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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.

Hodder Children's Books

Fussy Freda

Julia Jarman, Fred Blunt
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Julia Jarman, Fred Blunt
Hodder Children's Books

Class One Farmyard Fun

Julia Jarman, Lynne Chapman
Contributors:
Julia Jarman, Lynne Chapman
Hodder Children's Books

Kangaroo's Cancan Cafe

Julia Jarman, Lynne Chapman
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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
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Julia Jarman, Adrian Reynolds
Hodder Children's Books

Class Two at the Zoo

Julia Jarman, Lynne Chapman
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Julia Jarman, Lynne Chapman

Join Class Two as they wander round the zoo. They see all sorts of animal antics, but they don't notice the anaconda slipping up behind, determined to make a meal of them. But don't worry, Class Two are a resourceful bunch. Will they come up with a rescue plan?Voted Best Book of 2008 by thousands of children, it won the Stockport Schools Book Award. '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

Class Three All At Sea

Julia Jarman, Lynne Chapman
Contributors:
Julia Jarman, Lynne Chapman

On the day Class Three went to sea, they saw donkeys dancing on the quay. They saw soggy sea lions skimming stones, but they didn't see the skull and crossbones! Watch Class Three as they sail away, unaware of the pirates in their wake! Will they become helpless captives, or will they manage to outwit the fearsome crew?"A funny, quirky story, likely to appeal to many small children. The lovely, bright colours make it very attractive." - The BookbagLook out for Class Two a the Zoo, voted Best Book of 2008 by thousands of children it won the Stockport Schools Book award.Read about award winning author Julia Jarman at www.juliajarman.comFind out more about bestselling illustrator Lynne Chapman at www.lynnechapman.co.uk

Franklin Watts

King Midas

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

King Midas is rich but very greedy. He wishes for everything he touches to turn to gold! But when his wish is granted, perhaps this gift is not as wonderful as it first appears...A beautifully illustrated retelling of this favourite Greek myth. Must Know Stories includes favourite tales, celebrating the diversity of our literary heritage. Level 2 stories are told in short chapters, with under 1000 words.

Orchard Books

Big Blue Train

Julia Jarman, Adrian Reynolds
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Julia Jarman, Adrian Reynolds

Toot toot! Hold tight! Ben and Bella are off on an adventure with the Big Blue Train! They set off for the seaside, with various animal friends jumping, leaping and squashing aboard along the way. But will everyone manage to squeeze on? And just why is everyone heading for the seaside?

Orchard Books

Big Yellow Digger

Julia Jarman, Adrian Reynolds
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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
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Julia Jarman, Adrian Reynolds

This book is perfect for sharing with a baby and older brother or sister - helping to reinforce the bond between siblings.

Franklin Watts

Little Bad Riding Hood

Julia Jarman, Jane Cope
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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
Franklin Watts

Leapfrog World Tales: Little Tiger and the Fire

Julia Jarman, Roberta Angaramo
Contributors:
Julia Jarman, Roberta Angaramo
Franklin Watts

Grandma's Seaside Bloomers

Julia Jarman, Roger Fereday
Contributors:
Julia Jarman, Roger Fereday

It's the first summer bank holiday and the family are off to the seaside. The children can't wait to go bathing, but Grandma is not so keen ...Hopscotch Histories are brand new stories in historical settings, told in under 400 words, perfect for children who are building up their reading confidence.

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.

Ailie Busby

Ailie Busby studied Graphic Design at Nene College in Northampton, then Illustrationat Anglia Poly Cambridge. She has been illustrating children's books for about 9 years. Her all time favourite children's books are Rosie's Walk by Pat Hutchins, all theDr Seuss books, and of course Babar the Elephant.Ailie is married and lives in Newcastle with her two children Hamish and Ruby and her two cats Hughie and Matilda.

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.

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)