Now seen on TV! In New Zealand!

Leo is now on TV in New Zealand! A quick Facebook request for a copy of Leo’s Ladder from a lady there made my day. How lucky we were to be featured on the advert for Stannah. One day I hope to see both islands, as I hear how beautiful the country is and how lovely the people are. Let me know if there is a part I really need to see when I get to travel!

I will be posting out our first copy to NZ this week, let me know if you need a copy of Leo’s Ladder and it will be out first thing after the Bank Holiday!

Leo’s Ladder is on Knutsford Virtual High Street!

£7.99          for children aged 0-7 years          Walk and talk about Leo

Dee and Ali are selling their beautifully illustrated children’s book through Hal Whittaker’s Toy shop, Cheshire Quality, the Tea Room and also through their website  All offer delivery, very often same day.


 Leo loves ladders and he’s always wanted one of his very own.

 When he finds a ladder outside his home, he and his parents go on a mission to find its owner.

The problem is, Leo’s not sure he wants to give it back!

Join Leo as his search for the ladder leads to an unexpected adventure.



Coronavirus Update

In light of the developing Covid-19 situation, I would like to offer home delivery of Leo’s Ladder. Please get in touch for fast delivery  and a home/school pack of activities is included.  £7.99 for local delivery, payable by bank transfer or cash on delivery.

Postal charges apply outside of the local area, please get in touch to enquire about this service as well!

Keep well!


Leo finds a ladder…


Knutsford Library Reading Saturday 9 November 11 am

Well the page title says it all really! Ali and I are getting together to read Leo’s Ladder to anyone who shows up at the library on Saturday between 11 am and 12 noon! So if you are heading for the Knit and Natter group  or looking to talk to a PCSO look out! Leo’s about.

We will play games afterwards and sign books, which are available to purchase at £7.99.


Leo’s Ladder is proudly eco-friendly and produced entirely the UK.

We endorse ethical shopping for those who are looking for the best gift for a child aged 0-8 years old.

Get in touch for school visits information! Some availability available – please fill in the form below.

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We recently visited a school during their inspection from Ofsted.

We were noted in their final report:

“The curriculum is strengthened by a range of engaging visits, visitors and events. ”


“Pupils learn about a range of interesting jobs and careers. During the inspection, pupils enjoyed an assembly from a visiting author and illustrator, and learned about the process of writing and publishing work. ”

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We visit schools and writing groups- please get in touch to book us now!

Ali Holah and I with our first children’s book, Leo’s Ladder. We are available for talks at schools and writing groups!

Please get in touch now for a visit from an author, illustrator or both! We offer a variety of talks and can tailor make a presentation or casual talk for you.

Our prices vary in order to ensure that small groups are not priced out.  Please email for more information or a chat.

We have had wonderful feedback from previous talks- this is from a U3A writing group:

Dear Dee and Ali 
Thank you again for the most enjoyable and informative session we had with you on Friday . The people there, really enjoyed it and learnt a lot  and were inspired by what you have done . You made it entertaining and interesting and I will definitely recommend you to others .
Thanks for the handout you sent us, too Dee.
We wish you both every success in the future and we would love you to come back to tell us how Leo’s second story progresses .
Thanks Jill x

Where to buy your copy of Leo’s Ladder- online with delivery to your home, or in person!

We are pleased to announce that you can now purchase Leo’s Ladder at the Tea Room on King Street in Knutsford, as well as the Heritage Center in Knutsford.

Online purchases are through our publisher, Global Wordsmiths.

A copy of the book is £7.99- plus delivery if needed form our online partners.

Please get in touch for your copy now!

Leo’s Ladder by Dee Griffiths & Ali Holah


Knutsford Bunny Hop Prize: A copy of our new book Leo’s Ladder

I am pleased to help the wonderful committee who work tirelessly for the family fun event in Knutsford on Saturday 20th April 2019. Children can win a copy of Leo’s Ladder, a book featuring Knutsford scenes.

Colouring page for fun!

Ali Holah creates beautiful images and has created this colouring page for children. What a fun way to engage with Leo and his search for the ladder’s owner.

The story, Leo’s Ladder, is about a boy who finds a ladder BUT he really wants to keep it.  A finders keepers dilemna.

This page is available at The Tea Room on King Street in Knutsford as well as a free download here!

U3A Writers’ Groups Holmes Chapel

Ali Holah, the illustrator beyond compare, and I will be talking to a U3A Writer’s Group in Holmes Chapel on Friday 5 April.

The U3A is the University of the Third Age,  a group of retired and semi-retired people in the UK who meet to share and learn from each other. I have friends who attend wine groups, and cookery classes with the U3A and really look forward to these meetings!

Ali and I were approached by a member of the writer’s group, and are more than happy to talk to other writers about our process and the subsequent learning curve after the publication of our first children’s book, Leo’s Ladder.

We will be showing the very first bean of our idea and all it’s metamorphoses. I am keen to hear about the member’s own journeys into writing!

Colouring page for fun!

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We like to visit schools, and have a library visit lined up in November.  Please contact us if you would like us to talk to your groups!

Play a game! Snakes and Ladders with Leo

Fabulous illustrator Ali Holah has created this game for you to make and enjoy at home!
Please download by adding it to your basket. (Do not worry it is completely FREE.)
Enlarge the pictures as required, and cut and past the old fashioned way to play.
Leo loves ladders, I bet he plays this game!

Getting Ready for World Book Day!

World Book Day in the UK is coming soon!   Thursday 7th March 2019

When I was teaching in primary schools, the excitement of World Book Day  instilled the love of reading to the children, parents and teachers. I could hear parents talking at the gates about dressing up ideas, and sharing book ideas. Children would be introduced to new books and characters throughout the week, either by their parents, friends or teachers.  World Book Day is a great chance for teachers to share their favourite stories and to introduce other staff members to new books.

Well, Leo’s Ladder is a brand new book with a charming story. We’d love to share it with you!My illustrator Ali and I have limited availability that week. Please contact us soon to arrange for a visit to your school, playgroup or club! We love to see the reaction of our readers of Leo’s Ladder! As a former teacher, I am ready to spend the morning or afternoon working with any class from R-Yr6 on writing skills.

We have a fairy godmother in the shape of Glo!

What a day we had at Mere today! Image result for fairy godmother free image

Thanks go to GLO HOLAH for grabbing us a hot drink and rounding up customers. We couldn’t have done the two markets without her.

Glo is a one woman sales machine!

One problem we have had with both markets is our location- why are we always surrounded by cake? It is so hard to resist!

Perhaps the next story needs more baked goods…


Wilmslow Guild stocks our book!

I am trying (key word here) to improve my art skills and have been attending Nick’s art class at the Wilmslow Guild for 2 terms now.
When I shared my book with Nick, he very kindly showed it to the staff at the Wilmslow Guild They very kindly featured Leo’s Ladder in a news item on their website. Read more here:

The shop in the lobby sells  Leo’s Ladder along with products made by other students of the guild. This is a great time to grab a handmade piece of jewelry or artwork. Prices are incredibly reasonable for one off pieces of work.

If you want to know more about the Wilmslow Guild, please look at their website. The variety of courses is amazing! I have taken classes in  jewelry making and art for all. Getting together with others with similar interests is always good for my mood and happiness.  Making something to me is a mindful activity and so relaxing.

Colouring page for fun!


Knutty Mums Book Review of Leo’s Ladder

Read a review on Knuttymums site

It is rewarding to hear how Leo’s Ladder is being received by the little ones and their parents . Ali and I met with Emily from a local website dedicated to providing information to parents. It is a comprehensive site, that covers holiday activities and events to entertain both parents and children.

Knutty Mums creator Emily has very kindly written a review of our book, Leo’s Ladder. Getting feedback is so important to us! We love the fact that her son has been motivated to write now too.   Please read all about it on her site,

1 December 2018 Knutsford Christmas Market inside the Methodist on Princess St.

Knutsford Christmas Weekend 2018

The lights will be switched on in Knutsford on Saturday 1 December 2018- so please come inside the Methodist Church to get a warm drink and buy your signed copy of Leo’s Ladder.

The book features images of Knutsford and will make an excellent gift for any child aged 0-8 years old.

£7.99 per copy for this first edition