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Author Spotlight with Graham Marks

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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Orchard Bedtime Stories

Margaret Mayo, Alison Murray
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Margaret Mayo, Alison Murray

Find twelve classic nursery stories in this beautifully produced, fully illustrated hardback treasury, the perfect gift for a birthday or christening!The collection includes favourite fairy tales Goldilocks and the Three Bears, The Elves and the Shoemaker, The Ugly Duckling, The Three Little Pigs and The Town Mouse and the Country Mouse, along with traditional tales such as Anna and the Bear, Twenty Cheeky Monkeys and Little Peachling and the Giants, and more, retold with warmth and humour by acclaimed author Margaret Mayo.The collection is gloriously illustrated by bestselling illustrator Alison Murray.

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Big Digger ABC

Margaret Mayo, Alex Ayliffe
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Margaret Mayo, Alex Ayliffe
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Zoom, Rocket, Zoom!

Margaret Mayo, Alex Ayliffe
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Margaret Mayo, Alex Ayliffe

Come on a fantastic adventure to the moon and deep into space! This exciting book is full of amazing astronauts and super space vehicles. Discover a different vehicle on each page, from rockets and moon buggies, to robot rovers, satellites and more.With bright, bold illustrations and fun, rhyming text, this is perfect for sharing and reading aloud. Little ones will love spotting all the details on each page and joining in with the lively text; as rockets 'zoom' and satellites 'whizz!'From the creators of the bestselling Dig Dig Digging.

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First Bible Stories

Margaret Mayo, Nicola Smee
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Margaret Mayo, Nicola Smee
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Stomp, Dinosaur, Stomp!

Margaret Mayo, Alex Ayliffe
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Margaret Mayo, Alex Ayliffe

Meet all your favourite dinosaurs as they stomp, glide and charge through this brilliant book from a bestselling creative team. Includes Tyrannosaurus Rex, Pteranodon, Triceratops, Velociraptor, Diplodocus and more.

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Snap!

Margaret Mayo, Alex Ayliffe
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Margaret Mayo, Alex Ayliffe

Young children will love meeting all their favourite sea creatures in this lively picture book packed with snapping sharks, colourful octopuses, gliding whales, playful seals and lots more! Another fabulous book from a bestselling creative team.

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The Orchard Book Of The Unicorn And Other Magical Animals

Margaret Mayo, Jane Ray
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Margaret Mayo, Jane Ray

Learn why you should never look at a mermaid, how the unicorn always walks alone, why there are so many dragons in China and how the Phoenix lives forever. These ten fabulous stories of the world's most magical birds and beasts are retold with wit and warmth by Margaret Mayo and brought to life in glorious colour by Jane Ray. A magical gift to treasure.

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Roar!

Margaret Mayo, Alex Ayliffe
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Margaret Mayo, Alex Ayliffe
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Choo Choo Clickety-Clack!

Margaret Mayo, Alex Ayliffe
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Margaret Mayo, Alex Ayliffe
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Emergency!

Margaret Mayo, Alex Ayliffe
Contributors:
Margaret Mayo, Alex Ayliffe

It's all go in this action-packed picture book. Discover a different emergency vehicle on each page, from fire engines and police cars to lifeboats, breakdown trucks, rescue helicopters and more. With bright, bold illustrations and fun, rhyming text, this is perfect for sharing with vehicle-mad little ones. Children will love spotting all the details on each page and joining in with all the different sounds; as speeding ambulances 'wheee-ow' and police cars 'vrooom'!Part of the best-selling Awesome Engines range.

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Dig Dig Digging

Margaret Mayo, Alex Ayliffe
Contributors:
Margaret Mayo, Alex Ayliffe

All the favourites are here in this bright, bold picture book for machine-mad little ones - from diggers and tractors, to cranes, bulldozers and more!With fun, rhyming text and vibrant artwork, this is perfect for sharing and reading aloud. Children will love spotting all the details on each page and joining in with all the different sounds; as tractors 'squelch' through the mud and dumper trucks go 'crash!'.Part of the best-selling Awesome Engines range.

Alex T. Smith

Alex graduated from Coventry University with a degree in Illustration and won second place in the Macmillan Prize for Children's Illustration. Claude won the 5-9 young fiction Sainsbury's Children's Book Award, was selected for the Waterstone's Children's Book Prize, the Richard and Judy Book Club and is soon to be a TV star on Disney Junior with 52 episodes airing in June 2018. Alex T. Smith was a World Book Day Illustrator.

Andy Stanton

Andy Stanton has written eight books about Mr Gum, along with further successful fiction and picture book titles. He was overall winner of the Red House Children's Book Award for You're a Bad Man, Mr Gum! and won the inaugural Roald Dahl Funny Prize for Mr Gum and the Dancing Bear. He has twice won the Blue Peter Book Award for Best Book With Pictures, and been shortlisted for a host of other awards.

Caryl Hart

Caryl Hart is the author of many bestselling books for children, including the hugely successful How to Grow A Dinosaur and The Princess and the Peas. She is the winner of the Stockport Children's Book Award, the Sheffield Children's Book Award and the Lancashire Share a Story Award. Caryl lives on the top of a windy hill in the Peak District with her guitar-playing husband, two cheeky daughters, one extremely fluffy black cat, a goldfish, four hens and an invisible dog called Paddy.Follow Caryl at carylhart.com and @carylhart1

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.

David Barrow

David has been a shelf-stacker, a library assistant, a call-centre worker, a civil servant and a printer, so obviously it was only a matter of time before he tried his hand at writing and illustrating children's books. He joined the world-renowned Children's Book Illustration MA at Anglia Ruskin CSA. It turns out he actually found it a lot harder than all of the above, but ultimately a lot more rewarding.Whilst on the course, David created his first picture book, Have you seen Elephant? which was published in 2015. He won the Sebastian Walker award for new talent in children's book illustration at his degree show and was shortlisted for the Waterstones Children's Book Prize.David's next book Fergus Barnaby Goes On Holiday was released in June 2017 and he is now in the process of developing more picture books. He lives in Kettering with his toughest critics: partner Jo, son Teddy and cat Sofia.

David Litchfield

David Litchfield first started to draw when he was very young, creating comics for his older brother and sister. Since then his work has appeared in magazines, newspapers, books and on T-shirts. David's first picture book The Bear and the Piano won the Waterstones Children's Book Prize. He lives in Bedfordshire.

David Melling

David Melling has been shortlisted for the Kate Greenaway Medal, the Smarties Book Award and the Independent Booksellers Award. His Hugless Douglas books have sold over 1.4 million copies worldwide, and the loveable brown bear has starred in a World Book Day book as well as his own theatre show. Before becoming an internationally acclaimed author-illustrator, David worked as an animation artist for films including the much-loved Father Christmas by Raymond Briggs. One of his most popular picture books The Tale of Jack Frost was animated and shown on BBC1 on Christmas Day.

Dermot O’Leary

Toto the Ninja Cat and the Great Snake Escape is the first book Dermot O'Leary has written for children, and was inspired by his real-life cats.Dermot started his career on T4 for Channel 4, and went on to present and produce Big Brother's Little Brother. In 2007 Dermot landed the coveted role hosting ITV 1's The X Factor and presented eight consecutive series, deftly holding the judges to account on a weekly basis. Dermot made a much anticipated and triumphant return to the X Factor in 2016.Dermot has also chaired the debate, and interviewed party leaders, for First Time Voters Question Time on BBC3. He regularly presents Unicef's SoccerAid, and is also the host of the National Television Awards. In 2014 Dermot hosted the groundbreaking and RTS-Award-winning 'Live from Space' season on Channel 4, and in 2017 he was proud to host the Brit Awards.This is all alongside hosting his own multi-award-winning BBC Radio 2 show every Saturday (winner of three Sony Radio Awards), known for its solid support of new and emerging bands.

Duncan McCoshan

Working together as a crack author-illustrator team, Knife and Packer have written and illustrated more than 30 books for children.