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We all know that reading is good, and I've seen many studies showing the benefits for children who go on to develop a life-long love of reading. So why is the BBC so worried that children might see grownups and other children holding actual books?


YouTube still from 'T reads Rhyme Crime by Jon Burgerman!' by Father Reading

I recently watched one of CBeebies Bedtime Stories with Mark Ronson, who was reading Jon Burgerman's picture book, Rhyme Crime.



...Except he wasn't reading, he was speaking to the screen, interspersed with formatted-for-telly graphics from the book. We never saw the actual book itself.


BBC graphic from Jon Burgerman's Rhyme Crime picture book

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We've done lots of Reeve & McIntyre events around Dublin, but we'd never visited the lovely Airfield Estate, where Dubray Books hosted it's wonderful Storyfest! (Here we are, inspecting the Greenhouse.)



We brought Kevin, our Roly-Poly Flying Pony, with us, and the first person he met in Dun Laoghaire after his flight was DJ and radio presenter Niamh McManus from RTE.



Right after that, we met up with author and Storyfest coordinator Sarah Webb, who's one of the people we know best from our visit to various Mountains to Sea festivals. Here she is, the following day, holding a picture from our big festival Draw-Off event that Philip, Oisín McGann and I drew all at the same time on stage in THREE MINUTES FLAT, on the child-chosen theme of 'Unicorn train and sweetie factory'.



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I only spent a few minutes today drawing this, for @StudioTeaBreak's Portrait Challenge, but I like it better than some recent pictures I've laboured much longer over. You can see the original painting by Jean-Étienne Liotard here.

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upcoming picture book online courses!

Interested in writing and/or illustrating your own picture books? Curtis Brown Creative is just about to start another online course created by my Jampires co-author David O'Connell and me. Here are your options, hope you can join us!

* Writing & Illustrating Picture Books - enrol by 7 Oct

* Illustrating Picture Books - enrol by 13 Oct

* Writing Picture Books - enrol by 13 Oct




And here's our latest Curtis Brown Creative blog post!

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