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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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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.

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.

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