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Author Spotlight with Graham Marks

Charlie Fletcher

Charlie Fletcher has written numerous screenplays, and is the author of the critically acclaimed Stoneheart trilogy. Here he talks to Graham Marks about the story so far, the differences between writing for screen and page, America, literary mash-ups, and of course his latest novel, Far Rockaway.

Orchard Books

The Puppy Who Needed a Princess

Bella Swift
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Bella Swift

A royally funny dog story from the best-selling author of THE PUG WHO WANTED TO BE UNICORN.When Holly, a stray puppy, wriggles through the palace gates, she makes a new best friend - Princess Pippa! Pippa's parents - the soon-to-be-crowned king and queen - promised her a new pet when they moved to the palace. But scruffy, street-smart Holly isn't exactly what they had in mind . . . With coronation celebrations in full swing, can Holly prove to the royal family that you don't need to be a pedigree pooch to be a princess's pet? And can she keep Princess Pippa's tiara safe from a palace intruder . . . ?

Orchard Books

The Llama Bridesmaid

Bella Swift
Authors:
Bella Swift

Need a bridesmaid? No prob-llama! Lulu the llama loves to help people! When she finds out that Apple Tree Farm is in trouble, she wants to help Farmer James save their home. A wedding at the farm could be the answer to their problems, so Lulu can't wait to get stuck in. From the cake to the flowers, Lulu wants everything to be perfect - but sometimes she gets a bit carried away . . . Can Lulu's new friend, a little girl named Avani, help the llama bridesmaid save the bride's big day? The future of Apple Tree Farm is depending on it!This funny, heart-warming story is full of wedding joy and llama drama!

Orchard Books

The Pug Who Wanted to Be a Unicorn

Bella Swift
Authors:
Bella Swift

Always be yourself. Unless you can be a unicorn . . . When she's abandoned just before Christmas, Peggy the pug puppy is taken in by a foster family with a unicorn-mad little girl named Chloe. Her older brother, Finn, doesn't little dogs. And Chloe wants a unicorn for Christmas, not a puppy. Believing that anything is possible, Peggy decides that she will somehow turn into a unicorn to make her new friends happy. All she needs is a long silky mane, a glowing horn, and the ability to do magic! Easy-peasy, right? But all of Peggy's attempts to turn into a unicorn go hilariously wrong. From knocking over the Christmas tree to getting lost in the snow and accidentally stealing the show at the nativity play, Peggy remains a pug. How will she ever find a forever home if she can't change who she is?

Églantine Ceulemans

Églantine Ceulemans was born in Belgium where she spent her childhood devouring comics before moving to France to study illustration. As well as drawing, she loves riding her blue bicycle, cooking (which she is not very good at) and cleaning windows (which she is very good at). Églantine lives in Lyon, France.

Jo Weaver

Jo Weaver had a career as a support worker in the non-profit sector before retraining as an illustrator. She completed an MA degree in Children's Book Illustration at the Cambridge School of Art in 2014, where she discovered a love of working in charcoal. Shortly afterwards she was shortlisted for the Association of Illustrator's newcomer's Awards. Jo lives with her young family in north London, and when she's not drawing she can be found escaping the city to walk and explore in the wild outdoors.

Jon Klassen

Jon Klassen is the award-winning, bestselling author and illustrator of several picture books, including I Want My Hat Back. Visit www.burstofbeaden.com

Jon Richards

Jon Richards is an award-winning author of non-fiction books for children. He specialises in visual literacy, infographics and data visualisation.

Katherine Woodfine

Katherine Woodfine is the author of the bestselling Sinclair's Mysteries and Taylor & Rose Secret Agents series. Her debut novel The Clockwork Sparrow was shortlisted for the Waterstones Children's Book Prize, longlisted for the Branford Boase Award, and nominated for the CILIP Carnegie Medal. She has worked for BookTrust on projects including the Children's Laureate and was also part of the founding team being YALC, the UK's first Young Adult Literature Convention. She now combines writing with reviewing children's books, organising book events and presenting Down the Rabbit Hole, a monthly radio show and podcast about children's literature.

Katie Woolley

Katie Woolley is a creative and versatile editor and writer who has worked on children's books for all age levels, from board books, novelty books and picture books to non-fiction, licensed publishing and educational books and apps. With more than 10 years' publishing experience working for companies such as Ladybird Books and Hachette Children's Books, she has written, commissioned, edited and project-managed a wide variety of titles for some of the biggest children's publishers.

Katy Birchall

Katy Birchall is the author of the IT Girl and Secrets of a Teenage Heiress series. Katy also works as a freelance journalist and has written a non-fiction book How to be a Princess: Real-Life Fairy Tales for Modern Heroines. When she isn't busy writing, she is usually running across a park chasing her rescue dog, Bono, as he chases his arch nemesis: squirrels.

Kes Gray

Kes Gray is a bestselling, multi award-winning author of more than 70 books for children. He eats Ideaflakes for breakfast, spreads silliness on his toast and lives in a place called Different. Kes was the second bestselling picture book author in 2018.Oi Frog!, Oi Dog!, Oi Cat! and Oi Duck-billed Platypus! are a top ten bestselling series. Oi Dog! won the Laugh Out Loud Picture Book Award and was shortlisted for the Sainsbury's Children's Book Award and the British Book Award, amongst others. It also won the Teach Primary New Children's Fiction Award, MadeForMums Award, Bishop's Stortford Picture Book Award and Portsmouth Picture Book Award. Oi Cat! was the Independent Booksellers Children's Book of the Season and Oi Goat! was the number one bestselling World Book Day book in 2018. Oi Frog! received a Silver Award at the Nielsen Bookscan Awards 2019, and Oi Duck-billed Platypus! is shortlisted for the Children's Book of the Year at the British Book Awards 2019.

Kevin Wood

Kevin has written technical computer manuals and user-guides for grown-ups, and is expert at breaking down the complicated to the manageable. He is part of a husband and wife publishing team producing children's books on many different subjects. His hobbies include programming, writing computer games and renovating houses. Kevin is currently renovating a barn in Cornwall in his spare time, to house his family and four chickens!

Kristina Stephenson

Kristina Stephenson studied costume and set design, and had a successful career in theatre and children's television, before turning her hand to writing and illustrating picture books when she had her children. She was inspired to create the much-loved Sir Charlie Stinkysocks by her own son Charlie (who doesn't have stinky socks!).

Laura Baker

Laura grew up in Canada with a passion for stories. She followed this passion to attain an Honours BA in English and then moved abroad to Wales for an MA in Creative Writing and an adventure - and she never left! She now lives in a lovely coastal town in South Wales with her husband, son and big basset hound and has been writing and editing award-winning books for adults and children for the last ten years. She loves finding special stories to tell in the everyday, relatable world of a child (or dog).

Lauren Child

Lauren Child MBE is a multi-award-winning author and current Children's Laureate, whose books are known and loved the world over. She is the creator of many much-loved characters, including Charlie and Lola, Clarice Bean and Ruby Redfort. Since her first book was published in 1999, Lauren has sold over six million books in 19 languages worldwide. Her many awards include the prestigious Kate Greenaway Medal for I Will Not Ever Never Eat a Tomato, the Nestle Gold Book Award for That Pesky Rat and the Nestle Bronze Book Award for Beware of the Storybook Wolves. Lauren loves designing and making things and finds it exciting to see her drawings turned into objects. Other favourite things include the cinema, TV matinees, small Italian cars, handbags, cardigans, travelling and being picked up from the airport.

Lemony Snicket

Lemony Snicket is the award-winning, bestselling author of many alarming books including those in A Series of Unfortunate Events and All the Wrong Questions. Visit www.LemonySnicket.com

Lou Carter

Lou Carter worked as a primary school teacher before turning her hand to writing picture books. She is the author of Pirate Stew and the bestselling There Is No Dragon in This Story. She lives with her family in Cambridge. Find Lou on Twitter @LouCarter240.

Louise Forshaw

Louise was born in 1987 - most likely with a pencil in her hand! Her passion for drawing started at around 4 years old. Nothing was safe from her coloured pencils! She spent most of her childhood watching cartoons and drawing comics to give to her favourite teachers. She went on to graduate from Newcastle College in 2008 with a BA Hons in Illustration and Animation. Louise works from home in a small studio (and sometimes from the sofa) being supervised by three noisy and very naughty Jack Russell Terriers.

Louise Spilsbury

Louise Spilsbury is a prolific children's book author. She has written titles on almost every subject, from science and geography through to world affairs, social issues, art, history, and literacy. Louise is married to the author Richard Spilsbury and has two children. She lives and works in Devon.

Marc Martin

Marc Martin is an award-winning illustrator, artist and book maker based in Melbourne, Australia. Working with watercolour, gouache and pencil, his work is a world of vivid colour, rich textures and the occasional scribble. He is the author/illustrator of A Forest, LOTS and A River, which was selected as one of The New York Times Best Illustrated Children's Books of 2017.