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Giles Andreae speaks to Graham Marks

Author Spotlight

Giles Andreae is not only the bestselling author of such award-winning picture books as Giraffes Can’t Dance, Rumble in the Jungle and The Lion Who Wanted to Love, he’s also the man behind the entertaining world of Purple Ronnie, as well as The Interesting Thoughts of Edward Monkton. Here he talks to Graham Marks about all the many and varied bits of his very creative life, including toilet brush poetry.

Franklin Watts

Owls

Valerie Bodden
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Valerie Bodden

Owls are one of the world's most amazing animals! Immerse yourself in their feathery world where you can learn all about how they raise their young, hunt for their dinner and why many of them sleep during the day. Stunning photographs are accompanied by a simple yet informative text, which will inspire children to learn about these incredible and intelligent birds.Owls is part of the series Animals are Amazing - a big picture look at some fascinating animals aimed at 5-7 year olds.

Franklin Watts

Animals Are Amazing: Pandas

Valerie Bodden
Authors:
Valerie Bodden

Pandas are one of the world's most amazing mammals! Immerse yourself in their furry world where you can learn all about how they raise their young, how much bamboo they eat and why they are endangered. Stunning photographs are accompanied by a simple yet informative text, which will inspire children to learn about these incredible, gentle and intelligent bears.Pandas is part of the series Animals are Amazing - a big picture look at some fascinating animals aimed at 5-7 year olds.

Franklin Watts

Polar Bears

Valerie Bodden
Authors:
Valerie Bodden

Learn all about one of the world's most amazing animals - the polar bear!Polar bears are one of the world's most iconic animals and the biggest of all the bears. These enormous and deadly predators have a fearsome reputation. Huge, vibrant pictures combined with simple, factual text really bring these beautiful and endangered creatures to life and will introduce young children to some of the main facts and features that make polar bears so special. A short story at the end of the book about why the polar bear has such a short tail, also introduces the idea of animals in mythology and storytelling.Polar Bears is part of the series Animals Are Amazing - a big picture introduction to some brilliant animals for children aged 5-7 / KS1

Franklin Watts

River Amazon

Valerie Bodden
Authors:
Valerie Bodden

The books in the Great Planet Earth series bring to life the most dramatic and diverse natural landscapes on Earth. River Amazon tells you all about the geography, people, climate and wildlife of this rich and fascinating rainforest river basin, and highlights the conservation work that is being done to keep it as wonderful as it is.

Franklin Watts

Mount Everest

Valerie Bodden
Authors:
Valerie Bodden

The books in the Great Planet Earth series bring to life the most dramatic and diverse natural landscapes on Earth. Mount Everest tells you all about the geography, people, climate and wildlife of this rich and fascinating mountain habitat, and highlights the conservation work that is being done to keep it as wonderful as it is.

Franklin Watts

Snakes

Valerie Bodden
Authors:
Valerie Bodden
Franklin Watts

Animals Are Amazing: Sharks

Valerie Bodden
Authors:
Valerie Bodden
Franklin Watts

Penguins

Valerie Bodden
Authors:
Valerie Bodden
Franklin Watts

Lions

Valerie Bodden
Authors:
Valerie Bodden

Franklin Watts

Grand Canyon

Valerie Bodden
Authors:
Valerie Bodden

Alison Murray

Alison Murray grew up in Lanarkshire near Glasgow and studied Textile Design at Glasgow School of Art. After graduating she moved to London and did a variety of jobs, including working as a bookseller and rug designer, before completing a MA in Design for Interactive Media at Middlesex University. Having co-founded a successful Interactive Media company, Alison moved back to Scotland where she now works as a full-time illustrator. She has a string of successful picture books to her name, including Hare and Tortoise and Apple Pie ABC, both shortlisted for the Scottish Children's Book Awards. Alison lives in Glasgow with her husband and their dog.

Barrie Wade

Barrie has had a long and successful career in education, first as an English teacher, then as Professor of Education in English at the University of Birmingham, where he is now Emeritus Professor. He is also a published author of over 150 books and a tireless fundraiser and supporter of the charity Mencap and governor of the Mencap College in the UK.Barrie encourages young writers around the country in his numerous author visits and writing workshops. He has published a huge variety of poems, stories and non-fiction.

Brian Moses

Brian Moses lives in the village of Etchingham with his wife Anne, a loopy labrador called Honey and a collection of bad-tempered chickens.He first worked as a teacher but has now been a professional children's poet since 1988. To date he has over 200 books published including volumes of his own poetry such as Holding the Hands of Angels (Salt) and Behind the Staffroom Door (Macmillan), anthologies such as The Secret Lives of Teachers and Aliens Stole My Underpants (both Macmillan), picture books such as Beetle in the Bathroom and Trouble at the Dinosaur Cafe (both Puffin) and non-fiction titles such as Titanic: Lost & Saved (Wayland). Over 1 million copies of Brian's poetry books have now been sold by Macmillan and in 2005 he was nominated for both the CLPE Award and the Spoken Word Award. Brian also visits schools to run writing workshops and perform his own poetry and percussion shows. To date he has visited well over 2500 schools and libraries throughout the UK. He has made several appearances at the Edinburgh Festival, been writer in residence at Castle Cornet on Guernsey, on the Romney, Hythe and Dymchurch Light Railway and at RAF schools in Cyprus. Recently he has visited several International schools in Germany, Switzerland, Belgium, Italy, Spain, France and Ireland.He has performed his poetry at Borders on Second Avenue, New York and in September 2006 he was invited to Iceland to take part in 'Kids in the Marsh' - a festival of children's poetry and song. At the request of Prince Charles he spoke at the Prince's Summer School for Teachers in 2007 at Cambridge University. He is one of ten children's poets invited by then Poet Laureate Andrew Motion to feature on the National Poetry Archive.Favourite book: 'Turtle Diary' by Russell Hoban.Favourite Movie: One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest Favourite Music: Bob Dylan

Britta Teckentrup

Britta Teckentrup is an illustrator, fine artist and writer. She was born in Hamburg, Germany, and went on to study at St. Martin's College and the Royal College of Art in London. Britta has created over 40 books, translated in 20 languages worldwide, and her artwork has been shown at exhibitions all over the world. She lives and works in Berlin with her artist husband and their young son.

Daisy Meadows

Daisy Meadows is the author of over 200 Rainbow Magic books.

Damian Harvey

Damian Harvey lives in North Wales with his lovely wife, Vicky. He has three wonderful daughters, one brilliant boy and a cat called Polly. He has written more than 60 books for children and is busy writing more. Although Damian loves sitting at home writing stories, he also loves visiting schools and libraries where he shares stories, talks about writing and generally gets people excited about books and reading. You can find out more about Damian by visiting www.damianharvey.co.uk.

David Melling

David Melling has been shortlisted for the Kate Greenaway Medal, the Smarties Book Award and the Independent Booksellers Award. His Hugless Douglas books have sold over 1.4 million copies worldwide, and the loveable brown bear has starred in a World Book Day book as well as his own theatre show. Before becoming an internationally acclaimed author-illustrator, David worked as an animation artist for films including the much-loved Father Christmas by Raymond Briggs. One of his most popular picture books The Tale of Jack Frost was animated and shown on BBC1 on Christmas Day.

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.

G M Berrow

G M Berrow is a writer and television industry professional living in Brooklyn, New York. When she was little, she aspired to become either a princess or a magical pony. Things seem to be right on track.