Holly Webb

What books did you read when you were a child?
A lot of them! I loved the Narnia books, and I read a lot of boarding school stories – I never wanted to go to a boarding school though. I also really loved a series called The Animals of Farthing Wood.

If you could be a storybook character who would you be?
Lucy in The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe.

What is the best thing about reading?
Forgetting everything and being completely wrapped up in a book world.

What is your all time favourite book?
Too hard to choose! If I can have a series, then the Narnia books.

Other than reading books what is the most important thing a parent can do to help develop their children’s communication skills?
Talk to them! Not just about books, but about everything. Friends, school, what’s going on in the world. Help them to know that their feelings and opinions are important and valid.

How big a part did your parents play in encouraging your writing skills?
A huge part, by letting me read whatever I liked (their feeling was that if I was old enough to understand a book, I was old enough to read it). Being immersed in books made me a writer.

How do you encourage your children or grandchildren to read, what books do you enjoy reading with them?
By showing them me reading (it’s hard to miss…) My children are 12, 12 and 15, so at the moment I’m loving getting fantasy and anime recommendations from my 15 year old daughter. My 12 year old twins are currently reading Skulduggery Pleasant, Henderson’s Boys, and Percy Jackson is a huge favourite. Plus the Red Eye series of horror books!

Holly Webb lives with her husband, three children and many cats. She started writing several years ago while working as a children’s books editor. She has written over ninety books including the Animal Stories, My Naughty Little Puppy and Maisie Hitchins series for Stripes Publishing. In 2012 she wrote The Clever Little Kitten for World Book Day. Holly lives in Tilehurst, just outside of Reading, Berkshire. Her latest books include The Perfect Kitten for Animal Stories, and Sara’s Dream Role, the second book in the Shine series is due on 7 February 2019. Both of these new books are perfect for young independent readers of 6-8 years.

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