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Kenneth Steven - Author

About the Author

Kenneth Steven is a versatile Scottish author who finds much of his inspiration in the landscape and people of northern Scotland. Kenneth began writing at the age of 12 and his first novel was published when he was 16. He now writes for both adults and children, from fiction, poetry and picture books (including The Sea Mice and the Stars which was short-listed for the Royal Mail Scottish Children’s Book Awards) to handbooks on the art of crafting and publishing poetry.

Kenneth also writes for broadcast (he was awarded a Gold Sony Radio Award in 2006 for his programme on St Kilda) and his fluency in Norwegian enables him to work on translations (his translation of Lars Saabye Christensen’s The Half Brother saw him long-listed for the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize and short-listed for the international IMPAC Award). Kenneth particularly loves the freedom that writing provides: the finding and weaving of stories and the ability to create a new world. Kenneth frequently presents his work to adults and children. He also offers himself as Writer in Residence to schools and the wider community.

Featured books by Kenneth Steven

Other books by Kenneth Steven

The Biggest Thing in the World

The Biggest Thing in the World

Author: Kenneth Steven Format: Hardback Release Date: 18/01/2013

A little polar bear cub explores the world with his mother and discovers many huge and wonderful things. But in answer to the question 'Is that the biggest thing in the world?' the answer is always 'no'. At the end of the day, little bear wants to know what the biggest thing really is - and finds out with his mother's help that it is love. This heart-warming picture book, with a final fold-out page, stars an adorable cast of wide-eyed animals which are sure to appeal to children and the grown-ups who share this story with them. Scottish author Kenneth Steven is the author of The Sea Mice and the Stars, a picture book which was chosen as the runner up in the inaugural 2006 Royal Mail Scottish Booktrust Awards.

Stories for a Fragile Planet

Stories for a Fragile Planet

Author: Kenneth Steven Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 21/09/2012

An author and poet, welcomed for his reflective and thought-provoking style, retells 10 stories from different cultures - from around the world and through the ages - which each highlight the importance of taking care of the world. These stories - from ancient Greece, the Far East, the Celts, Africa, Greenland, Russia, China, Japan, South America and ancient Israel - afford wonderful opportunities for Jane Ray's paradisiacal paintings of trees and flowers, animals and birds... in short, all creation.

The Biggest Thing in the World

The Biggest Thing in the World

Author: Kenneth Steven Format: Board book Release Date: 20/04/2012

A little polar bear cub explores the world with his mother and discovers many huge and wonderful things. But in answer to the question 'Is that the biggest thing in the world?' the answer is always 'no'. At the end of the day, little bear wants to know what the biggest thing really is - and finds out with his mother's help that it is love. This heart-warming picture story - now available in a board book - stars an adorable cast of wide-eyed animals which are sure to appeal to children and the grown-ups who share this story with them. Scottish author Kenneth Steven is the author of The Sea Mice and the Stars, a picture book which was chosen as the runner up in the 2006 Royal Mail Scottish Booktrust Awards.

Fergus Finds a Friend

Fergus Finds a Friend

Author: Kenneth Steven Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 22/09/2010

It's time for Fergus the young otter to leave home. During his journey along the riverbank he meets all sorts of new creatures, both friend and foe -- a robin, a butterfly, some dogs who chase him and, strangest of all, a prickly hedgehog. But will he find a new, safe place to make a home and friends of his own kind? This is a sweet story which will delight any animal-loving child.

Stories for a Fragile Planet

Stories for a Fragile Planet

Author: Kenneth Steven Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/09/2010

An author and poet, welcomed for his reflective and thought-provoking style, retells 10 stories from different cultures - from around the world and through the ages - which each highlight the importance of taking care of the world. These stories - from ancient Greece, the Far East, the Celts, Africa, Greenland, Russia, China, Japan, South America and ancient Israel - afford wonderful opportunities for Jane Ray's paradisiacal paintings of trees and flowers, animals and birds... in short, all creation.

The Biggest Thing in the World

The Biggest Thing in the World

Author: Kenneth Steven Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 24/07/2009

A little bear cub explores the world with its mother and discovers many huge and wonderful things. But in answer to the question 'Is that the biggest thing in the world?' the answer is always 'no'. At the end of the day, little bear wants to know what the biggest thing really is and finds out that it is love. This reassuring picture book stars an adorable cast of wide-eyed animals, illustrated by Melanie Mitchell, which are sure to appeal to children and the grown-ups who share this story with them. Scottish author Kenneth Steven is the author of The Sea Mice and the Stars , a picture book which was chosen as the runner up in the inaugural 2005 Royal Mail Awards for Scottish Children's Books. 'Those of you, who enjoyed 'Guess How Much I Love You' by Sam McBratney, will certainly enjoy this delightful story from Scottish author Kenneth Steven. It tells of the little snow bear, who waking from hibernation, sets out to explore the world. He discovers many things, but the one persistent question he asks his mother is, if what he sees is 'the biggest thing in the world?' Of course the answer is revealed on the final fold out page which shows him tucked up safely with her. It is beautifully illustrated by Melanie Mitchell.' First Five

The Sea Mice and the Stars

The Sea Mice and the Stars

Author: Kenneth Steven Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/09/2006

It is winter and snow is falling soft as petals. Woken by their mother, two young sea mice gaze at a sky sparkling with falling stars. These stars are pieces of magic, their uncle tells them, gifts to the sea mice to keep them safe through the harsh winter. And tonight, the mouse family must set out into the dark and the storms to collect the stars.

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