“You are a reader”
Designed by UNESCO in 1995 as a worldwide celebration of books and reading, World Book Day is recognised in 0ver 100 countries around the globe. This year they are celebrating 25 years of promoting reading for pleasure, offering every child and young person the opportunity to have a book of their own.
On Thursday 3rd March 2022 we’re celebrating all things to do with books and reading!
World Book Day believe there are 6 elements which support a child reading for pleasure…
📚 Being read to regularly
📚 Having books at home and school
📚 Having a choice in what to read
📚 Finding time to read
📚 Having trusted help to find a book
📚 Making reading FUN!
Here at Frugi, we believe it’s so important to encourage everyone to explore new worlds, go on adventures, connect with others and promote curiosity and lifelong learning.
One of the ways we can achieve this is by losing ourselves in a good book! Each season we’ve been working with the Falmouth Bookseller to bring our Frugi & Frugi Bloom customers carefully curated seasonal reading lists. Filled to the brim with wonderful book recommendations, we try to encourage reading whether you love to explore imaginary worlds or perhaps you prefer learning about our own.
We’re excited to introduce our next edition of Frugi Time: Bedtime Stories especially for World Book Day! Recently we’ve been hosting a range of amazing children’s authors and illustrators who have read their favourite books, perfect for little ones getting ready for bedtime. Find more Frugi Bedtime Stories HERE
This instalment is a reading of The Last Garden, read and illustrated by Anneli Bray and written by Rachel Ip. Enjoy!
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Frugi Meets… Anneli Bray
“Hello! I’m Anneli Bray a freelance children’s illustrator living by the sea in North Lancashire. I’ve been working as an illustrator for 5 years now but before that I was a bookseller. I love to work with mixed media both analogue (collage, paint and coloured pencil) and digital. In my downtime I love to go indoor rock climbing, hiking, play video games. I also love to sew and have dabbled in many crafts!”
This season’s collection was inspired by our Design Team’s “Rainbow Days”: a day filled with all the activities, people and places that bring you joy – what would your Rainbow Day be and why?
Ooh a rainbow day for me would consist of meeting up with a friend for coffee and good chat! Or going for a walk in the Lake District. Followed by some indoor rock climbing or bouldering with my fiancé followed by something tasty for tea with my family. I love a full day and being outside away from my desk!
Your illustrations are so beautiful, where do you get your inspiration from?
Oh thank you so much! I grew up so close to the lake district. We would go there a lot when I was a kid and I find the landscape so inspiring. It’s the perfect place for wildlife and stunning scenery. I love animals and the great outdoors so it’s not surprising that these have heavily influenced my work.
Did you always want to be a children’s illustrator?
I considered many careers before landing on illustration! When I was little I wanted to be a horse rider, a scientist, a vet or a nurse. At school I was always obsessed with all the arty subjects but didn’t fully land on illustration until I got to sixth form where I took as many art subjects as possible. I loved to draw from a really young age and I was very lucky to be encouraged by my parents to pursue my creativity. I then went to College and took an art foundation course and I never looked back! I got to experiment with lots of different mediums such as photography, print making, life drawing and graphic design. Then I went to Norwich University of the Arts where I studied Illustration and graduated with a first. I took few online courses about picture books which led to me putting a lot of my work on Instagram. Where I was approached by a publisher and I’ve been working as an illustrator ever since.
How did you meet Rachel Ip, the author of The Last Garden, and come up with the collaboration for the book?
I met Rachel at the very first meeting for The Last Garden at Hachette. I had been approached by the publisher to make a sample spread for the book and feel incredibly lucky that Rachel chose my art work to pair with her beautiful story.
Have you got any other collaborative projects with Rachel in the pipeline?
Not yet but I would love to work with her again!
This year we’re celebrating the 25th anniversary of World Book Day with their message for all children: “You are a reader”. What does this mean to you?
I used to work as a bookseller and I would see children be completely absorbed by Graphic Novels but not chapter books. So their parents would discourage them from reading comics. I would say that it doesn’t matter what format it is. They are all stories and absorbing your child’s attention and inspiring them. That’s the main thing. Reading is reading. You are a reader. It can make your world limitless.
Why do you think it’s important for children to be introduced to reading and books from a young age?
It’s so important. Reading helps children develop empathy by putting them in the shoes of someone else and it expands their imagination. It also offers an escape we all need sometimes and gives our minds a much needed rest from all the technology we now consume. Also reading with my parents will always be a treasured memory for me.
What was your favourite book from your childhood and why?
Oh I don’t think I could pick just one book! But a few stand out to me. As a kid I was absolutely obsessed with horses and there was one book I loved called the Enchanted Horse. It was about a rocking horse that came to life and was oh so magical! I also loved The Firework Maker’s Daughter by Phillip Pullman and devoured anything by Enid Blyton.
Tell us what you’re currently reading?
I am currently reading ‘Threadneedle’ by Cari Thomas. A fantasy novel about a witch named Anna who has to make a choice between keeping her magic or having it bound and so far I am really loving being immersed in a world of magic again.
Do you have any advice for budding young illustrators who may want to pursue this as a career?
There’s no one way to be an illustrator, everybody’s route into it will look very different. Draw as much as you can! Keep a record of everything that inspires you so you can use it when you get stuck. Find artists that you admire and look into their backgrounds. You don’t have to stick to one medium. Try and experience as much as you can!
Why not create your own black bird collage with Anneli…
Anneli is a very talented children’s illustrator and, in her own words, a nature nerd! Combining the two, we asked Anneli to help us create a crafting activity for you to enjoy, focusing on plants and animals from the natural world. Watch the video below for a step-by-step guide on how to create your very own black bird collage. You may have already spotted our little black bird friend in Anneli’s Bedtime Stories reading of The Last Garden!