What books did you read when you were a child?
I was an avid reader when young - so many to choose from! My favourites included: The Chronicles of Narnia by C S Lewis; The Secret Seven by Enid Blyton; Emil and the Detectives by Erich Kästner; Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl; Thorburn’s Mammals by Archibald Thorburn; and The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien, to name but a few!
If you could be a storybook character who would you be?
Flat Stanley, because he was able to post himself anywhere in the world – how cool would that be?
What is the best thing about reading?
It transports you into another place.
What is your all time favourite book?
I love the classics, but Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë was by far the book which had the greatest effect on me.
Other than reading books what is the most important thing a parent can do to help develop their children’s communication skills?
Visualisation is a great tool - be creative, get the paints out and get messy.
How big a part did your parents play in encouraging your writing skills?
My family were always great readers – my mother would pack us off to the local library every week. I loved to write and draw at the same time. They encouraged my creative side from as far back as I can remember.
Are there any books you’d recommend parents read to their children?
For younger readers I really like the picture book Tidy by Emily Gravett – it’s all about a badger, my favourite animal. King Coo by Adam Stower is also a wonderful nostalgic tale of adventure, and the hero is a bearded girl!
Vicky Woodgate has been illustrating for over 10 years. Having studied design and illustration at Chelsea College of Art and Design, she found herself working within the TV, film and theme-park industry as a scenic artist. After 10 years, she moved into publishing, working on newspapers, magazines, books and advertising. Vicky has always had a passion for wildlife, and loves travelling, writing and drawing. Her first author-illustrated book URBAN JUNGLE is out now published by Big Picture Press, Take a walk on the wild side with 38 animal-packed city maps! Her second book A WORLD OF BIRDS is out in March 2018. She is based in Brighton in the UK.
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