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Claire Freedman - Author

Claire Freedman lives on the Essex coast. She has worked for the BBC, Harrods and for a reprographic company and now writes full-time. She is the author of a number of books for children, including A Kiss Goodnight, Snuggle Up, Sleepy Ones and On This Special Night with Little Tiger Press. When not writing, Claire spends her time sailing, walking in the countryside and, when she can, travelling abroad.

Claire discovered her love of writing for children after joining a local writing group – which she still enjoys attending regularly. She began by writing stories and picture strips for comics including Twinkle, Pingu and Sesame Street, before trying her hand at picture books.

Q&A with Claire Freedman

Where do you continue to get your inspiration from?

It’s not always easy to get new ideas, but usually something small will spark me off. It might be something someone says or does, or even a display in a shop window! Anything and everything can inspire me!

Your picture book Cuddle Bear is absolutely gorgeous. Are there times when you just really need a hug? If there’s nobody around at the time what do you do instead of a hug?

EVERYBODY needs hugs - that’s why it’s good to have Cuddle Bear around! If there’s no one around when I need a cheer up hug, I usually find my way to the extremely lovely store of chocolate bars in my kitchen!

Was there anyone or anything that inspired Cuddle Bear? Do you still have an old bear from when you were younger?

Cuddle Bear was inspired totally by my own teddy bear, Mr Cuddles. My husband, Michael, gave Mr Cuddles to me before we were married. Mr Cuddles has become quite a character in our house – which has led to the storyline!!! Of course he is now over the moon at being published and has insisted I buy him a diamond for his tooth and some celebrity shades!

What was your favourite book when you were growing up?

I loved Winnie the Pooh.

If you had one piece of advice you could give to yourself when you were starting out as a writer, what would it be?

Believe in myself.

What’s the best thing about being a picture book author?

Hearing how much children (and adults!) have enjoyed my books, and that it adds to that special family time together.

Featured Books, with extracts, by Claire Freedman

My Grandparents Love Me
Claire Freedman - illustrated by Judi Abbot
Written in jaunty verse and with warm, hugely appealing illustrations this is a joyful tribute to the love between grandparents and a grandchild, and the very special times they have together. ‘I always feel wrapped up in love when I...
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Format: Paperback | Released 19/05/2016
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Aliens Love Dinopants
Claire Freedman - illustrated by Ben Cort
Those pants-mad aliens are back for another bonkers and utterly irresistible episode of knicker-nicking! Lightning sends the aliens' spaceship crash-landing into the deepest jungle where to their great surprise they discover a stash of gigantic underpants. They've chanced upon the...
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Format: Paperback | Released 25/02/2016
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Beep Beep Beep Time for Sleep!
Claire Freedman - illustrated by Richard Smythe
This book will be heaven for digger devotees, and a dream come true for their parents too. A busy day on the motorway is drawing to a close: the various vehicles have been working hard – tipper truck, concrete...
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Format: Hardback | Released 11/02/2016
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Aliens Love Dinopants
Claire Freedman - illustrated by Ben Cort
One of our Books of the Year 2015 - October 2015 Book of the Month Those pants-mad aliens are back for another bonkers and utterly irresistible episode of knicker-nicking! Lightning sends the aliens' spaceship crash-landing into the deepest jungle where...
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Format: Hardback | Released 08/10/2015
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Aliens Love Underpants! Fuzzy Felt
Claire Freedman - illustrated by Ben Cort
The bestselling, underpants-loving Aliens book comes with a pantstastic fuzzy felt playset! No underwear is safe when the Aliens are around and the jaunty rhyming text is a perfect match for the exuberant and life affirming illustrations by Ben Cort. ...
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Format: Other book format | Released 08/10/2015
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Pirates Love Underpants Book & Plush
Claire Freedman - illustrated by Ben Cort
‘Pants ahoy!' in this hilarious adventure by the best-selling author/illustrator duo of Aliens Love Underpants. Armed with a map, the pirate captain and his crew are off to search for the elusive Pants of Gold which are known to be...
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Format: Other book format | Released 08/10/2015
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Monster Max's Shark Spaghetti
Claire Freedman - illustrated by Sue Hendra
A super, stinky, holiday-fun follow-up to Spider Sandwiches and Dragon Jelly.
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Format: Paperback | Released 10/09/2015
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Monsters Love Underpants
Claire Freedman - illustrated by Ben Cort
May 2015 Book of the Month Best-selling underpants are back! It all began with Aliens who love underpants. Then the Dinosaurs and Pirates showed that they do too. And now it turns out that even though the Monsters come from all...
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Format: Paperback | Released 23/04/2015
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Oliver and Patch
Claire Freedman - illustrated by Kate Hindley
January 2015 Book of the Month Claire Freedman's story of Oliver and Patch is guaranteed to warm hearts! Oliver is lonely in the big city until he finds a lost little dog and takes him home. In no time at...
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Format: Paperback | Released 01/01/2015
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Oliver and Patch
Claire Freedman - illustrated by Kate Hindley
January 2015 Book of the Month Claire Freedman's story of Oliver and Patch is guaranteed to warm hearts! Oliver is lonely in the big city until he finds a lost little dog and takes him home. In no time at...
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Format: Hardback | Released 01/01/2015
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Monsters Love Underpants
Claire Freedman - illustrated by Ben Cort
One of our Books of the Year 2014 - October 2014 MEGA Book of the Month Best-selling underpants are back! It all began with Aliens who love underpants. Then the Dinosaurs and Pirates showed that they do too. And now...
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Format: Hardback | Released 09/10/2014
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Pirates Love Underpants
Claire Freedman - illustrated by Ben Cort
One of our Books of the Year 2013 & shortlisted for the National Book Tokens Children's Book of the Year 2012 ‘Pants ahoy!' in this hilarious new adventure by the best-selling author /illustrator duo of Aliens Love Underpants. Armed with a...
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Format: Paperback | Released 28/02/2013
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Cuddle Bear
Claire Freedman - illustrated by Gavin Scott
Meet Cuddle Bear - the unforgettable hero with hugs for everyone! A perfect book for parent and child to share time and time again. Click here to visit the author page for Claire Freedman, where you can read a...
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Format: Paperback | Released 07/01/2013
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Aliens Love Underpants
Claire Freedman - illustrated by Ben Cort
The best-selling story of the Aliens' delight in underpants now has the addition of sound! Aliens and pants both have special noises on the sound board and children will love joining in the story by pressing the buttons.
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Format: Hardback | Released 11/10/2012
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Pirates Love Underpants
Claire Freedman - illustrated by Ben Cort
Shortlisted for the National Book Tokens Children's Book of the Year 2012 ‘Pants ahoy!' in this hilarious new adventure by the best-selling author /illustrator duo of Aliens Love Underpants. Armed with a map, the pirate captain and his crew are off...
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Format: Hardback | Released 27/09/2012
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The Great Snortle Hunt
Claire Freedman - illustrated by Kate Hindley
A fabulous new picture book from the bestselling author of Aliens Love Underpants. A read-along rhyming text that will capture children's imaginations.
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Format: Paperback | Released 02/08/2012
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Monstersaurus!
Claire Freedman - illustrated by Ben Cort
March 2012 Book of the Month. The best-selling author and illustrator of Aliens Love Underpants return with a fresh new title. Monty loves inventing things and this time, with some bright green slime, a smelly sock, some mouldy cheese and...
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Format: Paperback | Released 03/03/2012
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Monstersaurus!
Claire Freedman - illustrated by Ben Cort
The best-selling author and illustrator of Aliens Love Underpants return with a fresh new title. Monty loves inventing things and this time, with some bright green slime, a smelly sock, some mouldy cheese and strawberry jelly he creates –...
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Format: Hardback | Released 29/09/2011
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George's Dragon
Claire Freedman - illustrated by Russell Julian
The bestselling author of Aliens Love Underpants turns her hand to a wonderful story of a new pet with a difference! The pet George chooses in the pet shop looks like a baby lizard but George knows it will...
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Format: Paperback | Released 04/04/2011
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Cuddle Bear
Claire Freedman - illustrated by Gavin Scott
Meet Cuddle Bear, the unforgettable hero with hugs for everyone! A perfect book for parent and child to share time and time again. Click here to visit the author page for Claire Freedman, where you can read a Q&A...
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Format: Hardback | Released 02/01/2011
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Aliens Love Panta Claus
Claire Freedman - illustrated by Ben Cort
The best-selling, underpants-loving aliens are back for another crazy adventure. This time it is a seasonal one as they throw themselves into the Christmas spirit in their trademark way. Dashing around, they distribute cheer – and underpants – so one...
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Format: Hardback | Released 01/11/2010
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Aliens Love Panta Claus
Claire Freedman - illustrated by Ben Cort
The best-selling, underpants-loving aliens are back for another crazy adventure. This time it is a seasonal one as they throw themselves into the Christmas spirit in their trademark way. Dashing around, they distribute cheer – and underpants – so one...
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Format: Paperback | Released 01/10/2010
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Dinosaurs Love Underpants (book & audio CD)
Claire Freedman - illustrated by Ben Cort
A brilliant sequel to the best selling Aliens Love Underpants. This time there is more hilarious fun as the dinosaurs fight to the death over underpants. Envious of the cavemen's pants, the dinosaurs get their knickers in a twist...
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Format: Mixed Media Product | Released 03/09/2009
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Aliens in Underpants Save the World
Claire Freedman - illustrated by Ben Cort
The bestselling Aliens decked out in the finest underpants, are back for a new set of adventures. This time it's nothing less than saving the universe – and all with the help of underpants! Easy to read aloud, this ebullient...
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Format: Paperback | Released 19/05/2009
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Aliens Love Underpants! (Book and CD edition)
Claire Freedman - illustrated by Ben Cort
Joint winner of the Richard and Judy "Early" 5+ Category. Terrific illustrations capture the flood of jokes about pants that underlie this rhyming story now brilliantly brought to even greater life by the addition of a...
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Format: Mixed Media Product | Released 01/09/2008
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Dinosaurs Love Underpants
Claire Freedman - illustrated by Ben Cort
A brilliant sequel to the best selling Aliens Love Underpants. This time there is more hilarious fun as the dinosaurs fight to the death over underpants. Envious of the cavemen's pants, the dinosaurs get all knickers in a twist...
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Format: Paperback | Released 02/06/2008
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Aliens Love Underpants!
Claire Freedman - illustrated by Ben Cort
Joint winner of the Richard and Judy "Early" 5+ Category. Terrific illustrations capture the flood of jokes about pants that underlie this rhyming story. There are no underpants in space so the Aliens have to come down to earth to...
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Format: Paperback | Released 01/05/2007
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