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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…

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Max is Cooking

Jackie Walter, Valentina Bandera
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Jackie Walter, Valentina Bandera

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 Pink 1B stories are perfect for children aged 4+ who are reading at book band 1B (Pink) in classroom reading lessons.In this story, Max is cooking in the mud kitchen. But will anyone want to try it?

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Bounce, Bounce, Bounce!

Jackie Walter, Beccy Blake
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Jackie Walter, Beccy Blake

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 Pink 1B stories are perfect for children aged 4+ who are reading at book band 1B (Pink) in classroom reading lessons.In this story, Mo is having a great time on the bouncy castle - but then everyone joins in and gets a bit overexcited...

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I Don't Like Chocolate

Jackie Walter, Alex Naidoo
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Jackie Walter, Alex Naidoo

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 Pink 1B stories are perfect for children aged 4+ who are reading at book band 1B (Pink) in classroom reading lessons.In this story, the little girl is determined to share her packed lunch with the animals, but they just don't like the same food!

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Bug Hotel

Jackie Walter
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Jackie Walter
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My Dad's in Prison

Jackie Walter
Authors:
Jackie Walter

A sensitive and moving account of having a parent in prison, written from a child's point of viewDad's gone away for a while, but I don't understand why. I miss him. Every year in the UK, over 200,000 children suffer the trauma of parental imprisonment. Children with a parent in prison feel isolated, ashamed - unable to talk about their situation because they are scared of being bullied and judged. They often feel that they are to blame and having a parent in prison marks them as an outcast. Children with parents in prison are: - twice as likely to experience conduct and mental health problems, and less likely to do well at school- three times more likely to be involved in offending- sixty-five per cent of boys with a convicted father will go on to offend This sensitively written picture book explores the experience of having a parent in prison from a child's point of view. Perfect for sharing with children, it promotes understanding and provides reassurance. It has been written with the advice and support of Storybook Dads, a charity that seeks to help children and parents maintain their relationship during imprisonment by providing CD recordings of fathers reading bedtime stories to their children.

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The Bike Ride

Jackie Walter, Jem Maybank
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Jackie Walter, Jem Maybank
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The Bunk Bed

Jackie Walter, Chris Borges
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Jackie Walter, Chris Borges
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Poppy's Project

Jackie Walter, John & Gus Art
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Jackie Walter, John & Gus Art
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Merlin the Mouse

Jackie Walter
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Jackie Walter
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Tap, Tap

Jackie Walter, Trevor Dunton
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Jackie Walter, Trevor Dunton
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The Toy Shop Train

Jackie Walter, Marcus Cutler
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Jackie Walter, Marcus Cutler
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Mum Sees Rat

Jackie Walter, Kate Sheppard
Contributors:
Jackie Walter, Kate Sheppard

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 Pink 1A stories are perfect for children aged 4+ who are reading at book band 1A (Pink) in classroom reading lessons.In this story, the pet rat has escaped and Mum keeps finding it everywhere!

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The Ugly Duckling

Jackie Walter, Sarah Horne
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Jackie Walter, Sarah Horne

When the biggest egg finally hatches, Mother Duck is in for a surprise. This duckling does not look like the others, but she loves him anyway. The large, ugly duckling is teased until he runs away and spends winter all alone, But then the spring arrives and he can hardly recognise himself... A beautifully illustrated retelling of this favourite traditional story. Must Know Stories includes favourite tales, celebrating the diversity of our literary heritage. Level 2 stories are told in chapters in under 1000 words.

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The Princess and the Pea

Jackie Walter, Jane Cope
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Jackie Walter, Jane Cope
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The Lion and the Mouse

Jackie Walter
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Jackie Walter
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The Hare and the Tortoise

Jackie Walter
Authors:
Jackie Walter

When Tortoise challenges Hare to a race, Hare is so sure he will win that he stops for a little nap. Will Tortoise be able to beat the cheeky Hare to the finish line?A beautifully illustrated retelling of this favourite traditional story.Must Know Stories includes favourite tales, celebrating the diversity of our literary heritage. Level 1 stories are told in under 500 words, for children to read independently.

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The Magic Porridge Pot

Jackie Walter
Authors:
Jackie Walter

When a poor girl gets a magic porridge pot, she is thrilled - she will never be hungry again! Then the little porridge pot begins to cook a bit too much porridge!A beautifully illustrated retelling of this favourite traditional story.Must Know Stories includes favourite tales, celebrating the diversity of our literary heritage. Level 1 stories are told in under 500 words, for children to read independently.

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The Ants and the Grasshopper

Jackie Walter
Authors:
Jackie Walter

Grasshopper lazes around, singing in the summer sunshine and laughing at the hardworking ants. He's far too busy to collect food for the winter. But what will happen when the cold weather comes?A beautifully illustrated retelling of this favourite traditional story.Must Know Stories includes favourite tales, celebrating the diversity of our literary heritage. Level 1 stories are told in under 500 words, for children to read independently.

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The Enormous Turnip

Jackie Walter
Authors:
Jackie Walter

The farmer has grown the most enormous turnip in the world! Will he and his friends ever be able to pull it out of the ground?A beautifully illustrated retelling of this favourite traditional story. Join the farmer in his hilarious attempts to pick the enormous turnip!Must Know Stories includes favourite tales, celebrating the diversity of our literary heritage. Level 1 stories are told in under 500 words, for children to read independently.

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Chicken Licken

Jackie Walter
Authors:
Jackie Walter

"The sky is falling in!" That's what silly young Chicken Licken thinks when an acorn falls on her head. She rushes off to tell the king. But will she ever reach the palace?A beautifully illustrated retelling of this favourite traditional story.Must Know Stories includes favourite tales, celebrating the diversity of our literary heritage. Level 1 stories are told in under 500 words, for children to read independently.