Lucy Richards

7 children’s books by the writer and illustrator

Michael Morpurgo Former Children's Laureate Michael Morpurgo needs no introduction. He is one of the most successful children's authors in the country, loved by children, teachers and parents alike. Michael has written more than forty books for children including the global hit War Horse, which was made into a Hollywood film by Steven Spielberg in 2011. Several of his other stories have been adapted for screen and stage, including My Friend Walter, Why the Whales Came and Kensuke's Kingdom. Michael has won the Whitbread Award, the Smarties Award, the Circle of Gold Award, the Children's Book Award and has been short-listed for the Carnegie Medal four times. He started the charity Farms for City Children in 1976 with his wife, Clare, aimed at relieving the "poverty of experience" many young children feel in inner city and urban areas. Michael is also a patron of over a dozen other charities. Living in Devon, listening to Mozart and working with children have provided Michael with the ideas and incentive to write his stories. He spends half his life mucking out sheds with the children, feeding sheep or milking cows; the other half he spends dreaming up and writing stories for children. "For me, the greater part of writing is daydreaming, dreaming the dream of my story until it hatches out - the writing down of it I always find hard. But I love finishing it, then holding the book in my hand and sharing my dream with my readers." Michael received an OBE in December 2006 for his services to literature. Lucy Richards Lucy Richards's illustrations are much-loved. She has worked on books by some of the biggest children's authors in the world, including Julia Donaldson and Michael Morpurgo. As well as illustrating the likes of Mairi's Mermaid, Night Monkey and Day Monkey, she wrote and illustrated her own picture book The Magic Sky. Lucy lives in Bristol.

Noni the Blacksmith

Catherine Farnell, Lucy Richards

Noni the Blacksmith

Produced as part of The Carousel Project and the Blackdowns Metal Makers project. The story is set in the Iron Age 2000 years ago. It is the tale of a young girl called Noni and how she learns how to ...

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5+ years

Mairi's Mermaid: Blue Banana

Michael Morpurgo

Mairi's Mermaid: Blue Banana

This is a charming mermaid story for Egmont's Blue Banana series by master storyteller, Michael Morpurgo. Robbie says swimming is easy. You just have to pretend you're a mermaid. But that doesn't help Mairi. She isn't ...

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5+ years

Animals in School: Red Banana

Julia Donaldson, Garry Parsons

Animals in School: Red Banana

These are the two fantastic animal tales from Children's Laureate Julia Donaldson brought together in one volume for the first time. The Quick Brown Fox Cub Frisk the fox is a curious cub who just loves exploring! What will ...

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3+ years

Night Monkey, Day Monkey

Julia Donaldson

Night Monkey, Day Monkey

Night Monkey and Day Monkey's worlds are as different as night and day! When they each spend time in each other's opposite worlds, they learn a lot. And they also learn to be the best of friends.

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3+ years

The Magic Sky

Lucy Richards

The Magic Sky

A sweet and sparkly polar adventure by Lucy Richards. One night at bedtime, Rory's mummy tells him all about the magic sky. Rory is so excited to see it. But how long will he have to wait? A heart-warming ...

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