HELLO – welcome to the latest news from ALBERT the tortoise and our chums Hugg ‘n’ Bugg .. Lots to tell.

While most new books aspire to a high position in the book sales charts – the new book from Hugg ‘n’ Bugg FINDING HOME, featuring Albert’s friends the messy yeti and the mountain flea, has reached an incredible height .. around 5,500 metres – at the Base Camp of Mount Everest in the Himalayas. Could this be the highest ever book launch? All the more amazing as the book is set in the Himalayas. It was taken to the great heights by members of a sponsored trek for Bookmark Reading Charity. We’re delighted to have teamed with the charity, along with our publishers Graffeg.

100 picturebooks by Eoin Clarke and Ian Brown – Albert titles and Hugg ‘n’ Bugg have been gift4ed to the charity which helps youngsters with reading by placing books in schools and other locations and also placing volunteers to help children with reading skills and confidence.

The trek was to raise funds and awareness of the charity’s work. We became involved with Ian was invited to write the foreword for the charity’s magazine The Story Corner which reaches more than 100,00 children in schools, pupil referral units and children’s hospitals.

Some great pictures came back from Everest… Many thanks to all involved.

Meanwhile another initiative has seen dozens of Albert book go into schools across Wales, thanks to the Book Council of Wales. The Council has placed loads of books into schools. We’re thrilled to be part of this .. we grouped some of the schools who tweeted about it..

Our Albert and Hugg ‘n’ Bugg picturebook roadshow continues.. next stop is Bishop’s Stortford Waterstone’s Sunday November 6 at 11am. Hope to see some of you there…

We were also thrilled this week to have a long chat with our friends Dr. Lucy and Prince Toby Tort at The Reptile Files. More on that soon from them.. in the meantime a reminder of the lovely review for Albert books from them.

Lots happening and we will keep you fully posted here. Thank you as ever for all the support. Til next time…