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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…

Orion Children's Books

Belinda and the Bears go to School

Kaye Umansky, Chris Jevons
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Kaye Umansky, Chris Jevons

A brand new red Early Reader about Belinda and the Bears' day at school, from bestselling author, Kaye Umansky, and illustrator, Chris Jevons.Early Readers are stepping stones from picture books to reading books. A blue Early Reader is perfect for sharing and reading together. A red Early Reader is the next step on your reading journey.There are two cottages in Honeybear Lane. One has a green door, and one has a blue door. Behind the green door lives Belinda. Behind the blue door live . . . The Three Bears! It's time for Baby Bear to go to school. Can Belinda help him learn all about making new friends, sharing and having fun?

Orion Children's Books

Belinda and the Bears and the New Chair

Kaye Umansky, Chris Jevons
Contributors:
Kaye Umansky, Chris Jevons

Early Readers are stepping stones from picture books to reading books. A blue Early Reader is perfect for sharing and reading together. A red Early Reader is the next step on your reading journey.There are two cottages in Honeybear Lane. One has a green door, and one has a blue door. Behind the green door lives Belinda. Behind the blue door live . . . The Three Bears! Goldilocks has broken Baby's chair, and Daddy Bear doesn't know how to fix it. Can Belinda help make it Just Right again?Kaye Umansky's new series for Early Readers is just as warm and delightful as her Algy's Amazing Adventures books. Every page is illustrated in full colour by Chris Jevons.

Orion Children's Books

Belinda and the Bears and the Porridge Project

Kaye Umansky, Chris Jevons
Contributors:
Kaye Umansky, Chris Jevons

Belinda lives in Honeybear Lane with her mum and dad. The house next door is empty ... until, one day, The Three Bears move in. Their house in the woods has been knocked down to make way for a motorway, and now they need Belinda's help to cope with the outside world. After all, bears can't live on porridge alone. Kaye Umansky's new series for Early Readers is just as warm and delightful as her Algy's Amazing Adventures books. Every page is illustrated in full colour by Chris Jevons.

Orion Children's Books

Algy's Amazing Adventures in Space

Kaye Umansky, Richard Watson
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Kaye Umansky, Richard Watson

Early Readers are stepping stones from picture books to reading books. A blue Early Reader is perfect for sharing and reading together. A red Early Reader is the next step on your reading journey.What's waiting for Algy at the bottom of his garden this time? With his best friend Cherry and her little brother Brad, Algy opens the loose board at the back of his garden shed - to find himself in space! Cherry and Brad are really excited, but Algy's not so sure. Space seems very dangerous. Will he enjoy his latest adventure or not?

Orion Children's Books

Algy's Amazing Adventures at Sea

Kaye Umansky, Richard Watson
Contributors:
Kaye Umansky, Richard Watson

Early Readers are stepping stones from picture books to reading books. A blue Early Reader is perfect for sharing and reading together. A red Early Reader is the next step on your reading journey.There are lots of things Algy doesn't like. He doesn't like bright colours. He doesn't like birds. But at the top of the list of things he doesn't like is the sea.So when Algy, his best friend Cherry and her little brother Brad discover that the shed at the bottom of the garden is taking them on an ocean adventure, he isn't very pleased. But will the sea turn out to be more fun than Algy always thought it was?

Orion Children's Books

Algy's Amazing Adventures in the Arctic

Kaye Umansky, Richard Watson
Contributors:
Kaye Umansky, Richard Watson

Early Readers are stepping stones from picture books to reading books. A blue Early Reader is perfect for sharing and reading together. A red Early Reader is the next step on your reading journey.Algy can't wait to see what world is waiting for him at the bottom of the garden this time. But when his best friend Cherry shows up with her little brother Brad in tow, he is not impressed. Everyone knows small children just cry and break other people's toys. What use is Brad going to be on an adventure?But in a snowy Arctic world, where monsters lurk and giant footprints lead into the mountains, Algy discovers there might be more to Brad than meets the eye.

Orion Children's Books

Algy's Amazing Adventures in the Jungle

Kaye Umansky, Richard Watson
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Kaye Umansky, Richard Watson
Hodder Children's Books

Dodo Doo Doo

Kaye Umansky, Korky Paul
Contributors:
Kaye Umansky, Korky Paul

'Dodos are extinct, you see.I know that same as you do.''If Dodos are extinct,' said Fred,'Then what's that Dodo doo-doo?'A wonderfully funny tale about the real reason why dodos are extinct, from the award-winning author of Pongwhiffy and the award-winning illustrator of Winnie the Witch!

Rebecca Westcott

Rebecca Westcott was born in Chester. As a trained teacher, she has worked in some unusual places, including a Category C male prison. Her first novel Dandelion Clocks was published in 2014, longlisted for the Branford Boase award and widely acclaimed, including by Jacqueline Wilson and Cathy Cassidy. Aside from writing, Rebecca teaches music in a primary school in Dorset, where she lives with her husband and three children.

Richard Brassey

Richard Brassey is the author and illustrator of a host of colourful and original non-fiction books for children, among them the bestselling Nessie the Loch Ness Monster and The Story of Scotland, which won the TES/Saltire Society Award. He lives in Essex. Visit his website at http://www.richardbrassey.com.

Richard Spilsbury

Richard Spilsbury has worked in educational publishing for more than 20 years and has written on a variety of subjects, from climate change and food and farming to art history and design.

Robert Muchamore

ROBERT MUCHAMORE was born in Islington in 1972. As a teenager he dreamt of either becoming an architect, a photographer or a writer. On discovering that architects have to train for seven years and after quitting his Saturday job in a camera shop, he saved up enough money to buy a word processor and set his heart on writing. The only problem was, he didn't know what to write. So, he found a regular job and spent thirteen years as a private investigator. He was inspired to start writing again by his nephew's complaints about the lack of anything decent to read. Robert's CHERUB and Henderson's Boys series are bestsellers around the world. Robert grew up listening to mix tapes sent to him by his older brother, developing tastes for indie bands like Joy Division, The Pogues and The Smiths. The idea for Rock War came from seeing that many of Robert's fans turned up at book signings wearing the logos of long dead rock bands, and a realisation that his online fan forum had more kids talking about the X-Factor than about his books. For more information, go to www.muchamore.com.

Roger Hargreaves

Roger Hargreaves was an advertising copywriter when his son asked him what a tickle looked like. Thus the Mr Men series was born, followed by the Little Miss series. Now there are over 85 characters and a staggering 100 million copies have been sold in no fewer than 30 countries.

Ronda Armitage

Ronda Armitage was born in New Zealand, and later moved to London with her husband and children. Her first book, The Lighthouse Keeper's Lunch, soon became a popular series of books. Ronda has gone on to write many much-loved stories for children, including A Very Strange Creature and the fabulous Small Knight and George series about a little knight and his pet dragon. Ronda lives in East Sussex with her husband, David.

Rose Impey

Rose Impey, a former teacher, is highly regarded as a writer for children of all ages. She has written several novels and many bestselling series for Orchard, including Titchy Witch and Animal Crackers. Rose is also the creator of the bestselling Sleepover Club books, which became a major children's television series.

Rosie Banks

Rosie Banks is the author of brilliant series Secret Princesses and Secret Kingdom. You can find out all about Secret Princesses and much more at the series website: http://www.secretprincessesbooks.co.uk

Ruth Miskin

Ruth Miskin is a leading authority on phonics and the teaching of reading. She has over 20 years' teaching experience and until recently was head teacher of Kobi Nazrul School, Tower Hamlets, London. She was an adviser to the National Literacy Strategy and is now national training director of Success for All, a literacy programme which trains British teachers.

Sally Gardner

Sally Gardner is an award-winning novelist from London. Her books have been translated into 22 languages and have sold more than one million copies in the UK. Her historical novel for older readers, I, Coriander, won the Smarties Children's Book Prize in 2005. Two thrillers both set at the time of the French Revolution, The Red Necklace and The Silver Blade, which was shortlisted for the Guardian Children's Fiction Prize in 2009, followed. Actor Dominic West (The Wire) has bought the film rights to both titles. Her YA novel, The Double Shadow, was published in 2011 to critical acclaim. Sally Gardner's stories for middle readers include Lucy Willow and the popular Magical Children series of six titles: The Strongest Girl in the World, The Invisible Boy, The Boy with Magic Numbers, The Smallest Girl in the World, The Boy with the Lightning Feet, and The Boy who could Fly, which are also available as audio books. She has also written and illustrated picture books including The Fairy Catalogue, The Glass Heart, The Book of Princesses and Playtime Rhymes. Sally Gardner continues to be an avid spokesperson for dyslexia, working to change the way it is perceived by society. She is dyslexic and argues that it is not a disability, but a gift.Her website is www.sallygardner.net and you can follow her on Twitter @TheSallyGardner

Sam Hearn

Sam Hearn started illustrating children's books around 2003, when he drew pictures for Violet and the Mean and Rotten Pirates, written by Richard Hamilton. More recent titles include Hero and the Sinking Ships by Richard Hamilton, the Charlie series by Hilary Mckay, and Meerkat Madness by Ian Whybrow. Sam lives in West London and works with a bunch of creative types in a rickety old studio near the river Thames.

Sam Lloyd

Sam Lloyd is the creator of the brilliantly funny Mr Pusskins - the loveably grumpy ginger cat. Mr Pusskins won the Booktrust Early Years Award, was a New York Times bestseller and was shortlisted for the V&A Illustration Award. And Mr Pusskins Best in Show is a Roald Dahl Funny Prize winner. Her other books include the Richard and Judy prize-winning Calm Down, Boris. Sam lives in Brighton with her son Ozzy and her very own ginormous ginger cat.