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David Melling

David Melling is the international bestselling author and illustrator who first came to our attention with the critically acclaimed The Kiss That Missed, and whose The Tale of Jack Frost went from page to animated TV feature, voiced by Hugh Laurie. Here he talks to Graham Marks about how he became a children’s book illustrator, his influences, his passions and why he loves Twitter…

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Little Spook

Penny Dolan, Joshua Heinsz
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Penny Dolan, Joshua Heinsz
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Pirate Hank's Plank

Penny Dolan, Nacho Gomez
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Flip the Flamingo

Penny Dolan
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Flip is a baby flamingo who discovers it's hard to stand on your own two feet, at first! Reading Champion offers independent reading books for children to practise and reinforce their developing reading skills.Fantastic, original stories are accompanied by engaging artwork and a reading activity. Each book has been carefully graded so that it can be matched to a child's reading ability, encouraging reading for pleasure.Independent Reading Blue 4 stories are perfect for children aged 5-6 who are reading at book band 4 (Blue) in classroom reading lessons.

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The Pied Piper of Hamelin

Penny Dolan, Martin Impey
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Penny Dolan, Martin Impey

The town of Hamelin has a big problem - there are rats everywhere! When a strange piper turns up and offers to solve the rat problem, the townspeople are eager to agree to his terms. But then they break their promises, and the Pied Piper is furious... A beautifully illustrated retelling of this favourite traditional story. Must Know Stories includes favourite tales, celebrating the diversity of our literary heritage. Level 2 stories are told in chapters in under 1000 words.

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Clever Little Monkey

Penny Dolan, Nicola Anderson
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Penny Dolan, Nicola Anderson

Clever Little Monkey really wants the bananas on the other side of the river - but the river is full of hungry crocodiles! Can he trick his way across?The Tadpoles series contains fun, original stories told in under 80 words and accompanied by bright illustrations, perfect for beginner readers.

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The Egyptian Cat Mystery

Penny Dolan, Andy Elkerton
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Penny Dolan, Andy Elkerton

There is something very strange about the Egyptian cat that Jed and Ruby spot in the museum, hidden among the Ancient Egypitan artefacts. Later on they come across a real cat, who follows them home. But this is no ordinary cat, as they are about to find out ...Race Further with Reading is the perfect tool to build reading confidence with illustrated stories in manageable bite-size chapters, following on from the Race Ahead with Reading series.

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Hansel and Gretel

Penny Dolan, Graham Philpot
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Penny Dolan, Graham Philpot

Hansel and Gretel saw a pretty cottage, covered in gingerbread and sweets...A beautifully illustrated retelling of this favourite traditional story. Join Hansel and Gretel as they attempt to escape the wicked old witch.Must Know Stories includes favourite tales, celebrating the diversity of our literary heritage. Level 1 stories are told in under 500 words, for children to read independently.

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The Lovely Duckling

Penny Dolan, David Boyle
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Penny Dolan, David Boyle
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Leapfrog: That Noise!

Penny Dolan, Gerald Kelley
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Penny Dolan, Gerald Kelley

All was quiet in the classroom... but then the children start making lots of noise. Mr Edwards asks to see them all later. Are they in trouble? Or has Mr Edwards got an idea? He has lots of djembe drums in his room...The Leapfrog series is perfect for children who are reading on their own, with fun stories of no more than 180 words.

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The Winter Cave

Penny Dolan, Kirsten Richards
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Penny Dolan, Kirsten Richards
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A Wolf in the Woods

Penny Dolan, Kirsten Richards
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Penny Dolan, Kirsten Richards

Erg and Luli head into the woods to find some more pine cones for the fire, but as they collect them they are sure they can see a shadow in the trees. What could it be?This story is perfect for learning about life in the Stone Age.

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Mrs Bootle's Boots

Penny Dolan, Maddy Mcclellan
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Penny Dolan, Maddy Mcclellan

In this fun story in a familiar setting, Ollie and Emma are left at school as their mum is running late from work. They help Mrs Bootle sort out the lost boot box. It seems a shame to throw away such lovely boots, but what on earth else could they be used for?The Hopscotch series features exciting stories with under 400 words by top authors and illustrators for children who are building their reading confidence.

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Danger in the Forest

Penny Dolan, Kirsten Richards
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Penny Dolan, Kirsten Richards

The children head off into the forest to find some berries for dinner. But as they wander into a clearing a large boar rushes out from the trees. How will the children get away?This story is perfect for learning about life during the Stone Age.

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Rushing River

Penny Dolan, Kirsten Richards
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Penny Dolan, Kirsten Richards

Erg and Luli head off to fetch some water from the river but it soon leads them to grave danger...This story is perfect for learning about life in the Stone Age.

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Miss Polly's Seaside Brolly

Penny Dolan, Jan Lewis
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Penny Dolan, Jan Lewis

On a school trip to the windy seaside,  Miss Polly the teacher has a very exciting brolly ride! Will she ever make it back?Leapfrog Rhyme Time features fun, rhyming stories of no more than 180 words for children who are starting to read on their own.

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The Little Red Hen

Penny Dolan, Beccy Blake
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Penny Dolan, Beccy Blake

The Little Red Hen needs some help - she has some seeds, but who will help her plant them? All her friends are too busy! Will she let them eat the bread she makes if they do not help her?

Jason Chapman

Jason Chapman's great passion is writing and illustrating picture books - several of which have been published worldwide. He has also illustrated for museums and charities including the Natural History Museum, the NSPCC, the National Trust and the National Portrait Gallery and has worked with leading children's TV company Ragdoll Productions developing new characters. A promotional postcard posted to Battersea Dogs & Cats Home in 1990 featuring dogs and cats relaxing in a pub, sparked a working relationship between Jason and the Home that is still strong today. Jason's charming and humorous dogs and cats have appeared on murals, magazines, books, factsheets, education packs, websites, animations, advertising and much more.

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!

Jim Field

Jim Field is a lead-driven, pencil-pushing, 25-frames-per-second Led Zeppelin fan. He is also a hugely talented illustrator and animation director. His first picture book Cats Ahoy! won the Booktrust Roald Dahl Funny Prize and was nominated for the Kate Greenaway award. He has since illustrated a string of bestselling, multi-award-winning children's books, including Oi Frog! and The Lion Inside, as well as young fiction series Rabbit and Bear.

John McLay

John McLay is extremely well connected in the children's publishing world. He and his wife Gill are both currently Directors of Bath Literary Festival. John also works as an international scout, literary agent and reviewer. Follow him on twitter @DragonsDentist. Martin Brown is the illustrator of Horrible Histories (http://horrible-histories.co.uk), which, in addition to the hugely successful book series, has also been made into an award-winning BBC TV programme, exhibitions, games and stage shows. Martin has also illustrated for Philip Pullman and is currently working on his own non-fiction animal book for children. He lives with his family in Dorset.