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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.

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Count Them Up!

Jackie Walter
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Count Them Up! looks at how we use numbers and provides practical and fun examples of addition, subtraction, division and multiplication, encouraging children to tackle simple maths problems independently.

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Sorting and Sets

Jackie Walter
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Sorting and Sets looks at how we group things together by looking at their similarities and differences. It also encourages children to consider why this is useful for making sense of the world around us, and shows them how to record information using simple graphs.

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What Size Is It?

Jackie Walter
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What Shape Is It? looks at different shapes using objects we can spot in our environment. It includes a first look at angles, 3D shapes and looking at how shapes can fit together.

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My Dad's in Prison

Jackie Walter
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The Bike Ride

Jackie Walter, Jem Maybank
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Tap, Tap

Jackie Walter, Trevor Dunton
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Jackie Walter, Trevor Dunton

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, Ben magics up a hat - and then all sorts of animals! Wherever can he keep them all?

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The Toy Shop Train

Jackie Walter, Marcus Cutler
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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

In this story, Poppy has a project to do for school. She has some great ideas, but everything keeps going wrong. Luckily, Mum and Dad can help as well.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.

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Merlin the Mouse

Jackie Walter
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Jackie Walter

When Mia goes off to school she leaves cat in charge of her pet mouse, Merlin. But as soon as Mia goes out, Merlin escapes from his cage... 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 Blue 4 stories are perfect for children aged 5-6 who are reading at book band 4 (Blue) in classroom reading lessons.

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Mum Sees Rat

Jackie Walter, Kate Sheppard
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Jackie Walter, Kate Sheppard
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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

The prince must find a wife - but he just cannot find a real princess to marry. Then a dirty, wet and smelly girl arrives at the castle, claiming to be a princess. The queen decides to test her... 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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What Shape Is It?

Jackie Walter
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The Lion and the Mouse

Jackie Walter
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The Hare and the Tortoise

Jackie Walter
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The Magic Porridge Pot

Jackie Walter
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The Ants and the Grasshopper

Jackie Walter
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The Enormous Turnip

Jackie Walter
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Chicken Licken

Jackie Walter
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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.