Jason was invited to take part in the Chanukah party at a northwest London children’s bookshop, as a local author.
Every year, The Bookworm, in Temple Fortune, invites children in the area to attend a Chanukah party, to mark the eight-day-long Jewish festival that often coincides with Christmas-time.
The children are treated to two games of pass-the-parcel, with book-related prizes, and receive a party bag and a traditional Chanukah doughnut as they leave.
This year, as an additional attraction, Jason read both of his new children’s picture books to the assembled children, who included a number from the local Garden Suburb Infant School.
As he read What Can You See? the younger children ran to the front to point to Hannah Rounding’s illustrations and during I Like To Put Food In My Welly, they shared a lot of laughs as they expressed their bemusement at some of the scenarios portrayed, such as strawberry jam coming from a star and driving to school in a jar. One mother later told Jason her son loved the book and kept “going on about the car and the star and the jar.”
Jason said: “I was delighted to be invited to take part in The Bookworm’s Chanukah party. They made me feel very welcome and it was hugely gratifying to get to share the books with more new audiences, watching more children laughing – and pointing – in all the right places. And the experience gave me a whole new insight into the behind-the-scenes of pass-the-parcel!”