Meet the authors:

Chloe Daykin

Chloe Daykin

An artist, teacher, bookbinder and occasional playwright Chloe Daykin writes and wild swims with her boys in Northumberland. Her debut Fish Boy, won the Northern Writers Award, was shortlisted for the Branford Boase Award and was published to critical acclaim. Her most recent novel, Fire Girl, Forest Boy won the Gandys Children's Travel Book of the Year.

“I am so happy to be part of this wonderful campaign to promote literacy and wellbeing, two things that are very close to my heart and which I believe in passionately. Through the power of literature and creative writing we have the ability to change children’s lives. Books are good friends too! Wise, exciting and full of brilliant adventures. I look forward to the adventures we will all have together!”

Jenny Pearson

Jenny Pearson

Jenny Pearson has been awarded six mugs, one fridge magnet, one wall plaque and numerous cards for her role as Best Teacher in the World. When she is not busy being inspirational in the classroom, she would like nothing more than to relax with her two young boys, but she can't as they view her as a human climbing frame.

Her debut novel, The Super Miraculous Journey of Freddie Yates, was shortlisted for the Costa Children's Book Award and selected as a Waterstones Book of the Month.

“You can’t be what you can’t see so it’s brilliant that Connecting Stories is bringing together northern authors like myself with northern children. The initiative is all about helping children find their voice through creativity and helping them take control of the narrative by creating stories that are reflective of their background.”