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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

Fairy Gardens Magic Painting Book

Fairy Gardens Magic Painting Book

Author: Lesley Sims Illustrator: Barbara Bongini Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/04/2021

Brush the pages of this book with water and see the fairies and flowers in the enchanted garden burst into beautiful colour! There are 16 scenes to paint with intricate, black and white illustrations of a fairy garden covered in snow, a lake of lily pads, a fairy fruit patch and lots more. With a fold-out back cover to prevent colours running onto the page beneath.

Seal at the Wheel

Seal at the Wheel

Author: Lesley Sims Illustrator: David Semple Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 15/03/2021

Seal loves her new speed boat, but she keeps going too fast! Can she learn to be more careful? This entertaining story for beginner readers has simple rhyming text and stylish illustrations throughout. A delight to share with very young children, and with parents notes on phonics at the back of the book.

Alpaca's maracas

Alpaca's maracas

Author: Lesley Sims, Lesley Sims Illustrator: David Semple Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/02/2021

Alpaca makes and sells maracas, and, with the Carnival coming, business should be booming - but no one is buying. Then she discovers Baby Rattlesnake has a problem too - his tail just won't rattle. Can they help each other? A fun rhyming story, specially written to develop phonemic awareness, with delightful illustrations by David Semple. This book is ideal both for reading aloud and for children who are beginning to read for themselves.

The Little Red Hen

The Little Red Hen

Author: Lesley Sims, Lesley Sims Illustrator: Raffaella Ligi Format: Board book Release Date: 07/01/2021

The Little Red Hen has found some grains of wheat, but who will help her plant them? The cat, the rat and the duck are all sitting in the farmyard, enjoying the sun. Surely one of them will join the Little Red Hen as she grows the wheat and mills it. And what happens when she bakes a crusty golden loaf with the flour she has made? A charming retelling of this much-loved tale, incidentally showing the stages from wheat to freshly-baked bread, with delightful illustrations throughout by Raffaella Ligi.

Cinderella

Cinderella

Author: Lesley Sims Illustrator: Masha (Illustrator) Ukhova Format: Board book Release Date: 29/10/2020

A lively retelling of the classic rags to riches tale with delightful artwork to match. A button on each page allows the reader to hear the story as they read.

Trick or Treat, Parakeet?

Trick or Treat, Parakeet?

Author: Lesley Sims, Lesley Sims Illustrator: David Semple Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/09/2020

It's Halloween and Parakeet is busy carving pumpkins and icing spooky treats. But when her friends come to call, they get a shock. Is that a GHOST who answers the door? A fun rhyming story, specially written to develop phonemic awareness, with lively illustrations by David Semple. This book is ideal both for reading aloud and for children who are beginning to read for themselves.

Iguana's Bananas

Iguana's Bananas

Author: Lesley Sims Illustrator: David Semple Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 06/02/2020

Iguana is visiting her poorly friend, Sloth. But her attempts to cheer him up go horribly wrong... This entertaining story with simple rhyming text and stylish illustrations is a delight to share with young children, or for beginner readers to read themselves and you can also listen to the story online. Includes parent's notes on phonics.

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