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Penny Dolan - Author

About the Author

Penny Dolan is well known for a host of books for younger readers. A Boy Called M.O.U.S.E, published by Bloomsbury in October 2010, is her first novel for older readers.

Penny grew up in North London, where her favourite things included a Pollock’s Toy Theatre, a ragged makeup bag full of used greasepaint, a small stuffed alligator and a wooden box of old paints. School taught her she was too tall to act, too awkward to be a dancer, to dim to learn the Reform Laws and not quite good enough an artist. Penny loved writing, having been saved from expulsion by school writing competition prizes, but she was losing confidence fast.

So she became a primary school teacher, where the things she most enjoyed teaching were drama, art, history and English. Luckily, she attended a writing course for teachers where, encouraged by authors Dennis Hamley and Jan Mark, she rediscovered her own writing. Eventually Penny gave up her enormous school painting table and left teaching to follow her “author” dream.

Penny now works happily as children’s writer and storyteller, dreaming up all sorts of characters in her head, acting them out within the words of her writing, as well as sharing stories with children and young people on her many school visits. Her writing includes picture book texts, early readers and novels for older children.  She enjoys djembe drumming, books, map-reading and art.

Penny lives in North Yorkshire and has one cat, two grown up children and three untidy desks.

Author photo © Michael James Dolan 2010

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Reading Champion: Fly Home, Blue! Independent Reading Orange 6

Reading Champion: Fly Home, Blue! Independent Reading Orange 6

Author: Penny Dolan Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 10/09/2020

Tom has a brilliant racing pigeon called Blue. Grandad has arranged for Blue to fly in his first race! Everyone is very excited, especially Blue, but can he find his way home to Tom and Grandad? Reading Champion offers independent reading books for children to practise and reinforce their developing reading skills. Fantastic, original stories are accompanied by engaging artwork and a reading activity. Each book has been carefully graded so that it can be matched to a child's reading ability, encouraging reading for pleasure.

Reading Champion: Vixen Independent Reading Gold 9

Reading Champion: Vixen Independent Reading Gold 9

Author: Penny Dolan Format: Hardback Release Date: 13/08/2020

This story is part of Reading Champion, a series carefully linked to book bands to encourage independent reading skills, developed with Dr Sue Bodman and Glen Franklin of UCL Institute of Education (IOE). Vixen's den is in the garden of an old house. And she has a very special reason to hide away there this summer ... Reading Champion offers independent reading books for children to practise and reinforce their developing reading skills. Fantastic, original stories are accompanied by engaging artwork and a reading activity. Each book has been carefully graded so that it can be matched to a child's reading ability, encouraging reading for pleasure.

Reading Champion: Boots in the Mud Independent Reading Purple 8

Reading Champion: Boots in the Mud Independent Reading Purple 8

Author: Penny Dolan Format: Hardback Release Date: 11/06/2020

This story is part of Reading Champion, a series carefully linked to book bands to encourage independent reading skills, developed with Dr Sue Bodman and Glen Franklin of UCL Institute of Education (IOE) Boots in the Mud is about the muddiest muddle imaginable! When Mia and Harry go for a walk in the forest with their mum and cousins, the mud gets the best of them as they try to cross a stream. Everyone has to laugh when they figure out what's happened to their boots in the mud! Reading Champion offers independent reading books for children to practise and reinforce their developing reading skills. Fantastic, original stories are accompanied by engaging artwork and a reading activity. Each book has been carefully graded so that it can be matched to a child's reading ability, encouraging reading for pleasure.

Reading Champion: Splash! Independent Reading Turquoise 7

Reading Champion: Splash! Independent Reading Turquoise 7

Author: Penny Dolan Format: Hardback Release Date: 23/04/2020

Splash the merboy is happily playing in the waves when the tide goes out and leaves him stranded in a rock pool. Can he make it back to sea safely? Reading Champion offers independent reading books for children to practise and reinforce their developing reading skills. Fantastic, original stories are accompanied by engaging artwork and a reading activity. Each book has been carefully graded so that it can be matched to a child's reading ability, encouraging reading for pleasure. Independent Reading Turquoise 7 stories are perfect for children aged 5+ who are reading at book band 7 (Turquoise) in classroom reading lessons.

Reading Champion: Froggo Independent Reading Turquoise 7

Reading Champion: Froggo Independent Reading Turquoise 7

Author: Penny Dolan Format: Hardback Release Date: 09/04/2020

Froggo lives in the pond with the other frogs and they are always hearing the story of the frog who kissed a princess and turned into a prince.... and Froggo just cannot think of anything worse! So when he retrieves the children's football, he is in for a surprise! Reading Champion offers independent reading books for children to practise and reinforce their developing reading skills. Fantastic, original stories are accompanied by engaging artwork and a reading activity. Each book has been carefully graded so that it can be matched to a child's reading ability, encouraging reading for pleasure. Independent Reading Turquoise 7 stories are perfect for children aged 5+ who are reading at book band 7 (Turquoise) in classroom reading lessons.

Reading Champion: Fly Home, Blue! Independent Reading Orange 6

Reading Champion: Fly Home, Blue! Independent Reading Orange 6

Author: Penny Dolan Format: Hardback Release Date: 12/03/2020

Tom has a brilliant racing pigeon called Blue. Grandad has arranged for Blue to fly in his first race! Everyone is very excited, especially Blue, but can he find his way home to Tom and Grandad? Reading Champion offers independent reading books for children to practise and reinforce their developing reading skills. Fantastic, original stories are accompanied by engaging artwork and a reading activity. Each book has been carefully graded so that it can be matched to a child's reading ability, encouraging reading for pleasure.

Reading Champion: Flip the Flamingo Independent Reading Blue 4

Reading Champion: Flip the Flamingo Independent Reading Blue 4

Author: Penny Dolan Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 24/04/2018

Flip is a baby flamingo who discovers it's hard to stand on your own two feet, at first! Reading Champion offers independent reading books for children to practise and reinforce their developing reading skills. Fantastic, original stories are accompanied by engaging artwork and a reading activity. Each book has been carefully graded so that it can be matched to a child's reading ability, encouraging reading for pleasure. Independent Reading Blue 4 stories are perfect for children aged 5-6 who are reading at book band 4 (Blue) in classroom reading lessons.

Reading Champion: Little Spook Independent Reading Orange 6

Reading Champion: Little Spook Independent Reading Orange 6

Author: Penny Dolan Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 24/04/2018

In this story, Little Spook is afraid of something - but none of the Spook family can work out what is frightening him. Then a little firefly comes to the rescue ... Reading Champion offers independent reading books for children to practise and reinforce their developing reading skills. Fantastic, original stories are accompanied by engaging artwork and a reading activity. Each book has been carefully graded so that it can be matched to a child's reading ability, encouraging reading for pleasure. Independent Reading: Orange stories are perfect for children aged 5+ who are reading at book band 6 (Orange) in classroom reading lessons.

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