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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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Whales

Kate Riggs
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Kate Riggs

Whales are one of the world's most amazing animals! Immerse yourself in their watery world where you can learn all about how they raise their young, hunt for their dinner and about the different types of whales that live in seas and oceans all around the world. Stunning photographs are accompanied by a simple yet informative text, which will inspire children to learn about these incredible and intelligent marine mammals.Whales is part of the series Animals are Amazing - a big picture look at some fascinating animals aimed at 5-7 year olds.

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Wolves

Kate Riggs
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Kate Riggs
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Elephants

Kate Riggs
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Kate Riggs
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Gorillas

Kate Riggs
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Kate Riggs
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Dolphins

Kate Riggs
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Kate Riggs
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Racing Cars

Kate Riggs
Authors:
Kate Riggs

Now That's Fast: Racing Cars tells us all about these fast machines, looking at the different types of cars and how they are built, powered and raced around the world.An exciting, eye-catching series about speedy machines with clear, manageable text and big, attractive images.

Franklin Watts

Stock Cars

Kate Riggs
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Kate Riggs
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Bullet Trains

Kate Riggs
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Kate Riggs

Now That's Fast: Bullet Trains tells us all about these fast machines, looking at the different types of bullet trains and how they are built, powered and used around the world.An exciting, eye-catching series about speedy machines with clear, manageable text and big, attractive images.

Franklin Watts

Speed Boats

Kate Riggs
Authors:
Kate Riggs

Now That's Fast: Speedboats tells us all about these fast machines, looking at the different types of speedboats and how they are built, powered and raced around the world.An exciting, eye-catching series about speedy machines with clear, manageable text and big, attractive images.

Franklin Watts

Motorbikes

Kate Riggs
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Kate Riggs
Franklin Watts

Aircraft

Kate Riggs
Authors:
Kate Riggs

Now That's Fast: Aircraft tells us all about these fast machines, looking at the different types of planes and how they are built, powered and used around the world.An exciting, eye-catching series about speedy machines with clear, manageable text and big, attractive images.

Emma Dodd

Emma was brought up in Guildford, Surrey, in a family of artists. As a child she loved the work of Peter Firmin, John Burningham and Gerald Rose and from as far back as she can remember she wanted to be an illustrator. Emma studied Graphic Design and Illustration at Central Saint Martin's School of Art and has worked in advertising, editorial and book illustration. The I Love You range has sold over 750,000 copies and I Love My Mummy won the Bookstart Early Years Award. Emma lives in Surrey with her husband and two children and their terrier cross, Buzz, who keeps her fit and provides inspiration. The family like to spend any spare time in North Cornwall, surfing and walking in all weathers.

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 worked for 12 years as a freelance arts journalist, writing for the Sunday times, and The Guardian amongst others. Francesca wrote her first children's book in 1989 and has gone from strength to strength ever since. She lives in London with her husband and son.Francesca Simon spent her childhood on the beach in California, and then went to Yale and Oxford Universities to study medieval history and literature. She now lives in London with her family. She has written over 50 books and won THE CHILDREN'S BOOK OF THE YEAR at the Galaxy British Book Awards for HORRID HENRY AND THE ABOMINABLE SNOWMAN. 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

Georgia Amson-Bradshaw

Georgia Amson-Bradshaw is a children's writer and editor who lives in Brighton, East Sussex. She has worked on a number of high-profile and award-winning science books for kids, including the Royal Society Young People's Book Prize winner Eye Benders, and the London Science Museum activity book This Book Thinks You're a Scientist. She remembers the eye-opening and inspiring effect her favourite books had on her as a child, and so takes her responsibility to pass that interest and excitement on very seriously!

Giles Andreae

Giles Andreae is the author of many top selling award-winning picture books. For Orchard, these include Rumble in the Jungle, Commotion in the Ocean, and I Love My Mummy. However, it is for the international bestseller Giraffes Can't Dance that he is best known. Giles is also the creator of Purple Ronnie, Britain's favourite stickman, and of the artist/philosopher, Edward Monkton. These two ranges of greetings cards, books and merchandise have made Giles the country's top selling living poet and an icon of contemporary popular culture. Giles lives with his wife, Victoria, a children's clothes designer, and their four young children by the river in Oxfordshire.

Hilary Mckay

Hilary McKay won the Guardian Children's Fiction Prize with her first novel, The Exiles. Her subsequent work has achieved recognition: The Exiles at Home won the Smarties Prize, whilst Saffy's Angel, the first in the Casson Family series, won the Whitbread Award, for which the third book, Permanent Rose, was also shortlisted.

Ian Whybrow

Ian Whybrow has lived in Kent, various places in London and as far afield as Hong Kong and New York. The most important thing to him in his writing is that it reads aloud brilliantly and that there is something in it for everyone.

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.

James Mayhew

James Mayhew studied at Maidstone College of Art and his first children's book, Katie's Picture Show was published in 1989. It's been firmly in print ever since, recognised universally as the original and best introduction to art for children. Many more titles have followed, and the series sells in museums and galleries all over the world, from the Met in New York, to the Uffizi in Florence, the Louvre in Paris and beyond. He is also the creator of the much-loved Ella Bella Ballerina series, and many other titles. Alongside his work in publishing, James has devised and performed in a hugely successful series of concerts for children, combining live classical music, storytelling and live art. From Peter and the Wolf, to Scheherazade, James has worked internationally with many different orchestras and musicians, creating illustrations in time to music. James grew up in Suffolk but now lives in Hertfordshire.