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Emmy Laybourne

Emmy Laybourne is, in her own words, ‘a writer, teacher and a recovering character actress’ who lives in upstate New York with her husband ‘and two surprisingly well-mannered children’. Here she talks to Graham Marks, on Skype, about how she became a writer, the highs and lows of starting out on a writing career, and her novel, Monument 14.

Hodder Children's Books

How to Get Your Teacher Ready for School

Jean Reagan, Lee Wildish
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Jean Reagan, Lee Wildish
Hodder Children's Books

How to Raise a Mum

Jean Reagan, Lee Wildish
Contributors:
Jean Reagan, Lee Wildish

From the author-illustrator team behind the bestselling How to Babysit a Grandad comes a funny and heartwarming celebration of mothers, perfect for Mother's Day. Raising a happy, healthy mum is fun... and important! It's up to you to take good care of her from morning to night, from waking her up nice and early to reading her a story before bed. And always remember mums require lots of cuddles! Praise for How to Babysit a Grandad: 'Youngsters will thoroughly enjoy the tongue-in-cheek role reversal.' - School Library Journal Illustrated by the winner of the Red House Children's Book Award and a New York Times bestselling artist.

Hodder Children's Books

How to Catch Santa

Jean Reagan, Lee Wildish
Contributors:
Jean Reagan, Lee Wildish
Hodder Children's Books

How to Surprise a Dad

Jean Reagan, Lee Wildish
Contributors:
Jean Reagan, Lee Wildish
Hodder Children's Books

How to Babysit a Grandma

Jean Reagan, Lee Wildish
Contributors:
Jean Reagan, Lee Wildish

Grab your pillow and get ready to spend some special time with your grandma! When you babysit a grandma, if you're lucky it's a sleepover at her house. With the useful tips found in this book, you're guaranteed to become an expert grandma-sitter in no time. Be sure to check the sections on: how to keep your grandma busy, things to do at the park and what to do when you're both snugly tucked in at bedtime.From the author-illustrator team behind the bestselling How to Babysit a Grandad comes a funny and heartwarming celebration of grandmas and grandchildren. The perfect Mother's day gift.'Youngsters will recognize some of the sayings they've heard from their own grandparents and will thoroughly enjoy the tongue-in-cheek role reversal.' - School Library Journal Illustrated by the winner of the Red House Children's Book Award 2013.

Hodder Children's Books

How to Babysit a Grandad

Jean Reagan, Lee Wildish
Contributors:
Jean Reagan, Lee Wildish

A New York Times bestselling title, illustrated by the winner of the Red House Children's Book Award 2013. When your grandad rings the doorbell, it's babysitting time! This is a hilarious and accessible picture book about a child spending time with his grandad. The perfect Father's day gift!Written in a how-to style, the narrator gives important tips for 'babysitting' a grandad, including what to eat for snack (anything dipped in ketchup, ice cream topped with cookies, cookies topped with ice cream), what to do on a walk (find lizards and dandelion puffs, be on the lookout for puddles and sprinklers), and how to play with a grandad (build a pirate cave, put on a scary play)."A cunning study in role reversal, with Lee Wildish's over-the-top illustrations well in keeping with a jaunty text." - Independent on Sunday

Lucy Courtenay

Lucy Courtenay has officially been writing children's fiction since 1999, and unofficially for a lot longer than that. Her desk drawers are full of half-finished stories waiting for the right moment to emerge and dance around her study in a shower of exuberant paperclips. Her latest books indulge her love of teenage romance: The Kiss is published by Hodder, with Movie Night and Girl at Sea coming in 2018.

Lucy Daniels

Lucy Daniels is the creator of the bestselling Animal Ark series, which has sold more than 2 1/2 million copies in the UK alone. Animal Ark is being relaunched for a new generation of animal lovers, with exciting brand-new adventures!

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.

Mark Illis

Mark Illis has written extensively for TV - including EastEnders, The Bill and Emmerdale. He also wrote the award-winning screenplay for Before Dawn. He has had three adult novels published by Bloomsbury, and more recently two by Salt. The Impossible won a Northern Writers Award in 2015. He lives in West Yorkshire with his wife and two children.

Mark Nicholas

Mark Nicholas was born and brought up near York. He was artistic from an early age and studied modelmaking at the University of Bournemouth. He began working as a modelmaker after graduating, but always had a love of children's picture books, inspired by Mick Inkpen's Kipper and a short stint as a playground designer. After a successful career which included working on the CBBC stop-motion animation 'Rubbadubbers', in 2012 he decided to seek a career in illustration and gained a place on the MA Children's Book Illustration Course at Cambridge School of Art. Whilst studying on the course, Mark won the Hachette Children's Group's Carmelite Prize for Illustration to illustrate Tantrum O'Furrily, by Cressida Cowell, as well as the Macmillan Lara Jones Award. When not illustrating children's books, you'll find Mark wandering the fields of Wales with his wife and daughter, picking up inspirational textures for his illustrations.

Marta Kissi

Marta Kissi is a London based illustrator originally from Warsaw. She studied BA Illustration & Animation at Kingston University and MA Communication Art & Design at the Royal College of Art. Her favourite part of being an illustrator is bringing stories to life by designing charming characters and the wonderful worlds they live in. She shares a studio in London with her boyfriend and their pet plant Trevor.

Martin Remphry

Martin lives in Cornwall with his wife and son. He is best known for his lively illustrations, and has just recently started writing. He is passionate about home-grown British legends, in particular those from his home island of Sark.

Matt Robertson

Matt Robertson grew up in Suffolk, and spent most of his childhood drawing and creating characters. He completed his MA in Children's Book Illustration at Cambridge School of Art in 2014, receiving a Distinction for his work. Matt is the winner of a Lara Jones Award and a Macmillan Children's Book Prize, and he was a finalist in the Waterstone's 'Picture This' competition. His first book, Super Stan, has been shortlisted for the Waterstones Picture Book Prize and is the winner of the 2017 Dundee Picture Book Award. Matt lives with his wife in Norwich.

Mike Brownlow

Mike Brownlow is the creator of many books for children. He wrote and illustrated the picture book Little Robots, which was turned into a major animated TV show for CBeebies and aired in over 70 countries worldwide. His other books include Mickey Moonbeam, Dog Did It! and The Big White Book. Mike lives in Somerset and has three grown-up daughters.

Miranda Hart

Miranda Hart is an award-winning writer, actress and comedian. Her books written for adults have all been bestselling hits. Miranda's hugely successful sitcom, MIRANDA, ran on the BBC for 7 years, regularly pulling in over 9 million viewers and winning several awards. Miranda herself has won and been nominated for many awards, including a BAFTA nomination for her performance in BBC1's CALL THE MIDWIFE. In 2017 Miranda made her West End theatre debut as Miss Hannigan in ANNIE. And these are the things that make Miranda smile: blue skies, birdsong, beaches, picnics, dancing (even in the rain), board games (not in the rain), other people smiling.

Mo Farah

Sir Mo Farah was born in Mogadishu, Somalia in 1983. As a young child he spent time in Djibouti before moving to England at the age of eight. Mo initially struggled with the language barrier, but his PE teacher at Feltham Community College, Alan Watkinson, quickly spotted his potential as a runner and encouraged him to join Borough of Hounslow Athletics Club. After attending St Mary's Endurance Performance and Coaching Centre in Twickenham, Mo became a professional athlete. At the 2012 London Olympic Games he won gold in the 10,000m - Britain's first gold in this event. He followed this up with a stunning victory in the 5000m to become, in the words of Dave Moorcroft, 'the greatest male distance runner that Britain has ever seen.' Mo was appointed CBE in the Honours List in 2013 and in December 2016 he was awarded a knighthood in the Queen's New Year's Honours list. He lives in Portland, Oregon with his wife Tania, and their three daughters Rhianna, Aisha and Amani.

Mojca Dolinar

Mojca Dolinar is a Slovenia-based illustrator and designer. She discovered her passion for illustration at an early age. After studying graphic design at the University of Ljubljana she worked as a designer, and now for more than 15 years she has been working in her own studio as an illustrator and designer. Her sketchbook is always close and she uses it as much as she can. She also tries to be creative with different techniques, mixing traditional and digital tools, hand-drawn and digital illustration. Mojca's inspirations are nature and animals - no wonder she likes to illustrate books for children so much!

Nadiya Hussain

Never again will she say she can't. Nadiya can and she will. Nadiya Hussain's delicious bakes and desserts, captivating smile and sparkling personality made her a hugely popular winner of 2015's Great British Bake Off. Her first children's book, Nadiya's Bake Me a Story, hit the bestseller charts in 2016, and was shortlisted for a British Book Award. The follow-up, Bake Me a Festive Story, is out now. She has also published cookbooks for adults and novels, and has three television series to her name, The Chronicles of Nadiya, Nadiya's British Food Adventure and The Big Family Cooking Showdown.Nadiya's family is originally from Bangladesh, where desserts aren't a feature of mealtimes. But, encouraged by a school home economics teacher, Nadiya honed her skills as a baker over ten years and produces fabulous bakes and desserts every day. She also loves to write, having won a National Poetry competition as a child.Nadiya lives with her husband, Abdal and is mum to three gorgeous children.

Neal Layton

Neal is an award-winning illustrator and author of children's books. He has worked on more than 80 titles to date, working with authors such Cressida Cowell and Michael Rosen, and won several prizes including a Gold Award in the Nestle Children's Book Prize for 'That Rabbit belongs to Emily Brown'. His books have also been shortlisted for the Red House Book Awards, the Blue Peter Book Awards, the Booktrust Early Years Award, Funfzig Jahre Deutcher Jugendliteraturpreis and New York Public Library's annual list of best Children's Books.He also writes his own books, 'The Invincible Tony Spears' and the bestselling 'Mammoth Academy' Series. His books are currently in print in more than 16 languages worldwide. He lives in Portsmouth with his wife and two daughters.