Endorsement from Lorraine Kelly

Helping Children to Help Themselves

Positive endorsement from Daybreak’s Lorraine Kelly for the Copper Tree series

It is so refreshing for a series of  children’s books to cover such challenging social issues in such a sensitive manner, and so beautifully illustrated too.

and from Librarian Ruth Humphreys

Hilary Robinson and Mandy Stanley create ground breaking books that deal with topical issues in a very sensitive way. There are very few books aimed at this age group which treat these issues.

Four New Fairytale Jumbles!

Cinderella and the Beanstalk

Traditional stories mixed up to reveal new fun topsy turvy twists!

Just published are four more rhyming books by Hilary now making a series of eight for Wayland’s Start Reading programme. The latest books are:

  • Cinderella and the Beanstalk
  • Rapunzel and the Billy Goats
  • Hansel and Gretel and the Ugly Duckling
  • Beauty, Beauty And The Pea

Reception at the House of Lords

House of Lords, London

In her capacity as author and patron Hilary has been invited, with illustrator Mandy Stanley, to an evening reception, on January 21st 2013, at the House of Lords to celebrate The Children’s University.

Mixed Up Nursery Rhymes

Mixed Up Nursery Rhymes by Hilary Robinson and Liz Pichon

First came Hilary’s phenomenal bestselling Mixed Up Fairy Tales with sales of over 100,000 copies to date, and now comes Mixed Up Nursery Rhymes!

Illustrated by Liz Pichon, the creator of the bestselling fiction series, The Brilliant World of Tom Gates this ingenious split-page book lets you create your own hilarious versions of many much-loved rhymes.

Published by Hodder Children’s Book, January 2013.

Children’s University annual conference

Hilary will be joined by international representatives of The Children’s University at the Annual Conference at Shrigley Hall Hotel, Macclesfield on the 8th and 9th December. The Children’s University aims to promote social mobility by providing high quality, exciting and innovative learning activities and experiences for children outside normal school hours.

Christmas Surprise: Out October 3!

Christmas Surprise, by Hilary Robinson and Mandy Stanley

Christmas Surprise is the second book in the Copper Tree Class series and celebrates the relationships between the young and the old. When the children help the elderly people at their local care home get ready for Christmas they have fun thinking of ways to make the residents’ Christmas special.

The children delight in finding out about their lives and also those of the three pets, Bobby and Bess, two retired huskies and Bonnie, a retired guide dog and, as always at Christmas, there are a lot of surprises.

Manx Literary Festival

Manx Litfest Isle of White

Hilary will be taking part in the Manx Literary Festival, Isle of Man. The festival takes place between 27th and 30th of September 2012 and brings together the fine literary talent from around the British Isles.


South Korea buys foreign rights

The Copper Tree, by Hilary Robinson and Mandy Stanley

Weeks after the sale of foreign rights to Nanmee books in Thailand, rights for The Copper Tree have also now been sold to Wisdom Garden, South Korea by Morag O’Brien at Ed Victor.

Sunday Times Festival of Education

The Sunday Times Festival of Education

Hilary will be taking part in The Sunday Times Festival of Education Conference at Wellington College on the 24th of June. She will be representing The Children’s University.

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BBC Look North (Yorkshire)

BBC Look North (Yorkshire) logo

Hilary was interviewed about The Copper Tree on Look North, the BBC regional news programme for Yorkshire.