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IBA Spotlight: Katie Daynes

28 October 2021 Share

Meet the author of 'Why Do Things Die?'

The SLA's Information Book Award (IBA) shortlist was announced earlier this year. On that list of incredible information books in the 0-7 age category we're thrilled to have Why Do Things Die, by Katie Daynes (illustrated by Christine Pym and published by Usborne).

Using a simple, conversational style, this lift-the-flap book brilliantly addresses complex feelings in a gentle way and is an ideal resource for sharing and discussing a challenging topic.

We're delighted that Katie took part in a short Q&A to tell us more about creating this book.




What’s your favourite fact that you learnt from creating the book?

That black isn’t the universal colour of mourning. In some countries, white, red or purple might be worn instead.


What’s your favourite page of the book and why?

It’s hard to choose since I love all of Christine Pym’s illustrations, but probably the funeral scene for the spread ‘What happens when someone dies?’ Thanks to the approachable artwork and the beautifully observed emotions, we managed to answer some really tricky questions in a sensitive, thoughtful and ultimately comforting way.


What is it about writing information books that you enjoy?

Feeling like I can make a difference, however small, to a young person's life – by empowering them with knowledge and hopefully equipping them with tools to face the future.


Why Do Things Die? is available here.


To download our FREE IBA resources, click here.

Don't forget, students can get involved in the award by voting to crown their favourite! The Children's Choice Award is now open, vote here before 12th November.

Wondering who will be crowned this year's IBA winners? Join us for the virtual ceremony - tickets are FREE! Book your place here.