Andy Seed - Author

About the Author

Andy Seed is an author and poet. He writes memoirs, funny poems and humorous non-fiction books as well as all sorts of things for teachers. Two of his greatest passions are cheese and table tennis, which he feels sure could be combined somehow one day. Andy lives on the side of a hill in the woolly wilds of North Yorkshire where he grows comedy vegetables and the best weeds for miles around. He also loves visiting schools and getting children reading for enjoyment. Andy's most popular book for adults is All Teachers Great and Small and his most popular book for children is The Silly Book of Side-Splitting Stuff, which won the 2015 Blue Peter Best Book with Facts Award.

Read a Q&A with Andy Seed:

Describe your book in about 15 words: 

A fun guide to being a nature detective and discovering animals from the clues they leave behind. 

How do you get the ideas for your books, especially The Clue is in the Poo? 

I spend a lot of time with kids and I know the types of things that interest them and also parents and teachers. I read a lot, do research at the library, travel around a lot and explore wild places (and get lost a lot). I also collect interesting snippets and facts and true stories that can be used to make good books. And then it’s a case of adding some funny bits, maybe a splash of silliness and making it enjoyable to read. With ‘The Clue is in the Poo’ I borrowed lots of big detailed books about animal tracks and signs from my local library and used them to learn things I didn’t know. Then I walked around the forest where I live and I looked at the kinds of things that children are most likely to come across and be interested in. Then I added facts about dangerous and very large, exotic creatures, to add a thrill element, and there was a book that was useful, enjoyable and interesting. 

What is your favourite children’s book? Both right now and when you were a child. Why? 

Right now, I think The Iron Man by Ted Hughes is just a great, simple, powerful story. When I was young it was Stig of the Dump – it took you into a magical, wild and adventurous world. My current fact-book fav is The Usborne Official Astronaut’s Handbook (Louie Stowell) – this combines brilliantly info, wit, stories, great illustrations and expert knowledge. Outstanding. 

Why are books important to you? 

Stories give you a chance to enter another world and learn about other people and happenings you’ll probably never encounter. But for a time you are there, in it, living it. Our minds when we read great stories paint far more vivid pictures than any digital screen ever will. 

Factual books I love too: true stories (biographies and memoirs) tell us about real amazing lives and events. Then who doesn’t love a wacky random fact or a clever explanation of the way that some small part of the world or nature works? And if a book can make me laugh too then that’s the best thing of all: we all need to giggle. 

And poetry is wonderful too: playing with words to bring alive wit and fun and power. 

Choose one thing that you would like your readers to take away after reading your book: 

That there are clues to wildlife activity everywhere – and even a pile of poo can tell you a lot! 

Did anything surprising happen during the writing of your book? 

Living on the edge of a forest I was able to go for walks and see loads of the clues I was writing about and now I notice a lot more than I used to. On one of these research rambles I came face to face with a very big and fierce-looking wild boar. Luckily it didn’t consider me worth mangling! 

Featured books by Andy Seed

The Silly Book of Side-Splitting Stuff

The Silly Book of Side-Splitting Stuff

7+ readers

Author: Andy Seed Format: Paperback Release Date: 08/05/2014

Winner of the Blue Peter Book Award 2015 - Best Book with Facts      This laugh-out-loud book is bursting with lists, facts, jokes and funny true stories all about silly people, silly animals, silly inventions, silly names and much more. Discover The Great Stink, the man who ate a bike, a girl really called Lorna Mower and a sofa that can do 101mph. Find out about famous pranks, crazy festivals, nutty cats, gross foods, epic sports fails, ludicrously silly words and really rubbish predictions. There are even lots of great silly things to do. Unmissable!

Other books by Andy Seed

On the Track Band 12/Copper

On the Track Band 12/Copper

Author: Andy Seed Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 22/05/2017

Track cycling has been around since the 1870s, but it's never been so popular as today! Find out all about the specialist bikes, breathtaking races and top riders in this book. * Copper/Band 12 books provide more complex plots and longer chapters that develop reading stamina. * Text type - An information book. * The book is organised into short chapters to help children practise the skills of locating and identifying important information. * The glossary and index on pages 28 and 29 can be used to develop children's information retrieval skills further. * Curriculum links - Physical Education; History

Ed and the Shirtmakers

Ed and the Shirtmakers

Author: Andy Seed Format: Paperback Release Date: 04/01/2016

Chocolate Wars

Chocolate Wars

Author: Andy Seed Format: eBook Release Date: 30/01/2014

Ignite II is a series of books written specifically for struggling readers. A world without chocolate? What! Sweet toothed Chaz is devastated when he discovers cocoa plants are dying out worldwide. Chocolate stock is falling rapidly and people want their sugar highs! Luckily for Chaz, his friend has a stash of chocolate, which he mistakenly tells the whole school about! When the chocolate stash goes missing and the crowds are swarming for sweet treats, will Chaz and his friend be able to escape the chocoholics? Or will they face a sticky end?

Winter Olympics Band 10 White/Band 12 Copper

Winter Olympics Band 10 White/Band 12 Copper

Author: Andy Seed Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 06/01/2014

The Winter Olympics is an exciting competition that sees the world's top athletes try to win medals on snow and ice. Find out more about the Winter Olympic Games. * Collins Big Cat Progress books are specifically designed for children at Key Stage 2 who have a Key Stage 1 reading level, giving them age-appropriate texts that they can read, building their confidence and fostering positive attitudes towards reading. * Text type: An information book * Curriculum links: P.E.

Problem Solving Year 3 Teacher Book

Problem Solving Year 3 Teacher Book

Author: Andy Seed Format: Mixed media product Release Date: 01/12/2011

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