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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
Authors:
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
Authors:
Liz Lennon
Franklin Watts

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

My Family

Liz Lennon
Authors:
Liz Lennon

Franklin Watts

What I Like - Holidays

Liz Lennon
Authors:
Liz Lennon
Franklin Watts

What I Like - The Seaside

Liz Lennon
Authors:
Liz Lennon

Using simple words and colourful photographs, this book helps young children find out about a day at the seaside. 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
Authors:
Liz Lennon

Discover the five senses - seeing, hearing, touching, tasting and smelling. This book helps children explore the senses, how we use them and why they are important.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 and children aged 4 and up.

Franklin Watts

Little Stars: What I Like - My Food

Liz Lennon
Authors:
Liz Lennon

Using simple words and colourful photographs, this book helps young children find out about eating and food. 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

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

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
Authors:
Liz Lennon
Franklin Watts

Little Stars: My Behaviour - I Keep Clean

Liz Lennon
Authors:
Liz Lennon

Using simple words and colourful photographs, this book helps young children find out how to keep clean. 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

My Behaviour - I Am Kind

Liz Lennon
Authors:
Liz Lennon

Adam Blade

Adam Blade is the name for a small collective of authors who have been writing the bestselling series Beast Quest and Sea Quest for ten years! Beast Quest has now sold over 10 million copies. The newest series from the Adam Blade team is called Team Hero. You can find out more about all these amazing adventures at the series websites: beastquest.co.uk and teamherobooks.co.uk

Andrew Matthews

Andrew Matthews is a celebrated children's author, who has written over fifty books and has twice been nominated for the Smarties prize.

Brita Granström

Mick Manning (born in Yorkshire, England, 1959) and Brita Granström (born in Eskilstuna, Sweden, 1969) work together as a team sharing the illustration and text. They have been producing award-winning non-fiction picture books for almost twenty years. They show that the best non-fiction for children can be scholarly, albeit with a light touch, and can have some of the imagination-stretching qualities of fiction. They are well known for their exciting performances involving readings and live drawing using overhead camera projection (often involving participation from members of the audience) all mixed with an audio-visual presentation. They appear on a regular basis at major UK book festival venues such as Bath, Cheltenham and Edinburgh International Book Festival. They have appeared at The Royal Society Science Festival and have celebrated The Big Draw at various venues including The Imperial War Museum. They have worked closely to support libraries and schools, performing voluntarily to school classes in the UK and Sweden and have also attended the American Library Conference and visited US schools.Many of Manning & Granström's books are translated into a number of languages, including Chinese, German, Greek, Danish, Japanese, Norwegian, Swedish and Slovakian. For the last 12 years Mick & Brita have created, written and illustrated a monthly 5-page gentle pre-school series called 'Max and Kate' for the critically acclaimed US children's magazine Ladybug.http://www.mickandbrita.com Selection of Franklin Watts books:The World Is Full of Babies! (Smarties Silver Award Winner); What's under the Bed? (TES Award Winner); Wash, Scrub, and Brush (English Association Award KS1 Winner); Stone Age, Bone Age and many other Wonderwise titles; How Did I Begin? (Rhone Poulenc Science prize winner); How Should I Behave?; Seaside Scientist; My Body Book; My Uncle's Dunkirk; Charlie's War Illustrated (English Association Award KS2 Winner); The Story of Britain; The Brontës - Children of the Moors.

Caryl Hart

Caryl Hart is the author of many bestselling books for children, including the hugely successful How to Grow A Dinosaur and The Princess and the Peas. She is the winner of the Stockport Children's Book Award, the Sheffield Children's Book Award and the Lancashire Share a Story Award. Caryl lives on the top of a windy hill in the Peak District with her guitar-playing husband, two cheeky daughters, one extremely fluffy black cat, a goldfish, four hens and an invisible dog called Paddy.Follow Caryl at carylhart.com and @carylhart1

Cath Senker

Cath Senker is a children's non-fiction writer who specialises in writing about modern history, global issues and world religions. Her latest history titles include Living Through the Vietnam War (Raintree, 2011), Our World Divided: Israel and the Middle East (Wayland, 2011) and A Cultural History of Women in America: Women Claim the Vote (Bailey Publishing, 2011). She has a particular interest in the topics of migration, refugees and racism and recently wrote Mapping Global Issues: Immigrants and Refugees (Arcturus, 2011). In her work, Cath aims to highlight individuals' experiences and to present different viewpoints in a non-judgemental way as a basis for discussion.Cath also works as a project manager and editor on non-fiction titles for both children and adults. Before embarking on a freelance career, she worked as a commissioning editor for a children's educational publishing company for eight years. She is also an experienced ESOL teacher. Cath volunteers with City Reads, a project that aims to widen the enjoyment of books and reading among people of all ages, especially people from disadvantaged communities. She is a also a keen amateur cyclist, cook and gardener.

Chris Higgins

Before writing her first novel, Chris taught English and Drama for many years in secondary schools. She also worked at the Minack, the open-air theatre on the cliffs near Land's End, but now writes full-time.Chris has won a number of awards including Young Minds, the Lancashire Book Award, the Lincolnshire Young People's Book Award, the KYBA, and she has been shortlisted twice for Queen of Teen.She lives in the far west of Cornwall with her husband.

Claudia Martin

Claudia Martin has worked in book publishing for 17 years. She is the author of several books and websites for children and young people. Her favourite subjects are history, current affairs and technology.