An interview with author, Aaron Blabey for Book Week

1 - Interview with Aaron Blabey for Book Week

Aaron Blabey is an award-winning children’s author and illustrator and proud ambassador for The Alannah & Madeline Foundation. His books celebrate diversity, friendship, inclusion and positive behaviour, which seamlessly fit with the Foundation’s core values of care, friendliness, valuing difference, including others, respect and responsibility.

What does ‘Connect To Reading’ mean to you?

Anything that will get kids excited about reading is a good thing. There is an entire world of amazing ideas out there waiting to be read and absorbed, but that world remains locked without the ability to read. ‘Connecting’ to stories is something that became a pivotal part of my life when I was very young and I can’t really imagine a world without the joy of discovering awesome new things by reading, whether it’s online or in a lovely old-fashioned book.

What inspired your picture book, ‘Noah Dreary’?

I wanted to write a book about how boring and pointless whingeing is, but I wanted to do it in a way that was fun. So I created a character who complains so much that his head falls off – poor old Noah Dreary. It’s one of my favourite books that I’ve created.

Why do you think reading is important?

It opens all kinds of wonderful doors that will stay shut forever without it.

What was your favourite book as a child?

The boring answer is ‘Where The Wild Things Are’, like everybody else. But there was also an illustrated book I found in Year 3 that taught you how to be a detective. It was outrageously cool, but I don’t remember the exact title and I’ve never been able to find it again. If you know the book I mean, please let me know what it was called…

To find out more about award winning author and illustrator, Aaron Blabey and his wonderful picture books, check out his website.

Better Buddies
Better Buddies