Yesterday, I made my way to the Discover Children's Story Centre in Stratford to join the celebrations for Little Tiger's 30th birthday. It was a wonderful day in a wonderful location!
As the sun shone down, everyone gathered on the second floor. Tables ready for crafting activities linked to a book were set out around the room and as the guests arrived, there was a lovely warm, friendly atmosphere.
Once everyone had gathered, Jude Evans welcomed us all and spoke about Little Tiger with great affection and enthusiasm for what they do- and have done -for the past 30 years. Her passion for the wonderful books that they produce was infectious and as she introduced the authors and illustrators who were with us, we all knew we were in for a real treat!
Next Beth Ferguson, the organisational brains behind the event, gave us a brief over view of the plan- and we were off and running!
The wonderful Tracey Corderoy read us her new book, 'Fairy Tale Pets' whilst illustrator, Jorge Martin, drew pictures from the story. Tracey always entertains and engages her audiences brilliantly- and this was no exception. Her reading was perfectly prepared with sound effects and audience participation a-plenty! Jorge quietly drew his lovely pictures as the story unfolded.
Then it was crafting time! Each author/ illustrator led an activity related to their book. My first was making a monster with Caroline Crowe. Her book, 'Tiny Tantrum' is a delightfully funny story about toddler tantrums.
Jonny Lambert was making tiger masks on the next table. You can read our review of 'Tiger Tiger' here. His new book, 'The Only Lonely Panda' is a beautiful story with wonderful artwork.
My third session was with Tracey and Jorge, making a baby bear hand puppet and decorating dog biscuits. I was so lucky as Jorge drew me a picture from 'Fairy Tale Pets'! Tracey showed me the story sack she has made for her sessions at the Edinburgh Festival- and much trying on of the props took place!
The final activity was with Kate Alizadeh, illustrator of the lovely 'That is Actually MY Blanket, Baby!' by Angie Morgan. Children made their own blankets by decorating squares of fabric to their own designs.
There was a final story from Caroline- lots of fun with lots of joining in- before we were each given a lovely goodie bag containing the books we had been enjoying and we were invited to have lunch.
After lunch, we were invited to explore the Discover Centre (post about this to follow!).
Thank you so much to the wonderful team at Little Tiger for such a special occasion! Everyone there had a lovely time, sharing and enjoying the amazing stories you make happen. Happy birthday- all the best for your next 30 years!
You can find out more about Little Tiger Press on their website.
Tiny Tantrum by Caroline Crowe, illustrated by Ella Okstad
Fairy Tale Pets by Tracey Corderoy, illustrated by Jorge Martin
The Only Lonely Panda by Jonny Lambert
That is Actually MY Blanket, Baby! by Angie Morgan, illustrated by Kate Alizadeh