Some of the biggest names in the children's literature world are descending on Auckland next week for the Auckland Writers Festival. I'm lucky enough to be going to the festival and I'm incredibly excited about meeting my literary idols.
There is a brilliant line up of children's authors coming to the festival this year and some really big draw cards - Alex Rider author Anthony Horowitz, the hilarious David Walliams, Australian author Morris Gleitzman and the creator of Captain Underpants, Dav Pilkey. All of these authors have a huge number of young fans all over the world and I'm sure their sessions will be sell-outs.
I'm especially looking forward to David Walliams session. I loved his TV series, Little Britain, and was sceptical when he started writing for children, but his stories are hilarious. His style of story is very similar to Roald Dahl, with lots of laughs and characters that make you squirm. If your children haven't tried his books yet they are well worth a read. They are especially great for reading aloud and will have you and your children laughing out loud.
I love having the chance to hear authors talk about their books and it's fantastic that the Auckland Writers Festival have managed to get such big names over here in little old NZ.