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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 Illustrator: Scott Garrett 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!

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Other books by Andy Seed

Climbing High Band 13/Topaz

Climbing High Band 13/Topaz

Author: Andy Seed Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 10/01/2022

Collins Big Cat supports every primary child on their reading journey from phonics to fluency. Top authors and illustrators have created fiction and non-fiction books that children love to read. Levelled for guided and independent reading, each book includes ideas to support reading. Teaching and assessment support and eBooks are also available. Find out why climbing is one of the world's most exciting and challenging sports. Delve into the history behind the sport and learn about the different techniques used. Topaz/Band 13 books offer longer and more demanding reads for children to investigate and evaluate. Text type: An information book. Ideas for reading at the back of the book provide practical support and stimulating activities.

Athletics Band 04/Blue

Athletics Band 04/Blue

Author: Andy Seed Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 23/09/2021

Collins Big Cat Phonics for Letters and Sounds features exciting fiction and non-fiction decodable readers to enthuse and inspire children. They are fully aligned to Letters and Sounds Phases 1-6 and contain notes in the back. The Handbooks provide support in demonstration and modelling, monitoring comprehension and expanding vocabulary. Learn about all the different sports you can find in athletics, from long jump to marathon running, in this photographic information book by Andy Seed. Blue/Band 4 books offer longer, repeated patterns with sequential events and integrated literary and natural language. This book focuses on adjacent consonants with long vowel phonemes. Pages 14 and 15 allow children to re-visit the content of the book, supporting comprehension skills, vocabulary development and recall. Reading notes within the book provide practical support for reading Big Cat Phonics for Letters and Sounds with children, including a list of all the sounds and words that the book will cover. This book has been quizzed for Accelerated Reader.

Reading Planet: Astro - The Ice Age - Venus/Gold band

Reading Planet: Astro - The Ice Age - Venus/Gold band

Author: Andy Seed Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 27/08/2021

Do you think you could survive in an ice age? There's not a lot of food, no TV or cars, everything wants to eat or squish you, and it's very, VERY cold! Sound like fun? In this book, you'll discover how people living in the Ice Age kept warm in such a cold climate. You'll find out about the clothes they wore, the food they ate, the art they created and what their homes looked like. You might also recognise some of the animals that lived in the Ice Age - some of them are still around today. They're just a little smaller and less furry now! And finally, we'll be asking the BIG question: Will there ever be another ice age? Let's find out! The Ice Age is part of the Astro range from Rising Stars Reading Planet. Astro books are ideal for struggling and reluctant readers aged 7-11. Each book is dual-banded so that children can improve their fluency whilst enjoying exciting fiction and non-fiction relevant to their age. Astro books for Venus/Gold band are also highly-decodable so ideal for extra phonics practice. Reading Planet books have been carefully levelled to support children in becoming fluent and confident readers. Each book features useful notes and questions to support reading at home and develop comprehension skills. Interest age: 7-8 Reading age: 6-7 years

The Clue is in the Poo And Other Things Too

The Clue is in the Poo And Other Things Too

Author: Andy Seed Illustrator: Claire Almon Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 21/04/2020

Wild creatures leave a trail of clues wherever they go. Be a fearless nature detective and discover the curious clues of the wild. A fascinating and funny guide to animals and their poo, and all the other tracks and traces they leave behind. You will be amazed (and perhaps a little revolted!) by the things that can be learned about wildlife from their deposits. Become a detective, find clues and learn all about animals from what they leave behind. From faeces to footprints, skins to shells and eggs, discover all there is to know about wild animals - even those that are particularly dangerous to track like tigers and wolves! Whether you're an armchair enthusiast or a forest forager, one thing's for sure: this fully illustrated compendium of poops, pellets and prints is not to be sniffed at!

A Giant Dose of Gross Discover the World's Most Disgusting Animals!

A Giant Dose of Gross Discover the World's Most Disgusting Animals!

Author: Andy Seed Illustrator: Claire Almon Format: Hardback Release Date: 15/10/2019

Nature's most disgusting creatures take centre stage, in this humorous but enlightening collection of downright disgusting creatures. From puking vultures and farting goats to stinky opossums who pretend to be dead, this title will include disgusting facts exploring each animal's unusual skills and how they use them to survive. Humorous illustrations celebrating weird and wonderful creatures will delight any child with an interest in animals and nature, particularly those with a fondness for the grosser things in life.

On the Track Band 12/Copper

On the Track Band 12/Copper

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

Build your child's reading confidence at home with books at the right level 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

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