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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

Frog on a Log

Frog on a Log

Author: Lesley Sims Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 30/04/2020

Frog likes to jog around his bog, until one day there's too much fog. Instead, he sits down on his log, but someone's lost in all the fog... This is a revised edition of the old favourite, with endearing Stephen Cartwright illustrations, and new rhyming text, specially written to develop phonemic awareness.

Old Macdonald Had a Farm

Old Macdonald Had a Farm

Author: Lesley Sims Format: Board book Release Date: 05/03/2020

Who lives on Old MacDonald's farm? Little children can enjoy the familiar rhyme, while having fun spotting all the animals in Ben Mantle's delightful illustrations.

Ted's Shed

Ted's Shed

Author: Lesley Sims Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/03/2020

Ted is busy in his shed, but can you guess what he's making? This is a revised edition of the old favourite, with endearing Stephen Cartwright illustrations, and new rhyming text, specially written to develop phonemic awareness.

Shark in the Park

Shark in the Park

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

Oh no, there's a shark in the park! Or is there? This entertaining story for beginner readers has simple rhyming text and colourful illustrations by Stephen Cartwright - and you can also listen to the story online. A delight to share with young children, or for beginner readers to read themselves, with parent's notes on phonics at the back.

Iguana's Bananas

Iguana's Bananas

Author: Lesley Sims 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.

The Gingerbread Man

The Gingerbread Man

Author: Lesley Sims Format: Board book Release Date: 31/10/2019

Run, run, as fast as you can. You can't catch me, I'm the gingerbread man! 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 Raffaella Ligi throughout.

The Snow Queen

The Snow Queen

Author: Lesley Sims Format: Board book Release Date: 31/10/2019

Join Gerda on her magical journey to rescue her friend Kay from the evil Snow Queen. Press the sound buttons to hear a clear, lively reading of the classic winter fairy tale, specially recorded for little ones. With simple text and charming illustrations by Elena Selivanova throughout.

Goldilocks and the Three Bears

Goldilocks and the Three Bears

Author: Lesley Sims Format: Board book Release Date: 31/10/2019

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 Three Little Pigs

The Three Little Pigs

Author: Lesley Sims Format: Board book Release Date: 03/10/2019

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 fairy tale, with a child-friendly ending and beautiful illustrations by Raffaella Ligi throughout.

Little Red Riding Hood

Little Red Riding Hood

Author: Lesley Sims Format: Board book Release Date: 02/10/2019

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.

Goldilocks and the Three Bears

Goldilocks and the Three Bears

Author: Lesley Sims Format: Board book Release Date: 02/10/2019

Goldilocks loves porridge, but so do three hungry bears... A charming retelling of the much-loved tale for very young children, with a child-friendly ending and beautiful illustrations by Elisa Ferro throughout.

Little Red Riding Hood

Little Red Riding Hood

Author: Lesley Sims Format: Board book Release Date: 08/08/2019

Little Red Riding Hood is visiting her granny, but someone is there before her... who could it be? A charming retelling of the much-loved tale, with a child-friendly ending and beautiful illustrations by Bao Luu throughout.

Axolotl Finds a Bottle

Axolotl Finds a Bottle

Author: Lesley Sims Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/08/2019

Axolotl longs for adventure. One day, she finds an old bottle with something amazing inside. What could it be? This entertaining story for beginner readers has simple rhyming text, stylish illustrations and parents' notes on phonics at the back of the book. With free online audio to listen to the story and weblinks to find out more about axolotls.

Weasels with Measles

Weasels with Measles

Author: Lesley Sims Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/03/2019

The little weasels have woken up covered in spots! Have they really caught the measles? Find out in this entertaining story for beginner readers, with simple rhyming text, stylish illustrations and parents' notes on phonics at the back of the book.

Lizard in a Blizzard

Lizard in a Blizzard

Author: Lesley Sims Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/11/2018

Lizard has decided to make a snow machine. The trouble is, once it starts to snow, he can't make it stop... 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.

The Gingerbread Man

The Gingerbread Man

Author: Lesley Sims Format: Board book Release Date: 28/08/2018

Run, run, as fast as you can. You can't catch me, I'm the gingerbread man! A fresh retelling of the well-loved story, complete with a baby-friendly ending and charming illustrations by Raffaella Ligi throughout.

Giraffe in the Bath and Other Tales with CD

Giraffe in the Bath and Other Tales with CD

Author: Lesley Sims, Russell Punter Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 26/06/2018

This humorous short story collection contains Giraffe in the bath, Chimp with a limp, Spider in a glider, Hyena ballerina, Seal at the wheel and Ape's great escape. Includes a CD with charming readings of the stories, and fun puzzles at the back of the book. Perfect for reading or listening to together, or for beginner readers to read themselves.

Sleeping Beauty

Sleeping Beauty

Author: Lesley Sims Format: Hardback Release Date: 26/06/2018

At Sleeping Beauty's christening, the king and queen forget to invite a very important guest. Sixteen years later, that guest's wicked wish comes true... The classic fairy tale rewritten for children who are just learning to read, with stunning illustrations by Sara Gianassi throughout.

Spider in a Glider

Spider in a Glider

Author: Lesley Sims Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 31/05/2018

Spider wishes she could fly, so she builds her very own glider. But when danger strikes, can Spider save the day? 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.

Seal at the Wheel

Seal at the Wheel

Author: Lesley Sims Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/02/2018

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.

Chimp with a Limp

Chimp with a Limp

Author: Lesley Sims Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/11/2017

Cheeky Chimp has a limp... or does he? Follow his extremely tall tale as he explains why he cannot possibly help Cheetah. A fun story, specially written to develop phonemic awareness, with wonderful illustrations by David Semple. This book is ideal both for reading aloud and for children who are beginning to read for themselves. Illustrations:Full colour throughout

Baby Jesus

Baby Jesus

Author: Lesley Sims Format: Board book Release Date: 01/10/2017

The Snow Queen

The Snow Queen

Author: Lesley Sims Format: Board book Release Date: 01/08/2017

Fairy Palaces Magic Painting Book

Fairy Palaces Magic Painting Book

Author: Lesley Sims Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 19/12/2016

See fabulous fairy palaces magically burst into colour in this delightful activity book. Each page has a beautiful, black and white illustration which is wondrously transformed when children carefully paint water onto the picture. There's a laminated flap to stop paint seeping through to the next page to ensure perfect results and 16 detailed scenes to paint.

Fairy Gardens Magic Painting Book

Fairy Gardens Magic Painting Book

Author: Lesley Sims Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 22/08/2016

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.

Llamas in Pyjamas and Other Tales With CD

Llamas in Pyjamas and Other Tales With CD

Author: Lesley Sims Format: CD-Audio Release Date: 01/08/2016

A collection of six funny stories with an audio CD, each story is told with rhythmic text and phonic repetition specially designed to develop essential language and early reading skills. Suitable for reading aloud or beginner readers. Guidance notes at the back explain how parents can help their children get the most out of this book. Illustrations: Full colour throughout

Mole in a Hole

Mole in a Hole

Author: Lesley Sims Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/06/2016

A funny picture book featuring a madcap story a builder-mole, which uses phonic repetition to help children learn to read. Simple, phonically repetitive text is a great way to develop essential language and early reading skills, and guidance notes are included to give parents confidence as they help their child learn to read. Beautifully illustrated by David Semple.

Kangaroo at the Zoo

Kangaroo at the Zoo

Author: Lesley Sims Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/04/2016

A funny picture book featuring a madcap story about a new kangaroo arriving at the zoo, which uses phonic repetition to help children learn to read. The simple rhyming text helps to develop essential language and early reading skills, and there are guidance notes for parents at the back of the book. Beautifully illustrated by David Semple. A lively story with humorous illustrations, ideal for children who are beginning to read for themselves, or for reading aloud together. With simple rhyming text and phonic repetition specially designed to develop essential language and early reading skills. Guidance notes for parents are included at the back of the book. Illustrations: Full colour throughout

Book of Castles [Library Edition]

Book of Castles [Library Edition]

Author: Lesley Sims Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/12/2015

Children can discover who lived in castles, what they ate, where they slept and what they did for fun in this engaging and informative book. Photographs combined with artwork and computer graphics allow the reader to enter the world of castles as never before.

Roman Soldier's Handbook

Roman Soldier's Handbook

Author: Lesley Sims Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/10/2015

A perfect survival guide for novice soldiers about how to stay alive in the Roman Army, revealing all the gruesome truths of life in the Roman army including what soldiers ate, what they wore and how they lived. Witty illustrations complement the text, creating a friendly and accessible introduction to Roman history.

Twas the Night Before Christmas

Twas the Night Before Christmas

Author: Lesley Sims Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/09/2015

'Twas the Night Before Christmas, when all through the house, not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse...' The traditional and much-loved Christmas poem by Clement Clarke Moore, illustrated by John Joven.

How Elephants Lost Their Wings

How Elephants Lost Their Wings

Author: Lesley Sims Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/05/2015

A traditional Indian folktale, lyrically retold for young readers. In a time gone by, the story tells us, elephants could fly - but flying elephants led to big trouble. Retold in picture book format with a read-aloud text for sharing with young children.

Old Macdonald Had a Farm

Old Macdonald Had a Farm

Author: Lesley Sims Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/11/2014

Everyone knows the story of farmer Macdonald and the multitude of noisy animals who live on his farm, quacking, mooing and neighing as they go about their business.

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

Author: Lesley Sims Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 25/08/2014

The much-loved story of Snow White, specially retold for beginner readers and illustrated with fresh, colourful pictures by John Joven. 'Mirror, mirror, on the wall, who's the fairest of us all?' When the Queen hears the wrong answer, Snow White must flee for her life - until she meets not one, but seven rescuers...

Roman Soldier's Handbook

Roman Soldier's Handbook

Author: Lesley Sims Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 20/01/2014

Crow in the Snow

Crow in the Snow

Author: Lesley Sims Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/11/2013

A lively story with humorous illustrations, ideal for children who are beginning to read for themselves, or for reading aloud together. With simple rhyming text and phonic repetition, this book is specially designed to develop essential language and early reading skills. Also includes guidance notes for parents at the back of the book.

Visitor's Guide to Ancient Greece

Visitor's Guide to Ancient Greece

Author: Lesley Sims Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/11/2013

This is a handy guide for would-be time-travellers planning a trip back to Ancient Greece. It is full of fascinating historical information about interesting tourist attractions, important festivals and the fashions and customs of ancient Greece. It is written in an amusing style with a guide to the best villas, hotels and markets, and internet links which help readers to access the best online resources about Ancient Greece.

The Castle that Jack Built

The Castle that Jack Built

Author: Lesley Sims Format: CD-Audio Release Date: 01/05/2013

This is an original tale based on the classic nursery rhyme The House that Jack Built with simple text and delightful illustrations. The greedy dragon wants the gold hidden in the castle that Jack built. Soon a witch, troll, frog, girl and prince join the story, too. This title is part of the Usborne English Language Learners programme, featuring books from the Usborne Reading Programme, with audio CDs in British and American English, downloadable worksheets and teacher's notes.

The Wizard of Oz

The Wizard of Oz

Author: Lesley Sims Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/01/2013

A brilliant read-aloud version of the much-loved classic by L. Frank Baum, sure to capture young imaginations. When Dorothy is whisked off to Oz in a tornado, she lands in a place where nothing is quite as it seems. Can she find the Wizard, defeat the Wicked Witch of the West, and be granted her wish to return to Kansas?

A Midsummer Night's Dream [Book with CD]

A Midsummer Night's Dream [Book with CD]

Author: Lesley Sims Format: Mixed media product Release Date: 01/11/2012

Each book in this series is designed to encourage independent reading and covers a range of subject matter, including the retelling of children's classics, fairytales, and a variety of narrative non-fiction. This edition retells one of Shakespeare's best-loved comedies.

The Christmas Cobwebs

The Christmas Cobwebs

Author: Lesley Sims Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/10/2012

This is an enchanting retelling of a traditional German tale, written for children just learning to read. It's Christmas Eve and all is ready for Christmas - until seven spiders cover the tree in cobwebs. Will Christmas Day be ruined - or can Father Christmas save the Day? In this title, clear, compelling text is matched with lively illustrations, and puzzles at the back consolidate learning. Part of the successful Usborne First Reading series, it is developed in consultation with Alison Kelly, Principal Lecturer in Education and reading specialist at Roehampton University.

The Little Giraffe [Book with CD]

The Little Giraffe [Book with CD]

Author: Lesley Sims Format: Mixed media product Release Date: 01/03/2012

Three titles in the popular First Reading series are re-issued with hardback covers with audio CDs inserted into a wallet inside the back cover, making the book and CD easy to store together. The Young Reading series is developed with reading expert Alison Kelly from Roehampton University to help young readers grow in confidence and ability.

The Wind in the Willows [Book with CD]

The Wind in the Willows [Book with CD]

Author: Lesley Sims Format: Mixed media product Release Date: 01/03/2012

The classic story retold for children growing in reading confidence as part of the Usborne Young Reading Programme. Mole, Ratty, Badger and the infamous Mr Toad love nothing more than messing around on the river. But when Mr Toad develops an obsession with motor vehicles, will his friends be able to help before he loses everything?

The Secret Garden [Book with CD]

The Secret Garden [Book with CD]

Author: Lesley Sims Format: Mixed media product Release Date: 01/03/2012

The enchanting classic by Frances Hodgson Burnett retold for children growing in reading confidence and ability. Mary Lennox feels forlorn and lonely in her uncle's gloomy house on the moors. But behind an old ivy-covered wall is a garden, waiting to be discovered.Part of the Usborne Reading Programme developed with reading experts at the University of Roehampton.

First Reading Two Stone Soup

First Reading Two Stone Soup

Author: Lesley Sims Format: CD-Audio Release Date: 01/11/2011

Eight titles in the popular First Reading series are re-issued with hardback covers with audio CDs inserted into a wallet inside the back cover, making this book and CD easy to store together. The Young Reading series is developed with reading expert Alison Kelly from Roehampton University to help young readers grow in confidence and ability.

First Reading Two How Elephants Lost Their Wings (with CD)

First Reading Two How Elephants Lost Their Wings (with CD)

Author: Lesley Sims Format: CD-Audio Release Date: 01/11/2011

Eight titles in the popular First Reading series are re-issued with hardback covers with audio CDs inserted into a wallet inside the back cover, making this book and CD easy to store together. The Young Reading series is developed with reading expert Alison Kelly from Roehampton University to help young readers grow in confidence and ability.

First Reading Two Stone Soup

First Reading Two Stone Soup

Author: Lesley Sims Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/09/2011

Young Reading CD Packs Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

Young Reading CD Packs Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

Author: Lesley Sims Format: Mixed media product Release Date: 01/07/2011

The classic Brothers Grimm tale is presented in a delightful hardback gift edition, which young children are sure to treasure. The story of the beautiful princess with skin as white as snow and hair as black as ebony, her wicked stepmother and her seven rescuers is delightfully retold and accompanied by bright, colourful and hugely appealing illustrations. Part of Young Reading Series 1 for children just starting to read alone.

The Wind in the Willows picture book (new edition)

The Wind in the Willows picture book (new edition)

Author: Lesley Sims Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/03/2011

Mole, Ratty, Badger and the infamous Mr Toad love nothing more than messing around on the river. But when Mr Toad develops an obsession with motor vehicles, will his friends be able to help before he loses everything? A delightful retelling featuring simple, engaging text and charming illustrations.

Anansi and the Bag of Wisdom

Anansi and the Bag of Wisdom

Author: Lesley Sims Format: Hardback Release Date: 28/01/2011

This is a new title in the fantastic First Reading series, based on an African folktale and part of the Usborne Reading Programme . It is aimed at children who are beginning to read. Anansi, King of the Spiders, is given a bag of wisdom to share but selfishly decides to keep it for himself. But can he carry it up to his secret hiding place without dropping it? It is developed in consultation with Alison Kelly, who is Principal Lecturer in Education from Roehampton University and an early reading specialist. Every title in this series features clear and compelling text accompanied by charming and highly appealing illustrations. Designed to motivate children as they learn to read.

Alice in Wonderland

Alice in Wonderland

Author: Lesley Sims Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 26/11/2010

Alice follows the White Rabbit down a hole and finds herself in Wonderland. Faced with a magic cake, a grinning cat and a noisy Queen, Alice doesn't know what will happen next. The beloved classic by Lewis Carroll specially retold for younger children to provide an ideal introduction to the story.

Knight Fight

Knight Fight

Author: Lesley Sims Format: Hardback Release Date: 26/03/2010

The fourteenth title in the new Usborne Very First Reading series, designed for younger children to introduce them to reading together with their parents. Parents and children take turns to read from the page (the text clearly marked for who should be reading) and as the books progress in the series the adults read less and less and the child more and more. There are puzzles at the end to check the child's understanding of the text and guidance notes for the parents. Beautiful illustrations help to motivate beginner readers.

Grizzly Bear Rock

Grizzly Bear Rock

Author: Lesley Sims Format: Hardback Release Date: 26/03/2010

The fifth title in the new Usborne Very First Reading series, designed for younger children to introduce them to reading together with their parents. Parents and children take turns to read from the page (the text clearly marked for who should be reading) and as the books progress in the series the adults read less and less and the child more and more. There are puzzles at the end to check the child's understanding of the text and guidance notes for the parents. Beautiful illustrations help to motivate beginner readers.

Moon Zoom

Moon Zoom

Author: Lesley Sims Format: Hardback Release Date: 26/03/2010

The eighth title in the new Usborne Very First Reading series, designed for younger children to introduce them to reading together with their parents. Parents and children take turns to read from the page (the text clearly marked for who should be reading) and as the books progress in the series the adults read less and less and the child more and more. There are puzzles at the end to check the child's understanding of the text and guidance notes for the parents. Beautiful illustrations help to motivate beginner readers.

King Donkey Ears

King Donkey Ears

Author: Lesley Sims Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/07/2009

This is a new title in the fantastic First Reading series, part of the Usborne Young Reading Programme, aimed at children who are beginning to read. The King has a secret. He has donkey's ears! But when he tells the barber his secret, it surely can't be a secret for long. This key series was developed in conjunction with reading expert Allison Kelly from the University of Surrey. Every title has clear and compelling text that allows children to build their burgeoning reading skills and is accompanied by charming and highly appealing illustrations.

How Zebras Got Their Stripes

How Zebras Got Their Stripes

Author: Lesley Sims Format: Hardback Release Date: 27/06/2009

This is a new title in the fantastic Usborne Reading Programme, based on an old African folktale and aimed at children who are beginning to read. Once upon a time, zebras didn't have stripes but a greedy baboon changed all that...This key series was developed in conjunction with reading expert Alison Kelly from the University of Surrey. Every title has clear and compelling text that allows children to build their burgeoning reading skills and is accompanied by charming and highly appealing illustrations.

The Three Wishes

The Three Wishes

Author: Lesley Sims Format: Hardback Release Date: 27/03/2009

A new title in the fantastic First Reading series, aimed at children who are beginning to read. Nat and Ned are poor and often hungry, until Ned rescues a fairy. Are all their troubles over for good? Developed in consultation with Alison Kelly, who is a senior lecturer in education and an early reading specialist from Roehampton University. A great value quality hardback with ribbon marker guaranteed to foster pride in book ownership.

Alice Through the Looking Glass

Alice Through the Looking Glass

Author: Lesley Sims Format: Hardback Release Date: 27/02/2009

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.

Stone Soup

Stone Soup

Author: Lesley Sims Format: Hardback Release Date: 12/12/2008

This is a new title in the fantastic Usborne Reading Programme , aimed at children who are beginning to read. When travelers come to town they proclaim to be able to make a wonderful soup made only from water and a stone. But they still need a few ingredients from the locals...This key series was developed in conjunction with reading expert Alison Kelly from the University of Surrey. Every title has clear and compelling text that allows children to build their burgeoning reading skills and is accompanied by charming and highly appealing illustrations.

The Secret Garden

The Secret Garden

Author: Lesley Sims Format: Hardback Release Date: 23/11/2007

The enchanting classic by Frances Hodgson Burnett retold for children growing in reading confidence and ability. Mary Lennox feels forlorn and lonely in her uncle's gloomy house on the moors. But behind an old ivy-covered wall is a garden, waiting to be discovered...Part of the Usborne Reading Programme developed with reading experts at the University of Roehampton.

The Dragon and the Phoenix

The Dragon and the Phoenix

Author: Lesley Sims Format: Hardback Release Date: 28/09/2007

This work contains four new titles in the fantastic First Reading series, aimed at children who are beginning to read. Luxurious hardback editions foster pride in book ownership and enthusiasm for reading. Each of these four exciting new stories is a classic story or fable, retold with simple text to delight and inspire any child who is just beginning to read. This key series was developed in conjunction with reading expert Allison Kelly from the University of Surrey, a reading specialist. Every title has clear and compelling text that allows children to build their burgeoning reading skills and is accompanied by charming and highly appealing illustrations.

The Little Giraffe

The Little Giraffe

Author: Lesley Sims Format: Hardback Release Date: 28/09/2007

This work contains four new titles in the fantastic First Reading series, aimed at children who are beginning to read. Luxurious hardback editions foster pride in book ownership and enthusiasm for reading. Each of these four exciting new stories is a classic story or fable, retold with simple text to delight and inspire any child who is just beginning to read. This key series was developed in conjunction with reading expert Allison Kelly from the University of Surrey, a reading specialist. Every title has clear and compelling text that allows children to build their burgeoning reading skills and is accompanied by charming and highly appealing illustrations.

How the Elephants Lost Their Wings

How the Elephants Lost Their Wings

Author: Lesley Sims Format: Hardback Release Date: 28/09/2007

This work contains four new titles in the fantastic First Reading series, aimed at children who are beginning to read. Luxurious hardback editions foster pride in book ownership and enthusiasm for reading. Each of these four exciting new stories is a classic story or fable, retold with simple text to delight and inspire any child who is just beginning to read. This key series was developed in conjunction with reading expert Allison Kelly from the University of Surrey, a reading specialist. Every title has clear and compelling text that allows children to build their burgeoning reading skills and is accompanied by charming and highly appealing illustrations.

The Wind in the Willows

The Wind in the Willows

Author: Lesley Sims Format: Hardback Release Date: 31/08/2007

A brand new addition to Usborne Young Reading Series 2 , which is aimed at children whose reading ability is beginning to grow, and helps build confidence and ability. The Wind in the Willows is a re-telling of the beloved Kenneth Grahame story following the adventures of four riverside companions: Mole, Ratty, Badger and of course the eponymous Mr Toad. It is evocatively illustrated by Mauro Evangelista, who also illustrated the Young Reading titles Alice in Wonderland and The Wizard of Oz . It is developed in consultation with Alison Kelly, who is a senior lecturer in education and an early reading specialist from Roehampton University.

The Magical Book

The Magical Book

Author: Lesley Sims Format: Hardback Release Date: 31/05/2007

When young King Leo disobeys all his advisors and opens a magical book, he gets a huge surprise as a greedy dragon is released. He needs to find a solution before all his kingdom is eaten - maybe the magical book can help? Each book in this series helps build confidence and ability in young readers.

The Wish Fish

The Wish Fish

Author: Lesley Sims Format: Hardback Release Date: 24/05/2007

Bob and Bet catch a magical fish who grants wishes in this amusing story based on a folktale. Part of the Usborne First Reading series, aimed at children just beginning to read. This key series was developed in conjunction with reading expert Allison Kelly from the University of Surrey, a reading specialist. Every title has clear and compelling text that allows children to build their burgeoning reading skills and is accompanied by charming and highly appealing illustrations.

The Enchanted Castle

The Enchanted Castle

Author: Lesley Sims Format: Hardback Release Date: 27/04/2007

The Enchanted Castle tells the story of Jerry, Jimmy and Cathy, three children who discover a magical castle occupied by an invisible princess, and enter a world full of magic and adventure. Specially written for children whose reading ability is beginning to grow as part of the Usborne Young Reading Programme.

The Story of Flying

The Story of Flying

Author: Lesley Sims Format: Hardback Release Date: 30/03/2007

The history of man-made flight for children growing in reading confidence. From Da Vinci to the Wright Brothers, find out how people dreamed of taking to the sky in complex flying machines , before inventions such as hot-air balloons, airships, helicopters and of course aeroplanes made it all possible. Usborne Young Reading has been developed with reading experts from Roehampton University.

The Castle That Jack Built

The Castle That Jack Built

Author: Lesley Sims Format: Hardback Release Date: 23/02/2007

There are four new titles in the fantastic First Reading series, aimed at children who are beginning to read by themselves. These are collectable editions with hardback bindings and ribbon markers to help foster pride of ownership of a proper book. This key series was developed in conjunction with reading expert Allison Kelly, a reading expert from Roehampton University. Every title has clear and compelling text that allows children to build their burgeoning reading skills and is accompanied by charming and highly appealing illustrations. They are also lovely for reading aloud to a younger child.

The Story Of Castles

The Story Of Castles

Author: Lesley Sims Format: Hardback Release Date: 24/11/2006

The fascinating history of castles specially written as part of the Usborne Young Reading Programme. for children growing in reading confidence and ability. Explains why castles were first built, what it was like to live in one, and the cunning tricks used to defend them.

Alice In Wonderland

Alice In Wonderland

Author: Lesley Sims Format: Hardback Release Date: 25/01/2006

An attractive retelling of Lewis Carroll's story with evocative illustrations, written as part of the Usborne Young Reading Programme for readers growing in confidence.

A Midsummer Night's Dream

A Midsummer Night's Dream

Author: Lesley Sims Format: Hardback Release Date: 24/06/2005

An entertaining retelling of one of Shakespeare's best-loved comedies, beautifully illustrated by Serena Riglietti. - Young readers will treasure this gift edition, which is published in hardback with a ribbon marker. - The Young Reading Series is designed to encourage independent reading and covers a range of subject matter, including the retelling of children's classics, fairytales, and a wide variety of narrative non-fiction.

Snow White And The Seven Dwarfs

Snow White And The Seven Dwarfs

Author: Lesley Sims Format: Hardback Release Date: 24/06/2005

A lively retelling of this classic fairytale from the Brothers Grimm, recounting the story of a beautiful princess with skin as white as snow, lips as red as blood, and hair as black as ebony; Charmingly illustrated by Desideria Guicciardini; Young readers will treasure this beautiful gift edition, which is published in hardback with a ribbon marker; The Young Reading Series is designed to encourage independent reading and covers a range of subject matter, including the retelling of children's classics, fairytales, and a wide variety of narrative non-fiction.

The Snow Queen

The Snow Queen

Author: Lesley Sims Format: Hardback Release Date: 27/08/2004

A retelling of Hans Christian Andersen's classic fairy tale about the wicked Snow Queen's attempt to kidnap a boy in the frozen north. Designed for young children who are just beginning to read alone and are looking for lively stories to tackle. Colurful pictures combine with narrative text written to encourage reading skills for developing and emergent readers.

A Christmas Carol

A Christmas Carol

Author: Lesley Sims Format: Hardback Release Date: 31/10/2003

Ebenezer Scrooge is a mean-spirited old man who hates everything - even Christmas! But when three spirits visit him one Christmas Eve, Scrooge is taken on a journey into the past, present and future that will change him forever. Specially rewritten as part of the Usborne Young Reading Programme for readers growing in confidence.

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