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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

The Friendly Dragon

The Friendly Dragon

Author: Lesley Sims Illustrator: Elisa Paganelli Format: Board book Release Date: 28/04/2022

Sam's best friend is a dragon! But when the townsfolk find out, they are terrified. Send for St George, the dragon fighter, they cry. Now it's up to Sam to save her friend. Specially written for little children, with online audio to listen to the story.

Listen and Read: The Three Little Pigs

Listen and Read: The Three Little Pigs

Author: Lesley Sims Illustrator: Raffaella Ligi Format: Board book Release Date: 28/04/2022

The three little pigs are off to build houses - but a little wolf is watching them... A lively retelling of the much-loved traditional tale, with a gentle ending for young children. A button on each page allows readers to hear the story as they read.

The Magic Fish

The Magic Fish

Author: Lesley Sims Illustrator: Jesus (Illustrator) Lopez Format: Board book Release Date: 14/04/2022

Alek and Ivan live simply by the sea until the day Alek catches a magic fish. Ivan wishes for more, and more, and more, until... he makes one wish too many. A charming retelling of the Russian tale about a golden fish, with free online audio.

The Fox and the Crow

The Fox and the Crow

Author: Lesley Sims Illustrator: Tania (Illustrator) Rex Format: Board book Release Date: 31/03/2022

The story of a crafty fox, a foolish crow and a mouth-watering chunk of cheese. This lively retelling of a classic fable by Aesop has been specially written for little children and comes with online audio to listen to the story.

The Baobab Tree

The Baobab Tree

Author: Lesley Sims, Lesley Sims Illustrator: Jesus (Illustrator) Lopez Format: Board book Release Date: 31/03/2022

Long, long ago, the gods made the very first tree... and it could talk! Was it happy, you ask? It was not. The Baobab Tree whinged and moaned, it grumbled and groaned, all day long. But gods have a unique way of dealing with trees who complain too much. A delightful retelling of a traditional story, with free online audio.

Aladdin

Aladdin

Author: Lesley Sims Illustrator: Lorena Alvarez Format: Board book Release Date: 03/03/2022

Enter the fairytale world of genies and magic in this delightful new addition to the Little Board Book series. Aladdin is a poor boy, but by trusting his instincts, and with a little luck, he achieves his heart's desire.

One Little Frog

One Little Frog

Author: Lesley Sims Illustrator: Brendan Kearney Format: Board book Release Date: 03/03/2022

How does a little blob floating in jelly turn into a hopping, croaking frog? This inventive information book, specially written for little children and with interactive holes, is perfect for a first introduction to the wonders of nature.

Owl in a Towel

Owl in a Towel

Author: Lesley Sims Illustrator: David Semple Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/02/2022

Who's that flying in the sky? It's SuperOwl! She comes to the rescue, time and again, but is everything quite as it seems? A funny rhyming story, specially written to develop phonemic awareness, starring quirky characters and stunning illustrations. With free online audio to listen to the story.

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