Guest editor

Daisy, Telling Tales

Owner and curator of Telling Tales, a bookshop in Hackney specialising in illustrated children's books to share her love of well designed books. Daisy lives in east London and is mother to Pip and Bea.

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Daisy, Telling Tales


1. What attracts you to a book?

I’m drawn to a book based on the cover - I know you shouldn’t but a beautiful or intriguing cover of a book is what wins me over. This is why I love picture books, it feels like the so much work is put into the cover and design of it that it is a work of art.

2. Who are your favourite authors and illustrators? Who do you like at the moment?

My favourites are always changing as I discover and find new or old books that I enjoy. There are so many to choose from, but if pushed at the moment Briony May Smiths’ illustrations in Imelda and the Goblin King, I am also enjoying reading Milly Molly Mandy to my eldest daughter (it’s very old fashioned, by Joyce Lankester Brisley) but lovely short stories!

3. Are there any characters in the books you have read that you would like to be friends with or be? Why?

My daughters love a bit of pink and princesses and I often get drawn into it all! Kitty Lacey is a hairdresser and stylist for princesses - with pink hair! Being friends with her or being her would be good fun - all the glitter and sparkle!

4. What are your top 5 reads of 2017 so far been with your children?

Isabel Sanchez Vegara, Frau Isa

Marie Curie - Little People, Big Dreams

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Ella Bailey

One Day on our Blue Planet: In the Savannah

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Todd Tuell, Tad Carpenter

Ninja Ninja Never Stop

Jean Roussen and Loris Lora

Safe and Sound

Madalena Matoso

As Time Passes


5. Do you have a favourite children’s book you go back to time and time again? What do you think it is about this book that you enjoy so much?

This is a really difficult question to answer! There are so many books that I love to read - whether my two girls would agree with my choices I’m not sure! They aren’t quite old enough for the Roald Dahl and Enid Blyton that I use to love reading so much so the two books that we all enjoy are Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak - there is just so much fun and naughtyness in this book that it captures everyone's imagination! The Jolly Postman and other people’s letters by Janet and Allan Ahlberg - who doesn’t like opening a letter and reading what’s inside (especially as we don’t get so many letters anymore!).

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