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Karen Wallace - Author

About the Author

I was born in Canada and grew up in a log cabin in Quebec. My childhood was spent playing in the forests and messing about on the Gatineau River. It was a wonderful wild time and in many ways is the source of all of my writing. Children's writers are an eccentric bunch. Someone once said they never grow up and in many ways, this is probably true in my case.
I write books for children from five to fifteen years old. The ability to recall how you felt and what your world was like at a particular point in your childhood is something that all children's writers share. It's like pushing a rewind switch and going back in time. Many of my natural history books for children, like THINK OF AN EEL, which won awards on both sides of the Atlantic, IMAGINE YOU ARE A TIGER, or I AM A TYRANNOSAURUS REX all reflect my own sense of wonder exploring the woods and the river around me when I was a child. Years later, I wrote about this childhood in my first novel RASPBERRIES ON THE YANGTZE, which was shortlisted for the Guardian Fiction Prize.

 

 

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Maps Phase 4

Maps Phase 4

Author: Karen Wallace Illustrator: Giorgio Bacchin Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/09/2021

Big Cat Phonics for Little Wandle Letters and Sounds Revised has been developed in collaboration with Wandle Learning Trust and Little Sutton Primary School. It comprises classroom resources to support the SSP programme and a range of phonic readers that together provide a consistent and highly effective approach to teaching phonics. Discover how maps have evolved and changed over time as our own understanding of the world has developed. This non-fiction information book was written by Karen Wallace. Pages 14 and 15 allow children to re-visit the content of the book, supporting comprehension skills, vocabulary development and recall. Reading notes within the book provide practical support for reading with children, including a list of all the sounds and words that the book will cover.

Reading Champion: Cat on the Magic Mat Pink 1B

Reading Champion: Cat on the Magic Mat Pink 1B

Author: Karen Wallace Illustrator: Mette Engell Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 11/10/2019

Cat is having a magical adventure! Where will the mat take cat next? Reading Champion offers independent reading books for children to practise and reinforce their developing reading skills. Fantastic, original stories are accompanied by engaging artwork and a reading activity. Each book has been carefully graded so that it can be matched to a child's reading ability, encouraging reading for pleasure. Independent Reading Pink 1B stories are perfect for children aged 4+ who are reading at book band 1B (Pink) in classroom reading lessons. In this story, Bella the puppy is hiding. Where could she be?

Reading Champion: Hop and Run Independent Reading Yellow 3

Reading Champion: Hop and Run Independent Reading Yellow 3

Author: Karen Wallace Illustrator: Ailie Busby Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 10/05/2018

Reading Champion offers independent reading books for children to practise and reinforce their developing reading skills. Fantastic, original stories are accompanied by engaging artwork and a reading activity. Each book has been carefully graded so that it can be matched to a child's reading ability, encouraging reading for pleasure. Independent Reading Yellow stories are perfect for children aged 4+ who are reading at book band 3 (Yellow) in classroom reading lessons. In this story, Rabbit and Mouse start showing off - but Rabbit cannot hop quite as high as he would like!

Maps Band 04/Blue

Maps Band 04/Blue

Author: Karen Wallace Illustrator: Giorgio Bacchin Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 08/12/2017

Collins Big Cat Phonics for Letters and Sounds features exciting fiction and non-fiction decodable readers to enthuse and inspire children. They are fully aligned to Letters and Sounds Phases 1-6 and contain notes in the back. The Handbooks provide support in demonstration and modelling, monitoring comprehension and expanding vocabulary. Discover how maps have evolved and changed over time as our own understanding of the world has developed. This non-fiction information book was written by Karen Wallace. Blue/Band 4 books offer longer, repeated patterns with sequential events and integrated literary and natural language. This book focuses on adjacent consonants with long vowel phonemes. Pages 14 and 15 allow children to re-visit the content of the book, supporting comprehension skills, vocabulary development and recall. Reading notes within the book provide practical support for reading Big Cat Phonics for Letters and Sounds with children, including a list of all the sounds and words that the book will cover. This book has been quizzed for Accelerated Reader.

Tiddlers: The Sleepy Dinosaur

Tiddlers: The Sleepy Dinosaur

Author: Karen Wallace Illustrator: Ross Collins Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 09/03/2017

The Sleepy Dinosaur is a fun story for young dinosaur fans who are beginning to read on their own. Perfect for children aged 4+ who are reading at book band pink 1B. This sleepy dinosaur just cannot find the perfect place to sleep - until he's snuggled up in bed! The Tiddlers series features fun stories with a word count of fewer than 50 words for children who are just starting to read. A word list at the beginning of the story allows for a quick check of the reader's ability to read and understand words before reading, and a spot the picture puzzle at the end of the story encourages rereading for pleasure. Compiled in consultation with Catherine Glavina, PGCE Primary and Early Years Course Leader, The Centre for Professional Education, University of Warwick.

Detective Derek

Detective Derek

Author: Karen Wallace Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 30/11/2014

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