Pippa Goodhart

What books did you read when you were a child?
I struggled with learning to read, but loved having stories read to me. I also loved ‘reading’ the pictures in books by myself. ‘Make Way For Ducklings’ was a favourite.

If you could be a storybook character who would you be?
I longed to be best friend to Laura Ingalls Wilder, author of Little House on the Prairie - so I wanted to be me, but with an author friend. Is that allowed?!

What is the best thing about reading?
It’s a wonderful way to explore the world and yourself, experiencing things you can’t in your real life, but learning from them for your real life.

What is your all-time favourite book?
It has to be Little House on the Prairie by Laura Ingalls Wilder, illustrated wonderfully by Garth Williams. I think it was the first book to make me cry, and it still does!

Other than reading books what is the most important thing a parent can do to help develop their children’s communication skills?
Listen to your children, and take what they say seriously. Discuss what interests them, and help them to follow those interests further.

How big a part did your parents play in encouraging your writing skills?
My father often worked at home, sitting in his study, writing and marking. And my mother would make little books with us. So writing seemed to be what you did!

How do you encourage your children or grandchildren to read, what books do you enjoy reading with them?
Lots and lots of reading aloud, doing the voices, and talking about the stories. Really, just by enjoying books together.

Pippa Goodhart is the author of over a hundred children’s books, including prize-winning picture book You Choose, and the Winnie the Witch storybooks which she writes under the pen name of Laura Owen.

A Bottle of Happiness, illustrated by Ehsan Abdollahi, celebrates the value of sharing stories as well as offering a gentle way into discussing what matters most to us. It is published in paperback by Tiny Owl on 9th January.

Pippa trained as a teacher, and worked for many years in bookselling before becoming a mother and a writer.

For more information about Pippa see: www.pippagoodhart.co.uk

For more information about Tiny Owl see: www.tinyowl.co.uk

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