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Reading Champion

Reading Champion from Franklin Watts offers fantastic independent reading books for children to practise and reinforce their developing reading skills.

Franklin Watts

Hassan's Idea

Jill Atkins, José Rubert
Contributors:
Jill Atkins, José Rubert

Hassan is new at school - and he has a brilliant idea to help him settle in, and for his friends to learn more about each other's cultures.This first colour chapter book is a perfectly levelled, accessible text for Key stage 2 readers aged 9-10. 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 activities to provoke deeper response and encourage writing. Each book has been carefully graded so that it can be matched to a child's reading ability, encouraging reading for pleasure.

Franklin Watts

Dolphin Ride

Jill Atkins, Geraldine Rodriguez
Contributors:
Jill Atkins, Geraldine Rodriguez

Lexi and her dad are on a boat trip to spot dolphins. And when Lexi makes a wish to ride a dolphin, she is taken on a magical dream ride.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.

Franklin Watts

Flash and the Butterfly

Jill Atkins
Authors:
Jill Atkins

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.

Franklin Watts

The Dog Show

Jill Atkins
Authors:
Jill Atkins

Scamp is a playful dog. At the dog show, he tries all sorts of tricks ... but they don't go as planned!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.

Franklin Watts

Letters from Grandpa

Jill Atkins, Lisa Williams
Contributors:
Jill Atkins, Lisa Williams

In this story, Josh and Grandpa happily exchange letters and are looking forward to Grandpa visiting. Then Grandpa has to go to hospital, and Josh visits him instead... and brings him home.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.

Franklin Watts

Sandeep and the Dragon

Jill Atkins, Leo Trinidad
Contributors:
Jill Atkins, Leo Trinidad

In this story, Sandeep has to get his little sister to go to sleep. All is well until the dragon in his book comes alive and wants to play!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.

Franklin Watts

Hippo's Birthday

Jill Atkins, Steve Cox
Contributors:
Jill Atkins, Steve Cox

In this story, it is Hippo's birthday and she really wants to make a birthday cake. But all her friends are busy and it looks as if they have forgotten. The Hippo receives an invitation...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.

Franklin Watts

Pippa's Painting

Jill Atkins, Anni Axworthy
Contributors:
Jill Atkins, Anni Axworthy

Pippa is busy making a painting but her little brother wants to see! They soon get in a mess with all the paints!The Tiddlers series features fun stories with a word count of fewer than 50 words for children who are just starting to read.A word list at the beginning of the story allows for a quick check of the  reader's ability to read and understand words before reading, and a puzzle at the end of the story encourages rereading for pleasure.

Franklin Watts

Tadpoles: The Great Food Robbery

Jill Atkins, Sebastian Burnett
Contributors:
Jill Atkins, Sebastian Burnett

In this book, find out what happens when Guzzle the Badger and his gang arrive in town and start stealing food from everyone. Can Robin Rabbit help save the day?Tadpoles are original stories for young readers told in large text under 80 words, with full colour illustrations to support the story.

Wayland

Mum's Robot

Jill Atkins, Garyfallia Leftheri
Contributors:
Jill Atkins, Garyfallia Leftheri

Mad Uncle Albert loves making machines and inventions for his family, but they don't always turn out as they should. Luckily Uncle Albert manages to save the day...

Wayland

Bella's Birthday Bounce

Jill Atkins, Eleftheria-Garyfalia Leftheri
Contributors:
Jill Atkins, Eleftheria-Garyfalia Leftheri
Wayland

Great Fire of London

Jill Atkins
Authors:
Jill Atkins

As a sleepy William awakes from the cries of Fire, Fire, he thinks something big must be burning. But from the comfort of his own bed he does not realise the whole of London is ablaze! Will is desperate to help save his home and beloved city but are Will and his family in danger? Will they be able to escape with their lives?

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.

Kes Gray

Kes is a bestselling, multi award-winning author of more than 70 books for children. He eats Ideaflakes for breakfast, spreads silliness on his toast and lives in a place called Different.Oi Frog!, Oi Dog! and Oi Cat! are a top ten bestselling series. Oi Dog! won the 2017 Laugh Out Loud Picture Book Award and was shortlisted for the Sainsbury's Children's Book Award and the British Book Awards in 2016, amongst others. It also won the Teach Primary New Children's Fiction Award, MadeForMums Award, Bishop's Stortford Picture Book Award and Portsmouth Picture Book Award. Oi Cat! was the Independent Booksellers Children's Book of the Season and Oi Goat! was the number one bestselling World Book Day book in 2018.

Lauren Child

Lauren Child MBE is a multi-award-winning author and current Children's Laureate, whose books are known and loved the world over. She is the creator of many much-loved characters, including Charlie and Lola, Clarice Bean and Ruby Redfort. Since her first book was published in 1999, Lauren has sold over six million books in 19 languages worldwide. Her many awards include the prestigious Kate Greenaway Medal for I Will Not Ever Never Eat a Tomato, the Nestle Gold Book Award for That Pesky Rat and the Nestle Bronze Book Award for Beware of the Storybook Wolves. Lauren loves designing and making things and finds it exciting to see her drawings turned into objects. Other favourite things include the cinema, TV matinees, small Italian cars, handbags, cardigans, travelling and being picked up from the airport.

Lee Wildish

Lee Wildish is an acclaimed illustrator. His Spooky, Spooky House won the Overall Red House Children's Book Award, his Spaghetti with the Yeti was shortlisted for the Roald Dahl Funny Book Prize, and he has been shortlisted for the Kate Greenaway Award and the Sheffield Children's Book Award.

Lindsay Mattick

Lindsay Mattick, the great-granddaughter of Captain Harry Colebourn, grew up thinking of Winnie-the-Pooh as her own great-grandbear. She has shared Winnie's story as a radio documentary, spearheaded an original exhibition, and traveled to the UK to commemorate Harry and Winnie's experience in World War I. She works at Narrative Public Relations, and lives with her family in Toronto, Canada.