Congratulations to ten year old Jack Heywood on the publication of his book, Authors Uncovered: Britain’s Favourite Children’s Authors.
“I wrote my book in lockdown,” Jack told me. “My grandad listens to readers at my school and kept saying how none of us knew about the writers we were reading. We thought it would be an interesting project to do while we were working at home. He helped me with my research.”
And in his preface, Jack says: “It is usually adults writing for children, and I wanted to change this and be a child writing for anyone. After all, we are the new generation and have big voices that need to be heard by each other and by adults.”
Authors Uncovered is a fascinating book to browse through, full of interesting facts about some of Britain’s most popular authors. I was very honoured to find myself between two of my favourite authors – Charles Dickens and Julia Donaldson! I think this is a useful and entertaining book which would enhance any school library, and make an excellent stocking-filler for avid young readers – along with some of the books mentioned inside the covers.
Jack Heywood lives in Nottingham. He is currently reading Goodnight Mr Tom, by Michelle Magorian, and The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas, by John Boyne.
‘Authors Uncovered’ – contents
The authors featured in Jack’s book are:
Malorie Blackman • Enid Blyton • Lewis Carroll • Lauren Child • Roald Dahl • Charles Dickens • Berlie Doherty • Julia Donaldson • Anne Fine • Anthony Horowitz • C.S. Lewis • Dick King-Smith • Michelle Magorian • David McKee • A.A. Milne • Michael Morpurgo • Beatrix Potter • Philip Pullman • Arthur Ransome • J.K. Rowling • Jeremy Strong • David Walliams • Jacqueline Wilson
Copies available from YPD Books.
Children are the best judges of books for children, but rarely have a chance to have a say. I have included young readers’ reviews in my review blogs of Look Both Ways, Small in the City and The Song That Sings Us. Young readers are welcome to add their comments and reviews in the comments boxes for each blog.