Book Launch at the Literacy Library - with Swapna Haddow and Dapo Adeola

29/04/2021 - 5:00pm to 6:00pm
Join us for this special event to launch new book 'My Dad is a Grizzly Bear' by new creative duo, award-winning author, Swapna Haddow and Waterstones Children’s Book Prize 2020 winning illustrator, Dapo Adeola.

CLPE's Primary Advisory Teacher Darren Matthews will introduce Swapna and Dapo and their new book and lead a question and answer session to find out more from the creators. There will also be an opportunity for the audience to ask questions and hear from Swapna who will undertake a reading from the book.

The story centres around a young boy with a wild imagination who thinks his dad, is a grizzly bear. In this family, it's just possible that Dad is a grizzly bear . . . He has fuzzy fur, enormous paws and loves the outdoors. He sleeps a lot even in the cinema and when he's awake, he's always hungry, usually eating up all the honey. what else could Dad be? But sometimes, when it's scary at night, a lovely big bear hug is just what is needed. 

Registration will be via Zoom. Please follow the instructions in your confirmation email and ensure that you register well in advance of the event start time.

Date: 29th April 2021

Time: 5:00pm – 6:00pm

Tickets: FREE  (When booking please select the By invoice option) 

 We have partnered with Peters to offer a 35% discount on My Dad is a Grizziliy Bear until the 6th May 2021. Find out more.






About Swapna Haddow
Swapna Haddow trained as a doctor, but after discovering she didn't like blood, decided on a career change and wrote her first book Dave Pigeon: How to Deal With Bad Cats and Keep (most of) Your Feathers, which later won the Greenhouse Funny Prize, North Somerset Teachers’ Book Award, Surrey Libraries’ Children’s Book Awards and Lancashire Fantastic Book Awards. Swapna now lives in New Zealand with her family. You can follow Swapna on Twitter @SwapnaHaddow.

About Dapo Adeola
Dapo Adeola is a young illustrator and character designer who is new to the picture book world and made a very strong entrance as a rising star in children’s illustration. His first book, Look Up was written by Nathan Bryon and published by Puffin in May 2019 to great acclaim and won the Waterstones Children’s Book Prize last year. The sequel, Clean Up published in June 2020. Born in Britain and of Nigerian heritage, Dapo's work revolves around creating characters and imagery that challenge gender norms and equality politics in a fun and upbeat manner. An avid believer in the importance of equal representation in the creative arts, Dapo runs illustration and character design based workshops with children in and out of schools to help highlight the possibilities of a career in illustration to inner city children of various ethnicities. Dapo lives in London. You can follow Dapo on Twitter and Instagram @DapsDraws


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