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Author Spotlight with Graham Marks

Chris Higgins

Chris Higgins is an ex English and Drama teacher turned award-winning writer. She has written the My Funny Family series for younger readers, but is probably best known for her teen novels, which have gained her two nominations for Queen of Teen. Here she talks to Graham Marks about how she became a writer, tells us some of her writing secrets and talks about her latest novel, The Day I Met Suzie.

Hodder Children's Books

Love Matters Most

Mij Kelly, Gerry Turley
Contributors:
Mij Kelly, Gerry Turley

A stunning and uplifting picture book celebrating the special bond between a parent and child.There are many amazing things - faraway stars that glitter and gleam and snowflakes that melt to a tear - but nothing is as wonderful as a mother's love for her child.Yes, the world's full of treasure and fabulous sights,but when bear finds her cub, who was lost in the night,she cuddles him warm and cuddles him close, and knows, above all, that love matters most.A story of love, family, the power of hope, and our longing to be close to those people who matter to us, beautifully illustrated. www.mijkelly.com

Hodder Children's Books

Who Puts the Animals to Bed?

Mij Kelly, Holly Clifton Brown
Contributors:
Mij Kelly, Holly Clifton Brown

At the end of the day,At the start of the night,When the earth is half dark, When the sky is half light, Who puts the animals to bed?A strong bedtime theme, a host of adorable animals and a fantastic read-aloud story combine to create the perfect book for snuggling up with.

Hodder Children's Books

Have You Seen My Potty?

Mij Kelly, Mary Mcquillan
Authors:
Mij Kelly, Mary Mcquillan
Hodder Children's Books

Nursery Time

Mij Kelly, Mary Mcquillan
Authors:
Mij Kelly, Mary Mcquillan

When Suzy Sue goes to nursery, the farm animals miss her so much that they come up with a plan to take her home! But they soon change their minds when they see how much fun Suzy Sue is having!The perfect nursery companion for young children, this wonderfully funny rhyming story is the fourth book in the popular Suzy Sue series.

Hodder Children's Books

William and the Night-Train

Mij Kelly, Alison Jay
Contributors:
Mij Kelly, Alison Jay
Hodder Children's Books

A Bed of Your Own

Mij Kelly, Mary Mcquillan
Contributors:
Mij Kelly, Mary Mcquillan

This is the story of Suzy Sue, ready for bed just like you! But then she finds a cow, a horse, a sheep and a goat all fighting for space in her bed! Will she ever get to sleep?The perfect bedtime companion for young children, A Bed of Your Own has been read on CBeebies and is the third book in the Suzy Sue series.'A funny rhyming story perfect to send little ones to sleep.' Baby & Me Read about the author at www.mijkelly.com

Hodder Children's Books

The Bump

Mij Kelly, Nicholas Allan
Contributors:
Mij Kelly, Nicholas Allan
Hodder Children's Books

ATCHOO: The Complete Guide to Good Manners

Mij Kelly, Mary Mcquillan
Contributors:
Mij Kelly, Mary Mcquillan
Hodder Children's Books

The Happiest Man in the World

Mij Kelly, Louise Nisbet
Contributors:
Mij Kelly, Louise Nisbet
Hodder Children's Books

Giants!

Mij Kelly, Nick Maland
Contributors:
Mij Kelly, Nick Maland

Sweet Pea and Boogaloo are walking and talking through the forest one day. When Swea Pea stops and suddenly asks: 'Giants! Do they look like you and me? Except bigger?' And so begins a discussion about what giants are... until Boogaloo discovers that giants are not at all how he has imagined them!An original and timely story about the nature of stereoptyes and jumping to conclusions.

Adam Blade

Adam Blade is the name for a small collective of authors who have been writing the bestselling series Beast Quest and Sea Quest for ten years! Beast Quest has now sold over 10 million copies. The newest series from the Adam Blade team is called Team Hero. You can find out more about all these amazing adventures at the series websites: beastquest.co.uk and teamherobooks.co.uk

Cat Clarke

Cat Clarke is the bestselling, award-winning author of seven YA novels. She was born in Zambia and brought up in Edinburgh and Yorkshire, which has given her an accent that tends to confuse people. She lives in Edinburgh with her partner, two ninja cats and two decidedly non-ninja cocker spaniels.

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)

David Almond

David Almond is the author of Skellig, My Name is Mina, Counting Stars, The Savage, Island, A Song for Ella Grey, The Colour of the Sun and many other novels, stories, picture books, opera librettos, songs and plays. His work is translated into 40 languages, and is widely adapted for stage and screen. His major awards include the Carnegie Medal, two Whitbread Awards, the Eleanor Farjeon Award, the Michael L Printz Award (USA), Le Prix Sorcières (France) and the Guardian Children's Fiction Prize. In 2010 he won the Hans Christian Andersen Award, the world's most prestigious prize for children's authors. David speaks at festivals and conferences around the world. He is Professor of Creative Writing at Bath Spa University. He is widely regarded as one of the most exciting, inspirational and innovative children's authors writing today. He has one amazing daughter. He lives in Bath and in Newcastle, the city in which he was born.www.davidalmond.com

Emer Stamp

Emer Stamp is the bestselling author of the Diary of Pig series, winner in the 6-8 category of the Lollies 2018. She started out as a graphic designer before moving to a career in advertising, where, among her roles, she was Creative Director for the advertising agency behind the iconic John Lewis Christmas adverts. Daddy Fartypants is Emer's first children's picture book. She lives with her family in London.

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.

Francesca Simon

Francesca Simon spent her childhood on the beach in California and started writing stories at the age of eight. She wrote her first Horrid Henry book in 1994. Horrid Henry has gone on to conquer the globe; his adventures are published in 27 languages and have sold millions of copies worldwide. Francesca has won the Children's Book of the Year Award and been a judge for the Guardian Children's Fiction Prize and the Roald Dahl Funny Prize. In 2009, in one of the proudest moments of her career, Francesca was awarded a Gold Blue Peter badge.Francesca is also a passionate ambassador for children's literacy and is a trustee of the World Book Day charity. She lives in North London with her family.Visit Francesca's website at www.francescasimon.com and keep up-to-date with Horrid Henry at www.horridhenry.co.uk. You can also follow her on Twitter @simon_francesca

Izzi Howell

Izzi Howell is the author and editor of over fifty children's books. She lives in East Sussex and enjoys learning languages, cooking and travelling around Europe.

Jenny Jinks

Jenny Jinks comes from a family of writers - her sister, Katie Dale and her mum, Elizabeth Dale, have penned many children's books between them and now Jenny has joined them!