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Laura Knowles - Author

About the Author

Coming from a background in children’s publishing, Laura Knowles’s long-standing love of natural history, words and art has led her to work on books about animals and nature. Her first book, It Starts with a Seed, came about after she attended an art class drawing live animals, taught by the illustrator Jennie Webber. When she isn’t writing and editing, Laura spends her time creating her own artwork and exploring museums in search of inspiration. She lives in London with her two elderly goldfish. Follow Laura Knowles on Instagram here.

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What is Baby Going to Do?

What is Baby Going to Do?

Author: Laura Knowles Format: Board book Release Date: 25/02/2020

Baby is wearing shiny red wellies. What is Baby going to do? Splash in muddy puddles! Babies get up to all sorts of fun. Look at what each baby is wearing and see if you can guess what they are about to do! Open the flap on each spread to discover the answer in a delightful, colourful scene. With sturdy flaps to aid hand-eye co-ordination and a question on each page to prompt conversation between parent and child, this bright, engaging board book is the perfect exploration of the activities that make up a baby or toddler's day.

It Starts With A Seed

It Starts With A Seed

Author: Laura Knowles, Jennie Webber Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 17/09/2019

In gentle rhyme, It Starts with a Seed evocatively explores the growth of a tiny sycamore seed. Taking a journey through the seasons and years, we follow the seed as it transforms from a seedling to a sapling, then a young tree, until it becomes a large tree with its branches and roots filling the page. As the tree grows, it is joined by well-loved woodland creatures - squirrels and rabbits, butterflies and owls - who make it their home. Beautiful and evocative, It Starts with a Seed is a factual story that will touch children with its simple but enchanting message of life and growth. Beautifully presented, It Starts with a Seed has a gold embossed front cover, gatefolds, textured paper and specialised etching technique, hand made by the illustrator throughout. It Starts with a Seed was the winner of the inaugural Margaret Mallett Award for Children's Non-Fiction.

We Travel So Far

We Travel So Far

Author: Laura Knowles Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 17/09/2019

From the epic migration of the huge humpback whale to the unbelievable determination of the tiny hummingbird, come on a trip around the world and learn the story of each animal's migration and the reasons why they travel so very far. This vividly illustrated introduction to animal migration across land, sea, and air looks at the most astonishing journeys undertaken by animals around the world. From wildebeest to butterflies; polar bears to Leatherback turtles, each animal tells its own 'micro story' about its incredible journey across a variety of terrain at different times of the year. Perfect for young animal lovers!

How to Be a Butterfly

How to Be a Butterfly

Author: Laura Knowles Format: Hardback Release Date: 18/04/2019

Should a butterfly be big or small? Should it be bright and bold, or perfectly pale? A joyous, imaginative, yet informative non-fiction picture book about what it takes to be a butterfly - body parts, behavior and life cycle - with the underlying message that diversity is a wonderful thing and that, in fact, there are 20,000 ways to be a butterfly! Not only beautiful to behold, butterflies provide an opportunity to introduce a variety of environmental topics. Serving as key indicators of biodiversity and healthy ecosystems, they face threats of extinction due to climate change and habitat destruction - all vital subjects for children today. With stunning illustrations displaying a colourful array of different butterfly species, each labeled with its scientific name, and fascinating details about their anatomy and life cycle, there is plenty for young nature lovers to spot and explore time and again.

We Build Our Homes Small Stories of Incredible Animal Architects

We Build Our Homes Small Stories of Incredible Animal Architects

Author: Laura Knowles Format: Hardback Release Date: 18/10/2018

It's not only humans who can build incredible structures: around the world, mammals, birds and insects can be found building incredible things. From big beaver dams to tiny caddisfly cases, this beautifully illustrated picture book explores each animal's incredible home and uncovers the reasons why they build. Featuring 26 creatures from around the world, each amazing animal architect tells its own 'micro story' about its impressive architectural skills in this delightfully unique wildlife book. Among the amazing builders you'll meet: Ovenbirds, who carry clumps of mud up into the trees to make their nest Darwin's bark spiders, who build webs stretching out as far as three buses, end-to-end Moles, who use their spade-like paws to dig extensive networks of tunnels with nesting spaces and storerooms where they keep earthworms to snack on later Polar bear mothers, who make their dens under the snow to stay in for five long months, nursing their cubs and eating nothing themselves Through lyrical text and entrancing edge-to-edge illustrations, admire the spectacular ingenuity of these animal architects.

We Travel So Far Small Stories of Incredibly Giant Journeys

We Travel So Far Small Stories of Incredibly Giant Journeys

Author: Laura Knowles Format: Hardback Release Date: 21/09/2017

From the epic migration of the huge humpback whale to the unbelievable determination of the tiny hummingbird, come on a trip around the world and learn the story of each animal's migration and the reasons why they travel so very far. This vividly illustrated introduction to animal migration across land, sea, and air looks at the most astonishing journeys undertaken by animals around the world. From wildebeest to butterflies; polar bears to Leatherback turtles, each animal tells its own 'micro story' about its incredible journey across a variety of terrain at different times of the year. Perfect for young animal lovers!

Once Upon a Jungle

Once Upon a Jungle

Author: Laura Knowles Format: Hardback Release Date: 25/05/2017

Once upon a time there lived a jungle, but that was just the beginning ... Step inside the wild and colourful jungle with this striking and richly illustrated book that introduces the food chain concept through simple, poetic language. Learn how the circle of life allows the jungle ecosystem to flourish, and see how many animals you can spot hiding in the leaves along the way.

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