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Mick Manning, Brita Granstrom - Author

About the Author

Mick Manning and Brita Granstrom have been writing and illustrating children's books together for over fifteen years. Specialising in fun, lively non-fiction picture books, they have perfected their unique approach, sharing the illustrations between them and mixing up words and pictures in all sorts of inventive and delightful ways. They have won numerous awards and their books are published internationally in over 15 languages.
Their first book, The World is Full of Babies, won the Smarties Silver Prize in 1996 and their following collaboration, What's Under the Bed? won the TES Award for 1997.

Further success followed with the acclaimed Fly on the Wall series: Roman Fort, Pharaoh's Egypt, Viking Longship, Greek Hero, Tail-End Charlie and What Mr Darwin Saw. Both Roman Fort and Viking Longship were shortlisted for the English Association 4-11 Awards and Greek Hero won in 2008.
Snap! is the follow-up to Yuck! which was a regional winner of the Highland Book Awards 2006.
Recently Mick and Brita donated the entire body of work created for their book Fly on the Wall: Greek Hero to Seven Stories, the centre for children's books.  
Their lastest books include Charles Dickens: Scenes from an Extraordinary Life and the award winning Taff in the WAAF.

Mick and Brita live in the Scottish Borders and have 4 sons.

Featured books by Mick Manning, Brita Granstrom

Other books by Mick Manning, Brita Granstrom

How Should I Behave?

How Should I Behave?

Author: Mick Manning, Brita Granstrom Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 11/05/2017

A fun, but practical look at manners and the best ways of behaving Taking a friendly and practical look at manners and the appropriate way to react and conduct yourself in a particular situation, this title examines a range of scenarios. Find out why please and thank-you work; how hygiene helps; why it is kind to share. Friendly questions and answers also explore more sensitive issues such as dealing with bullies or strangers. Sharing this gently-humorous book is the perfect way to give sensible, reassuring advice to worried children. Perfect for readers aged 7 and up.

What's My Family Tree?

What's My Family Tree?

Author: Mick Manning, Brita Granstrom Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 09/03/2017

A lively, friendly introduction to the idea families by the award-winning team of Mick Manning and Brita Granstroem The book does not just explain straightforward connections like uncle or sister, but also sensitively introduces the idea of step-families, half-brothers and even adoption. The book celebrates the family in all its forms, encouraging not only a respect for your relatives but also other families around you, recognizing that no one family is the same. This book is one in a loosely-related series by award-winners Mick Manning and Brita Granstrom which takes an informative but friendly look at some of concerns of young children that relate to their immediate world and which they need to understand as part of 'growing up'. In doing so, they also provide an indispensable resource for any parent or teacher who is helping children understand these issues. Perfect for readers ages 7 and up.

How Will I Grow?

How Will I Grow?

Author: Mick Manning, Brita Granstrom Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 12/01/2017

A sensitive but straightforward introduction to how we change from a baby into an adult. Find out how bones grow; why our milk teeth fall out and what we need to do to be strong and healthy. Friendly questions and answers also explore what happens to boys and girls when they reach puberty, from how your body changes to falling in love. Sharing this book is the perfect, child-friendly way to answer those difficult questions about growing up. Perfect for readers aged 7 and up.

Oxford Reading Tree inFact: Oxford Level 5: Bird Sounds

Oxford Reading Tree inFact: Oxford Level 5: Bird Sounds

Author: Mick Manning, Brita Granstrom Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 08/09/2016

In this beautiful guide to birds and the sounds they make, readers will find falcons, kookaburras, yellowhammers and more, learning their calls and discovering facts about them. The birds are brought to life by stunning illustrations that make these creatures feel close enough to touch. Oxford Reading Tree inFact is a compelling non-fiction series that aims to engage children in reading for pleasure as powerfully as fiction does. The series includes 36 titles which are all phonically decodable, with some high-interest topic words to develop vocabulary and impart knowledge. The imaginative approach and variety of intriguing topics mean there are books to interest every child. The books are carefully levelled, making it easy to match every reader to the right book.

The Story of Britain

The Story of Britain

Author: Mick Manning, Brita Granstrom Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 12/05/2016

This sumptious book is a wonderful first-introduction to British history. Masters of illustrated non-fiction, Mick Manning and Brita Granstroem tell the story of Britain from the Stone Age up to the present in a truly integrated narrative of text and illustration. It moves throughs the Iron Age, Stonehenge, the Celts, the Romans and the Anglo-Saxons and Vikings, then on to the marvels of the Medieval era, the Tudors and Stuarts, the Industrial Revolution, the Victorians and the 20th century right up to the modern day. The exciting story is supplemented by many amazing facts and introduces key figures from kings, queens and military leaders to scientists, artists and writers. History doesn't have to be horrible - here it is gripping, fascinating and fun!

The Art Course

The Art Course

Author: Mick Manning, Brita Granstrom Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/08/2015

An inspiring project-based art course from multi-award-winning duo Mick Manning and Brita Granstrom. This comprehensive guide will introduce children to the joys of drawing from life, collage, painting, printmaking and more. The content is based on the couple's extensive experience, particularly the ten years Mick spent as a course leader at Glasgow School of Art and as an assessor for the RCA. Packed with novelties, including an in-built sketchpad, a colour wheel, a stencil and composition viewer, this is a ready-made activity kit ready for kids to pick up and get creative.

Oxford Reading Tree inFact: Level 10: The Life of Leonardo

Oxford Reading Tree inFact: Level 10: The Life of Leonardo

Author: Mick Manning, Brita Granstrom Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 11/09/2014

The Life of Leonardo is a biography of Leonardo da Vinci, one of the greatest artists in history. Find out about his paintings, his weird writing and some of his incredible inventions. Oxford Reading Tree inFact is a non-fiction series that aims to engage children in reading for pleasure as powerfully as fiction does. The variety of topics means there are books to interest every child in this compelling series. The series is written by top children's authors and subject experts. The books are carefully levelled, making it easy to match every child to the right book.

Oxford Reading Tree inFact: Level 8: Beaks and Feet

Oxford Reading Tree inFact: Level 8: Beaks and Feet

Author: Mick Manning, Brita Granstrom Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 11/09/2014

There are a lot of birds in Beaks and Feet. Can you guess who the beaks belong to? Then find out how beaks and feet help some animals to survive in their habitats. Oxford Reading Tree inFact is a non-fiction series that aims to engage children in reading for pleasure as powerfully as fiction does. The variety of topics means there are books to interest every child in this compelling series. The series is written by top children's authors and subject experts. The books are carefully levelled, making it easy to match every child to the right book.

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