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Privileged to receive this B.R.A.G Medallion Honoree Award!

Hi everyone,

I have some really exciting news. I have been selected for a B.R.A.G Medallion Award by the Book Readers Appreciation Group. Here are some comments about ‘The Tap-Dancing Pigeon Of Covent Garden’.

This is the first children’s book I have reviewed and I am so glad I did (even on a kindle the pages are cute and fun to follow). The pigeon I adorable and the story was catchy and the ending.. too funny. Not how I expected it to end.  I would recommend this book to everyone that will listen (that has younger kids, or like my grandkids). 

The characters have a charming appeal. I particularly enjoyed the alterations and onomatopoeia which make the book a good candidate for a read-aloud story. Jon Davis’ illustrations combine soft colours with powerful facial expressions that convey both the message and the humour within the story. This book gives children an opportunity to tour a bit of London, develop self-confidence and be entertained in one read. Recommended for preschool through second grader readers. 

3rd! Readers’ Choice Award winner – AllAuthor, August cover of the month

I am excited to announce that my front cover came 3rd in the AllAuthor, August cover of the month. After a lot of determination and perseverance I dedicated my free time in between motherhood, school holidays and lockdown, to encouraging people to vote, once a week for four weeks for  ‘The Tap-Dancing Pigeon Of Covent Garden’.

My aim for this year was to gain an award before 5th September 2020, which will be a year since publication. I am thrilled to have been given this award. My illustrator Jon Davis has created amazing illustrations to compliment my book and I feel very lucky and proud to call him my illustrator.

 

Nominated for the Readers Choice Awards 2020

Hello readers,

I am so excited because The Tap-Dancing Pigeon Of Covent Garden has been nominated for 2020 Readers Choice Awards by TCK Publishing! It is the book with the most votes that wins. What an honour. I honestly had to find some man-sized tissues to cry tears of happiness.

Please vote for my book by clicking on the link below. It really only take a minute maximum I promise! Scroll half way down the page and click through the pages to page 11 of 16. Then scroll down half way to find my book cover. Click on it and add your email address.

Thank you very much for the support.

https://www.tckpublishing.com/2020-readers-choice-voting-page/

Thank you again. Stay safe and well!

Serena & Pigeon 🐦

5th March 2020 – Esher Church School Q & A

Hi readers,

I thought it would be fun to design some animations with some of the children’s questions and my responses. So here goes. I hope you find them intriguing and funny. Children have this wonderful way of expressing themselves, they are so honest and sweet. Please press play below:

 

Monday 2nd March 2020 – Author visit

Hi readers,

Happy World Book Day week!

Pigeon and I had an amazing week visiting schools. The first school to invite us was Felton Fleet Prep School in celebration of their ‘World Book Day’. Pigeon had his photo taken in front of the school sign which made him feel very important. The morning sped by as we had the opportunity to perform our interactive storytelling with each age group. Bringing Pigeon’s adventure alive. I used to find big groups intimidating but now I love them. The most enthusiastic group were year 4. Perhaps because they could follow the story and were ready to act out the sounds.

This was a wonderful experience and I would definitely return to this school in the future.

Thank you for reading! Serena and Pigeon x

Pigeon & Lotus Classics

Pigeon loved being in the company of Lotus Classics as they played a variety of soulful tunes both modern and old classics. The crowds flocked to listen and watch from the railings above. For a moment in time as thought time had stood still, it was silent and all you could hear was the beautiful soft sounds of the individual instruments.

Author visit to The Playroom, Wandsworth 🐦

I hope you all had a chance to celebrate National Storytelling week in your own special ways. Pigeon and I visited a sweet nursery in London called The Playroom. Greeted by lots of smiley faces and some beautiful pigeon crafts they had created in honour of Pigeon’s visit.

18th December – Sandown Play Cafe event

On this day Pigeon and I made our way to Sandown Play Cafe. It was freezing cold and we had loads of boxes to carry with all of our books and a polaroid camera! Just incase a little person wanted an instant photo to treasure of themselves with Pigeon!

There was a crowd of tiny people looking very intrigued by Pigeon sitting on the table, they thought it was very funny when I pretended that I couldn’t see Pigeon. This was a great experience and we would be happy to visit the cafe again! Perhaps with a craft next time! We signed lots of books.