Lari Don

What books did you read when you were a child?
Lots and lots of magic! I especially loved the Narnia books, and collections of myths and legends by Roger Lancelyn Green.

If you could be a storybook character who would you be?
A dragon, soaring high above the world, watching all the stories happening below.

What is the best thing about reading?
How tiny black words on a small white page can pull you completely and utterly into another world, and make you care so much about the characters and what happens next.

What is your all time favourite book?
The Power of Three, by Diana Wynne Jones. It changed the way I see magic in stories, forever.

Other than reading books what is the most important thing a parent can do to help develop their children’s communication skills?
Make up stories together. They don’t have to be long complicated stories, just little stories about your favourite toys or characters can be a fun way to exercise everyone’s imagination!

How big a part did your parents play in encouraging your writing skills?
They gave me books to read, paper and pens to write with, and a whole wide world to play in!

How do you encourage your children or grandchildren to read, what books do you enjoy reading with them?
My girls are teenagers, so I’m really a book supply service now, but we still discuss the books we’re reading, and share and recommend our favourites.

Lari Don is a children’s writer and storyteller, born in Chile, now living in Scotland. She writes collections of her favourite legends and folktales, and contemporary adventure novels inspired by myths and folklore. Her collection of horse legends - Horse of Fire - has just been published by Bloomsbury.

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