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Author Spotlight with Graham Marks

Chris Higgins

Chris Higgins is an ex English and Drama teacher turned award-winning writer. She has written the My Funny Family series for younger readers, but is probably best known for her teen novels, which have gained her two nominations for Queen of Teen. Here she talks to Graham Marks about how she became a writer, tells us some of her writing secrets and talks about her latest novel, The Day I Met Suzie.

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Love Matters Most

Mij Kelly, Gerry Turley
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Mij Kelly, Gerry Turley

A stunning and uplifting picture book celebrating the special bond between a parent and child.There are many amazing things - faraway stars that glitter and gleam and snowflakes that melt to a tear - but nothing is as wonderful as a mother's love for her child.Yes, the world's full of treasure and fabulous sights,but when bear finds her cub, who was lost in the night,she cuddles him warm and cuddles him close, and knows, above all, that love matters most.A story of love, family, the power of hope, and our longing to be close to those people who matter to us, beautifully illustrated. www.mijkelly.com

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Pepe takes a Tumble

Kes Gray, Mary Mcquillan
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Kes Gray, Mary Mcquillan
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Friendly Day

Mij Kelly, Charles Fuge
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Mij Kelly, Charles Fuge

Hooray - it's Friendly Day! A day for sharing, a day for caring, when everyone is nice, when Cow reads Snail a fairy tale and cats do NOT eat mice.Illustrated by the one and only Charles Fuge whose Little Wombat series has sold over 1 million copies, Friendly Day is a wonderful rhyming story full of friendship, love and hugs!When a little mouse is cornered by a hungry cat, he manages to persuade her that today is Friendly Day - a day when everyone shares and is kind. So, Cat lets Mouse go and finds Dog to give him a hug! But when the trio come across a big bear, he is not so easily persuaded...Children will laugh out loud at this amusing story of a clever mouse who tricks a hungry cat into sparing his life by telling the cat that it's Friendly day... the one day in the year when all animals must share, care, and be nice to one another.www.mijkelly.com

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Chesney Runs into Trouble

Kes Gray, Mary Mcquillan
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Kes Gray, Mary Mcquillan
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Momo Goes Flying

Kes Gray, Mary Mcquillan
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Kes Gray, Mary Mcquillan
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Who Puts the Animals to Bed?

Mij Kelly, Holly Clifton Brown
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Mij Kelly, Holly Clifton Brown
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Pedro Has a Bump!

Kes Gray, Mary Mcquillan
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Kes Gray, Mary Mcquillan
Hodder Children's Books

Zoe Gets the Jitters!

Kes Gray, Mary Mcquillan
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Kes Gray, Mary Mcquillan

It was a beautiful day in Africa. The sun was shining, the birds were singing, and all the zebras were peacefully eating their lunch. All except for Zoe who is so busy looking out for big, scary animals that she doesn't look where she is going and trips up over a teeny-tiny tortoise! But don't worry, with a little help from Nurse Nibbles and her Get Well Friends, she'll soon be feeling better.Get Well Friends' toys and books have real play and care values. Each loveable character comes not only with a name, but an instant personality and a humorous story to tell. Each book contains over 50 stickers.'A vibrant new set of animal characters. These are stories told with humour, but with a real sense of empathy and understanding.' - The GuardianTo find out more about children's author Kes Gray, visit www.kesgray.comFor games to play, books to read, and toys to nurse, visit www.getwellfriends.com

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Nurse Nibbles and her Get Well Friends

Kes Gray, Mary Mcquillan
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Kes Gray, Mary Mcquillan

Oh dear! Hamish the Hamster got his whiskers caught up in his wheel. Dipak the Dalmatian's spots came out in stripes. Paul the Python's tail is is a knot and Connie the Crocodile broke her tooth biting a rhino's bottom! But don't worry, with a bit of tender loving care from Nurse Nibbles, they'll soon feel better.Get Well Friends' toys and books have real play and care values. Each loveable character comes not only with a name, but an instant personality and a humorous story to tell. Each book contains over 50 stickers.'A vibrant new set of animal characters. These are stories told with humour, but with a real sense of empathy and understanding.' - The GuardianTo find out more about children's author Kes Gray, visit www.kesgray.comFor games to play, books to read, and toys to nurse, visit www.getwellfriends.com

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William and the Night-Train

Mij Kelly, Alison Jay
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Mij Kelly, Alison Jay
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A Bed of Your Own

Mij Kelly, Mary Mcquillan
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Mij Kelly, Mary Mcquillan
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The Bump

Mij Kelly, Nicholas Allan
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Mij Kelly, Nicholas Allan

Tender and witty, this is a wonderful celebration of a baby's arrival into the world. A funny and poignant book exploring a mother's joy at being pregnant that will help children understand how much they are loved.

Hodder Children's Books

Cluck O'Clock

Kes Gray, Mary Mcquillan
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Kes Gray, Mary Mcquillan

A witty and warm tell-the-time book, created by Kes Gray, author of the bestselling Oi Frog, and Mary McQuillan.Cluck O' Clock is a tell-the-time book with a difference. It recounts a day in the life of a group of chickens - each with individual and distinct personalities - as they fill their lives with food, exercise, visiting - and waiting for the fox.Teaches children to tell the time in a fun, but informative way.'... teachers and librarians will be happy to give this tale a few minutes in story hours about chickens or clocks'. - Kirkus Reviews

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ATCHOO: The Complete Guide to Good Manners

Mij Kelly, Mary Mcquillan
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Mij Kelly, Mary Mcquillan

This is the story of Suzy Sue and the fateful day when she went 'ATCHOO!'. Suzy Sue sneezes but forgets to cover her mouth. The animals are astounded and decide it's time to teach her some manners.This wonderfully witty rhyming story is the second book in the popular Suzy Sue series. 'It'll become a firm favourite for any child of pre-school age. Highly recommended.' - The BookbagRead about the author at www.mijkelly.com

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The Happiest Man in the World

Mij Kelly, Louise Nisbet
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Mij Kelly, Louise Nisbet

Just who is the happiest man in the world and what does it mean to be happy? Mouse lives in a house all alone - and that's the way she likes it. Until one day a miserable old man moves in and turns mouse's life upside-down. As mouse makes moves to cheer up the old man, she slowly learns what it is to be happy and discovers the true identity of her visitor.

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Have You Seen My Potty?

Mij Kelly, Mary Mcquillan
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Mij Kelly, Mary Mcquillan
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Twoo Twit

Kes Gray, Mary Mcquillan
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Kes Gray, Mary Mcquillan
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Giants!

Mij Kelly, Nick Maland
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Mij Kelly, Nick Maland

Sweet Pea and Boogaloo are walking and talking through the forest one day. When Swea Pea stops and suddenly asks: 'Giants! Do they look like you and me? Except bigger?' And so begins a discussion about what giants are... until Boogaloo discovers that giants are not at all how he has imagined them!An original and timely story about the nature of stereoptyes and jumping to conclusions.

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

Alex T. Smith

Author-illustrator Alex T. Smith is the award-winning creator of the bestselling Claude series, which is published in 16 languages worldwide, and is now a TV show on Disney Junior. Alex's newest series, Mr Penguin, launched in 2017, to widespread praise. Alex's quirky, witty writing and illustrations are instantly recognisable, critically acclaimed and as popular with adults as children. Alex is also widely praised for his work illustrating children's classics: he won Children's Book of the World Illustration Award for his illustrations in a new edition of Dodie Smith's The Hundred and One Dalmatians; he has created new art for books by Enid Blyton, Eva Ibbotson and Richmal Crompton. Alex has collaborated with Watership Down author Richard Adams on his last book, Egg Box Dragon, as well as David Almond and Juno Dawson. Alex has won the UKLA Picture Book Award and the Sainsbury's Children's Book Award, and been shortlisted for the Waterstones Children's Book Award. He has also been the official World Book Day illustrator.