My letter to Very

Most of you know by now about who i am, what i do and if you’re reading this, then you will probably have already read about my Very unhappy Christmas.

I’ve made no secret about my disappointment upon seeing the new Very Christmas advert in regards to my book The Aurora Borealis in my Bedroom.

As i couldn’t understand how so much of my book, predominately the imagery, ended up on our screens this Christmas i decided to approach the source directly.

I sent both Very and the agency who created the advert for them a letter asking, well, many many questions.

You can feel free to read it below. I suggest right clicking and opening up the image in a new tab if it is too small on your screen- it will be nice and big then.

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‘Tis the season of goodwill, unless you’re using someone else’s ideas this Christmas

If you’ve found your way here, it’s probably because you know of my book “The Aurora Borealis in my Bedroom” and have read my post on copyright from Sunday. If not, feel free to go back and have a read here.

It has come to my attention, that it is not just my work that has been “borrowed” this Christmas as one of my favourite author/ illustrators has found his work appearing in John Lewis’s monster under the bed advert.

For those of us that know and appreciate Mr Riddell’s work, we are already aware of the lovely picture book, “Mr Underbed”. A book that was first published in 1986. That’s two years before my Mummy was even born! So at 31 year’s old, why have John Lewis decided to use Mr Riddell’s beautiful work without even approaching him about it first? I heard they spent around 3 million pounds on it. That’s more money than i can even imagine! They obviously didn’t have enough left over to pay Mr Riddell for his idea, or the courtesy to even ask him if they could use it.

chris riddell mr underbedThis image is taken from Mr Riddell’s Tumbr page

This makes me very sad and a bit angry because it shows me that even when i become an established author, people will still think it’s acceptable to pass my ideas off as their own. How is that even fair?!

I’m 9 years old and people are already taking my ideas without my consent, and while i’m flattered that they think they’re worth turning into an advert, surely asking my permission should be standard but as this latest incident with Mr Riddell’s work shows they clearly don’t think the same as the rest of us.

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I read in The Guardian yesterday evening that Mr Riddell had said “The idea of a monster under the bed is by no means new but the ad does seem to bear a close resemblance to my creation – a big blue unthreatening monster who rocks the bed and snores loudly,” he said. “Needless to say, I think Mr Underbed is a lot more appealing than Moz, but of course, I’m biased. I’ll be fascinated to hear John Lewis’ thoughts on the matter.”

We all know what John Lewis will say; they will claim that they have never seen his work and that it does not infringe any of Mr Riddell’s copyright and we’ll all be rolling our eyes knowing that someone sitting in their board room pitched the idea with his work to hand as an example! It’s not as if you can easily find images from the book and the text online or even in a book store…

The similarities are unmistakable but i suppose this is now up to Mr Riddell and John Lewis to discuss whether the credit is shared appropriately.

It’s probably time that we discuss the copyright of my work “The Aurora Borealis in my Bedroom” again, after all it has been 2 years and 10 months since my family and i started sharing it on social media. The text belongs to me and the drawings belong to my Mummy- although she says she only drew what i envisioned.

Megan Nicholson Aurora BorealisShowing the world all my hard work was worth it ( 16/7/15)

No, my book is not published. You can not find my book on the shelves at your local library or in your favourite book store but the imagery and some extracts have been available to view online for nearly 3 years! (And when i say available to view, i mean, you can look at them- not steal them) A text copy of the book (included some images) has also been sent out to people.

Why have i been sharing them? How am i ever going to get a book published if people don’t see my work? I need people to see my work, to want to buy my book. I’m always reading about authors who rely on self promotion and i have thoroughly taken this on board.

So i share the illustrations that my Mummy has created and i ask that extracts be included so that people can see them and think, it might be worth meeting me and discussing my book.

The illustration below, drawn by my Mummy was shared step by step for the first time on 27th-29th April 2015. You can see it next to Very’s 2017 Christmas advert. Very have even described the ad on Youtube with “Our little hero leaves her cosy bed to struggle through the snow” which is funny because my book starts “I was in my warm cosy bed fast asleep when my dreams were disturbed by a freezing draft of wind spiralling above me.”

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In both instances, the characters are in their beds and find themselves out in the cold, in the snow with only their cuddly friend for company. At least they were ‘kind‘ enough to not include my cat Jinx, as in my image. I wrote “The Aurora Borealis in my Bedroom” as a way of immortalising my beloved pet cat after he passed away. I thought that if other people read my story, Jinx would become real for every single person who joined me on my magical journey and thus stay alive forever. At the time, this was such a comforting thought and in dealing with my grief i ended up creating this whole story about my adventure in the Arctic Circle which was to be the first in a series of seven books.

What’s sad is the advert starts very much like their previous Christmas adverts over the years, the idea of a person being kind and wanting to give presents to all the people they love- that’s sweet isn’t it? Until the advert becomes just a little bit more magical and dreamlike, that’s when it changes from being like their previous adverts and starts turning more and more into my book.

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The images above were shared on social media on 29/4/2015 when Mummy and myself were looking at typography- it’s harder than it looks!

It’s also been shared online since. So both the image and an accompanying extract have been viewable online for some time.

There are 9 copies of my book in this world that i don’t have in my personal possession which probably doesn’t sound like an awful lot but it’s enough for someone to read it and use it. After all i have no idea where my book has ended up since sending it out, you never know who’s hands it’s going to end up in once it’s been shared. That’s quite a sad thought for an aspiring author.

If you thought that was the only similarity though, you’d be sadly mistaken. They may have omitted Jinx from their advert but they took possession of my husky/ wolf Trix who aids me on my journey across the perilous ice.

I came across a husky last year while i was on holiday and after telling the owner about my book, he let me take some photographs with her. Isn’t she lovely?

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Before we get to the similarity of the wolf saving the girl on the ice though let’s talk about when my Mummy and i introduced Trix to the world back on 27th August 2015. If you have seen the advert, you will know that after the little girl loses her wolf toy she takes shelter beneath a tree where she encounters a wolf. She closes her eyes and braces for it to attack before realising that it is actually friendly (in the advert he is her lost toy).

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This leaves me quite disheartened as the extract that was shared along side the illustration read “Oh no, i’ve stumbled upon the wolf. I definitely can’t escape now. I close my eyes and wait for it to attack. Nothing happens. Nothing is still happening.

I open my eyes and by my feet, waiting patiently, is a grey and white husky.

It all feels a bit familiar doesn’t it?

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It’s all the more familiar when you consider the tuft in Trix’s ear, drawn by my Mummy back in 2015 to give Trix a little bit more character- Very’s wolf has a tear on his ear.

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Surely that’s where the similarity ends? I know that’s what you are thinking but sadly not. If they had been the only similarities i probably would have passed the advert off as coincidence but there’s more.

Take what happens after i arrive out in the snow, the moments after i have dressed up in the warmest clothes with Jinx on my shoulder. I’m taken back by how low my boots crunch into the snow and as i struggle through it, i lose Jinx.

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That’s right the crux of the Very advert, the moment the girl loses her furry friend to the snow, right before she meets it again as she cowers beneath a tree (seen previously in this blog post), you can find it in my book and of course the imagery that was shared online more than 2 years ago but it’s all just a coincidence isn’t it?

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I know, i know, we’ve not even discussed the topic of the title of my book. You know, the one that just happens to be called “The Aurora Borealis in my Bedroom”. There’s not likely to be mentions or the appearance of the Northern Lights in there at all… except that my book relies on the appearance of such a spectacular visual light display to whisk me off to the snowy adventure that awaits. I guess the book cover doesn’t indicate that in any way.

IMG_3446The front cover to “The Aurora Borealis in my Bedroom” (final image shared 26/1/17)

Well it’s not like we even have similar coats or anything.. oh wait.. hmmm blue though.

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The Aurora comes to me twice in my story, once in bedroom- well obviously, it is the title of the book and then again when i get trapped on the cracking ice. So i’m not surprised that the Very advert just happens to include the very same thing. Even down to the colour of Northern Lights, violet and green. For those of us that have an active interest in the Aurora Borealis, we know that the Aurora can appear pink, green, yellow, blue, violet, sometimes orange or white and interactions with nitrogen can also cause it to be red. I like science, so i was interested to know. I chose blue, green and violet. So did Very apparently.

IMG_3671The view when i wake up outside of my bedroom.  First shared on 6/2/2016.

I should probably mention that my cat Jinx also wears a coat in my book. Isn’t he just the sweetest?! We are in the Arctic Circle after all and it’s pretty cold out there so we have these little matching coats in complimentary colours but like i say our coats don’t look remarkably like any other ones this Christmas…

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OK, enough of the little differences, let’s get back to the nitty gritty and stop talking about mine or Jinx’s beautiful coats because they’re not that important, i’m flattered that they liked our coat design though, i guess.

There are other similarities to discuss.

The photograph taken for concept art (18/9/2015), a series of conceptual artworks shared on social media (28/1/2016, 1/2/2016, 28/8/2016) and Very’s advert.

And of course you’ve seen the front cover of my book above. It was shared online with the statement “This image from the book was never actually going to make it to the front cover but after thrashing around ideas with Megan- the book connoisseur- it became apparent that this scene encapsulated the essence of her story. So when it eventually makes it’s way to a bookstore shelf you can be clever and tell someone that!” (7/1/2017)

This was because Mummy and i were trying to get the right drawing of the Aurora Borealis in my bedroom for inside my book and use the same image as the front cover. After practising drawing the Northern Lights this way, we came up with a completely different approach to the cover.

Practising the layout of the Aurora and how we wanted it to look took some time. Between the two of us (Mummy and me) we ended up with sheets and sheets of blended colours, in pencil, in pastel, in paint. The images above are the ones that my Mummy decided to share though but the progression is clear to see, as is the similarity. One of mine is shown below and was the result of about 20 practise papers!

13221680_10157131030365105_7430869361269413433_n (1)Step by Step drawing of my book “The Aurora Borealis in my Bedroom”, used as inspiration for the Dream Big Blue Peter competition. (17/5/16)

This was when i entered a Blue Peter competition last year using my book as inspiration for their theme Dream Big which coincided with the release of The BFG– as a book lover and appreciator of Mr Roald Dahl i wanted to share my story with the people associated with him. We shared the image on social media platforms on 17th May 2016. It’s also been completely viewable online and is a step by step of my story…. and Very’s advert. With the only exception of Trix hitching up to a sleigh to guide me across the snow/ice rather than riding him.

It was also shared on my blog here.

Feel free to right click the image, i’m 9 and even i know the image will come up much bigger and clearer in a new window. It comes up much bigger on Twitter and Facebook than on the blog too, where it’s been for more than a year. You can’t right click on Instagram.

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Now that we’ve reached this juncture i’ll discuss with you my trip across the perilous ice which is quite the turning point in my story. The ice cracks while i’m on it. It’s the part where i’m genuinely afraid and i don’t feel like i’m going to come out of it unscathed, it’s also the part of my journey where my new husky/ wolf friend saves me from going underneath the ice cold water by dragging me off the frozen lake. You can see this quite clearly in the image above. It’s also here that i’m so cold and tired, i start falling asleep on the snow which creates the suspense and intensity to my story. You can also see it in the screencap of Very’s advert below.

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There are other similarities between my book and the Very Christmas advert but they can only be found in the printed copies of my book and to be honest i’d not like to think ill of anyone i have sent them out to, although the similarities are questionable.

While Very are likely to say that they have never seen my work, that none of their team have ever stumbled across it while looking for inspiration, the parallels are undeniable.

There are simply too many of them to be a coincidence, especially when you consider them against the artwork and extracts that were shared by me and my family.

Sadly i do not possess the money (to be fair my pocket money couldn’t really stretch that far) or the fame to fight Very in court, no matter how strong my argument is. There is no doubt in my mind that the imagery and plot of my book have been “borrowed” but all i can hope, is that they do the right thing by me.

I told my Mummy this evening that i’m going to stop writing and that she can stop illustrating my book because this whole experience has left me feeling rubbish and that my ideas have already been replicated so what’s the point in trying to share my story with the world. She told me that she never wanted to hear me say that ever again, that i have a voice and i should never be afraid to use it. I have some lovely author friends who have said the same thing and that’s the thing with the book community, everyone supports everyone else.

You should know, you’ve been reading my blog. I love and appreciate every author and illustrator who has ever taken me on a wonderful adventure, because half the time i’ve never wanted to leave the world they have created. And i also appreciate every single one of you who has been following me on my reading and writing journey because you have all been so supportive.

To the ones of you who have not however, please don’t put me off being an author because you thought you could get away with “borrowing” my ideas. I’m only 9 years old and this is the job i want to pursue for the rest of my life, what lesson are you teaching me and other children like me?

munchkinmegan g nicholson authorTaking in the view at Lyme Regis and brainstorming new ideas. (2016)

When you take my work without permission, you are not only stealing my hard work, the nights i spent thinking about it, the times i sat brainstorming and researching that parts of my story were factually accurate, the days i spent acting out my story so i could covey the correct emotions in my writing, you are stealing the dreams of a 6 year old and frankly, that’s not cool.

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The Aurora Borealis in my Bedroom | Big City, Small Monster| The Sandman and The Pyjama Farmer by Megan G Nicholson

If you’ve been reading my blog for a while or my twitter account, you’ll know that i now have 3 books under my belt. None published mind you but 3 books i am proud to say i worked hard on and put my all into.

The first book i penned was after i appeared on Blue Peter back in 2015 after completing my mammoth reading challenge. Having always read, i decided to see if i could read a book every day for a year or 365 books in 12 months which you’ll know i finished in just 10 months! Oh and i was just 5 years old! I read everything i could from Oliver Moon’s Summer Howliday by Sue Mongredien to The Human Body by Dr Malcolm Clark.

I started planning my first book, The Aurora Borealis in my Bedroom in the November before Blue Peter came out to see me in the February of 2015. It feels so hard to believe that a little 6 year old me was creating a world of my very own way back in 2014!

I started writing it from all the ideas that i had in the January and i finished in April 2015. For more than 2 and a half years i have been sharing images and extracts from my book, none of which i ever thought that i would need to explicitly say was my own work and i held the copyright over it. After all, the UK Government states that you automatically retain copyright for your own work!

Recent events however have proven that my ideas are actually pretty fantastic and obviously worthy of being ‘borrowed’ so i feel that i should extend an official statement about ownership of the written work and the illustrations.

For information:

http://www.munchkinmegan.wordpress.com

The Aurora Borealis in my Bedroom
Megan G Nicholson has been identified as the author.
Copyright © 2015 Megan G Nicholson

The right of Megan G Nicholson to be identified as the author of this work has been asserted by her in accordance with the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988.

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Donna M Nicholson has been identified as the illustrator.
Copyright © 2015 Donna M Nicholson.

All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system, or transmitted in any form or by any means (electronic, mechanical, photocopying, recording or otherwise) without prior permission of the author and illustrator.

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Big City, Small Monster.
Megan G Nicholson has been identified as the author and illustrator.
Copyright © 2016 Megan G Nicholson

The right of Megan G Nicholson to be identified as the author of this work has been asserted by her in accordance with the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988.

All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system, or transmitted in any form or by any means (electronic, mechanical, photocopying, recording or otherwise) without prior permission of the creator.

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The Sandman and The Pyjama Farmer.
Megan G Nicholson has been identified as the author and illustrator.
Copyright © 2017 Megan G Nicholson

The right of Megan G Nicholson to be identified as the author of this work has been asserted by her in accordance with the copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988.

All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system, or transmitted in any form or by any means (electronic, mechanical, photocopying, recording or otherwise) without prior permission of the creator.

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I realise that creatives might be struggling to meet deadlines but if that’s your job then you know what you let yourself in for, being stressed and running out of time are never an excuse to plagiarise someone else’s work. Do what the rest of us do and admire it from afar, say to people “you know who’s work i really like….” and then send them a nice message to tell them you really liked it but then get the cogs in your brain working and come up with your OWN ideas! If you’re having to take ideas from a 6, 7, 8 and 9 year old then you probably need a holiday to recharge your brain engine.

In short if the idea, the plot, the imagery, an extract is already out there, it already exists and doesn’t belong to you anyway.

Lonely Planet Kids Moana Writing Competition

Lonely Planet Kids recently ran a writing competition inspired by Disney’s new film Moana. The theme was ADVENTURE!

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I wrote about the first time i went on a rock climbing wall and i’m really pleased to say i was named a runner up. 🙂

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Read my runner up entry below:
My Rocky Road by Megan Grace Nicholson

I felt my foot slip off a rock. I’m so scared i might fall but i keep trying. I reach for the next one and put one foot firmly against the rock face as i heave myself up. I’m a bit higher now but i dare not look down.

As i climb, i could feel the whole rope shake.

“This is ridiculous.” I think to myself, “I’m never going to make it to the top.”

My breath is heavy now and i can feel sweat dripping down my forehead. Both my arms and legs are working in unison. There are only a few rocks left now.

Suddenly everything starts to ache. I keep pushing myself despite the pain.

As i finally reach the top, i pull myself up and over the edge. I sit down with defiance. I press the buzzer and cry out “I made it!”

I glance down to the foot of the rock climbing wall. I can see Mummy and Daddy’s smiling faces before pushing off the wall and sailing down. I feel weightless as if i’m floating in the air.

My whole body is tingling with excitement. What a crazy adventure!

National Young Writers’ Awards

I recently entered Explore Learning‘s National Young Writers’ Awards writing competition.

This years theme is The Future. I thought it sounded like a great theme and decided to approach it from a unique angle.

I opted to write about an interplanetary explorer who visits a place called Kross Krone- a planet inhabited by upright alien cats who fell in love with 21st century Earth. That way i could compare their planet (Earth now) with the Earth my interplanetary explorer is from.

Read my story below:

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Space Craft- The Mae Jemison
Earth Date- 3017
Ship’s Log.

There have been 18 new planets similar to Earth discovered just outside our Solar System, well that’s if you’d call 39 light years away ‘just outside’.

In days gone by, travelling to these places seemed unattainable but over the last millennium advancements in Science have placed these planets within our reach.

I am Margaret Mackintosh, ‘Mac’ to my comrades and i am an interplanetary explorer.

Despite the convenience of teleportation, my crew and i are hurtling through space to Kross Krone, a planet inhabited solely by a species of upright alien cats. They forbid the use of teleportation.

The species, known as Kwarbles developed an obsession with Earth during the early 21st Century. Since then they have spent all their time and resources turning Kross Krone into a replica of our beloved planet a thousand years ago.

Where our planet was forced to create synthetic water after the population boom of 2361, their planet is still thriving from their own rivers and lakes. Where all our pavements have become eco turfs, they are happy to use paving slabs- it truly is a sight to behold! Kross Krone houses many livestock and crops, something that hasn’t been done on our land for years. Our meat is harvested from cloned animals, we only ever grow the parts we require as we are no longer a wasteful society. Our crop is much the same although growth is monitored entirely by machines, human like robots known as Ersatz.

Kwarbles scavenged all our old electronics such as PC computers because mankind had developed biotic systems that synced with our own electronic impulses. The cats type out words to send messages to each other, it’s simply archaic but fascinating! They travel in cars much like our own but without the use of smart roads to keep them the correct distance or speed, they control this.. themselves!

The people of Kross Krone fell in love with many of our native animals and have spent years helping them thrive on their own planet. Due to their vast oceans, only a fraction smaller than Earths, they have been able to rehouse many of the beloved sea creatures we believed to have died out years ago.

Although the Kwarbles dislike modern technology, this passion for Earth’s animals has lead them to request cloning technology for long since extinct creatures such as dinosaurs which they would propagate on their sister planet Pterodore.

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Uncharted Territory. 2020

In deep space a lost probe has encountered a black hole.

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N.A.S.A 2020

Beep. Beep. Beep. Beep.

“Sir, there is a message coming through. Columbus II has picked up a radio signal”

One Education- Blog 4 Books

One Education ran a competition recently to write a blog about why ‘we’ love reading. I thought it sounded like a great theme for a blog and got to work straight away.

I was privileged to be on the shortlist!

You can read my Blog below: west orchards 4

Why i love Reading

by Megan Grace Nicholson

Age 9

It’s a good question, why do i love reading? I think it’s best to break that question down because there’s more to reading than just picking up a book and reading some words on a page!

Starting a book:

When I start a new book i feel like i have entered a completely different world which means adventure, mystery and excitement throughout. I am transported to different places and make new friends along the way. A good writer makes you forget about the real world and makes you feel like you’re part of the furniture- that is to say that their welcome embrace makes you feel right at home.

A new book is a gateway between my world and the land of the author’s brain- what a weird and wacky place that is!

Today i could be swimming with mermaids (The Tail of Emily Windsnap), Sleuthing with detectives (Sherlock Holmes and the disappearing diamond) or attending a magical school (Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone).

But tomorrow i could be a super spy (Alex Rider Point Blanc), in a Refugee Camp (The Bone Sparrow) or facing the Dreamsnatcher (The Dreamsnatcher).

A new book is a gateway between my world and the land of the author’s brainwhat a weird and wacky place that is!”

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Finishing a book:

I feel depressed when i finish a book, fellow book folk will understand that inevitable deflation upon completing a book. No matter how long you’ve been reading it, whether it be a few hours, a day or a week, you have invested yourself in this world and this world has completely enveloped you.

When it ends you’re forced to say goodbye to the characters you’ve come to know, support and admire. That really does make an impact and i question “What am i going to do now?” but thankfully that can be easily rectified by delving into another book and getting completely swept up in another world, another life.

I get to travel the world, time and the universe. I am not a bookworm, i am a book traveler- a book hitch hiker and i get to visit all the places people have ever dreamed of.

I am not a bookworm, i am a book traveller- a book hitch hiker and i get to visit all the places people have ever dreamed of.”

I am NOT a bookworm:

People who love books are usually referred to as a bookworm, i am NOT a bookworm- i am a book traveller! I don’t slither through a book- i pack a suitcase, put on my sunscreen and grab a coat! (Well i never know what the weather is going to be!)

I hitch-hike my way through books! I catch a ride through the prologue and make my journey through the chapters.

I don’t slither through a book- i pack a suitcase, put on my sunscreen and grab a coat!”

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Where it all started:

My Mummy was reading stories to me even when i was in her belly, she read to me every day after i was born and by the time i was one i was reading on my own! (Yes, REALLY.)

She would practice phonics with me everywhere, anywhere and all the time. She was helping other children to read at primary schools so all those techniques transferred back home.

There’s even a video of me at one reading on my own! How amazing is that!?

I honestly think that if my Mummy hadn’t read to me every night i probably wouldn’t have read at the early age i did and probably wouldn’t be as besotted with books as i am now.

By the time i was in Nursery i was the only child in my class reading and i enjoyed reading to the other children in the class and helping them to read. I love helping people discover their love of reading.

By the time i was in Reception i was able to take a variety of books home as my teacher knew i would read them all! Not to mention i was starting to build up a rather healthy library of my own!

My Reading Challenge:

When i was 5 years old i challenged myself to read a book every day for a year (365 books in 365 days) but i was greedy for stories and read 365 books in just 10 months!

I read every day. I never get bored of going on new adventures! When i near the end of the book, i start eyeing up the rest of the series!

Now i have started writing my own books as there are worlds forming inside my head that i want to share with other book travellers.

I recently started my reading challenge again but this time i want to read double the amount of books from my last challenge! I’ve read far more books in a year than the challenges i set myself but this is a nice guide to work by, there are so many fantastic authors and so many amazing books out there- i have to read them all!

There’s even a video of me at one reading on my own! How amazing is that!?”

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My local library played a big part in my reading challenge and my love of reading in general.

I got my first library card when i was about 2 year old and i’ve been borrowing books from there ever since. They have a limit of only 20 books per card- i have to go back a lot!

All the Librarians know my name and always ask me what i’m reading at the moment. There’s nothing like visiting your local library and talking about books with other people who appreciate books!

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I wouldn’t be without my library, i go there frequently as it’s part of my weekly routine, so i don’t know who i’d be without it!

All the Librarians know my name and always ask me what i’m reading at the moment.”

Writing my own books:

I started writing my own books when i was six years old, i planned to write a short story (500 words) but quickly found that i had more to say. I finished my first book in just 4 months- i don’t think that’s too bad for a 6 year old!

That story is only the beginning as i’m currently writing the second and third book in the series.

I’ve even had a go at creating my own picture book- Big City, Small Monster which i illustrated myself too!

I really enjoy reading and writing books, i don’t think that will ever change.

That story is only the beginning as i’m currently writing the second and third book in the series.”

I hope that this blog has inspired you, either to read to your children more often or if like me, you love books, to pack your suit case and take a journey by delving into another great story!

Don’t forget, we are NOT bookworms- we are book travellers! Go and grab your coat quick, another adventure awaits!

See you there.

Megan x

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Why I Love Reading

One Education is running a competition called Blog 4 Books, they’ve asked kids to write about why they love reading. This is me getting to grips with a brainstorm working out exactly what i love about reading, where that love began, who helps feed that love and how that love has lead me to writing my own books.

Also it’s International Book Giving Day! 🙂 What a great day to think about why i love reading.

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