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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

A Hilaire Belloc-esque cautionary tale for fussy eaters - you'd better eat up!Dinnertime isn't easy in Freda's house.Mum cooks beans. YUK!Grandma cooks fish and chips. YUK!Dad cooks crispy duck. YUK! YUK! YUK!There just isn't any pleasing Fussy Freda. But her cat is not so fussy - and this causes a culinary catastrophe!This deliciously funny story will have toddlers calling out for more, and more, and MORE!Read more about award-winning Julia at http://www.juliajarman.com/Find out more about Fred Blunt at http://fredbluntillustration.com/

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

When Kangaroo visits France, he falls in love with the cancan. Back in Australia, he decides to set up his very own Cancan Cafe. But will his auditions fall flat on their face? No one seems capable of mastering the dance and so Kangaroo's spirits start to droop, but then he hears a rumour that there is someone who really can do the cancan . . . Bright and fun, this brilliant rhyming book with its hilarious and action-packed illustrations is a delight to share and read aloud.

Franklin Watts

The Magic Scooter

Julia Jarman, Sam Hearn
Contributors:
Julia Jarman, Sam Hearn
Orchard Books

Big Bouncy Bed

Julia Jarman, Adrian Reynolds
Contributors:
Julia Jarman, Adrian Reynolds
Hodder Children's Books

The Best Kiss

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

King Midas

Julia Jarman, Claudia Venturini
Contributors:
Julia Jarman, Claudia Venturini
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.

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

Annabelle Lynch

Annabelle Lynch is a freelance writer who lives in London. She specialises in young non-fiction, with a particular interest in natural history and geography.

Corrinne Averiss

Corinne Averiss is a writer of thoughtful and humorous stories for children. Her work includes critically-acclaimed CILIP Greenaway-nominated picture book, A Dot in the Snow. Corinne has spent much of her life being a professional silly person in children's television: she created the four-time Children's BAFTA-winning Share a Story competition and has an animated series commissioned by CBeebies. She lives with her husband, daughter and guard-cat.

Cressida Cowell

Cressida Cowell is the author and the illustrator of the bestselling How to Train Your Dragon and The Wizards of Once book series, and the author of the Emily Brown picture books, illustrated by Neal Layton. How to Train Your Dragon has sold over 8 million books worldwide in 38 languages. It is also an award-winning DreamWorks film series, and a TV series shown on Netflix and CBBC. The first book in Cressida's new series, The Wizards of Once (also signed by DreamWorks), is a number one bestseller.Cressida is an ambassador for the National Literacy Trust and the Reading Agency, a Trustee of World Book Day and a founder patron of the Children's Media Foundation. She has won numerous prizes, including the Gold Award in the Nestle Children's Book Prize,the 2017 Ruth Rendell Award for Championing Literacy, the Hay Festival Medal for Fiction, and Philosophy Now' magazine's 2015 Award for Contributions in the Fight Against Stupidity. She grew up in London and on a small, uninhabited island off the west coast of Scotland and she now lives in Hammersmith with her husband, three children and a dog called Pigeon.

Daisy Meadows

The Rainbow Magic and Magic Animal Friends books are written by a small collective of authors under the name Daisy Meadows. Rainbow Magic is the no.1 bestselling series for girls aged 5 and up with over 30 million copies sold worldwide!Learn more about the books at www.rainbowmagicbooks.co.uk (where you can download the Rainbow Magic Reading Challenge poster) and www.magicanimalfriends.com (where you'll find fun animal activity sheets)