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Cressida Cowell

Cressida Cowell’s Hiccup books, which she also illustrates, are now published in over 30 countries around the world and the first book in the series, How to Train Your Dragon, has been made into an animated movie by DreamWorks; Cressida also writes and illustrates picture books. The eleventh title in the Hiccup Saga, How to Seize a Dragon’s Jewel, is published in September, and here she talks to Graham Marks about pretty much everything to do with writing a hit series…

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Coyote the Fire Thief

Mick Gowar, James Rey Sanchez
Contributors:
Mick Gowar, James Rey Sanchez

In this retelling of a native American myth, Coyote feels sorry for the helpless humans and steals fire to bring them warmth and comfort. But the humans are not grateful for her gift and use the fire against Coyote and the natural world.This first colour chapter book is a perfectly levelled, accessible text for Key stage 2 readers aged 9-10. Reading Champion offers independent reading books for children to practise and reinforce their developing reading skills.Fantastic, original stories are accompanied by engaging artwork and activities to provoke deeper response and encourage writing. Each book has been carefully graded so that it can be matched to a child's reading ability, encouraging reading for pleasure.

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How Bear Lost His Tail

Mick Gowar, Andy Catling
Contributors:
Mick Gowar, Andy Catling

A fun retelling of this Native American legend. Bear is tricked by Otter into fishing with his beautiful, long tail - and it ends up getting frozen and snapping off!Reading Champion offers independent reading books for children to practise and reinforce their developing reading skills.Fantastic, original stories are accompanied by engaging artwork and a reading activity. Each book has been carefully graded so that it can be matched to a child's reading ability, encouraging reading for pleasure.

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Romulus and Remus

Mick Gowar, Andrew Breakspeare
Contributors:
Mick Gowar, Andrew Breakspeare
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Leapfrog World Tales: Issun Boshi

Mick Gowar, Cosei Kawa
Contributors:
Mick Gowar, Cosei Kawa

Exciting stories from around the world told in fewer than 180 words, suitable for children who are starting to read independently. The series introduces readers to stories from other cultures and encourages them to find where the story comes from on a map.This tale comes from Japan. Issun Boshi is a tiny boy, but he is very brave. He sets out to serve the emperor. Can he save the emperor's daughter from the evil ogre? The tale has echoes of Tom Thumb, another miniature hero with a gigantic heart!Puzzles at the back of the book encourage children to reread and retell the story in their own words, and helps build vocabulary by matching words to characters.

Wayland

Stan's Song

Mick Gowar, Francois Hall
Contributors:
Mick Gowar, Francois Hall
Wayland

Rodeo Rider

Mick Gowar, Francois Hall
Contributors:
Mick Gowar, Francois Hall
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Rock-a-bye Baby / Rock-a-bye Puppy

Mick Gowar, Christina Bretschneider
Contributors:
Mick Gowar, Christina Bretschneider
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Tadpoles Nursery Rhymes: Little Miss Muffet / Little Miss Mumpet

Mick Gowar, Jan Smith
Contributors:
Mick Gowar, Jan Smith
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Tadpoles Nursery Rhymes: Baa, Baa Black Sheep / Baa, Baa Pink Sheep

Mick Gowar, A O'kif
Contributors:
Mick Gowar, A O'kif
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Hopscotch Myths: Romulus and Remus

Mick Gowar, Andrew Breakspeare
Contributors:
Mick Gowar, Andrew Breakspeare

A wolf finds baby twins abandoned in the woods and raises them as her own. As they grow up, they can't stop fighting. Both of them want to build a great new city, but only one of them will succeed ...

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Tadpoles Nursery Rhymes: Old Mother Hubbard / Old Father Hubbard

Mick Gowar, Kate Edmunds
Contributors:
Mick Gowar, Kate Edmunds
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Leapfrog: Handyman Doug

Mick Gowar, Peter Cottrill
Contributors:
Mick Gowar, Peter Cottrill

When Doug crashes into Mr Brown's car, he does his best to sort things out. But he just keeps getting it wrong!

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The Rowdy Romans:The Guard Dog Geese

Mick Gowar, Martin Remphry
Contributors:
Mick Gowar, Martin Remphry
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The Rowdy Romans:A Runaway Donkey

Mick Gowar, Martin Remphry
Contributors:
Mick Gowar, Martin Remphry
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The Rowdy Romans:The Great Necklace Hunt

Mick Gowar, Martin Remphry
Contributors:
Mick Gowar, Martin Remphry

Bright, page turning stories that bring history to life, with historially accurate information and fact sections to reinforce learning.

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Remember the 5th November

Mick Gowar, Mike Phillips
Contributors:
Mick Gowar, Mike Phillips

David West

David West is a graphic designer, illustrator and author of children's information books. He has produced over 500 titles on subjects ranging from dinosaurs and mythology to technology and science. Some of his best known titles include Brain Surgery for Beginners, Fifty Three and a Half Things that Changed the World and Dinosaurs in My Street. David went to art school in Kingston-upon-Thames and Harrow, where he specialised in information graphics. He lives in south west London with his wife, two sons, a cat and a goldfish who's over 14 years old.When he's not illustrating, writing and designing he can be found fishing for salmon in Scottish rivers or painting portraits for fun.

Deborah Chancellor

Deborah Chancellor is a writer of fiction and non-fiction books for children. She has written nearly 100 books and worked with many leading publishers. Deborah is a prolific writer of children's non-fiction on a wide range of subjects. She is a versatile author who has written biographies for teenagers, adapted Bible stories for pre-school children, and written teenage fiction for older children with reading difficulties. Her books have been translated into many languages and sold all over the world. An Associate Fellow of the Royal Literary Fund, Deborah appears at Literary Festivals and runs writing workshops for young people.

Diane Ewen

Diane Ewen is British illustrator, born in Walsall, in the West Midlands. She has always been in love with art and graduated from the University of Wolverhampton with a B.A. Honours Degree in illustration. Diane likes to create illustrations that are hand-drawn in pencil before painting in watercolour and acrylics prior to embellishing them using Photoshop but she also enjoys working directly on the computer screen creating her designs. She likes the fact that illustrations are the first things that entice the reader to engage with a book and is inspired by the use of vibrant colour.

Elin Kelsey

Elin Kelsey, PhD, is an internationally respected leader in the field of environmental science education, as well as the author of the award-winning book Not Your Typical Book About the Environment and other books for both adults and children. She consults around the world on environmental projects, and loves to explore nature with kids wherever she goes.