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Guy Parker-Rees

Guy Parker-Rees is the award-winning author of whole shelf of bestselling picture books, including the international hit Giraffes Can’t Dance. He writes his own stories, as well as working with other authors, such as Giles Andreae and Tony Mitton. Here he talks to Graham Marks about his world of colour, line and characters, and his latest Tom & Millie books.

Hodder Children's Books

Fussy Freda

Julia Jarman, Fred Blunt
Contributors:
Julia Jarman, Fred Blunt
Hodder Children's Books

Class One Farmyard Fun

Julia Jarman, Lynne Chapman
Contributors:
Julia Jarman, Lynne Chapman

This hilarious picture book about Class One on a visit to a farm follows the Stockport Schools Book Award winner Class Two at the Zoo - watch out for the bull this time!Join Class One as they visit a farm. They see all sorts of animal antics, but they don't notice the bull, knocking the gate down and charging after them. But don't worry, Class One have a plan to contain him, armed only with a large pair of red knickers...Class Two at the Zoo was voted Best Book of 2008 by thousands of children, and it won the Stockport Schools Book Award. Praise for Class Two at the Zoo: 'Just the ticket for reading prior to a class trip.' - Kirkus ReviewsRead about award winning author Julia Jarman at www.juliajarman.comFind out more about bestselling illustrator Lynne Chapman at www.lynnechapman.co.uk

Hodder Children's Books

Kangaroo's Cancan Cafe

Julia Jarman, Lynne Chapman
Contributors:
Julia Jarman, Lynne Chapman
Franklin Watts

The Magic Scooter

Julia Jarman, Sam Hearn
Contributors:
Julia Jarman, Sam Hearn

Caspar can't take his eyes off his new birthday present - a new scooter! He soon finds out it's not just any scooter but one with magical, time-travelling powers...Race Further with Reading is the perfect tool to build reading confidence with illustrated stories in manageable bite-size chapters, following on a level from the Race Ahead with Reading series with stories of 2,000 words.

Franklin Watts

King Midas

Julia Jarman, Claudia Venturini
Contributors:
Julia Jarman, Claudia Venturini
Orchard Books

Big Bouncy Bed

Julia Jarman, Adrian Reynolds
Contributors:
Julia Jarman, Adrian Reynolds

Ben and Bella on the big bouncy bed,Boing! Boing! Boing! Boing!Mind your head!Ben and Bella are back, and this time they're off on a brilliant bouncy adventure with all their animal friends. Join Ben and Bella as they bounce all the way to outer space and back again - just in time for bed. This exuberant, lively rhyming story from the creators of the bestselling Big Red Bath is perfect for reading aloud.

Hodder Children's Books

The Best Kiss

Julia Jarman, Erica-Jane Waters
Contributors:
Julia Jarman, Erica-Jane Waters

Jack loves getting prizes and cups of all sizes, but if there's one thing he hates... it's being kissed! And with an army of aunts and uncles, there's no getting away from it. What's a boy to do?'A rollicking, rhyming, read-aloud tale...' Books for KeepsThe Best Kiss has recently been featured on the ITV series Bookaboo.Read more about bestselling author Julia Jarman on http://www.juliajarman.com, and visit http://www.ericajanewaters.com to find out more about Erica-Jane Waters.

Hodder Children's Books

Class Two at the Zoo

Julia Jarman, Lynne Chapman
Contributors:
Julia Jarman, Lynne Chapman
Hodder Children's Books

Class Three All At Sea

Julia Jarman, Lynne Chapman
Contributors:
Julia Jarman, Lynne Chapman

On the day Class Three went to sea, they saw donkeys dancing on the quay. They saw soggy sea lions skimming stones, but they didn't see the skull and crossbones! Watch Class Three as they sail away, unaware of the pirates in their wake! Will they become helpless captives, or will they manage to outwit the fearsome crew?"A funny, quirky story, likely to appeal to many small children. The lovely, bright colours make it very attractive." - The BookbagLook out for Class Two a the Zoo, voted Best Book of 2008 by thousands of children it won the Stockport Schools Book award.Read about award winning author Julia Jarman at www.juliajarman.comFind out more about bestselling illustrator Lynne Chapman at www.lynnechapman.co.uk

Orchard Books

Big Yellow Digger

Julia Jarman, Adrian Reynolds
Contributors:
Julia Jarman, Adrian Reynolds

Ben and Bella are off on another adventure and, of course, all the animals want to join them! The destination this time is Australia, and the digger digs and judders, as Moose, Zebra, Rhinoceros, Mole and lots of other animals all clamber on. Even Little Roo jumps up, and gets delivered safely back to his his mummy. Everyone stops for a barbie, a dance with the digeridoo, and then it's time to head for home again. Join the fun on an adventure that gets better and better!

Orchard Books

When Baby Lost Bunny

Julia Jarman, Adrian Reynolds
Contributors:
Julia Jarman, Adrian Reynolds
Franklin Watts

Little Bad Riding Hood

Julia Jarman, Jane Cope
Contributors:
Julia Jarman, Jane Cope

Little Bad Riding Hood sets off with for some cakes for Granny, but she has a habit of getting into trouble...Hopscotch Twisty Tales give the classic fairy tales a new twist. Perfect for the reluctant or newly independent reader, these stories capture the spirit of the fairy tale world and encourage imaginative exploration through carefully controlled word and text levels.

Orchard Books

Ants in Your Pants!

Julia Jarman, Guy Parker-Rees
Contributors:
Julia Jarman, Guy Parker-Rees

A brilliantly funny story about not leaving friends out, from the illustrator of much-loved picture book classic, Giraffes Can't Dance.Leopard is having a party, but he hasn't invited Aardvark. When naughty ants start biting bottoms at the birthday bash, it isn't long before all the guests are throwing their pants in the air to get rid of them! Only Aardvark can eat the ants and save the day, but will he make it to the party?

Franklin Watts

Leapfrog World Tales: Little Tiger and the Fire

Julia Jarman, Roberta Angaramo
Contributors:
Julia Jarman, Roberta Angaramo

A tale from West Africa. Anansi the trickster is hungry. All the animals are cooking but none of the food is ready, so Anansi comes up with a cunning plan, but will he be ready when the food is cooked?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.

Franklin Watts

Grandma's Seaside Bloomers

Julia Jarman, Roger Fereday
Contributors:
Julia Jarman, Roger Fereday
Orchard Books

Big Red Bath

Julia Jarman, Adrian Reynolds
Contributors:
Julia Jarman, Adrian Reynolds

Ben and Bella are having such a lovely, splashy time in the big red bath that soon everyone wants to join in the fun! But will there be room for all the animals . . . even Hippopotamus? A riotous story - brought to life by young, bright, friendly illustrations from a bestselling, award-winning artist.

Jen Green

Jen Green received a doctorate from the University of Sussex (Dept of English and American Studies) in 1982. She worked in publishing for 15 years and is now a full-time writer, who has written over 150 books for children. Her book 'Your Feelings: I'm Special' was short-listed for the NASEN Special Needs Award.

Jill Atkins

Escaped teacher, now writing for children with 46 books published so far, ranging from early reading material to teenage novels. I've written 4 books for Franklin Watts, 4 for Wayland and one for Hodder.I'm married with two grown up children and five grandchildren, no pets, though I used to have three beautiful cats, guinea pigs and rabbits. When I was a child, we kept chickens and I loved them, too.I always have my nose in a book. I read both adult's and children's books. My favourite children's books include The Railway Children by E Nesbit, Journey to the River Sea by Eva Ibbotson, River on the Say by Philippa Pearce. My adult reading varies from Charles Dickens to many modern authors. I enjoy listening to music, classical, jazz and some pop.

Jim Field

Jim Field is a lead-driven, pencil-pushing, 25-frames-per-second Led Zeppelin fan. He is also a hugely talented illustrator and animation director. His first picture book Cats Ahoy! won the Booktrust Roald Dahl Funny Prize and was nominated for the Kate Greenaway award. He has since illustrated a string of bestselling, multi-award-winning children's books, including Oi Frog! and The Lion Inside, as well as young fiction series Rabbit and Bear.

Junissa Bianda

Junissa Bianda moved to San Francisco from her hometown in Indonesia to study for her masters' degree. She studied illustration for children's books at the Academy of Art University and later joined the New York and London based art agency, Astound. Junissa is passionate about Illustrating, she loves creating whimsical and colourful illustrations for kids. Now settled back in Indonesia, in her spare time she gets involved in social campaigns as their lead graphic designer and also works as an illustration consultant. Grateful to have support from loved ones, she's able to put her best efforts into her work.