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Mark Sperring - Author

Mark Sperring studied at Bath Academy of Art and later Camberwell College of Art, before working creating picture books and music in London for many years, before returning to the Jurassic Coast, where he grew up. He lives with his partner and their son, Oliver. They are almost entirely self-sufficient growing their own food and running their car on recycled chip oil. Green came to Mark after reading an inspiring article about Maurice Sendak.

An Interview with Mark Sperring

Moominland Midwinter by Tove Jansson for combining two of my favourite things Moomins AND snow!

The Little Prince for the fox who wanted to be tamed.

Revolutionary Road by Richard Yates for inducing a tear .

Who are your 5 favourite authors/illustrators, and why?

Tove Jansson not only for her amazing black and white line drawing but for her strange and beautiful stories.

Paul Auster for his ability to turn a story on its head in one breath taking sentence.

Richard Yates for creating characters that still linger in my mind.



Gobbilino the Witches Cat by Ursula Moray Williams.



Little My from the Moomins.



Little My from the Moomins!



Mr Nilsson so I could hang out with Pipi Longstocking.



To Kill a Mocking Bird.



The Dictionary, if only to be better at spelling and a world champion scrabble player.



Words and how they fit together.



The Shape of My Heart was inspired whilst drawing around my hand!



I don't know about best, but the one I have a special connection to is a story about a girl and a mouse, there's a lot of 'Me' in it.

When did you start writing?

In earnest about 20 years ago.



Don't give up!



I'm an early bird writer-mornings are best!



None of them are abandoned, they're just biding their time and only appear to be collecting dust...

Featured Books, with extracts, by Mark Sperring

Daddy Lion's Tea Party
Mark Sperring - illustrated by Sarah Warburton
June 2015 Book of the Month Daddy Lion has decided it's the perfect day for a tea party – a quiet little tea party, just him and his cubs. The cubs want to invite the other animals but Daddy Lion says...
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Format: Hardback | Released 04/06/2015
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Daddy Lion's Tea Party
Mark Sperring - illustrated by Sarah Warburton
June 2015 Book of the Month Daddy Lion has decided it's the perfect day for a tea party – a quiet little tea party, just him and his cubs. The cubs want to invite the other animals but Daddy Lion says...
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Format: Paperback | Released 04/06/2015
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Dino-Daddy
Mark Sperring - illustrated by Sam Lloyd
With Father's Day approaching, this could be the perfect gift for the dino-daddy in your life! Mark Sperring's jolly rhyming text details all the fun the dino-kids have with their daddy, from trips to the park to a bit of...
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Format: Hardback | Released 04/06/2015
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Mabel and Me - Best of Friends
Mark Sperring - illustrated by Sarah Warburton
Mabel and Me are an unlikely couple of friends to outsiders but that doesn't matter because they just are each other's very bestest, bestest of friends. It is hard to define exactly why but, when they meet first a Famous...
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Format: Paperback | Released 04/07/2013
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Dino-Baby
Mark Sperring - illustrated by Sam Lloyd
It's not easy being a big sister - especially when your new baby brother is a roaring dino baby. There are just SO many things to remember ...Be quiet in the morning, when you first get up. Because crashes, bangs...
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Format: Paperback | Released 09/05/2013
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The Shape of My Heart
Mark Sperring - illustrated by Alys Paterson
One of our Books of the Year 2013 - January 2013 Picture Book of the Month Bright images offer loads to look at for young readers to think about the shape of all the things around them in the world....
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Format: Paperback | Released 17/01/2013
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Green (Mini Board Book)
Mark Sperring - illustrated by Leo Timmers
This is a brilliantly witty, familiar and well-observed depiction of sibling relationships. Clive is a boy who absolutely loves green. In fact, so much so that he wears no other colour but his sister is always laughing and teasing him...
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Format: Hardback | Released 01/02/2012
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Green
Mark Sperring - illustrated by Leo Timmers
This is a brilliantly witty, familiar and well-observed depiction of sibling relationships. Clive is a boy who absolutely loves green. In fact, so much so that he wears no other colour but his sister is always laughing and teasing him...
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Format: Paperback | Released 01/03/2010
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Green
Mark Sperring - illustrated by Leo Timmers
This is a brilliantly witty, familiar and well-observed depiction of sibling relationships. Clive is a boy who absolutely loves green. In fact, so much so that he wears no other colour but his sister is always laughing and teasing him...
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Format: Hardback | Released 01/03/2010
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