Free Halloween Scare Worksheets For Children

Brittany from tickledpinkinprimary has created a couple of lovely Halloween Scare worksheets for free. Grab yours now!

halloween activity sheets

Author Book Reading Via Skype – What I Learned

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For a relatively unknown and inexperienced children’s author like myself, public appearances are daunting enough: dozens of unforgiving children, staring up at you, demanding to be entertained. But at least you are face to face. At least you can read the look in their eyes and adjust your approach accordingly.

Now imagine doing it over Skype* with up to 100 pupils at a time, and a short delay between you speaking and their reaction. When I was approached by Howard-Winn in Iowa, to do just that, I almost declined. I’m so glad I didn’t. [Read more…]

A Halloween Scare children’s story (full audio for free!)

It’s October and Halloween is almost upon us! To celebrate the release of all 29 versions of “A Halloween Scare” I have uploaded the entire UK version to YouTube, for free! By that I mean the book, read by Pavel Douglas and animated by me. Yes that’s right, snuggle up under the duvet, turn out the lights and scare yourself silly!

If you like it, please share it with your friends and family. Remember: Scaring is caring!

YouTube link below:

A Halloween Scare at My House (UK) was written by Eric James, illustrated by Marina Le Ray and has been voiced by Pavel Douglas (Please note, there have been minor text changes to “A Halloween Scare in My House (UK version) since this was recorded”).

Halloween Book California

The image & verse below are taken from “A Halloween Scare in California” – a little nod to their former Governor (out now!)

A Halloween Scare in California

A Halloween Scare in California

Also see Kentucky

Halloween Book Kentucky

The image & verse below are taken from  “A Halloween Scare in Kentucky” (out now!)

Halloween Book Kentucky

Monsters’ Menu – Free Audio (Children’s Bedtime Rhyming Book)

I wrote this little rhyming story about monsters and food back in 2010/2011. In June 2014 I had it read by the wonderful Pavel Douglas and now it’s been illustrated by the talented Frankie Cadillac. For the time being I thought I’d put it up on my YouTube channel and share it with you for free.

You should be able to view the video below, but if not you’ll find it on my channel. If you like it, PLEASE share the link with your friends. It would mean a lot to me!

(sign up to my mailing list and I’ll tell you when I release new rhymes!)

Update: And here is the original artwork on its own:

monsters menu artwork


Max Says Thank You For The Kickstarter Pledges

Here’s a little video from last year’s Kickstarter campaign for Max’s Little Brother (click to read the whole book for free). I recorded Max saying “Thank you for the pledges”, and here it is:

The Children’s Halloween Story Books Are In!

I know, I know! It’s only the start of summer so who on earth is thinking of Halloween at a time like this? Me! I’m very pleased to announce that the first batch of Halloween books have arrived. It’s my first published book (yes, via a publishing company!)

halloween stories

How it came about

Late last year, in November I attempted to use crowd-funding to publish a book. I didn’t hit my target amount, but I did end up being put in contact with a publisher. “We need a Halloween story for children” they said. “Okay,” I said, “I’ll do my best!” and here it is. It’s largely thanks to support from friends and supporters on Social Media that this happened. Thank you guys, you know who you are!

The story

The book is about a little child on Halloween night, and what they see outside their window. And of course it has a MAJOR plot twist at the end, ensuring children are left feeling empowered rather than scared! [Read more…]

Read For Free! Large Version Now Online

I thought I’d put the entire Max’s Little Brother book online, for you to read, and I thought I’d make it bigger! I hope you enjoy it. If you do, why not join my mailing list where you can find out about my next book!

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Three New Images (Max’s Little Brother)

Three re-drawn illustrations from my book Max’s Little Brother, drawn by the wonderful Minkee:

Children's illustration

Children's illustration

children's rhyming book

Book Reading (World Book Day)

I’ve very kindly been invited to do my first book reading on 6th March 2014 as part of World Book Day. I’ll be at Miles House Nursery in Bath, so if you have a child that attends, why not come and say hello.

World Book Day

What will I be reading? Well, that’s a secret! You’ll have to come along to find out!!

Max’s Little Brother – sample book arrived!

Max's Little Brother Children's Book