I am the author of three short gift books – including Where the Wild Mums Are, and three children’s story books. I’m also a chocaholic, handbag hoarder, frustrated food critic/film director/ pop star. I live in London and am pretty new to being a published author. In fact, Katie Blackburn is a pen name …. In my day job I am better known as Leah Thaxton, Children’s Publisher at Faber & Faber.
So here’s a round-up of my books!
Where the Wild Mums Are is both a homage to Maurice Sendak and a celebration of the wonder of hardworking, selfless mums everywhere. After a particularly tough day looking after a toddler, Mum gets the holiday break of her dreams – but still decides home is worth coming back to! And then there’s the follow up, Where the Wild Dads Went – celebrating …. long-suffering dads). Both books are perfectly illustrated by Sholto Walker.
The latest, to complete the set, is called ‘Twas the Nightcap Before Christmas – and sees Mum and Dad gearing themselves up for Christmas day, with a mountain of present wrapping, helped along by a little indulging in a Christmas tipple.
Then there’s Dozy Bear and the Secret of Sleep (a sleep aid for children, employing every self-help trick I know) and Dozy Bear and the Secret of Food (a toolkit to make mealtimes with a toddler less stressful) both beautifully illustrated by Richard Smythe. Last but not least, there’s Scoot, stunningly illustrated by Jim Smith – the first ever book about scooters, with large type to aid early reading.
You can find me on twitter (as both Katie Blackburn and Leah Thaxton), when I’m meant to be sleeping/ working/ doing admin – do get in touch and say hello!