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Felicity Brooks was born in Guildford in 1961. She studied English and Drama at Exeter University and worked in Theatre-in-Education and as a freelance lexicographer and teacher of trainee pilots before starting a career in children's publishing nearly 20 years ago.
As well as devising numerous novelty books for babies and toddlers, she has retold myths and legends and worked on encyclopedias, dictionaries, history, geography, languages, poetry, picture books, science, maths and nature.
Her books have won the Practical Pre-school gold and silver medals, the Right Start gold award, The TES Senior Information Book award, La Science se Livre award and been short-listed for the Aventis prizes for science books.
Felicity lives in Oxfordshire with her husband and their seven-year old daughter, Olivia.
author photo © Usborne Publishing
Families come in all shapes and sizes and from all sorts of backgrounds. They speak various languages, eat different sorts of food, live in different kinds of homes and celebrate special occasions in a variety of ways. A celebration of family differences, this is a busy book full of all-embracing illustrations of every kind of family imaginable that are fun to look at time and time again. Beyond just giving pleasure, All About Family is also designed to ensure every child feels that their kind of family is just one of many and not anything unusual. The short accompanying words to each picture briefly and helpfully explain technical terms such a as adoption and fostering.
Starting school is a big thing for little children and their parents and this excellent book offers masses of useful advice and bags of reassurance for all. Five little animal characters have just started school and are there to tell readers all about it; they describe a typical day’s timetable, from register through playtime, lunchtime and storytime, through to going home time. They also gently advise children on what they’ll need to know, e.g. colours, numbers, the seasons, letters of the alphabet. It’s bright and inviting to look at and the information is presented in a really friendly and accessible way. A lovely introduction to the Early Years curriculum and school life. ~ Andrea Reece
Bright, attractive pages and friendly text scattered with questions and invitations make this book a great way to start children thinking about who they are and how they fit into our world. One double page spread follows Anisha throughout her day, from getting up to school, playtime and home life, concluding, ‘Can you draw some pictures of your day?’; there are pages on feelings, on clothes and food – what’s good to eat and why; and a page to show how what we can do changes as we grow up. Children are encouraged to complete scenes with colourful stickers of both words and images. An excellent and inclusive first book. ~ Andrea Reece
Use your imagination and creativity with transfers and crayons to create eleven exquisite gardens from a cottage garden to a summer meadow. Each garden has a delicate line drawing to colour in and a colourful picture to fill with beautiful rub-down transfers of flowers, butterflies, birds, frogs and fish. The transfers are stored in a wallet inside the front cover. Lovereading Review will follow.
Very attractive to look at, clearly laid out and including lots of questions for readers and suggestions for things they can do after reading, this is a very good first information book. It begins with a definition of nature and goes on to look at plants and trees, then animals, insects, birds and fish explaining such things as food chains and life cycles and how all creatures from tiny bugs to huge whales are classified into groups. The illustrations are very appealing, particularly those of the flowers and trees, and it’s a book to encourage children to look at the world around them. ~ Andrea Reece
A beautiful, sumptuous gift edition perfect for a Christening, naming ceremony or first birthday. Beautifully illustrated with the charming artwork of Richard Johnson packaged in a sturdy slipcase protecting the cover, makes this a gift to treasure for many years.
A charmingly illustrated word book, filled with familiar animals for little children to spot and name. Perfect for sharing with babies and toddlers or for children to enjoy by themselves. Provides lots for children to look at and talk about, encouraging vocabulary building and word recognition.
Quack! Quack! goes the duck every time you press the button and the very youngest readers will press the button many, many times over. And they can also stroke duck’s fluffy feathers and feel his shiny beak and slippery webbed feet in this charming story introduction to a baby duck. If you’re looking for other great books for this age range then go to our Babies and Toddlers category.
This delightful book and jigsaw is an ideal way to introduce the numbers 1-10. The bright, appealing illustrations provide plenty of opportunities for counting, helping children understand the link between numbers and quantities, and the large, clear text supports the development of number recognition skills.
With simple, clear text and bright, beautiful illustrations introducing all the colours of the rainbow, this delightful book and jigsaw set is an ideal way for little children to have fun developing visual recognition skills.
Take a whistle-stop tour through the alphabet from amazing aardvarks, big brown bears and crazy cats to dancing ducks, naughty narwhals and sleeping sloths. With gorgeous illustrations by Sophia Touliatou, simple facts and capital and little letters on every page, this is a lovely book to share with a young child.
A fun counting book with rhyming text and big flaps to lift. Buzz, buzz, buzz. What can that be? Can you find one buzzy bee?' Little children can learn to count to 10 by lifting the flaps of this appealing board book to find one bee, two croaking frogs, three splashing fish and many more animals. There's a little surprise at the end of the book with encouragement to count back down from 10 to zero.
A delightful picture book that will help readers learn, revise and enrich their vocabulary. Illustrated with miniature hand-modelled characters and objects, with a dictionary of all the words and a pronunciation guide. Perfect for young children learning to read or speak another language.
Winner - Schools Library Association Information Book Award A fantastic journey through an amazing world of over 130 colours, including the primary and secondary colours and descriptive colour words, such as canary yellow, russet and mint green. Includes a colour wheel to turn to see which colours go well together and a see-through acetate page to flip to see what happens when you mix colours. A delightful book to share and talk about with a young child, and to use as inspiration for writing and painting as they grow older.
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