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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

Postal Worker

Hannah Phillips
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Hannah Phillips

Have you ever me the person who delivers the post to your home? Perhaps one day you might like to become a postal worker? In this book you will meet our postman, Shaun - and some of his colleagues - and see what he does at work every day. Find out what it is like to deliver the mail, how they stay safe and how they deliver special parcels and letters.Here to Help is a brilliant introductory series books for very young readers (aged 5 and up) that follow real professionals around their place of work to give a flavour of what it means to work in a particular job. Additional question boxes encourage the reader relate the information they are reading to their own experiences. Each book concludes with some advice on the type of person suitable for each job and the education and training you will need to qualify. Specially commissioned photographs of real professionals ensure the books are accurate and a true representation of what it is like to work in a range of public-facing jobs.

Orchard Books

Seven Trees of Stone

Leo Hunt
Authors:
Leo Hunt

The third and final chapter in Leo Hunt's epic supernatural series. It's time for Luke to pay his debt to the devil ...The first book, Thirteen Days of Midnight, was shortlisted for the Waterstones Children's Book Prize 2016 and longlisted for the Branford Boase Award.Luke Manchett is coming to terms with his new life. The life where his girlfriend is a witch, he's a necromancer, and he owes a life debt to the devil. But that's just the start. An invasion is coming - led by a spirit even worse than the devil himself. And it's heading straight for Luke ...

Wayland

Who are Refugees and Migrants? What Makes People Leave their Homes? And Other Big Questions

Michael Rosen, Annemarie Young
Authors:
Michael Rosen, Annemarie Young
Wayland

What is Humanism? How do you live without a god? And Other Big Questions for Kids

Michael Rosen, Annemarie Young
Authors:
Michael Rosen, Annemarie Young
Wayland

Our Castle

Annemarie Young, Louise Redshaw
Contributors:
Annemarie Young, Louise Redshaw

The children have made their sand castle and now want to decorate it.Each story in the Outdoor Fun series follows the adventures of two children and their family as they explore the outdoors.

Wayland

At the Park

Annemarie Young, Louise Redshaw
Contributors:
Annemarie Young, Louise Redshaw

The children are at the park where they find all sorts of things.Each story in the Outdoor Fun series follows the adventures of two children and their family as they explore the outdoors.

Wayland

In the Garden

Annemarie Young, Louise Redshaw
Contributors:
Annemarie Young, Louise Redshaw
Hodder Children's Books

Even More Nonsense From Michael Rosen

Michael Rosen, Clare Mackie
Contributors:
Michael Rosen, Clare Mackie
Hodder Children's Books

Michael Rosen's Book of Nonsense

Michael Rosen, Clare Mackie
Contributors:
Michael Rosen, Clare Mackie

Michael Rosen's collection of nonsense verse with rhymes, poems, wordplay and limericks.In the best tradition of nonsense verse, here are poems to make everyone smile and laugh out loud. Children will delight in unraveling the meanings of the words and in creating their own nonsense verse.Containing all the ingredients of Michael Rosen's poetry - humour, rhyme, repetition and wordplay. Covering all sorts of topics from football to Little Mary Anne who's made of elastic, to dinosaurs.'An enjoyable book which might stimulate children's own inclinations to mess about with language.' - Books for Keeps'The author has a child's ear for word sound and an eye for nutty humour. Clare Mackie's crackling illustrations add verve and vigour to each page.' - Junior Education

Orion Children's Books

Asterix The Gaul

René Goscinny, Albert Uderzo
Contributors:
René Goscinny, Albert Uderzo

The year is 50BC, and all Gaul is occupied. Only one small village of indomitable Gauls still holds out against the invaders. But how much longer can Asterix, Obelix and their friends resist the mighty Roman legions of Julius Caesar? Anything is possible, with a little cunning plus the druid Getafix's magic potions! Their effects can be truly hair-raising...

Orchard Books

Clarice Bean, Utterly Me

Lauren Child
Authors:
Lauren Child
Orchard Books

Seriously Silly Stories: Little Red Riding Wolf

Laurence Anholt, Michael Rosen, Arthur Robins
Contributors:
Laurence Anholt, Michael Rosen, Arthur Robins

The Big Bad Girl is always teasing Little Wolfie. She thinks her naughty tricks are funny - but who's going to get the last laugh?

Rosemary Hankin

Rosie Hankin has written and edited a variety of books for children, on subjects ranging from crafts, cookery and pets to geography and history. She lives in Devon with her four children.

Sarah Moore Fitzgerald

Sarah Moore Fitzgerald was born in New York in 1965 but grew up in Co. Dublin. She's a professor and associate vice president at the University of Limerick in Ireland, specialising in psychology and effective pedagogy in higher education, and has published several non-fiction books on teaching, learning and academic writing. She runs regular writers' retreats for academics and students in Ireland and internationally.Follow her on Twitter @SMooreFitz

Simon Chapman

Simon Chapman is a British children's writer. His books include the Explorers Wanted! series, of which Explorers Wanted! At the North Pole won a Blue Peter Book Award inn 2005. Simon teaches physics at Morecambe Community High School in Lancashire.

Steve Antony

Steve Antony - a graduate from the prestigious MA in Children's Book Illustration at Anglia Ruskin - is the author-illustrator of The Queen's Hat and Please Mr Panda. Only debuting in 2014, Steve has had enormous success: The Queen's Hat won the Evening Standard's Oscar's First Book Prize, and was shortlisted for the Waterstones Children's Book Prize. Please Mr Panda was chosen as Picture Book of the Month by US retailer Barnes & Noble, who held over 650 Panda events over one weekend. Steve aims to create picture books that are slightly 'off the wall', books that children will laugh at and adults will tweet about, but most of all, books that he enjoys.

Susie Brooks

Susie Brooks is an award-winning writer and editor of children's books. Writing on a wide range of subjects from dinosaurs to geography, she also masquerades as an artist (among other things, painting children's portraits and getting messy in classroom workshops!). In 2014, her Get into Art series won the English Association Picture Book Award, British Book Design and Production Award and the overall SLA Information Book Award. She can regularly be found walking people's dogs and in her spare time, loves to travel and explore new places!

Taran Matharu

Taran was born in London in 1990 and found a passion for reading at a very early age. His love for stories developed into a desire to create his own, writing his first book at nine years old.At twenty-two, while taking time off to travel, Taran began to write Summoner, taking part in Nanowrimo 2013. Thanks to Wattpad.com and updating daily, its popularity dramatically increased, reaching over three million reads in less than six months. After being featured by NBC News, Taran decided to launch his professional writing career and has never looked back.The Summoner series has now been published in 12 territories and is a New York Times Bestseller. Taran is currently the Book Trust's writer in residence.

Tim Cooke

Tim Cooke is a graduate of Oxford University. He has worked in children's publishing for over 20 years, and has written or contributed to dozens of books on a wide range of subjects. Among his publications as writer or editor are numerous sets about military history, particularly the American Revolution, the Civil War, World Wars I and II, and the Vietnam War. He has also written extensively about general history, both ancient and modern.

Tracy Banghart

Tracy Banghart grew up in rural Maryland, with a cornfield in her backyard and flying squirrels in her bedroom walls, and spent her summers on a remote island in northern Ontario. All that isolation and pretty scenery led to a reading addiction, writing obsession, and several serious book boyfriends. Always a bit of a nomad, Tracy now travels the world army-wife style with her husband, son and sundry pets. Follow her adventures on Twitter @tracythewriter.