Katie Daynes - Author

About the Author

Katie studied languages at Cambridge University and soon discovered it wasn’t just French or Italian she loved, but language itself.

Her first job was writing reviews of curry houses in verse. Her second was writing science and business articles. Her third and favourite job is writing educational books for children. She loves tackling new subjects and making them come alive for young readers. So far she has written about everything from trucks and toilets to space and Churchill.

Katie now has two little children of her own and they are definitely her fiercest critics.

Featured books by Katie Daynes

Other books by Katie Daynes

Reading Planet - Big Beasts - Purple: Galaxy

Reading Planet - Big Beasts - Purple: Galaxy

Author: Katie Daynes Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 25/01/2019

Reading Planet - My How to Be Happy Scrapbook - Gold: Galaxy

Reading Planet - My How to Be Happy Scrapbook - Gold: Galaxy

Author: Katie Daynes Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 25/01/2019

Look Inside a Hospital

Look Inside a Hospital

Author: Katie Daynes Format: Board book Release Date: 10/01/2019

Look Inside a Hospital is a fabulous addition to the Look Inside series, a fascinating insight into what really goes on in a hospital and an important book for any child who might be visiting ill relatives or need to go into hospital themselves. Find out what it's like to stay overnight, how operations happen and where babies are born.

What is Snow?

What is Snow?

Author: Katie Daynes Format: Board book Release Date: 01/11/2018

This delightful flap book explores the magic of snow, from a fresh flurry in the garden to the icy north and south poles. Unfurl a giant snowflake, reveal footprints in the snow, discover what else you can do with snow and follow a simple water cycle to see where snow goes when it melts.

Reading Planet - Incredible Creatures from Greek Myths - Orange: Galaxy

Reading Planet - Incredible Creatures from Greek Myths - Orange: Galaxy

Author: Katie Daynes Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 26/10/2018

Galaxy reading books are a wonderful collection of fiction, non-fiction, poetry and plays to capture the interest of every child, helping to develop a life-long love of reading. Which beasts from the Greek myths were good and which ones were very bad? This simple introduction to some of Greek mythologies well-known creatures includes a summary of each character and a 'beastometer' to measure their beastly qualities!

Reading Planet - Teddy Bears - Yellow: Galaxy

Reading Planet - Teddy Bears - Yellow: Galaxy

Author: Katie Daynes Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 26/10/2018

Galaxy reading books are a wonderful collection of fiction, non-fiction, poetry and plays to capture the interest of every child, helping to develop a life-long love of reading. Teddy bears are very old toys, but where do they come from? This non-fiction book takes a look at the history of teddy bears, their origins and how they have become an important childhood toy for generations.

Why Does the Sun Shine?

Why Does the Sun Shine?

Author: Katie Daynes Format: Board book Release Date: 04/10/2018

How does the sun help us? What's it made of? And where does the sun go at night? Discover the answers to these questions and many more in this gorgeous introduction to the sun for little children, with over 30 flaps to lift, delightful illustrations and simple text. Published in association with the Science Museum, London.

What is Sleep?

What is Sleep?

Author: Katie Daynes Format: Board book Release Date: 02/08/2018

What happens when you fall asleep? Why do we need sleep? And what are dreams? Curious little children can lift over 30 flaps to find the answers to these questions and many more in this delightful introduction to sleep, with simple explanations and gorgeous illustrations on every page.

How Do Animals Talk?

How Do Animals Talk?

Author: Katie Daynes Format: Board book Release Date: 21/05/2018

Why do birds sing? Can animals talk with smells? And what do their markings mean? Young animal lovers can find the answers to these questions and many more in this adorable lift-the-flap information book. With colourful illustrations, simple text and chunky flaps to lift, this is a fascinating introduction to animals big and small.

What's it Like in Space?

What's it Like in Space?

Author: Katie Daynes Format: Board book Release Date: 01/11/2017

What are Germs?

What are Germs?

Author: Katie Daynes Format: Board book Release Date: 21/08/2017

Lift-The-Flap Questions and Answers about Nature

Lift-The-Flap Questions and Answers about Nature

Author: Katie Daynes Format: Board book Release Date: 01/08/2017

Why Do We Need Bees?

Why Do We Need Bees?

Author: Katie Daynes Format: Board book Release Date: 01/07/2017

Reading Planet - Glass - Purple: Galaxy

Reading Planet - Glass - Purple: Galaxy

Author: Katie Daynes Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 26/05/2017

Galaxy reading books are a wonderful collection of fiction, non-fiction, poetry and plays to capture the interest of every child, helping to develop a life-long love of reading. There is glass all around you, from the windows you look through to the glasses you drink from. But where does this amazing material come from? How is it made? Reading age: 6-7 years

Reading Planet - A Picture Guide to the UK - Purple: Galaxy

Reading Planet - A Picture Guide to the UK - Purple: Galaxy

Author: Katie Daynes Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 26/05/2017

Galaxy reading books are a wonderful collection of fiction, non-fiction, poetry and plays to capture the interest of every child, helping to develop a life-long love of reading. There are four countries in the United Kingdom. Learn about the people, places, food and events from each one which make the United Kingdom such an interesting place to live! Reading age: 6-7 years

Lift-The-Flap Questions and Answers about Science

Lift-The-Flap Questions and Answers about Science

Author: Katie Daynes Format: Board book Release Date: 01/01/2017

How Do I See?

How Do I See?

Author: Katie Daynes Format: Board book Release Date: 19/12/2016

Reading Planet - Time - Orange: Galaxy

Reading Planet - Time - Orange: Galaxy

Author: Katie Daynes Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 28/10/2016

Galaxy reading books are a wonderful collection of fiction, non-fiction, poetry and plays to capture the interest of every child, helping to develop a life-long love of reading. Why are there 24 hours in a day and seven days in a week? How do we know there are 12 months in a year? Time to find out in this clear and concise information book! Reading age: 5-6 years

Reading Planet - When Gran was a Girl - Orange: Galaxy

Reading Planet - When Gran was a Girl - Orange: Galaxy

Author: Katie Daynes Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 28/10/2016

Galaxy reading books are a wonderful collection of fiction, non-fiction, poetry and plays to capture the interest of every child, helping to develop a life-long love of reading. Things were very different when Gran was young. She didn't have a television and she washed in a metal tub in the kitchen! Discover what other things were different when Gran was a girl in this engaging information book. Reading age: 5-6 years

Reading Planet - Our World Picture Atlas - Orange: Galaxy

Reading Planet - Our World Picture Atlas - Orange: Galaxy

Author: Katie Daynes Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 28/10/2016

Galaxy reading books are a wonderful collection of fiction, non-fiction, poetry and plays to capture the interest of every child, helping to develop a life-long love of reading. Turn each page of this non-fiction title to explore some amazing places and learn lots of fascinating things about our incredible planet. Packed with maps, photos and facts, this information book provides a fantastic introduction to world geography. Reading age: 5-6 years

Lift-The-Flap Very First Questions & Answers What is Poo?

Lift-The-Flap Very First Questions & Answers What is Poo?

Author: Katie Daynes Format: Board book Release Date: 24/10/2016

Lift-The-Flap Questions and Answers about Food

Lift-The-Flap Questions and Answers about Food

Author: Katie Daynes Format: Board book Release Date: 24/10/2016

Beginners Plus Racing Cars

Beginners Plus Racing Cars

Author: Katie Daynes Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/07/2016

* A brand new series on the world's most exciting vehicles, sure to appeal to boys of all ages and reading abilities. * Full of information on racing cars from how they were invented, the rules, circuits and cars of Formula One and a break down of the different models of indy, stock, rally and sports cars. * Visually exciting and highly informative, each racing car subject is presented in a fun and accessible way with photographs, illustrated diagrams and comic strips. * Internet links offer a fascinating selection of recommended websites - with sound, animation, video clips and much more, which provide additional information for projects and homework.

Lift-The-Flap Questions and Answers About Time

Lift-The-Flap Questions and Answers About Time

Author: Katie Daynes Format: Board book Release Date: 01/06/2016

A quirky lift-the-flap book that answers children's questions about time. A fun book to dip in and out of, this book is a great way to help time fly while learning all about it. An interactive board book with over 60 flaps, exploring all kinds of questions that young children ask about the world around them. Lift the flaps to discover the answers to lots of 'what?', 'why?', 'how?', 'when?' and 'who?' questions. Provides friendly, simple answers to challenging questions, with entertaining and informative illustrations. Illustrations: Full colour throughout

Where Do Babies Come From?

Where Do Babies Come From?

Author: Katie Daynes Format: Board book Release Date: 01/06/2016

A simple but effective lift-the-flap book that explains the facts of the life to young children with easy, comprehensible text. Lots of questions for inquisitive young minds. The colourful illustrations, large and simple text and chunky flaps reveal the answers. The little curious ones's questions about the facts of life are finally answered in a way that is both sensible and approachable for them. It tells children enough facts to satisfy their curiosity without getting into the specific details which will be learnt at an older age. Illustrations: Full colour throughout

Icarus, The Boy Who Flew Too High

Icarus, The Boy Who Flew Too High

Author: Katie Daynes Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/04/2016

A new addition to the Young Reading Series. Read the lengendary story of Icarus, an ambitious young man who always wanted more. When Icarus and his father, Daedalus, find themselves trapped in a high tower on an island, they concoct a plan to soar to freedom. However, Daedalus warns Icarus of the dangers of boasting and flying too close to the sun, but will he listen? Illustrations: Full colour throughout

What Makes it Rain?

What Makes it Rain?

Author: Katie Daynes Format: Board book Release Date: 01/11/2015

What makes it rain? How do rainbows appear? How hot is the sun? Why does lightning flash? Where does wind come from? Young children can find out the answers to these questions and more by lifting the flaps in this friendly, illustrated introduction to the science of weather.

My First Story Writing Book

My First Story Writing Book

Author: Katie Daynes, Louie Stowell Format: Spiral bound Release Date: 01/08/2015

A write-in book for complete beginners, who want to write stories but don't know where to start. Starting with easy word games, the book takes the young writer through each part of story-writing. From creating characters using doodling and using picture prompts to develop description skills, the book builds up to writing whole short stories.

Romans

Romans

Author: Katie Daynes Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/08/2015

Who were the ancient Romans? Where did they go to eat, shop and wash? What did they do for fun? You'll find the answers to these questions and lots more in this book about life in Roman times, featuring short, informative text, vivid, full colour illustrations and photographs on every page.

Lift-the-Flap Questions and Answers About Dinosaurs

Lift-the-Flap Questions and Answers About Dinosaurs

Author: Katie Daynes Format: Board book Release Date: 14/12/2014

If you know a child who is obsessed with dinosaurs and constantly asking about these amazing prehistoric creatures, this engaging, interactive flap book will answer lots of their questions. With entertaining and informative illustrations and over 50 flaps to lift and look beneath.

See Inside Weather & Climate

See Inside Weather & Climate

Author: Katie Daynes Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 24/11/2014

This is a lift-the-flap book that introduces readers to the science of weather. The work is filled with facts from how hurricanes and floods happen to how global warming is affecting the Earth's climates.

The Enormous Turnip

The Enormous Turnip

Author: Katie Daynes Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/07/2014

Each title in this series is a classic story or fable, retold with simple text to delight and inspire any child who is just beginning to read.

Tom Thumb

Tom Thumb

Author: Katie Daynes Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/07/2014

Tiny Tom Thumb is no larger than his father's thumb and he's always getting into trouble. this traditional tale from English folklore is carefully retold for young readers. Part of the Usborne Reading Programme developed with reading experts at the University of Roehampton. * First Reading Level three are real books for beginner readers which develop reading stamina through simple, repetitive text. * Part of a collectable library of over 250 titles.

Lift-the-flap Questions and Answers About Animals

Lift-the-flap Questions and Answers About Animals

Author: Katie Daynes Format: Hardback Release Date: 19/05/2014

Many children are fascinated by animals and this engaging flap book will answer lots of their questions. It features entertaining and informative illustrations and over 50 flaps to lift and look beneath.

Lots of Things to Spot at School

Lots of Things to Spot at School

Author: Katie Daynes Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 24/03/2014

The busy pages in this colourful book are bursting with things to spot and talk about, simple games and puzzles, and over 200 stickers to complete the activities. Little children can spot the animal teachers, and the baby bears, rabbits, penguins and zebras on their first day of school, and hundreds of other familiar items from school.

Lift the Flap Questions and Answers about your Body

Lift the Flap Questions and Answers about your Body

Author: Katie Daynes Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/10/2013

Children are always asking questions and their bodies are an endless source of fascination to them. This quirkily illustrated book has lots of answers and will engross curious children. You can find the answers to intriguing questions such as How do I smell things? What makes me burp? Why do I need to wash my hands? Why is blood red? And lots more. It offers friendly, simple answers to challenging questions, with entertaining and informative illustrations.

Look Inside a Farm

Look Inside a Farm

Author: Katie Daynes Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/08/2013

This title is full of surprises to keep enquiring minds entertained, including flaps beneath flaps, spinning wheels and a miniature fold-out booklet. You can discover what a cow's day is like, how a farm changes with the seasons and about the different animals and machines that can be found on the farm. This innovative flap book introduces children to life on a farm.

Easy French

Easy French

Author: Katie Daynes, Nicole Irving, Ann Johns Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/04/2013

An introduction to French for English speakers of all ages. Easy phrases, useful vocabularly and simple grammar, accompanied by lively illustrations. A helpful back-up for language learning at school.

The Story of Cars [Book with CD]

The Story of Cars [Book with CD]

Author: Katie Daynes Format: CD-Audio Release Date: 01/12/2012

A lively account of the story of cars designed for English language learners. Follows the history of cars from the early designs of Leonardo Da Vinci to the modern machines seen on roads everyday. Comes with a CD, which contains full readings of the text by native speakers in both British English and American English.

Lift the Flap Questions and Answers

Lift the Flap Questions and Answers

Author: Katie Daynes Format: Board book Release Date: 01/10/2012

This is a beautiful board book, with over 60 flaps. It provides friendly, charming answers to challenging questions that young children love to ask. Bold, question word headings (Who? Why? Where? etc.) bring together an eclectic mix of subject areas, making it the perfect book to dip into. The illustrations are both entertaining and informative, and the text is written simply and clearly, with an added touch of humour.

The Little Mermaid

The Little Mermaid

Author: Katie Daynes Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 21/09/2012

An enchanting re-working of this classic tale by Hans Christian Andersen, which tells the story of the beautiful mermaid who sacrifices her life at sea and her beautiful voice so that she can be with the handsome prince she loves.

Young Reading With CD Jack and the Beanstalk

Young Reading With CD Jack and the Beanstalk

Author: Katie Daynes Format: Mixed media product Release Date: 01/11/2011

The classic tale of Jack and the Beanstalk humorously revisited. Part of Young Reading Series 1 for children just starting to read alone.

The Enormous Turnip English Learner's Edition

The Enormous Turnip English Learner's Edition

Author: Katie Daynes Format: Mixed media product Release Date: 01/09/2011

This is the classic story of The Enormous Turnip retold with simple text and delightful illustrations. When the farmer can't pull a turnip out of the ground, he enlists his entire family to help him. But just how big can a turnip grow? First Reading Level Three titles help beginner readers develop reading stamina and include character sheets or maps and the main story. This title is part of the Usborne Reading Programme developed with reading experts at the University of Roehampton.

Young Reading CD Packs The Adventures of Sinbad the Sailor

Young Reading CD Packs The Adventures of Sinbad the Sailor

Author: Katie Daynes Format: Mixed media product Release Date: 01/07/2011

A classic adventure story for children who have just started to read alone. Sinbad is the most fearless sailor on the seven seas, facing trolls, giants, whales and wild storms on his adventures. But is his luck about to run out? Vibrantly illustrated by Paddy Mounter. Developed in conjunction with reading experts from Roehampton University.

First Reading Four The Reluctant Dragon

First Reading Four The Reluctant Dragon

Author: Katie Daynes Format: Mixed media product Release Date: 01/07/2011

A humorous story for children just beginning to read. Whoever heard of a dragon who doesn't like fighting? And what will happen when the boldest dragon fighter of them all comes to stay? Part of the Usborne Reading Programme developed with reading experts at the University of Roehampton.

The Story of Pinocchio

The Story of Pinocchio

Author: Katie Daynes Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/05/2011

The story of the wooden puppet that wants to be a real boy is brought to life in this classic picture book with stunning illustrations and simple text.

1001 Things to Spot in the Sea

1001 Things to Spot in the Sea

Author: Katie Daynes Format: Hardback Release Date: 27/11/2009

From submersibles to squirrel fish, children will love finding all the things under the sea in a new edition of this popular picture puzzle book. Bright, busy scenes of different habitats provide plenty of material for both readers and pre-readers to talk about. Simple text and eye-catching illustrations combine to help children develop skills in reading, counting, matching and identification.

The Reluctant Dragon

The Reluctant Dragon

Author: Katie Daynes Format: Hardback Release Date: 24/04/2009

This is a new title in the fantastic First Reading series, aimed at children who are beginning to read. When a young boy meets a dragon who doesn't believe in violence he has to defend his new friend from the slash-happy St. George the dragonslayer. This book is developed in consultation with Alison Kelly, who is a senior lecturer in education and an early reading specialist from Roehampton University. It offers a great value quality hardback with ribbon marker guaranteed to foster pride in book ownership.

The Story of Rubbish

The Story of Rubbish

Author: Katie Daynes Format: Hardback Release Date: 30/01/2009

This is a new edition to the classic title in Young Reading Series Two , which is aimed at children whose reading ability and confidence allows them to tackle longer and more complex stories. It smells horrible and look disgusting, but rubbish hasn't always been a problem. Some of it can even be useful. You can squelch through its intriguing story, past ancient animal droppings, stinking sewers and dirty nappies. It is developed in consultation with Alison Kelly, who is a senior lecturer in education and an early reading specialist from Roehampton University.

Vietnam War

Vietnam War

Author: Katie Daynes Format: Hardback Release Date: 31/01/2008

The history of the Vietnam War, from Vietnam's struggle for independence from the French to the protracted peace process which bought the conflict with the USA to an end. Contains details about the guerrilla nature in which fighting was conducted, major offensives, and the daily life of a soldier. A new title in Young Reading Series Three , which is aimed at children whose reading ability and confidence allows them to tackle longer and more complex stories.

Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves

Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves

Author: Katie Daynes Format: Hardback Release Date: 30/11/2007

A classic folktale retold with easy-reading text for children who have just started reading alone. Ali Baba has discovered a cave full of treasure. It's a dream come true! But soon he has a nosy brother and forty thieves to deal with...Part of the Usborne Reading Programme developed with reading experts at the University of Roehampton.

See Inside London

See Inside London

Author: Katie Daynes, Rob Lloyd Jones Format: Hardback Release Date: 27/07/2007

Delve deep under London's streets from the days when the Romans ruled through to the hustle and bustle of the modern-day capital in this brand new title in the See Inside series. This title includes double page spreads on medieval times, the Tudor period, the Plague, the Great Fire of London, the restoration, Victorian London and the Blitz, each containing absorbing and fascinating historical detail. It contains over fifty sturdy flaps.

The Little Mermaid

The Little Mermaid

Author: Katie Daynes Format: CD-Audio Release Date: 27/07/2007

An enchanting and vivid re-working of this classic tale by Hans Christian Andersen. Part of Young Reading Series 1 for children just starting to read alone. The audio CD includes a dramatic listen-along recording with music and sound effects, followed by a read-along version with prompts for page turns.

See Inside Pirate Ships

See Inside Pirate Ships

Author: Katie Daynes Format: Hardback Release Date: 27/07/2007

Venture onto the high seas in this illustrated book that explores the history of pirates from the days of the ancient Greeks through to the bloodthirsty buccaneers of the 18th century. Every spread contains bright and detailed original colour illustrations that reveal all there is to know about the world of pirates, including an exploration of an authentic pirate galleon, a visit to a notorious pirate port and a pirate ship wrecked at the bottom of the ocean, waiting to reveal its hidden treasure...It contains over fifty flaps, which children can lift to delve further into the world of pirates, parrots, pieces of eight and barrels of rum. In addition to being hugely entertaining, this book is also immensely informative and is packed with accurate historical information.

The Story of Cars

The Story of Cars

Author: Katie Daynes Format: Hardback Release Date: 27/07/2007

Young Reading Series Two is aimed at children whose reading ability is beginning to grow, and helps build confidence and ability. Six popular titles in Usborne Young Reading Series Two are re-issued in luxurious hardback editions with ribbon markers. The Young Reading series is developed in consultation with Alison Kelly, who is a senior lecturer in education and an early reading specialist from Roehampton University.

Firefighters

Firefighters

Author: Katie Daynes Format: Hardback Release Date: 29/06/2007

Fires, accidents, earthquakes and floods - firefighters are never far from danger. This thrilling book shows where they work, how they fight fires and how they rescue people. Usborne Beginners is an exciting series of books for children who are beginning to read on their own.

Beginners Trucks

Beginners Trucks

Author: Katie Daynes Format: Hardback Release Date: 29/06/2007

This exploration of trucks is part of a series introducing children to the wonder of the world around them. It has two reading levels, with a simple sentence on each page for beginners, accompanied by more complex information which can be read as the child's ability grows.

Sinbad The Sailor

Sinbad The Sailor

Author: Katie Daynes Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 27/04/2007

Sinbad is the most fearless sailor on the seven seas, facing trolls, giants, whales and wild storms on his adventures. But is his luck about to run out? The classic adventure story, specially rewritten as part of the Usborne Young Reading Programme for children who have just started to read alone.

Farm Animals

Farm Animals

Author: Katie Daynes Format: Hardback Release Date: 17/10/2006

This exploration of farm animals is part of a series introducing children to the wonder of the world around them. It has two reading levels, with a simple sentence on each page for beginners, accompanied by more complex information which can be read as the child's ability grows.

The Enormous Turnip

The Enormous Turnip

Author: Katie Daynes Format: Hardback Release Date: 25/08/2006

Each title in this series is a classic story or fable, retold with simple text to delight and inspire any child who is just beginning to read.

The Revealing Story Of Underwear

The Revealing Story Of Underwear

Author: Katie Daynes Format: Hardback Release Date: 28/07/2006

A fascinating delve into the history of underwear, from the first medieval pants to rib-cracking corsets and petticoats so wide women had trouble fitting through doors. Children can read how historical, social and industrial factors have affected what we wear under our clothes. Specially written as part of the Usborne Young Reading Programme for children growing in reading confidence.

Living In Space

Living In Space

Author: Katie Daynes Format: Hardback Release Date: 30/06/2006

How do astronauts travel into space? Where do they live when they get there? What do they do all day? In this book you'll find the answers and lots more amazing facts about living in space. This non-fiction series aims to encourage children to access the wonder of the world around them. The easy-to-read text has been specially written with the help of a reading expert.

See Inside Ancient Rome

See Inside Ancient Rome

Author: Katie Daynes Format: Hardback Release Date: 26/05/2006

Colourful scenes with over 50 flaps to lift reveal fascinating historical details of life in Ancient Rome. Bright, clear illustrations show scenes such as a gladiator fight at the Colosseum, the workings of a Roman Bath and the Roman legion defending the farthest reaches of the Empire.

Hitler

Hitler

Author: Katie Daynes Format: Hardback Release Date: 25/02/2006

These are four new titles in this burgeoning series, providing a great introduction to the remarkable lives of important historical figures. Each book describes a famous life, following the protagonist through their triumphs and tribulations. It has lively speech, colourful illustrations and photographs that bring the reader closer to the action as the story unfolds.

The Fabulous Story Of Fashion

The Fabulous Story Of Fashion

Author: Katie Daynes Format: Hardback Release Date: 25/02/2006

A fantastic new gift edition in the Usborne Young Reading series, this is a title to treasure, published in foiled hardback with a ribbon marker. This entertaining title tells the fascinating story of fashion - from cavemen's coats to the catwalk couture of the modern age. Beautifully and vividly illustrated, this book is full of fabulous fashion detail, bringing the costumes alive through every fold, sequin and pearl. Usborne's Young Reading series was developed in conjunction with experts from the University of Surrey and is designed to encourage independent reading. Each title has clear, engaging text and is accompanied by original illustrations.

Winston Churchill

Winston Churchill

Author: Katie Daynes Format: Hardback Release Date: 25/02/2006

These are four new titles in this burgeoning series, providing a great introduction to the remarkable lives of important historical figures. Each book describes a famous life, following the protagonist through their triumphs and tribulations. It has lively speech, colourful illustrations and photographs that bring the reader closer to the action as the story unfolds.

Jack And The Beanstalk

Jack And The Beanstalk

Author: Katie Daynes Format: Hardback Release Date: 28/01/2006

The classic tale of Jack and the Beanstalk is humorously revisited in this retelling of the traditional fairytale. Written as part of the Usborne Young Reading Programme, this title is specially rewritten for children just starting to read alone.

The Little Mermaid

The Little Mermaid

Author: Katie Daynes Format: Hardback Release Date: 26/08/2005

Marie Antoinette

Marie Antoinette

Author: Katie Daynes Format: Hardback Release Date: 27/05/2005

Hansel And Gretel

Hansel And Gretel

Author: Katie Daynes Format: Hardback Release Date: 29/04/2005

A classic fairytale from the Brothers Grimm retold in a lively fashion. Cheerily illustrated throughout by Jan McCafferty, illustrator of many Usborne favourites. Hansel and Gretel pit their wits against an evil stepmother and a wicked witch, but who will triumph at the end of the day? 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.

The Story Of Toilets, Telephones and Other Useful Inventions

The Story Of Toilets, Telephones and Other Useful Inventions

Author: Katie Daynes Format: Hardback Release Date: 29/10/2004

An amusing and informative history of the toilet, from cavemen's holes in the ground to Thomas Crapper's flushing toilet. Equally interesting tales of telephones, frozen food, soccer nets, safety razors and space inventions follow. Ages 5-7.

Pinocchio

Pinocchio

Author: Katie Daynes Format: Hardback Release Date: 24/09/2004

'Only good sons have the chance of becoming real boys', warns the wise cricket. But, try as he might, Pinocchio the puppet just can't stay out of trouble. Treasure hunts, false friends and funfairs lead him far from his poor, lonely father. Is Pinocchio doomed to be wooden forever?

Cleopatra

Cleopatra

Author: Katie Daynes Format: Hardback Release Date: 27/08/2004

This is a brand new series, bringing to life the fascinating lives of famous historical figures. Lively speech, gentle humour and full- colour illustrations bring the reader closer to the action as the story unfolds. Young readers will learn about each famous character as they read about their achievements. Ages 7-11

The Elves and the Shoemaker

The Elves and the Shoemaker

Author: Katie Daynes Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/01/1990

This is the classic tale, as recorded by The Brothers Grimm, specially re-written for children starting to read on their own. The shoemaker and his wife are on the verge of destitution when they discover, one morning, that they have received a visit from some mysterious helpers in the night. 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.

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