Children's Bookshow Digital Festival 2021

Digital event

Past event

Jo Empson's live digital performance

How did it go?

For the final event of The Children's Bookshow Digital Festival, picture book creator Jo Empson invited the children, watching from school or home, to have pencils, paper and colours to the ready - there was going to be lots of drawing tips, inspiration and demonstration today. Jo appeared from her cosy studio and we all listened carefully as she told us how Rabbityness came to be. It was fascinating to see her early sketches transformed into real pages and hear about her love of drawing animals, especially her dog Wilfred the large lurcher. Excellent questions followed, both to and from Jo (who knew the octopus had 6 arms and 2 legs?) and we finished the event and The Children’s Bookshow Digital Festival with a flourish. Jo’s reading of her yet to be published (shh top secret) new book Tiny Blue and we were introduced to another magical world to come... in 2022.

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Friday, 5th March 2021
1:30 pm
Approx. 1 hour
Age range:
Years 1, 2 and 3

How do digital performances work?

We will broadcast direct into your classroom, using the online platform Crowdcast. You don't need an account, just a link and a password which will be sent to you by The Children's Bookshow once you have registered with us for the event.

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Jo Empson

Jo Empson graduated from Cambridge School of Art with an MA in Children’s Book Illustration. During the course she created her first picture book Rabbityness which was published the following year in 2012 by Child’s Play International. Rabbityness celebrates being yourself, encourages creativity and very importantly, shows us how to come to terms with loss. It has been nominated for 8 awards, including the Kate Greenaway Medal. Jo has since gone on to write and illustrate several more beautiful picture books including Little Home Bird, Chimpanzees for Tea! and Jungle Jamboree.

Praise for Rabbityness

Highly original, this is a stunning debut picture book which celebrates creativity and difference while also serving as a touching introduction to the idea that people leave good things behind them even when they are no longer around.

Julia Eccleshare on

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