Related to: 'The Mermaid's Socks'

September 2012

An interview with Mick Inkpen

Mick Inkpen, the award-winning author/illustrator - known to his millions of readers world-wide as the creator of Kipper, Lullabyhullaballoo, The Blue Balloon, Penguin Small and of course Wibbly Pig – has two brand new Wibbly Pig books publishing in September: Wibbly Pig has 10 Balloons and Oh no Wibbly Pig, not a rabbit!. Here he talks to Graham Marks about this, that and quite a lot more...

Franklin Watts

The Animals' Football Final

Clare De Marco, Trevor Dunton
Contributors:
Clare De Marco, Trevor Dunton
Franklin Watts

Lily Long Pockets

Clare De Marco, Benedetta Giaufret, Enrica Rusinà
Contributors:
Clare De Marco, Benedetta Giaufret, Enrica Rusinà

Lily loves to carry as many treasures as she can. But soon her pockets have burst! Can she and Dad come uo with a plan for some super long pockets? The Tadpoles series contains fun, original stories told in under 80 words and accompanied by bright illustrations, perfect for beginner readers.

Franklin Watts

The Greedy Pirates

Clare De Marco
Authors:
Clare De Marco

Parker and Patch are two pirates with a thirst for treasure! When they discover they both have the same treasure map, it is a race to see who gets to the treasure first!The Tiddlers series features fun stories with a word count of fewer than 50 words for children who are just starting to read.A word list at the beginning of the story allows for a quick check of the reader's ability to read and understand words before reading, and a puzzle at the end of the story encourages rereading for pleasure.

Franklin Watts

The Mad Scientist Next Door

Clare De Marco, Rory Walker
Contributors:
Clare De Marco, Rory Walker

Ella's next door neighbour, Mr Willis, is seriously mean. She stays out of his way as much as possible. But when she accidentally catapaults her baby brother's favourite teddy bear into Mr Willis' garden, Ella is forced to go over to his house. And Ella is in for a SHOCK!Race Ahead with Reading is the perfect introduction to reading chapters with brand new page turning reads in five short bite size chapters, to encourage children to take the driving seat with their reading.

Franklin Watts

The Frog Prince and the Kitten

Clare De Marco
Authors:
Clare De Marco

Lily the kitten is a menace. She loves chasing the animals in the palace gardens. But when she meets a frog who returns her golden ball, the tables might be turned!The Leapfrog series is perfect for children who are reading on their own, with fun stories of no more than 200 words.

Franklin Watts

The Animals' Football Camp

Clare De Marco, Trevor Dunton
Contributors:
Clare De Marco, Trevor Dunton

Jungle United are training hard at a special camp. But Lion thinks he is already brilliant and refuses to train with the others. Will he ever learn to play as part of a team?The Leapfrog series is perfect for children who are reading on their own, with fun stories of no more than 200 words.

Franklin Watts

Tiddlers: Fred's Ted

Clare De Marco, Melanie Sharp
Contributors:
Clare De Marco, Melanie Sharp

Fred's Little Ted has a rip in him. Mum says she can fix him, but will Little Ted ever be the same again?The Tiddlers series features fun stories with a word count of fewer than 50 words for children who are just starting to read.A word list at the start of the book allows you to check the child's ability to decode and understand each word before reading, providing a fully supported first reading experience. And a puzzle at the end of the story encourages rereading for pleasure.

Franklin Watts

Leapfrog: The Animals' Football Cup

Clare De Marco, Trevor Dunton
Contributors:
Clare De Marco, Trevor Dunton

It's Jungle United versus Rainforest Rovers in the football cup final. Hippo isn't playing well. He's just too big and clumsy. But can he save the day?The Leapfrog series is perfect for children who are reading on their own, with fun stories of no more than 180 words.

Franklin Watts

The Old Tin Bath

Clare De Marco, Martin Remphry
Contributors:
Clare De Marco, Martin Remphry

Stories of no more than 200 words, focusing on long vowel phonemes, trisyllabic words, tricky words.Amy does not want a bath. Then Mrs Smith tells her all about the old tin bath she had as a child. Maybe Amy's bath is not so bad after all!

Franklin Watts

Leapfrog Rhyme Time: Goldilocks Rap

Clare De Marco
Authors:
Clare De Marco
Franklin Watts

Reading Corner Phonics: In the Shed

Clare De Marco, Anna C Leplar
Contributors:
Clare De Marco, Anna C Leplar

The series aims to support children who are learning to read through phonics, giving them the opportunity to read simple words in print.This book of no more than 100 words, focuses on phonemes of more than one letter plus simple polysyllabic words and the four consonant digraphs.In this story, Jack is looking at the mess in the shed.  He finds an old jacket and looks in the pocket. Can his nan tell him about what he finds?

Adam Blade

Adam Blade is the name for a small collective of authors who have been writing the bestselling series Beast Quest and Sea Quest for ten years! Beast Quest has now sold over 10 million copies. The newest series from the Adam Blade team is called Team Hero. You can find out more about all these amazing adventures at the series websites: beastquest.co.uk and teamherobooks.co.uk

Annemarie Young

Annemarie Young is a writer of fiction and non-fiction for children, and an editorial consultant for children's books and primary education. She was a publisher for many years and has worked with hundreds of children's authors and illustrators. She has lived and travelled all over the world, from Australia to Southeast Asia, Egypt and Europe, and she now lives in Cambridge.

Becka Moor

Becka Moor graduated in October 2012 with a 2:1 in Illustration for Children's Publishing and has been scribbling her way into a career as a children's illustrator ever since! She has worked on projects including THE ROYAL BABYSITTERS for Bloomsbury, and she can be found at http://www.beckamoor.com/ and @beckamoor on Twitter.

Bella Swift

Bella Swift is the pseudonym of Anne Marie Ryan, a children's book editor who has written many successful children's book series under a variety of pen names. She lives in London with her husband, her two daughters and a pet cat - but dreams about getting a dog!

Brian Moses

Brian Moses lives in the village of Etchingham with his wife Anne, a loopy labrador called Honey and a collection of bad-tempered chickens.He first worked as a teacher but has now been a professional children's poet since 1988. To date he has over 200 books published including volumes of his own poetry such as Holding the Hands of Angels (Salt) and Behind the Staffroom Door (Macmillan), anthologies such as The Secret Lives of Teachers and Aliens Stole My Underpants (both Macmillan), picture books such as Beetle in the Bathroom and Trouble at the Dinosaur Cafe (both Puffin) and non-fiction titles such as Titanic: Lost & Saved (Wayland). Over 1 million copies of Brian's poetry books have now been sold by Macmillan and in 2005 he was nominated for both the CLPE Award and the Spoken Word Award. Brian also visits schools to run writing workshops and perform his own poetry and percussion shows. To date he has visited well over 2500 schools and libraries throughout the UK. He has made several appearances at the Edinburgh Festival, been writer in residence at Castle Cornet on Guernsey, on the Romney, Hythe and Dymchurch Light Railway and at RAF schools in Cyprus. Recently he has visited several International schools in Germany, Switzerland, Belgium, Italy, Spain, France and Ireland.He has performed his poetry at Borders on Second Avenue, New York and in September 2006 he was invited to Iceland to take part in 'Kids in the Marsh' - a festival of children's poetry and song. At the request of Prince Charles he spoke at the Prince's Summer School for Teachers in 2007 at Cambridge University. He is one of ten children's poets invited by then Poet Laureate Andrew Motion to feature on the National Poetry Archive.Favourite book: 'Turtle Diary' by Russell Hoban.Favourite Movie: One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest Favourite Music: Bob Dylan

Chris Oxlade

Chris Oxlade, is an experienced writer of information books for children. He specializes in science and technology, and has written more than sixty titles, on subjects ranging from kites to virtual reality as well as books on various forms of transport.

Claudia Martin

Claudia Martin has worked in book publishing for 17 years. She is the author of several books and websites for children and young people. Her favourite subjects are history, current affairs and technology.

Clive Gifford

Clive Gifford is the author of more than 150 children's books including Eye Benders, winner of the Royal Society Young People's Book Prize, Royal Society-nominated Out of This World and Cool Technology which won the School Library Association Information Book Award. He has travelled through 70 countries, run a computer games company and taken part in all manner of sports from parachuting and gliding to Ultimate Frisbee. Clive's official website can be found at www.clivegifford.co.uk

Daisy Meadows

The Rainbow Magic and Magic Animal Friends books are written by a small collective of authors under the name Daisy Meadows. Rainbow Magic is the no.1 bestselling series for girls aged 5 and up with over 30 million copies sold worldwide!Learn more about the books at www.rainbowmagicbooks.co.uk (where you can download the Rainbow Magic Reading Challenge poster) and www.magicanimalfriends.com (where you'll find fun animal activity sheets)