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Author Spotlight with Graham Marks

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.

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My Dad's in Prison

Jackie Walter
Authors:
Jackie Walter

Dad's gone away for a while, but I don't understand why. I miss him. Every year in the UK, over 200,000 children suffer the trauma of parental imprisonment. Children with a parent in prison feel isolated, ashamed - unable to talk about their situation because they are scared of being bullied and judged. They often feel that they are to blame and having a parent in prison marks them as an outcast. Children with parents in prison are: - twice as likely to experience conduct and mental health problems, and less likely to do well at school- three times more likely to be involved in offending- sixty-five per cent of boys with a convicted father will go on to offend This sensitively written picture book explores the experience of having a parent in prison from a child's point of view. Perfect for sharing with children, it promotes understanding and provides reassurance. It has been written with the advice and support of Storybook Dads, a charity that seeks to help children and parents maintain their relationship during imprisonment by providing CD recordings of fathers reading bedtime stories to their children.

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The Bike Ride

Jackie Walter, Jem Maybank
Contributors:
Jackie Walter, Jem Maybank

Ben is excited when his mums suggest a family day out on their bikes, but his sister Milly thinks it will boring. The day gets even worse when Milly realises she can't get a signal on her phone. But will a family day in the woods turn out to be more fun than Milly thought after all?This story features a family with two mums. For children progressing through Book Bands, it is suitable for reading at level 6: Orange. It is part of the Family Days Out series, fun, humourous stories with bold illustrations and a range of family set-ups including two mums, two dads, a young carer and a step-family.

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The Museum

Jackie Walter, Jem Maybank
Contributors:
Jackie Walter, Jem Maybank

Isla's mum has planned a surprise day at the museum but Isla wishes she could see her friend instead. But there's lots to do at the museum and the day flies by after all.This story features a young carer who helps to look after her disabled mum. For children progressing through Book Bands, it is suitable for reading at level 8: Purple. It is part of the Family Days Out series, fun, humourous stories with bold illustrations and a range of family set-ups including two mums, two dads, a young carer and a step-family.

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The Bunk Bed

Jackie Walter, Chris Borges
Contributors:
Jackie Walter, Chris Borges

In this story, Freddie and Billy are getting bunk beds. They are very excited but just cannot agree on which bunk each should have. Luckily, Mum has a plan.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 Green stories are perfect for children aged 4+ who are reading at book band 5 (Green) in classroom reading lessons.

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Poppy's Project

Jackie Walter, John & Gus Art
Contributors:
Jackie Walter, John & Gus Art
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Merlin the Mouse

Jackie Walter
Authors:
Jackie Walter

When Mia goes off to school she leaves cat in charge of her pet mouse, Merlin. But as soon as Mia goes out, Merlin escapes from his cage... 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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Tap, Tap

Jackie Walter, Trevor Dunton
Contributors:
Jackie Walter, Trevor Dunton

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 Pink 1B stories are perfect for children aged 4+ who are reading at book band 1B (Pink) in classroom reading lessons.In this story, Ben magics up a hat - and then all sorts of animals! Wherever can he keep them all?

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The Toy Shop Train

Jackie Walter, Marcus Cutler
Contributors:
Jackie Walter, Marcus Cutler

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 Pink 1B stories are perfect for children aged 4+ who are reading at book band 1B (Pink) in classroom reading lessons.In this story, the toys have a fun-filled ride on the toy shop train!

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What Shape Is It?

Jackie Walter
Authors:
Jackie Walter

What Shape Is It? looks at different shapes and encourages children to spot them in the environment. It introduces language for discussing shapes, for example faces and sides, and promotes thinking creatively about which shapes fit together well.Bright, eye-catching and clear photographs encourage children to look at Maths in their environment and makes the books accessible for a wide age range. Simple text incorporates mathematical terms and builds children's awareness of numbers and counting. Great for preschoolers.

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Mum Sees Rat

Jackie Walter, Kate Sheppard
Contributors:
Jackie Walter, Kate Sheppard
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Count Them Up!

Jackie Walter
Authors:
Jackie Walter
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What Size Is It?

Jackie Walter
Authors:
Jackie Walter
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The Ugly Duckling

Jackie Walter, Sarah Horne
Contributors:
Jackie Walter, Sarah Horne
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The Princess and the Pea

Jackie Walter, Jane Cope
Contributors:
Jackie Walter, Jane Cope

The prince must find a wife - but he just cannot find a real princess to marry. Then a dirty, wet and smelly girl arrives at the castle, claiming to be a princess. The queen decides to test her... 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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Sorting and Sets

Jackie Walter
Authors:
Jackie Walter

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The Lion and the Mouse

Jackie Walter
Authors:
Jackie Walter

When Mouse wakes up Lion, Lion is about to eat him up! But Mouse convinces Lion to let him go... will Mouse be able to come to Lion's rescue one day?A beautifully illustrated retelling of this favourite Aesop fable.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 Hare and the Tortoise

Jackie Walter
Authors:
Jackie Walter
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The Ants and the Grasshopper

Jackie Walter
Authors:
Jackie Walter
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The Enormous Turnip

Jackie Walter
Authors:
Jackie Walter

The farmer has grown the most enormous turnip in the world! Will he and his friends ever be able to pull it out of the ground?A beautifully illustrated retelling of this favourite traditional story. Join the farmer in his hilarious attempts to pick the enormous turnip!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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Chicken Licken

Jackie Walter
Authors:
Jackie Walter

"The sky is falling in!" That's what silly young Chicken Licken thinks when an acorn falls on her head. She rushes off to tell the king. But will she ever reach the palace?A beautifully illustrated retelling of this favourite traditional story.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.