If you've enjoyed watching some online story times during the pandemic, you may be looking for ways to thank the authors and illustrators!

General Tips

• If you liked a book that a librarian or teacher read in a virtual storytime, please consider leaving a review on Goodreads, Toppsta or similar platforms.

• Support creators and local businesses by ordering their books through your local bookshop.

• Follow creators on social media and share their work.

• Donate to a fund that has been set up to support authors and illustrators, such as The Author’s Contingency Fund.

• If you’re a fan of an illustrator’s work, consider buying prints and other merchandise featuring their art. Many illustrators have online shops – you will find some links below and also via their social media profiles! You can also make small donations to creators via their Ko-fi and Patreon pages.

• Some authors and illustrators offer virtual visits – teachers or book clubs can hire them for Q&As, readings and workshops. You may also be able to hire them for small parties – a live draw-along with your child’s favourite illustrator would make a memorable birthday treat! Please contact creators directly to discuss rates and availability.

Authors and Illustrators Directory

Below are links to shops and virtual storytelling and online school visit details for some of our published creators!

Jana Novotny Hunter
Author, Conference Speaker and Lecturer
Child's Play books by Jana:
Circus Girl; My Tail's NOT Tired!; and A Bear Hug At Bedtime

Richard O’Neill
Author and Storyteller
Virtual visits introduction video
Child's Play books by Richard:
Ossiri and the Bala Mengro; Yokki and the Parno Gry; Polonius the Pit Pony; and The Lost Homework

Susan Rollings
Writer, Children's Picture Book Author / Illustrator, Teacher and Speaker on using stories and the Arts to support vital Brain Development
Child's Play books by Susan:
Best Friends, Busy Friends and New Shoes, Red Shoes

To say 'thank you' for your willingness to support creators, we'd like to offer you this 20% off promotional code for our bookshop!: SUPPORT20

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