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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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To the Rescue

Pat-a-Cake, Fiona Munro, Ramon Olivera
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Join Kit and Pup, our two friendly and inquisitive animal guides, as they spend a day out learning all about what the different emergency services do to help people. They will accompany very young children on a voyage of discovery and fun as they peek beneath the flaps and find out all about what lifeguards, police officers and emergency plane pilots do. The settings range from the familiar to the new and exciting, and will be a source of both comfort and intrigue and there is so much to point out and spot. Jam-packed with detail, this busy book both informs and entertains curious preschoolers who are just beginning to learn about the world around them.Also available: Town and About: Farm, Town and About: Building Site, Town and About: Let's Go Shopping, Town and About: Space

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Space

Pat-a-Cake, Fiona Munro, Ramon Olivera
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First 100 Words

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First 100 Animal Words

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Dinopets

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Puss in Boots

Pat-a-Cake, Rachel Elliot, Sharon Harmer
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Jack is struggling, so Puss promises to make his fortune in return for a pair of special, shiny red boots. The wily cat pulls off some clever tricks and Jack ends up with a castle of his very own. This story is a perfect introduction to the classic tale, with its gentle, rhythmic text and bright, friendly illustrations.It's never too early to introduce children to the magic and wonder of classic tales. Familiar characters are brought to life at each turn of the page with spellbinding artwork and lyrical writing. A visual glossary at the beginning introduces new vocabulary and promotes understanding. A lively activity at the end invites discussion and will make even the very youngest children want to return to these story books again and again. Fairy tales and classic stories are a vital introduction to the basics of storytelling like setting, characters and plot. They boost a child's imagination and also teach valuable life lessons about good overcoming evil, the difference between right and wrong and the importance of rising to a challenge. Also available: Goldilocks and the Three Bears, Cinderella, Jack and the Beanstalk, The Three Little Pigs.

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The Little Mermaid

Pat-a-Cake, Ronne Randall, Junissa Bianda
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The Little Mermaid lives under the sea, but she wants to know what it's like to walk on land. She visits a Sea Witch, who promises to change her tail for legs, but only in exchange for her lovely singing voice. Will the Little Mermaid be able to get her voice back? This story is a perfect introduction to the classic tale, with its gentle, rhythmic text and bright, friendly illustrations.It's never too early to introduce children to the magic and wonder of classic tales. Familiar characters are brought to life at each turn of the page with spellbinding artwork and lyrical writing. A visual glossary at the beginning introduces new vocabulary and promotes understanding. A lively activity at the end invites discussion and will make even the very youngest children want to return to these story books again and again. Fairy tales and classic stories are a vital introduction to the basics of storytelling like setting, characters and plot. They boost a child's imagination and also teach valuable life lessons about good overcoming evil, the difference between right and wrong and the importance of rising to a challenge. Also available: Goldilocks and the Three Bears, Cinderella, Jack and the Beanstalk, The Three Little Pigs.

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Night, Night

Pat-a-Cake, Mojca Dolinar
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Sparkly, bold, high-contrast novelty board book that stimulates a baby's developing coordination and vision. The perfect introduction to a good bedtime routine.Join Little Bunny after a busy day to get ready for bed. Eye-catching illustrations in black and white with shiny foil will capture your baby's focus and attention and aid their visual development. Night, Night introduces a gentle bedtime routine of bath, book, bed with simple text, noises to copy and striking images.Babies are able to react and respond to simple patterns and contrasting colours just a few weeks after being born. As their eyes develop, high-contrast shapes, patterns and reflective surfaces give newborns something simple to focus on, respond to and interact with. Babies will react with delight as they reach for the shiny textures and the simple text prompts parent interaction. The perfect first book to share with your baby! Also available: Moo Peek-a-Boo, Splish Splash, On the Move, Funny Faces, Animal Train

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Farm

Pat-a-Cake, Anne Passchier
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The family favourite game 'I Spy' is brought to life in this fun book - can you spot the cow and her calf on the farm? Giant peek-through flaps offer clues to help guessing, and there are lots of other animals to spot, too.Charming, bright illustrations will entice preschoolers who are exploring their new fascination with letters and sounds, and the sturdy peekaboo flaps will bring hours of fun! Perfect for learning essential skills through play.Also available: Spot and Say: Jungle

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Show and Tell

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Bestest Friends

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It's time to go to the School of Roars! Join the monsters for a roarsome day at school.It's art class at the School of Roars, and the monsters have a fun project to do. But Wufflebump feels left out when his best friend Meepa is partners with Yummble. Miss Grizzlesniff teaches the class about being kind to one another and everyone joining in together. Featuring themes of sharing, friendship and problem-solving, this School of Roars story is perfect for little monsters everywhere!Also available: School of Roars: Show and Tell, School of Roars: Icky Sticky Stickers

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Icky Sticky Stickers

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Fancy Dress

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Perfect for celebrating all things fancy dress, and great for World Book Day! Create crazy costume combinations as you flip the flaps/ Mix and match fun fancy dress costumes to make lots of new flip flap friends with this colourful split-page book. Watch as spacesuits, tiger costumes and footballers get all mixed up in this rainbow book of new fancy dress friends. With 72 possible combinations s to mix and match, children will keep coming back for more flip flap fun.

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Here Come the Mummies and Babies

Pat-a-Cake, Hilli Kushnir
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Clap hands and play with this range of exciting toddler touch-and-feel books!Here Come the Mummies and Babies is a playful touch-and-feel book, full of energy, fun and of course, lots of cute mummy and baby animals! Toddlers will laugh, shout, clap their hands and join in the fun as the simple text encourages them to point, count, match and talk about the friendly, fluffy pals playing on every page. With textures to feel on every page and a matching game page at the end, everyone will want to clap hands for the mummies and babies! Also available: Here Come the Monkeys, Here Come the Kittens, Here Come the Puppies, Here Come the Dinosaurs, Here Come the Chicks, Here Come the Bunnies

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The Little Red Hen

Pat-a-Cake, Ronne Randall, Susan Batori
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Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

Pat-a-Cake, Ronne Randall, Sophie Rohrbach
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When the Wicked Queen finds out from her magic mirror that Snow White is the fairest in all the land, she tries her best to get rid of her. But Snow White makes friends with seven dwarfs who take her in and try to keep her safe. Will the Wicked Queen get her way in the end?It's never too early to introduce children to the magic and wonder of fairy tales. Classic characters are brought to life at each turn of the page with spellbinding artwork and lyrical writing. A visual glossary at the beginning introduces new vocabulary and promotes understanding. A lively activity at the end invites discussion and will make even the very youngest children want to return to these story books again and again. Fairy tales are a vital introduction to the basics of storytelling like setting, characters and plot. They boost a child's imagination and also teach valuable life lessons about good overcoming evil, the difference between right and wrong and the importance of rising to a challenge. Also available: Jack and the Beanstalk, Goldilocks and the Three Bears, Little Red Riding Hood, The Ugly Duckling, The Gingerbread Man

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First Writing Wipe Clean

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The Three Billy Goats Gruff

Pat-a-Cake, Ronne Randall, Richard Merritt
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The three billy goats Gruff have their eyes on the delicious-looking grass on the other side of the bridge. The only problem is that there is a big, scary troll who lives under the bridge and threatens to eat any wayward goats trying to cross it. Follow the goats as they bravely strike out for the greener grass!It's never too early to introduce children to the magic and wonder of classic tales. Familiar characters are brought to life at each turn of the page with spellbinding artwork and lyrical writing. A visual glossary at the beginning introduces new vocabulary and promotes understanding. A lively activity at the end invites discussion and will make even the very youngest children want to return to these story books again and again. Fairy tales and classic stories are a vital introduction to the basics of storytelling like setting, characters and plot. They boost a child's imagination and also teach valuable life lessons about good overcoming evil, the difference between right and wrong and the importance of rising to a challenge. Also available: Goldilocks and the Three Bears, Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, Jack and the Beanstalk, The Ugly Duckling, The Three Little Pigs, The Gingerbread Man

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The Ugly Duckling

Pat-a-Cake, Ronne Randall, Sophie Rohrbach
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The Three Little Pigs

Pat-a-Cake, Ronne Randall, Kasia Nowowiejska
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