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Nicola Davies - Author

Nicola Davies - As a child

Nicola says: I don't remember a time when I wasn't utterly besotted with animals. I spent all my time before I went to school, in the garden with my lovely Grandpa (who was small and round and had all sorts of things in his cardigan pockets) looking at flowers, and ants and bird's nests. My parents moved around quite a lot so I was always the new girl in school, which meant I spent a lot of time on my own reading and thinking... still my two favourite recreational activities. What finally saved me at school was that I learnt to make people laugh. But I was still mostly by myself, alone, out in the fields in Suffolk where my parents then lived, walking my dog and listening to the skylarks.

As an adult

I did a zoology degree and went on to study various animals in the wild; bats, geese, whales... Then I went to work at the BBC Natural History Unit, first as a researcher and later a presenter on 'The Really Wild Show'. TV was fun for a while, but I really hated the pressure. The good thing about it was that it allowed me to earn money, and still have time for my kids when they were little. I've loved being a mum, absolutely adored it. Some of my happiest memories are of reading my kids books I loved as a child - books like the Lord of the Rings. I can still make my daughter squeal by doing my 'Gollum' voice!

As an artist

I wanted to write from about the age of twenty, and I wrote scenes and characters in my head all the time. But never put anything on paper. I would go into bookshops and see all those books and think, there's just too many and I'm not clever enough to do yet another one. So I didn't start writing until my thirties, when I began to write scripts for kids' programmes. I gradually got more confidence and started to write for Walker Books, then for newspapers and magazines and then adult novels. I've just started to write poetry for children too. I'm terribly disciplined about my writing. I just sit down at my desk and get on with it every day I have, and get really cross about being distracted. I also teach writing at a university now and sometimes I get really cross with that too, because it keeps me from getting as much writing done as I would like. I love children's films and cartoons... Lilo and Stitch is my favourite at the moment. I cry every time in Babe when the pig says to the sheepdog, 'Can I call you Mum?'

Things you didn't know about Nicola Davies

1. If I were rich, I would fill my whole house with flowers all the time.

2. I have a sister who looks and sounds just like me.

3. I love singing and I know lots of folk songs (some with rather rude words!)

4. My children are always telling me off for saying sorry all the time.

5. I used to study whales in Newfoundland, dressed in nothing but wellies (only on hot days)

6. I used to keep Shetland sheep which I sheared using a pair of kitchen scissors.

7. I'm expert at wringing chickens necks (but I suppose you didn't really want to know that!)

Please note there are two children's authors called Nicola Davies which our systems are unable to tell apart. The books Star in the Custard, Shampoo and Seawater, and Stories from Abergele Street are not written by this Nicola Davies. Apologies.

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A First Book of Animals
Nicola Davies - illustrated by Petr Horacek
What a wonderful book to give to a child. It's one which will inspire a real interest in nature and the creatures that share our planet, as well as an appreciation of art and poetry. Nicola Davies shares her delight...
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Format: Hardback | Released 06/10/2016
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Tiny The Invisible World of Microbes
Nicola Davies - illustrated by Emily Sutton
Longlisted for the 2015 CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal This is simply an outstanding book. Nicola Davies and Emily Sutton explain the life and purpose of microbes clearly and lucidly for very young children, through simple language and beautiful illustrations. Using...
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Format: Paperback | Released 04/06/2015
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The Promise
Nicola Davies - illustrated by Laura Carlin
Shortlisted for the 2015 CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal The Promise is a story with a strong green message - about the power we have to transform our world - and features breathtaking design and illustration. A perfect book to share with...
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Format: Paperback | Released 04/09/2014
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Tiny The Invisible World of Microbes
Nicola Davies - illustrated by Emily Sutton
Longlisted for the 2015 CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal This exciting non-fiction picture book introduces young readers to the wondrous (and invisible) world of microbes.
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Format: Hardback | Released 05/06/2014
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A First Book of Nature
Nicola Davies - illustrated by Mark Hearld
Winner of the IBW Children's Picture Book Award 2014 A beautiful book which brings nature to life in words and pictures. Nicola Davies interweaves fact and fiction as she brings each season into focus. She celebrates new growth and the...
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Format: Paperback | Released 03/04/2014
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The Promise
Nicola Davies - illustrated by Laura Carlin
Shortlisted for The Little Rebels Children's Book Award 2014. This is a picture books of great beauty and hope about the power we have to transform our world. The Promise is the story of a magical discovery that will touch...
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Format: Hardback | Released 05/09/2013
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Manatee Baby
Nicola Davies - illustrated by Annabel Wright
Out fishing with her father Manuela is excited when they come across a manatee. Killing a manatee requires great skill; if she and her father can bring one home there will be plenty for everyone to eat. But when she...
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Format: Paperback | Released 01/08/2013
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Walking the Bear
Nicola Davies - illustrated by Annabel Wright
Nicola Davies's non-fiction stories are renowned for their skilful combination of great drama and important messages about conservation. Zaki's family have always kept a performing bear and made money from showing her off. Zaki has two bear cubs he can...
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Format: Paperback | Released 01/08/2013
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Just Ducks!
Nicola Davies - illustrated by Salvatore Rubbino
Shortlisted for the CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal 2013 All the information you could want for a young reader is beautifully on display in this attractive picture book. Lovely pictures show delightful ducks down by the river while the useful...
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Format: Paperback | Released 04/04/2013
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Whale Boy
Nicola Davies
Shortlisted for the Blue Peter Book of the Year 2014 - Best Story Michael, a young boy growing up on the tropical island of Rose Town, has been saving up for his own fishing boat for years. But when a...
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Format: Paperback | Released 04/04/2013
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The Lion Who Stole My Arm
Nicola Davies - illustrated by Annabel Wright
Fact and fiction are cleverly interwoven in this thoughtful story which balances up the needs of people and animals to share space safely. Pedro looses most of his right arm when a lion savages him one night. He broods on...
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Format: Paperback | Released 07/03/2013
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The Elephant Road
Nicola Davies - illustrated by Annabel Wright
An exciting story which is also based on the truth about how elephants behave and the difficulties of elephants and humans sharing land. Wilen loves the elephants who live near to his home but, elephants are very big and very...
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A First Book of Nature
Nicola Davies - illustrated by Mark Hearld
Winner of The English Association 2013 Prize (Non-Fiction 4-7) A beautiful book which brings nature to life in words and pictures. Nicola Davies interweaves fact and fiction as she brings each season into focus. She celebrates new growth and the...
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Format: Hardback | Released 03/05/2012
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A Girl Called Dog
Nicola Davies
This is a spirit-soaring tale of adventure, friendship and belonging that will appeal to all lovers of books by Michael Morpurgo and Roald Dahl.
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Format: Paperback | Released 07/04/2011
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All Aboard at Silver Street Farm
Nicola Davies
Silver Street Farm is facing big problems in the long hot summer. Animals are very thirsty and the water bill is very large…What can the children do to make sure the animals have enough to drink and keep cool? Their...
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Format: Paperback | Released 07/02/2011
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Escape from Silver Street Farm
Nicola Davies
Setting up Silver Street Farm is one thing, keeping all the animals under control all of the time is another! When Kenny the Ram decides that outside the fence is nicer than inside it there seems to be no way...
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Spring Fever at Silver Street Farm
Nicola Davies
There's loads of new life on Silver Street Farm as the pig, the goats and the sheep are all pregnant! Can the children manage the pressure! The results are exciting and the all the new babies are perfectly sweet –...
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Welcome to Silver Street Farm
Nicola Davies
Humorously told and full of facts about animals, the ups and downs of the new city farm make a great story. Three children and an unusual selection of animals for a farm – including poodle puppies who have some very...
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Gaia Warriors
Nicola Davies
This is a book about climate change like no other - a collaboration between the inventor of Gaia Theory and an award-winning non-fiction writer for children - that explains the science and answers the commonly-asked questions about global warming. The...
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Format: Paperback | Released 02/11/2009
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Home
Nicola Davies
Shortlisted for the Branford Boase Award 2006. Set in a far off future, Home is a powerful science fiction story which asks readers to take a fresh look at Earth and to consider what belonging somewhere means and why it...
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Format: Paperback | Released 05/09/2005
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Poo
Nicola Davies
Some parents may be appalled that a title such as this has been shortlisted for a prestigious award but the award in question is the Blue Peter award, which, not surprisingly is chosen by children. Talk about taking a...
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Format: Paperback | Released 01/08/2005
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