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Author Spotlight with Graham Marks

Chris Higgins

Chris Higgins is an ex English and Drama teacher turned award-winning writer. She has written the My Funny Family series for younger readers, but is probably best known for her teen novels, which have gained her two nominations for Queen of Teen. Here she talks to Graham Marks about how she became a writer, tells us some of her writing secrets and talks about her latest novel, The Day I Met Suzie.

Franklin Watts

My Friends

Liz Lennon
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Liz Lennon

This book explores different sorts of friends and why they are important. It's a fantastic book to explore a 'Friends or Sharing' theme in an early years setting and includes topics such as playing together, being kind, sharing and having fun.Our Special World is a series of books offering a simple text and photographs that help young children learn about the world around them. The books seek to show the diverse nature of the world with lots of photographs of children with a disability and from different ethnic backgrounds. Each book includes questions to promote speaking and listening skills. They are perfect for early years learning.

Franklin Watts

The Seasons

Liz Lennon
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Liz Lennon
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My Family

Liz Lennon
Authors:
Liz Lennon

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My Body

Liz Lennon
Authors:
Liz Lennon

This book is fantastic first science and citizenship book for early years learning. It explores topics such as body parts, hurting ourselves and keeping well.Part of the series Our Special World which offers simple text and photographs that help young children learn about the world around them. The books seek to show the diverse nature of the world with lots of photographs of children with a disability and from different ethnic backgrounds. Each book includes questions to promote speaking and listening skills. They are perfect for early years learning for children aged 4+.

Franklin Watts

What I Like - Holidays

Liz Lennon
Authors:
Liz Lennon

Using simple words and colourful photographs, this book helps young children find out about holidays. A perfect way to explore and discuss a child's world, the text is ideal for sharing or reading out loud. Notes for parents or caregivers are also included.It is part of the Little Stars series, which introduce first concepts in a friendly and engaging way.

Franklin Watts

My Senses

Liz Lennon
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Liz Lennon
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Little Stars: What I Like - My Food

Liz Lennon
Authors:
Liz Lennon
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My Behaviour - I Don't Hit

Liz Lennon
Authors:
Liz Lennon

Using simple words and colourful photographs, this book helps young children find out why hitting, and other hurtful behaviour, is unacceptable. A perfect introduction to learning about good behaviour, the text is ideal for sharing or reading out loud. Notes for parents or caregivers are also included.It is part of the Little Stars series, which introduce first concepts in a friendly and engaging way.

Franklin Watts

Little Stars: My Behaviour - I Can Help

Liz Lennon
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Liz Lennon
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Little Stars: My Behaviour - I Keep Clean

Liz Lennon
Authors:
Liz Lennon
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My Behaviour - I Am Kind

Liz Lennon
Authors:
Liz Lennon
Franklin Watts

What I Like - Where I Live

Liz Lennon
Authors:
Liz Lennon

Using simple words and colourful photographs, this book helps young children find out about what local areas are like. A perfect way to to explore and discuss a child's world, the text is ideal for sharing or reading out loud. Notes for parents or caregivers are also included.It is part of the Little Stars series, which introduce first concepts in a friendly and engaging way.

Franklin Watts

What I Like - The Seaside

Liz Lennon
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Liz Lennon

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.

Josh Greenhut

Josh Greenhut is a consultant and writer. He lives in Toronto with his family.

JP Percy

JP has worked in publishing for several years and is an editor and writer of books for young children.

Julian Gough

Julian Gough is the author of several novels, a children's book, some BBC radio plays, and the narrative at the end of the wonderful computer game, Minecraft (TIME magazine's computer game of the year). His first children's book, Rabbit's Bad Habits, published in 2016, has been widely critically-acclaimed; Neil Gaiman called 'a laugh-out-loud story', and Eoin Colfer called 'an instant modern classic'. Julian has won the BBC National Short Story Award and has been shortlisted for the Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse Prize for Comic Fiction. He also, in his youth, wrote the words (and sang) on four albums by the cult Galway group, Toasted Heretic, and had a top-ten hit in Ireland with 'Galway and Los Angeles', a song about not kissing Sinead O'Connor. He was born in London, raised in Tipperary, educated in Galway and now lives in Berlin.

Katie Dale

Katie Dale had her first poem 'The Fate of The School Hamster' published in The Cadbury's Book of Children's Poetry, aged 8 and hasn't stopped writing since. On graduating, she went travelling through South-East Asia - only to discover whilst in a Vietnam internet cafe that she was a winner of the SCBWI 2008 Undiscovered Voices competition.

Kay Barnham

Kay Barnham was born in Barrow-in-Furness, grew up in Carlisle, went to college in Brighton, and lived in Hove for a while, before sailing for Kinsale, Co Cork, popping back to Hove and then moving to the New Forest with her husband and daughter. And never at any point has she lived more than ten miles from the sea. She began working in children's publishing in 1992. She was an editor first of all, working on illustrated non-fiction and learning fun facts like how long it would take to walk to the moon - nine years - and how to spell palaeontology. Next, she commissioned fiction titles, editing picture books, storybooks and novels. And then she got the chance to write her own books, which she thinks is quite the best job ever. Except possibly being a chocolatier. She writes non-fiction as Kay Barnham. Her specialist subjects include ice-skating, Isambard Kingdom Brunel, lightning, fairies, Roald Dahl, Sir Isaac Newton, Christmas, dolphins, Florence Nightingale and very bad cracker jokes. And chocolate.She also writes fiction as Kay Woodward, including the Skate School series for Usborne and the novels Jane Airhead and Wuthering Hearts for Andersen Press. Altogether, she's written about a hundred books. Her favourite colour is navy blue. Her favourite chocolate is 85% cocoa solids.