Mick Manning - Hachette Children's Group

Mick Manning



Mick Manning (born in Yorkshire, England, 1959) and Brita Granström (born in Eskilstuna, Sweden, 1969) work together as a team sharing the illustration and text. They have been producing award-winning non-fiction picture books for almost twenty years. They show that the best non-fiction for children can be scholarly, albeit with a light touch, and can have some of the imagination-stretching qualities of fiction.

They are well known for their exciting performances involving readings and live drawing using overhead camera projection (often involving participation from members of the audience) all mixed with an audio-visual presentation. They appear on a regular basis at major UK book festival venues such as Bath, Cheltenham and Edinburgh International Book Festival. They have appeared at The Royal Society Science Festival and have celebrated The Big Draw at various venues including The Imperial War Museum.

They have worked closely to support libraries and schools, performing voluntarily to school classes in the UK and Sweden and have also attended the American Library Conference and visited US schools.

Many of Manning & Granström's books are translated into a number of languages, including Chinese, German, Greek, Danish, Japanese, Norwegian, Swedish and Slovakian.

For the last 12 years Mick & Brita have created, written and illustrated a monthly 5-page gentle pre-school series called 'Max and Kate' for the critically acclaimed US children's magazine Ladybug.

http://www.mickandbrita.com

Selection of Franklin Watts books:

The World Is Full of Babies! (Smarties Silver Award Winner); What's under the Bed? (TES Award Winner); Wash, Scrub, and Brush (English Association Award KS1 Winner); Stone Age, Bone Age and many other Wonderwise titles; How Did I Begin? (Rhone Poulenc Science prize winner); How Should I Behave?; Seaside Scientist; My Body Book; My Uncle's Dunkirk; Charlie's War Illustrated (English Association Award KS2 Winner); The Story of Britain; The Brontës - Children of the Moors.

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The Story of Paintings

Mick Manning, Brita Granström
Contributors:
Mick Manning, Brita Granström

A friendly and inspiring introduction to art history, telling the stories of the world's greatest paintings and artists from prehistory to the modern dayThe Story of Paintings begins with the cave paintings of our Stone Age ancestors and continues through to the modern day. Mick Manning and Brita Granström take your on a tour of their personally selected gallery which showcases the work of some of the world's most famous artists and few a less well-known ones. The artists featured include van Eyck, da Vinci, Bruegel, Rembrandt, Velázquez, JMW Turner, Van Gogh, Monet, Matisse, Georgia O'Keefe, Picasso, Frida Kahlo and Jackson Pollock as well as Dame Laura Knight and Kalan Khan. The friendly text and illustrations help children to appreciate the art, highlighting interesting biographical details and picking out key details to spot. The book's large format means the art is reproduced on a wonderfully impactful scale. This really is a book to give and treasure. The creative team of Mick Manning and Brita Granström are well-known for their ground breaking children's information books. Their many awards range the TES Information Book Award for What's Under the Bed? and the English Association Non-fiction award for Charlie's War Illustrated.

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What's My Family Tree?

Mick Manning, Brita Granström
Authors:
Mick Manning, Brita Granström
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The Story of Britain

Mick Manning, Brita Granström
Authors:
Mick Manning, Brita Granström
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The Brontës – Children of the Moors

Mick Manning, Brita Granström
Authors:
Mick Manning, Brita Granström

Produced to coincide with 200th anniversary of the birth of Charlotte Brontë, this book introduces the three extraordinary Brontë sisters: Charlotte, Emily and Anne. We also meet their brother Branwell. With a mix of strong story-telling and wonderful illustration, Mick Manning and Brita Granström relate the sister's tragically short lives in the remote village of Haworth in the Yorkshire Dales. They explore how the girls were inspired to become writers and the sensation their books caused when people realised they had been written by women. Each of the sister's greatest novels, Jane Eyre (Charlotte), The Tenant of Wildfell Hall (Anne) and Wuthering Heights (Emily), are simply retold in engaging comic-strip form.The illustrations and text of this book really capture the life of the children of the moors and how the magic and wildness of their surroundings inspired their work. It is perhaps not surprising as Mick Manning was born and brought up in Haworth and, as a child, even played a shepherd boy in a BBC adapation of Wuthering Heights.

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Stone Age Bone Age!: A book about prehistoric people

Mick Manning, Brita Granström
Authors:
Mick Manning, Brita Granström
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Wheels Keep Turning: a book about simple machines

Mick Manning, Brita Granström
Authors:
Mick Manning, Brita Granström

Long ago an idea began turning in human minds - the idea was a wheel and once it had started it couldn't be stopped. Join in the celebration of human ingenuity in a whirlwind tour of the history of the wheel, from rolling logs and a potter's wheel to air-filled tyres and a spinning CD. And discover how Wheels Keep Turning!The Wonderwise series presents facts in a way that will inspire young children's imaginations about the world around them.

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Wash, Scrub, Brush: A book about keeping clean

Mick Manning, Brita Granström
Authors:
Mick Manning, Brita Granström
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What's Up?: A book about the sky and space

Mick Manning, Brita Granström
Authors:
Mick Manning, Brita Granström
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Supermum: A book about mothers

Mick Manning, Brita Granström
Authors:
Mick Manning, Brita Granström

Supermum is everywhere - she's up a tree, deep in the ocean, high in the sky, or she may even be standing next to you! Because supermum is every mum, from a tiny ant to a giant blue whale, and this book reminds us just how super a mum can be.The Wonderwise series presents facts in a way that will inspire young children's imaginations about the world around them.

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Splish, Splash, Splosh: A book about water

Mick Manning, Brita Granström
Authors:
Mick Manning, Brita Granström
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What's Under The Bed?: A book about the Earth beneath us

Mick Manning, Brita Granström
Authors:
Mick Manning, Brita Granström

What's Under the Bed? travels to the mysterious world that is just beneath our feet. Follow the underground adventures of two children and their cat to explore secret caves, fossils and even silver, gold and diamonds before eventually discovering what really is under the bed.Wonderwise is an award-winning series of information books, perfect for introducing younger children to non-fiction. The series presents facts in a way that will inspire young children's imaginations about the world around them. The books include notes and activities to support the new primary curriculum.

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Charlie's War Illustrated: Remembering World War One

Mick Manning, Brita Granström
Authors:
Mick Manning, Brita Granström

Mick Manning's grandfather joined the army in 1914 and served right through World War One. Fighting in the artillery on the front line in Egypt, Palestine and France, Charlie lived to tell his tale. Here Mick and Brita tell us about Charlie's War, illustrating his story with stunning artwork, period scraps and artefacts. They movingly bring alive for children the 'war to end all wars', from the trenches and the guns to the friendships and songs the soliders shared. Produced in association with the Imperial War Museum, this is a wonderful resource for readers aged 6 and up and was nominated for the 2014 English 4-11 picture book awards. Tail-End Charlie, a previous Mick Manning and Brita Granström title, was shortlisted for both the Carnegie and the Blue Peter Prize.'Mick Manning and Brita Granström's approach to non-fiction for younger children has revolutionised our bookshelves.' The Scotsman

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Out There Somewhere It's Time To: A book about time zones

Mick Manning, Brita Granström
Authors:
Mick Manning, Brita Granström
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My Body, Your Body: A book about human and animal bodies

Mick Manning, Brita Granström
Authors:
Mick Manning, Brita Granström

My Body, Your Body takes a surprising look at all kinds of bodies, including your own. Compare your sense of smell with a shark's! Think what it would be like to be a giraffe and lick your own ear! Imagine if you could change your skin colour like a chameleon. Discover just how amazing bodies are.Wonderwise is an award-winning series of information books that present facts in a way that will inspire young children's imaginations about the world around them. A perfect introduction to non-fiction for children aged 3+ by Mick Manning and Brita Granstrom. The books include notes and activities to support the primary curriculum.

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My Uncle's Dunkirk

Mick Manning, Mick Manning, Brita Granström
Contributors:
Mick Manning, Mick Manning, Brita Granström

Inspired by his uncle's experiences, Mick Manning's simple but moving story invites children to travel from the safe familiarity of a seaside holiday to the beaches of Dunkirk to discover one of Britain's most tragic and heroic events of the Second World War. Produced in association with the Imperial War Museum.

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Planet Patrol: A Book About Global Warming

Mick Manning, Brita Granström
Contributors:
Mick Manning, Brita Granström

Linked to its own website so that readers can all join the Planet Patrol www.theplanetpatrol.comProduced by a multi-award winning duo who really make the issues come alive for young readers. Early Years Foundation Stage: PSED, KUW, CD

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Our New Baby Inside

Mick Manning, Brita Granström
Contributors:
Mick Manning, Brita Granström

This delightful book shows how a baby grows inside its mother's tummy over the nine months of pregnancy through the ingenious use of half-page flaps. It is perfect for sharing with a child to explore where they came from or when a new sibling is expected.

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Doctor, Doctor: Doctor, Doctor

Mick Manning, Brita Granström
Contributors:
Mick Manning, Brita Granström

An interactive, fun book that explores common illnesses and how they are treated. You, the reader, are the doctor - you make the diagnosis, flip the half-page flap and find out if you are right!

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Voices Of The Rainforest

Mick Manning
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Mick Manning

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How Did I Begin?

Mick Manning, Brita Granström
Authors:
Mick Manning, Brita Granström

If you choose to share 'the facts of life' with children at a young age, this is the perfect book to do so. It gently guides the reader through each stage of a child's development within the womb with charming illustrations and simple explanations, inviting lots of discussion and providing answers to all those questions. Shortlisted for the Junior Science Book Award (now the Royal Society's Science Prize).