our Writer-Illustrator in Residence is Nadia Shireen, whose focus is the importance of inclusive representation in children's books, as well as why funny books are fantastic for children.
Nadia Shireen was our Time to Read 2017 author and illustrator, well known for The Cow Who Fell to Earth and The Bumblebear, among many other picture books.
Highlights of her residency include asking other writers about how they make people laugh and sharing some of her favourite books. She also talks about how she makes her picture books and recently ran a competition for primary school aged children.
Back in February 2018, when she was appointed, Nadia Shireen said:
'I couldn’t be more delighted to be BookTrust’s new Writer in Residence, mainly because one of my favourite things in the world is talking about myself. Sadly, Booktrust have quietly taken me to one side and told me that a) I’m not actually moving in with them and b) I’m not allowed to just write a series of blogs detailing how great I am.
'With that in mind, I’ve grudgingly decided to use my residency to focus on a couple of areas of personal interest. First, I want to celebrate funny books: from silly picture books to witty novels and everything inbetween. Secondly, I feel it’s really important that every young reader can see themselves represented in the books they read – regardless of gender, ethnicity or social class. And while it’s important for us grown-ups to keep talking about it, it’s even more important to get children involved in actually changing things.'
Previous Writers in Residence
Previous writers to take up the post include Cressida Cowell, Phil Earle, Sita Brahmachari and Philip Ardagh – see what fun things they all got up to during their time in residence.
One night, a little cow falls to earth from the moon, but none of the earth animals speak her language. This lovely book about friendship and belonging is beautifully paced and has all of Nadia Shireen’s recognisable cute characters.
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