Hannah is an aspiring young writer and illustrator from Bristol who spent much of last summer working as a Summer Reading Challenge volunteer. In between volunteering stints at her local library she wrote the great short story The Lost Cookie, which you can read here. Now Hannah is writing both a new story and a series of blogs about the writing process.
'There's a book out there for everyone'
Hey, my name is Hannah, I am 14 years old and I live in Bristol. My main ambition is to become an author and illustrator.
This is a blog on my current book, 'There's a book out there for everyone', written for kids aged 3-9.
Back in November I was asked by my local library to illustrate a book for National Libraries Day. The book was due by February, so I thought I had plenty of time. Back in December, my Dad gave me the idea for the book and I had been keeping it in my head and developing the story for quite a while. I decided I would start on the book in the New Year after Christmas. Come January I was ill with the flu, so that delayed the book by a few days.
To start off, I got 2 A4 pieces of paper and drew a 3 by 5 grid on.
Then, I roughly scribbled on the pictures and words using stick figures and abbreviations.
The next step is not essential, but is quite useful. I cut 4 A4 pieces of paper in half and put them together to make a dummy book. I drew on the pictures and put in the words using a little bit more detail and cut out a few unnecessary pictures to make my work easier. I would recommend taking a break once you have finished, otherwise your hand might fall off!
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