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Can Everyone Please Calm Down? Mae Martin's Guide to Sexuality

Mae Martin
Authors:
Mae Martin

Are you gay? Are you male? Are you straight? Are you female? These aren't necessarily questions with yes/no answers. Gender and sexuality aren't black and white, binary concepts - they can be fluid, and are often on a spectrum: 40% of people under 25 don't identify as gay or straight. Society hasn't necessary caught up with this, though, as comedian Mae Martin notes in this hilarious look at sexuality, dating and gender in the 21st century. She notes, partly in humour, partly in frustration, that it's 2017, and we are still labeling people by who they sleep with. Expanding on themes raised in her BBC Radio 4 show Mae Martin's Guide to 21st Century Sexuality, she aims to break down barriers and start conversations. With a blend of personal anecdotes and clever social observations, Mae gently pokes fun at stereotypes, pigeon-holing and intolerance in this truly millennial book.

Wren & Rook

Trans Mission

Alex Bertie
Authors:
Alex Bertie

I guess we should start at the beginning. I was born on 2 November 1995. The doctors in the hospital took one look at my genitals and slapped an F on my birth certificate. 'F' for female, not fail - though that would actually have been kind of appropriate given present circumstances.When I was 15, I realised I was a transgender man. That makes it sound like I suddenly had some kind of lightbulb moment. In reality, coming to grips with my identity has taken a long time. Over the last six years, I've come out to my family and friends, changed my name, battled the healthcare system, started taking male hormones and have had surgery on my chest. My quest to a beard is almost complete. This is my story.

Hodder Children's Books

Toto the Ninja Cat and the Great Snake Escape

Dermot O’Leary, Nick East
Contributors:
Dermot O’Leary, Nick East

Meet Toto: she's no ordinary cat, and she can't wait to have an adventure with you! Join Toto for a funny animal escapade written by one of the UK's best-loved broadcasters. For fans of The Aristocats, The Secret Life of Pets, 101 Dalmatians and Atticus Claw Breaks the Law. Purrfect for reading aloud or for children to curl up with and read alone, the story features brilliant black and white illustrations throughout. With gentle themes of friendship, inclusivity and winning in the face of adversity, this is a hilarious must-read for all animal-loving kids! Toto the cat and her brother Silver live footloose and fancy-free in a townhouse in London. Toto is almost totally blind, and learned to trust her senses from a ninja cat-master who taught her back in Italy where they were born. By day, Toto and Silver seem to be ordinary cats, but by night, they love to have adventures! One evening, news reaches Toto that a king cobra has escaped from London Zoo! Together with help from a very posh cat and two hungry tigers, Toto and Silver must investigate. Can they find the giant snake, before it's too late? Dermot says: 'The idea for Toto first came to me when my wife and I rescued two stray cats from an olive grove in Italy. One of them, Toto, has been blind from birth, but we quickly realised she had ninja-like reactions. Like a lot of cat owners (or cat servants), we like to imagine our pets having secret lives when we're out or asleep. So before I knew it I was writing about Toto and her brother Silver's nocturnal adventures around London. I really hope that children who pick it up enjoy reading the adventures of our little Italian underdog (cat).'

Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

Ryan Higa’s How to Write Good

Ryan Higa
Authors:
Ryan Higa
Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

Get Smart-ish

Gitty Daneshvari
Authors:
Gitty Daneshvari
Orion Children's Books

Lottie and Dottie Grow Pumpkins

Claire Burgess, Marijke van Veldhoven
Contributors:
Claire Burgess, Marijke van Veldhoven

A brand new blue Early Reader about two little girls who love gardening, with tips on growing your own pumpkins in time for Halloween from one of the UK's top gardening bloggers.Early Readers are stepping stones from picture books to reading books, perfect for building confidence in new readers and reluctant readers. A blue Early Reader is perfect for sharing and reading together. A red Early Reader is the next step on your reading journey.Halloween is coming and Lottie and Dottie are growing their very own pumpkins. From making yummy soup to carving scary faces, there are lots of things for them to make and do.Perfect for budding gardeners. Contains instructions on how to grow your own pumpkins.

Wayland

Being a YouTuber

Adam Sutherland
Authors:
Adam Sutherland

Learn all about becoming a successful YouTuber! From setting up your account to creating a viral video, find out how to master this popular platform and have your creative output seen around the globe!Be inspired the stories of YouTubers who have built their own channel and following from nothing. Find out the tips, tricks and secrets to gaining thousands of subscribers, millions of views, and much, much more.

Orion Children's Books

Lottie and Dottie Sow Sunflowers

Claire Burgess, Marijke van Veldhoven
Contributors:
Claire Burgess, Marijke van Veldhoven
Wayland

YouTube

Adam Sutherland
Authors:
Adam Sutherland
Orion Children's Books

Lottie and Dottie Sow Carrots

Claire Burgess, Marijke van Veldhoven
Contributors:
Claire Burgess, Marijke van Veldhoven
Hodder Children's Books

Keeping it Real

Grace Dent
Authors:
Grace Dent

It's back to Goodmayes and the cast and characters of the very first Diary of a Chav (Trainers V Tiaras) for this 6th diary from Shiraz, for whom life is about to get just a little bit darker... Shiraz is nearly 19 and has been living away from home for the past few months but is now back in Goodmayes, Essex in her old cell-like bedroom plotting her future. She's absolutely determined to get to college and get on her way to being a writer, who ACTUALLY GETS PAID this time! She knows she's going to have to have a few words with Wesley about their future as he's planning all sorts himself and it isn't fair. Can she really contemplate a future without her lovely Wesley? But will he ever fit into her new life? Talk about a total quandary! And while she's mulling that one over her mum Diane drops a massive bombshell on the whole family and Shiraz's life is suddenly turned upside down. Soon home in Goodmayes seems like the only place to be, sorrounded by everyone she's grown up with, people she loves to bits...Can Shiraz give up her dreams? Does she have to? Wait and see.

Orchard Books

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New trailer for ParaNorman

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Shoo Rayner

Shoo Rayner is a children's author and illustrator. Prolific British author and illustrator Shoo Rayner was born Hugh Rayner, to a Norwegian mother and a British father. His father served in the British Army, so the family moved around a lot. Educated mainly at boarding school, first at a preparatory school in Surrey, then at King's School, Canterbury. After his father had left the army (out of school, Shoo's formative years were spent in Germany, Pakistan, Aden, and Wiltshire), the family settled in Bedford, and Shoo attended Bedford School as a day-boy. The source of his nickname, Shoo, originated while his family lived in Pakistan. His nanny, Uppa, couldn't pronounce the name "Hugh", so she called him Shoo instead. It stuck. He was interviewed at Cambridge College of Arts and Technology by Children's book Author and illustrator, Colin McNaughton, to whom he remains indebted for introducing him to the world of children's books. Shoo lives in the Forest of Dean, in Gloucestershire, with his wife and two children. He has three cats - Shula, Fizz and Fizz’s kitten, Mister Darcy. Author and illustrator; previous jobs include painting signs and silk screening, and working as a mapmaker for the Land Registry, Peterborough, England. Shoo's first book contract was with Ernest Benn. The book was to be called The Trouble With Strawberry Jam Pancakes, but after delivering three separate sets of artwork the title was shelved. His first published work was a set of six stories for the Oxford Reading Tree called Lydia.[1] Rayner has had a hand in several popular series for early readers.[2] He is the illustrator for Rose Impey's long-running "Animal Crackers" books, and as both author and illustrator, he created the "Dark Claw," "Rex Files," and "Ginger Ninja" series. These series have very different themes—the "Dark Claw" books are a spoof of Star Wars and other such science-fiction stories, starring cats and rodents; the "Rex Files" (a take-off on the television series The X-Files) feature a duo of canine sleuths named Rex and Franky who investigate various terrifying paranormal happenings; and the "Ginger Ninja" books are about a pawball-mad kitten named Ginger who faces typical elementary-school problems such as bullies. Rayner has said that The Ginger Ninja is his favorite book, both because the Ginger Ninja is the character most like him (Rayner himself had bright red hair as a child) and "because that was the book where I looked deepest into the darkesty regions of my character and managed to come up almost sane at the end," he said in an interview with Word Pool. Despite their different subject matter, all of Rayner's books were designed to be both easy to comprehend and entertaining for children who are just learning to read on their own. They feature short sentences, short chapters, and almost comic-book-like illustrations. Explaining what he finds most rewarding about his work, Rayner said in the Word Pool interview, "My readers are at the most important stage of reading development, where they can be put off or enthused for life." While he admits that the early-reader genre is often overlooked by critics, "children find it for themselves and read my books by the bucket load. That's my reward." Rayner illustrated the MudPuddle Farm series of books written by Michael Morpurgo. in January 2012 9 million copies of the books were given away in McDonald'sHappy Meals in the UK.[3]http://www.mcdonalds.co.uk/ukhome/Aboutus/Newsroom/news_pages/McDonalds_links_up_with_HarperCollins.html Rayner has been at the forefront of children's authors using IT. His interactive website has been running since 1997. He started his YouTube Drawing School, ShooRaynerDrawing, in 2010 and won the YouTube NextUpEurope Competition in 2011.[4] he has another successful YouTube channel called DrawStuffRealEasy [5] and ShooRaynerLife which is a blog and entertainment channel featuring "learn British Culture" a tongue in cheek look at Britain.

Claire Burgess

Claire has been gardening since she was a child and is now one of the UK's top gardening bloggers - her Youtube channel has had over 1 million views with over 4,000 regular subscribers, and she was recently interviewed by the DAILY TELEGRAPH. She has worked with various children's groups, including gardening clubs and the Matrix theatre company.Read Claire's blog at http://clairesallotment.wordpress.com, like her on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/pages/Claires-Allotment/177191835646647 and watch her Youtube channel at http://www.youtube.com/user/clairesallotment.

Author Spotlight with Graham Marks

Jane Simmons

Jane Simmons is a uniquely talented award-winning illustrator and author, and the creator of some of our best-loved children’s books. Here she talks to Graham Marks about boats, motorbikes and making a mess, as well as her words, her art and her latest picture book, Lily Gets Lost.

James Dawson

James Dawson grew up in West Yorkshire, writing imaginary episodes of DOCTOR WHO. He later turned his talent to journalism, interviewing bands such as Steps and Atomic Kitten before writing for a Brighton newspaper. Until recently, James worked as a teacher, specialising in PSHCE. He is most proud of his work surrounding bullying and family diversity. He now writes full time in London.In his spare time, he still loves DOCTOR WHO and is a keen follower of horror films and connoisseur of pop music. Visit his website at www.jamesdawsonbooks.com, follow him on Twitter at https://twitter.com/_jamesdawson and Pinterest at http://pinterest.com/jamesdawson, like him on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/jamesdawsonbooks, read his blog at http://jamesdawsonbooks.tumblr.com and watch his Youtube channel at http://www.youtube.com/jamesdawsonbooks.

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Ryan Higa

Ryan Higa is a YouTube celebrity, actor, comedian, and producer. He got started on YouTube while uploading videos as a teenager growing up in Hawaii back in 2006, and he's been doing it ever since. Ryan has over 18.3 million subscribers to his nigahiga channel, and has held the coveted 'Most Subscribed to Channel on YouTube' spot multiple times. His 'Draw My Life' video, which inspired the idea for his book, has had over 27.5 million views since being posted three years ago. While he no longer lives in Hawaii, Ryan continues to produce weekly videos from his home in Las Vegas, NV.