Related to: 'Exploring Emotions: A Mindfulness Guide to Dealing with Emotions'

Author Spotlight with Graham Marks

Cressida Cowell

Cressida Cowell’s Hiccup books, which she also illustrates, are now published in over 30 countries around the world and the first book in the series, How to Train Your Dragon, has been made into an animated movie by DreamWorks; Cressida also writes and illustrates picture books. The eleventh title in the Hiccup Saga, How to Seize a Dragon’s Jewel, is published in September, and here she talks to Graham Marks about pretty much everything to do with writing a hit series…

Franklin Watts

Worries

Paul Christelis, Ximena Jeria
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Paul Christelis, Ximena Jeria

A perfect book for addressing the things that can cause children to be anxious and worried. This hands-on picture book is designed to help children with their questions and feelings about tricky topics that can be hard to talk about. The exquisite and approachable illustrations give a comforting story book feel, particularly aimed at 5-7 year olds, while also appealing to both younger and older children. This is a much-needed aid to help children open up and explore how they feel and give them steps they can take to help them cope.

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Breath by Breath: A Mindfulness Guide to Feeling Calm

Paul Christelis, Elisa Paganelli
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Paul Christelis, Elisa Paganelli

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Get Outdoors: A Mindfulness Guide to Noticing Nature

Paul Christelis, Elisa Paganelli
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Paul Christelis, Elisa Paganelli

It's Saturday morning and Jada and her brother Michael are watching TV. It's a beautiful day and Dad wants to get them outside so he invents 'The Garden Game'. Whoever notices the most interesting things is the winner. At first, they can't see anything. Just grass and flowers. But by looking slowly, more closely, and using all of their senses, they soon begin to notice lots of fascinating things. Small things they would not have noticed before seem so much bigger and interesting. And finally, their sense of smell leads them to the prize!The story shows how they use mindfulness - the ability to pay attention to the present moment with curiosity - to help them pay attention in everyday life.Mindfulness practices (exercises) are integrated into each story, and expanded on in the 'Notes to Parents and Teachers' section at the end of the books. Readers are invited to PAUSE at various points in the story to notice their own present moment experience. The four stories in the 'Mindful Me' series explore how a mindful attitude to life can enhance enjoyment, promote a sense of calm and confidence, and provide young people with a 'friend for life'. Mindfulness techniques have been shown to help relieve stress and anxiety and improve health and mental well-being.The books can be used at home or in the classroom, for storytime or as part of the PSHCE curriculum.The other titles are:Breath by Breath: A Mindfulness Guide to Keeping CalmExploring Emotions: A Mindfulness Guide to Dealing with EmotionsSleep Easy: A Mindfulness Guide to Getting a Good Night's Sleep

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Sleep Easy: A Mindfulness Guide to Getting a Good Night's Sleep

Paul Christelis, Elisa Paganelli
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Paul Christelis, Elisa Paganelli
Orchard Books

Goldie The Sunshine Fairy

Daisy Meadows, Georgie Ripper
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Daisy Meadows, Georgie Ripper

Jack Frost has promised not to trouble the Rainbow Fairies again, but he didn't say anything about the Weather Fairies! Now he has stolen the feathers from Doodle, the weather-vane cockerel in charge of the weather. It's up to Rachel and Kirsty to get each of the feathers back from Jack Frost's goblins, with a little bit of help from the weather fairies. Goldie the sunshine fairy is all hot and bothered without her shimmery sunshine feather. Can Rachel and Kirsty seek it out and put a stop to a sticky situation?

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Harriet the Hamster Fairy

Daisy Meadows, Georgie Ripper
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Daisy Meadows, Georgie Ripper

Without their pets, the Pet Keeper Fairies can't ensure that pets in the human world find the right owners. Rachel and Kirsty have to help them to get the pets back...before it's too late.

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Evie The Mist Fairy

Daisy Meadows, Georgie Ripper
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Daisy Meadows, Georgie Ripper

Jack Frost has promised not to trouble the Rainbow Fairies again, but he didn't say anything about the Weather Fairies! Now he has stolen the feathers from Doodle, the weather-vane cockerel in charge of the weather. It's up to Rachel and Kirsty to get each of the feathers back from Jack Frost's goblins, with a little bit of help from the weather fairies: Crystal the Snow Fairy, Abigail the Breeze Fairy, Pearl the Cloud Fairy, Goldie the Sunshine Fairy, Evie the Mist Fairy, Storm the Lightning Fairy and Hayley the Rain Fairy.

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Storm The Lightning Fairy

Daisy Meadows, Georgie Ripper
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Daisy Meadows, Georgie Ripper

Jack Frost has promised not to trouble the Rainbow Fairies again, but he didn't say anything about the Weather Fairies! Now he has stolen the feathers from Doodle, the weather-vane cockerel in charge of the weather. It's up to Rachel and Kirsty to get each of the feathers back from Jack Frost's goblins, with a little bit of help from the weather fairies: Crystal the Snow Fairy, Abigail the Breeze Fairy, Pearl the Cloud Fairy, Goldie the Sunshine Fairy, Evie the Mist Fairy, Storm the Lightning Fairy and Hayley the Rain Fairy. Storm the lightning fairy can't stop the sky from fizzing without her glittery lightning feather. Rachel and Kirsty must help her to find it before a loose lightning bolt causes trouble!

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Hayley The Rain Fairy

Daisy Meadows, Georgie Ripper
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Daisy Meadows, Georgie Ripper
Orion Children's Books

Horrid Henry and the Abominable Snowman

Francesca Simon, Tony Ross
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Francesca Simon, Tony Ross

Building a snowman brings out Henry's competitive streak; he sets up his Monstrous Makeovers business to rival Moody Margaret's Miraculous Makeovers; things go badly wrong when a famous author comes to school; and he thinks 'You'll all be sorry when I'm dead' and spends a rainy day writing his will.

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Horrid Henry's Christmas Cracker

Francesca Simon, Tony Ross
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Francesca Simon, Tony Ross

It's a gift! Four fun and festive stories from one hilariously horrid boy - a perfect addition to a cheeky child's stocking.Four fabulously funny stories full of every family's worst Christmas nightmares, as Horrid Henry sabotages the school play, tries to do his Christmas shopping without spending his pocket money, attempts to ambush Father Christmas, and endures Christmas dinner with the guests from hell. Francesca Simon's Horrid Henry series has sold over 20 million copies in the UK alone, and his antics have charmed adults and children across the globe. Don't miss out on the fun!

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Horrid Henry Meets the Queen

Francesca Simon, Tony Ross
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Francesca Simon, Tony Ross

Four uproarious stories in which the Queen visits Horrid Henry's school and watches the children make wattle and daub; and Horrid Henry tries to hypnotise Moody Margaret, tricks Perfect Peter into doing his household chores, and gets his own way at bathtime.

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Horrid Henry's Stinkbomb

Francesca Simon, Tony Ross
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Francesca Simon, Tony Ross
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Horrid Henry and the Bogey Babysitter

Francesca Simon, Tony Ross
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Francesca Simon, Tony Ross

Horrid Henry encounters the babysitter from hell, traumatizes his parents on a car journey, goes trick or treating at Hallowe'en, and invades Moody Margaret's Secret Club. Four stories, as brilliant and inventive as ever, to add to 'the funniest series ever written about sibling rivalry and what it's like to be a young child' (Independent on Sunday).

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Horrid Henry's Revenge

Francesca Simon, Tony Ross
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Francesca Simon, Tony Ross

A brilliant collection of four stories about this favourite character. Wickedly subversive, hilariously funny and bang up to date, Horrid Henry¿s fame is spreading. In this collection, Henry accompanies his father to the office, hacks into his parents¿ computer, meets the Demon Dinner Lady and plan the ultimate revenge on Perfect Peter.

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Horrid Henry and the Mummy's Curse

Francesca Simon, Tony Ross
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Francesca Simon, Tony Ross

Four favourite stories: Horrid Henry's Hobby, Horrid Henry's Homework, Horrid Henry's Swimming Lesson and Horrid Henry and the Mummy's Curse

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Horrid Henry and the Football Fiend

Francesca Simon, Tony Ross
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Francesca Simon, Tony Ross
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Horrid Henry Wakes The Dead

Francesca Simon, Tony Ross
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Francesca Simon, Tony Ross

Horrid Henry finds a surefire way of wielding the remote control to ensure he always watches his programme of choice, vies with Moody Margaret to become the head of the school, shows off his prowess as a magician in the school talent show, and battles it out with Perfect Peter over who gets the green dinosaur and who gets the purple one.

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Horrid Henry and the Mega-Mean Time Machine

Francesca Simon, Tony Ross
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Francesca Simon, Tony Ross

Four fabulous stories in which Horrid Henry builds himself a time machine and tricks Perfect Peter; Perfect Peter strikes back; Henry dines at Restaurant Le Posh; and he is made to go on a hike.

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Horrid Henry's Haunted House

Francesca Simon, Tony Ross
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Francesca Simon, Tony Ross

Four favourite HORRID HENRY stories: Horrid Henry and the Comfy Black Chair, Horrid Henry's Haunted House, Horrid Henry's School Fair, and Horrid Henry Minds his Manners.