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Lesley Sims - Author

About the Author

Lesley has written ever since she can remember. After winning prizes for English at school, she went on to study law at university because her mother insisted she had something to fall back on.

She qualified as a barrister but realised she didn't want to spend her life in a wig. She was also writing short stories when she should have been revising for her Bar Finals, another clue that she wasn't cut out for legal life. Instead, she joined a small publishing company and edited their directory of the legal profession.

In 1993, Usborne Publishing advertised for a fiction editor in their Oxford office and she leapt at the chance. She transferred to the London office in 1995, writing puzzle fiction and humorous history books. Her "Visitor's Guide to Ancient Rome", a spoof tourist guide to the city, won the Times Educational Supplement Senior Information Book Award in 2000. She is now a managing editor in charge of the Young and First Reading Series, Handbooks and Treasuries, among others.

When she isn't writing or editing, Lesley loves watching plays and films, learning to tap dance, taking long walks beside the Thames and playing her tenor sax in a jazz band. Her favourite colour is purple.

Featured books by Lesley Sims

Other books by Lesley Sims

Goldilocks and the Three Bears

Goldilocks and the Three Bears

Author: Lesley Sims, Lesley Sims Illustrator: Elisa Ferro Format: Board book Release Date: 08/11/2021

The three bears have gone out for a walk, when an uninvited visitor arrives... Press the sound buttons to hear a clear, lively reading of the much-loved fairy tale, specially recorded for little ones. With simple text and charming illustrations by Elisa Ferro throughout.

The Nativity

The Nativity

Author: Lesley Sims Illustrator: Ag Jatkowska Format: Board book Release Date: 30/09/2021

One starry night, a long, long time ago, a very special baby was born. Follow the animals, the shepherds and three wise men to say hello to him. Beautifully illustrated by Ag Jatkowska, this delightful retelling of the Nativity story has been specially written for little children. This is a revised edition of the title previously published as Baby Jesus.

Visitor's Guide to Ancient Rome

Visitor's Guide to Ancient Rome

Author: Lesley Sims, Lesley Sims Illustrator: Various Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 22/09/2021

This spoof travel guide covers all aspects of Ancient Roman life, from how Romans farmed and what they ate to Roman gods and how they were worshipped. With humorous cartoon illustrations, fact boxes and timelines, plus a guide to the best villas and markets. Contents and index pages are included, plus internet links to help children find out more.

Three Little Pigs

Three Little Pigs

Author: Lesley Sims, Lesley Sims Illustrator: Raffaella Ligi Format: Board book Release Date: 10/09/2021

Three little pigs are setting out to build houses with wispy straw, wibbly-wobbly sticks and good strong bricks. Will a cheeky little wolf manage to blow any of them down? A charming retelling of the much-loved tale, with a child-friendly ending and beautiful illustrations by Raffaella Ligi throughout.

Alice Through The Looking-Glass

Alice Through The Looking-Glass

Author: Lesley Sims, Lesley Sims Illustrator: Mauro Evangelista Format: Hardback Release Date: 03/09/2021

The quirky sequel to Lewis Carroll's Alice's Adventures in Wonderland retold for children growing in reading confidence and ability. After returning from Wonderland, Alice's adventures continue when she steps through a looking glass and into the topsy-turvy world beyond. Part of the Usborne Reading Programme developed with reading experts at the University of Roehampton.

Little Red Riding Hood

Little Red Riding Hood

Author: Lesley Sims, Lesley Sims Illustrator: Bao Luu Format: Board book Release Date: 09/07/2021

Little Red Riding Hood is off to visit Granny... but who is waiting for her? Press the sound buttons to hear a clear, lively reading of the much-loved fairy tale, specially recorded for little children. With simple text and charming illustrations by Bao Luu throughout.

The Dragon Painter

The Dragon Painter

Author: Lesley Sims Illustrator: BlueBean Format: Board book Release Date: 08/07/2021

Chang is the best painter in all of China, so it's Chang the Emperor sends for when his new temple needs painting. But why is Chang painting dragons without any eyes? Is it true, as he claims, that if you add eyes, painted dragons come to life? This delightful retelling has sweet, simple text and gorgeous illustrations, with plenty for children to spot as Chang paints his surprising dragons.

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