Popular Children’s Author set to visit Shopping Centre
Popular Children’s Author and Peoples Book Prize Finalist Christina Gabbitas will be paying a flying visit to Meadowhall Shopping Centre next month, as she launches the latest adventure of the much-loved Felicity Fly series.
Fans of Felicity and friends can meet her creator on Saturday February 7 as Christina pays a visit to WH Smith in Meadowhall.
Christina, who launched the children’s series in 2012, will be signing copies of ‘Felicity Fly Meets the Dragon Fruit’ throughout the day for young readers and weekend shoppers.
The award-winning Felicity Fly series has been commended for its positive health messaging, through its food inspired characters which include Daniella Dragon Fruit, Brassica Broccoli, Pablo Pineapple and Toulouse Tomato.
The author, whose books are aimed at youngsters up to seven-years-old and also cover subjects including friendship and teamwork, said: “I’m really looking forward to signing copies of my latest book at Meadowhall and meeting some of Felicity’s fans.
“I think children enjoy the book so much because of all the different elements to it, not only can you read through it, there is a sing-a-long version that they can get involved with too.”
Darren Pearce, Meadowhall Centre Director said: “With wealth of recent research showing that children are reading less often, both online and offline, there is the very real risk that today’s youngsters will grow up without the literacy skills or the love of books that we seen from previous generations.
“At Meadowhall, we host a range of activities throughout the year to ignite the imagination of children and encourage a love of books, and we are delighted to author Christina Gabbitas into the Centre.”
In 2014 Meadowhall Shopping Centre hosted a series of reading events to support of the Young Readers Programme; a national initiative to encourage school children across the UK to develop a love of reading and improve their literacy.