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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
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Big Digger ABC

Margaret Mayo, Alex Ayliffe
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Margaret Mayo, Alex Ayliffe

From the creators of the bestselling Dig Dig Digging comes the ultimate book of things that go! This bright and busy picture book is packed with all the vehicles little ones love, from diggers and fire engines to spaceships and underwater robots.Margaret Mayo's lively, rhythmic text is perfect for reading aloud, while Alex Ayliffe's bold and colourful illustrations bring each mega machine to life in glorious detail. With one vehicle for every letter from A to Z, this is an exciting introduction to the alphabet and the perfect picture book for machine-mad little ones.

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Choo Choo Clickety-Clack!

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

Bold lions love roar, roar, roaring, While cubs play - racing, chasing . . . Young children will love meeting all the wild and wonderful animals in this fun-packed picture-book safari, with galloping zebras, prowling tigers, water-squirting elephants, jumping kangaroos and more! With bright, bold artwork and bouncy rhyming text.

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Emergency!

Margaret Mayo, Alex Ayliffe
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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.

Brian Moses

Brian Moses lives in the village of Etchingham with his wife Anne, a loopy labrador called Honey and a collection of bad-tempered chickens.He first worked as a teacher but has now been a professional children's poet since 1988. To date he has over 200 books published including volumes of his own poetry such as Holding the Hands of Angels (Salt) and Behind the Staffroom Door (Macmillan), anthologies such as The Secret Lives of Teachers and Aliens Stole My Underpants (both Macmillan), picture books such as Beetle in the Bathroom and Trouble at the Dinosaur Cafe (both Puffin) and non-fiction titles such as Titanic: Lost & Saved (Wayland). Over 1 million copies of Brian's poetry books have now been sold by Macmillan and in 2005 he was nominated for both the CLPE Award and the Spoken Word Award. Brian also visits schools to run writing workshops and perform his own poetry and percussion shows. To date he has visited well over 2500 schools and libraries throughout the UK. He has made several appearances at the Edinburgh Festival, been writer in residence at Castle Cornet on Guernsey, on the Romney, Hythe and Dymchurch Light Railway and at RAF schools in Cyprus. Recently he has visited several International schools in Germany, Switzerland, Belgium, Italy, Spain, France and Ireland.He has performed his poetry at Borders on Second Avenue, New York and in September 2006 he was invited to Iceland to take part in 'Kids in the Marsh' - a festival of children's poetry and song. At the request of Prince Charles he spoke at the Prince's Summer School for Teachers in 2007 at Cambridge University. He is one of ten children's poets invited by then Poet Laureate Andrew Motion to feature on the National Poetry Archive.Favourite book: 'Turtle Diary' by Russell Hoban.Favourite Movie: One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest Favourite Music: Bob Dylan

Corrinne Averiss

Corrinne Averiss is children's author and BAFTA-winning producer of Share a Story (CiTV). She has written, directed and produced for children's television for 17 years, working for CBeebies, CiTV and Ragdoll. Corrinne's picture books include the critically acclaimed, CILIP Greenaway-nominated A Dot in the Snow and Sorrel and the Sleepover, illustrated by Susan Varley. She was born in Worcestershire, raised in Warwickshire and now lives in Marple, on the edge of the beautiful Peak District with her husband, daughter and cat.

Enid Blyton

Enid Blyton's books have sold over 500 million copies and have been translated into other languages more often than any other children's author.She wrote over 600 books and hundreds of short stories, including favourites such as The Famous Five,The Secret Seven, The Magic Faraway Tree, Malory Towers and Noddy. Born in London in 1897, Enid lived much of her life in Buckinghamshire and adored dogs, gardening and the countryside. She died in 1968 but remains one of the world's best-loved storytellers.

Garry Parsons

Garry studied Fine Art at Canterbury and the Illustration Sequential Design MA at Brighton. He has illustrated many books and has won various awards, including the Red House Children's Book Award, the Stockport Schools Book Award, the Nottingham Children's Book Award and an AOI Images award.

Jackie Walter

Jackie Walter has written and edited many books for children. She never gets tired of listening to and telling a good story. Jackie lives in Cornwall with her husband and young daughters.

Magda Brol

Magda was born in Wroclaw, Poland, where she graduated with a degree in Business and Environmental Sciences. After a few years working in the City of London, she turned her passion for drawing into a dream job, illustrating children's picture books. Magda lives in London with her husband and two young children.

Mike Gordon

Mike Gordon is an ever-popular and award-winning cartoonist. He has produced over 500 cards for Hallmark and over 300 picture books for various publishers. His talent has been rewarded with numerous awards inlcuding Berol cartoonist of the year (1988) and runner up for the Trento Fra realto e Follia (1990). He was also nominated for the Silver Quill Award (Germany, 1991) and for the Book and Magazine Illustrator of the Year by the National Cartoonists Society (1995).

Peter Bently

Peter studied languages at Oxford and has two young children. He is the author of the bestselling Lark in the Ark (shortlisted for Red House Book Award) and the hilarious The Great Bottom Swap (rated 5 stars on Mumsnet). He recently won the American Library Association Notable Book of the year with King Jack and the Dragon and in 2011 he won the Roald Dahl Funny Prize with Cats Ahoy!

Peter Utton

Peter Utton is an author and illustrator of children's picture books. Peter has written and illustrated seven books including The Witch's Hand which won the Austrian Children's Book Prize, was runner-up of The Mother Goose Award and shortlisted for the Kate Greenaway Medal. He has also illustrated over forty books by other authors - the most recent of which - Keep Out!, Help! and the forthcoming It's the Troll! written by Sally Grindley and published by Hodder - follow the same wonderfully innovative and interactive format as the award-winning Shhh!, winner of The Children's Book Prize and runner-up for the Smarties Prize.