Smriti Halls: BookTrust Writer in Residence (Sept 2020-March 2021)
A Modern Classic
"Deftly humorous... a lovely book to
cuddle up with" - The Guardian
"Comical, bold and tender." - Sunday Times
"Has future classic stamped
all over it." - Daily Mail
"Kids will want to stick with this one" - Kirkus
8 Jan 2021
The Verb, BBC Radio 3. Optimism in Stories for Children - Experiments in Living
Smriti joins Ian McMillan, Frank Cottrell-Boyce, Gaia Vince & Kate Fox to discuss optimism in writing for children.
28 Nov 2020
Cambridge Literary Festival - The Little Island
30 Sep 2020
Rebel Rebel: how books and libraries can challenge mainstream narratives
CILIP & YLG panel event with Smriti Halls, Michael Rosen, Jake Hope and Fen Coles.
Double Oscars Book Prize nomination
Delighted to have landed TWO nominations on the six-strong Oscar's Book Prize shortlist for I’m Sticking With You (S&S Children's Books) and Rain Before Rainbows (Walker Books). The award celebrates the best in storytelling for under-fives. Read more in The Bookseller.
CBeebies Bedtime Stories - Rege-Jean Page reads Rain Before Rainbows
So thrilled that the marvellous Bridgerton star Rege-Jean Page - the dashing Duke of Hastings - read RAIN BEFORE RAINBOWS for CBeebies Bedtime Stories on Mothering Sunday. Watch again here...
Book Trust Writer in Residence
I'm looking forward to the next six months as BookTrust Writer in Residence from September 2020 to March 2021. Find out all about it over on the BookTrust website.
Back to School with Rain Before Rainbows
Absolutely gorgeous to hear how the free e-book is being used by schools up and down the country to welcome children back after lockdown. Head to the Walker website for lesson ideas & activities.
Little Rebels Award
It's an actual dream-come-true to be on the shortlist for the Little Rebels Award!! So happy and so proud of The Little Island. Congratulations to Rob Starling and everyone on this incredible shortlist.
Save the Children partnership for Rain Before Rainbows
Save the Children has partnered with Walker Books to release Rain Before Rainbows as a free e-book ahead of publication. It is read by the fabulous Stanley Tucci for Save the Children's #SaveWithStories campaign to support children most effected by the coronavirus pandemic.
Teach Primary Awards
So pleased that The Little Island has been shortlisted for this important award.
Indie Book of the Month
I'm Sticking With You has been selected as the Independent Booksellers Book of the Month for August 2020
2020 Indie Book Awards
Feeling the Indie bookshop love as I'm Sticking With You is shortlisted for the 2020 Indie Book Awards alongside picture book legends, including Julia Donaldson and Shirley Hughes.
BBC Radio 4 Women's Hour
Delighted to be interviewed on BBC Woman's Hour, talking about the incredible Bedtime Stories prison project. Click the Woman's Hour icon and listen from 12mins in.
Guardian feature on The Little Island
No goose is an island... Was pleased to be interviewed by the Guardian about the themes and inspiration behind The Little Island.