Friday, 18 December 2009

Merry Christmas!

To all that have bought my books or supported my events- A Very Merry christmas and a Happy 2010! x

Wednesday, 2 December 2009

Next Event: Hannah Shaw at the Read to Inspire Conference - Kingston University

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The event at Kingston University is one of 42 conferences that Write Away is organising this year for student teachers. The main aim is to spark the students' interest in children's literature and the creators of children's books at this formative stage in their teaching careers, so that they in turn will inspire the and enthuse the children in their classes. Each event has a theme, and the theme at Kingston University is 'Words and Pictures'.

School for Bandits: Ralph Raccoon's World

I'm starting out on a new picture book project and I really felt I needed to get my head around the sense of place. So I drew a map... It's a bit wonky!

Wednesday, 11 November 2009

Funny Prize was a big bundle of laughs

Photo from the booktrust website- Click to read article.

What a fantastic day, although Crocodiles are the best Animals of All didn't win I felt elated watching the video of Lonesome Primary School pupils talk about their favourite books. I also enjoyed all the frantic signing at the end. The book trust and the Roald Dahl Foundation and not least the judges with the hilarious Bill Bailey and Michael Rosen put on a wonderful event. Everyone was in stitches, the banter and laughter was infectious.

I feel proud to have been shortlisted.

Thursday, 5 November 2009

Next Event: Stroud Arts Festival- Friday 27th November.

Meet Your Favourite Children's Authors at Stroud Subrooms.

Friday the 27th November from 5-6:00 pm (for 5-9 year olds) and 6:30-8:30 pm (for 9-14 yr olds)

This is a unique opportunity to meet the authors of the books you love.

Children’s authors Sue Limb (Girl 15, Charming but Insane), Elizabeth Lindsey (Magic Pony), John Dougherty (Jack Slater books), Jamila Gavin (The Coram Boy), Cindy Jeffries (The Rising Star and Fame Book Series), Hannah Shaw (Evil Weasel, Erroll) will be reading from their work and answering questions, so come along listen, enjoy and get your books signed.

Thursday, 1 October 2009

The Great Hamster Massacre is Launched!

Last night I attended a fun launch party for a fantastic new fiction book I've illustrated called 'The Great Hamster Massacre' (to be published by Simon and Schuster). Katie Davies the Author and her husband Alan Davies the comedian were there along with members of the Simon and Schuster publishing team, booksellers and librarians.

The Great Hamster Massacre won't be published until January 2010 but save your pocket money as it's a deliciously funny read.

Here's the synopsis:

A very natural and honest version of life's events from the perspective of a young girl - from her suspicions about her neighbours, to her rocky friendship with the girl next door; from the sudden death
of her beloved granny to her relentless quest for a pet hamster, only to then find it mysteriously slaughtered - which kickstarts a local investigation of 'suspects'. This is the first in a proposed series of short novels featuring the same characters and setting - with the themes of pets and detective work holding them together.

I'm currently working on illustrations for the next book in the series, called 'The Great Rabbit Rescue', so watch this space!
My website will soon be updated so you can see some of the illustrations from Hamster Massacre.

Monday, 21 September 2009

Next Event: Hannah Shaw at Cheltenham Literature Festival

Literature Festival booking information
Thursday 15 October 2009 at 4:00 pm

Event B44 at Town Hall / £3 /Age 3–6

Fun @ Four: Hannah Shaw:

Evil Weasel and Friends

Hannah Shaw reads from her wonderful tale of the mischievous Evil Weasel and her new story of Erroll, the imaginative world of talking squirrels and high adventure! A picture book that’s full of fun and friendship…

For booking:

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Friday, 18 September 2009

Monday, 7 September 2009

WOW! Great news! 'Crocodiles are the Best Animals of All' has been SHORTLISTED for the ROALD DAHL funny prize!


Sean and I are delighted to be shortlisted...

The funniest book for children aged six and under

The Great Dog Bottom Swap by Peter Bently, illus. Mei Matsuoka (Andersen Press)

Octopus Socktopus by Nick Sharratt (Alison Green Books)

Elephant Joe is a Spaceman! by David Wojtowycz (Alison Green Books)

Crocodiles Are the Best Animals of All! by Sean Taylor, illus. Hannah Shaw (Frances Lincoln)

Mr Pusskins Best in Show
by Sam Lloyd (Orchard Books)

The Pencil by Allan Ahlberg, illus. Bruce Ingman (Walker Books)

Wednesday, 19 August 2009

Hannah Shaw available for Illustrator/Author visits during...

Children's Book Week 5-11 October

Children’s Book Week is a celebration of reading for pleasure for children of primary school age.

Children’s Book Week 2009 will take place from 5-11 October; the theme will be Words and Pictures.

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For more details on booking an event> search Hannah Shaw

or email me

Friday, 14 August 2009

Monday, 10 August 2009

Next Event: Saturday 19th September at Bath Festival of Children's Literature


Download the brochure:

Hannah Shaw’s Squirrel Show

Date: Saturday 19th September 12.30pm

Price: £4

Venue: Bath Central Library, The Podium, Bath

It’s not everyday you find a squirrel in your packet of nuts!

Come and meet Hannah Shaw, a sparkling new talent on the picture book scene, who will entertain the audience with readings and drawings from her fabulous new titles Evil Weasel and Erroll. Measly Weasels abound.

Supported by Random House Children's Books (for ages 5+)

Tel: (01225) 463362


To Naomi from Stroud Valley School, who won the Oxfam Stroud colouring-in competition.

More Raccoons...

Meet Ralph

Monday, 22 June 2009

New Cover for The Sleep Sheep- to be published by Chicken House 2010

Thank you to designer Veneta Hooper for helping me on this!

Next Event: Little People Company Nailsworth 27th June

Hannah Shaw Event -

10:30-11:30 am Little People Company toyshop in Nailsworth.
11 Bridge Street, Nailsworth, Gloucestershire GL6 0AA 01453 839010

There will be story telling and fun things to make and do plus a chance to get a signed copies of Evil Weasel, Erroll and Crocodiles are the Best Animals of All.

Be there, meet me and have fun!

Wednesday, 17 June 2009

EVIL WEASEL Winner of the 'Read it Again' Cambridgeshire Children's Book Award 2009


I had a wonderful day in St I'ves Cambridgeshire. The award ceremony was presented by Richard Young and supported by members of Cambridgeshire Libraries and Information Service (who were all lovely!).

Over 250 children from different schools attended the event and it was great to meet them and sign books and autographs.

The best thing is that the award was entirely voted for by children, over 8,000 of them. I feel very honoured to have Evil Weasel chosen as the winner. Thanks everyone!!

I must say I was also extremely impressed by the quality of the other shortlisted books, it was a great surprise to find out I had won.

Friday, 29 May 2009

Oxfam Stroud: Colouring in Competition

For those lucky enough to live near Stroud:
In July Oxfam STROUD is holding a Book Fortnight from 4th-18th, this is called The Oxfam Bookfest. Those of you under the age of 10 can enter a colouring in competition of the above drawing designed by myself. The winner gets an original (one off, signed to them) print of the illustration in colour! Wayhay! You may get your photo in the paper!

Hay Festival 2009

Here are some pics of what I got up to at Hay...

Wednesday, 1 April 2009