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Sarah Ridley - Author

About the Author

Born in Suffolk, Sarah Ridley lives on the Suffolk/Essex border and is a writer and editor of educational books for children and young people. Recently, a life-long interest in history has led her to write books about the First World War, inspired by reading letters written by soldiers who served in the conflict. Brothers at War tells the story of uncovering the material held in her own family's archives. Dear Jelly sets letters written by soldier brothers to their younger sisters at its core. Teenage children keep Sarah busy when she isn't tied to her computer, and she relaxes by walking along river estuaries close to her home.

Featured books by Sarah Ridley

Suffragettes and the Fight for the Vote

Suffragettes and the Fight for the Vote

7+ readers 9+ readers

Author: Sarah Ridley Format: Hardback Release Date: 10/01/2019

Beginning by looking at the role of women in the 19th Century and ending with the continuing struggle for equal rights for women in all parts of society, this is an essential read for young people aged 10 plus to understand the history of the women's movement on suffrage. It includes the suffragists' campaign.The book is published ahead of 2018 - a landmark year that marks the centenary of the Representation of the People Act. This finally gave the vote to some women for the first time (women over 30, who owned property) and also gave the vote to all men (up until then, only about two-thirds of men had the vote). The Houses of Parliament are celebrating this centenary with their 'Vote 100' project. 2018 will also be the 90th anniversary of women gaining full voting equality with men in 1928.

Other books by Sarah Ridley

The Insects that Run Our World: The Decomposers

The Insects that Run Our World: The Decomposers

Author: Sarah Ridley Format: Hardback Release Date: 14/01/2021

Perfect for young children studying living things and their habitats in their science lessons, or for young minibeast fans, this book explores the importance of insect decomposers such as the beetles that munch on dead trees, breaking them down and returning nutrients to the soil. It also looks at the flies that lay eggs on dead animals or food waste and whose grubs clean up these dead things to recycle their nutrients and clean up the planet. Then there are ants, collecting up crumbs of food to take back to their nests and the dung beetles that deal with - dung. Alongside the simple text, fantastic close-up photographs show the insects at work. The book is part of a series, The Insects that Run Our World, for children aged 6 plus. The titles are: The Pollinators, The Decomposers, The Predators and the Prey and The Helpers and the Pests.The books include information about how insects are threatened by habitat changes and pollution and how we can help them.

The Insects that Run Our World: The Pollinators

The Insects that Run Our World: The Pollinators

Author: Sarah Ridley Format: Hardback Release Date: 14/01/2021

Perfect for young children studying living things and their habitats in their science lessons, or for young minibeast fans, this book explores the importance of pollinating insects. Pollinating insects allow countless wild and cultivated plants to make fruit and seeds. Bees, of course, are featured, but also wasps, the tiny flies that pollinate the cacao tree flowers, hoverflies, beetles, butterflies and more. Alongside the simple text, fantastic close-up photographs show the insects at work. The book is part of a series, The Insects that Run Our World, for children aged 6 plus. The titles are: The Pollinators, The Decomposers, The Predators and the Prey and The Helpers and the Pests.The books include information about how insects are threatened by habitat changes and pollution and how we can help them.

Where Food Comes From: Bee to Honey

Where Food Comes From: Bee to Honey

Author: Sarah Ridley Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 26/11/2020

Honey is a tasty food, but do you know where it comes from and how it ends up on the supermarket shelves? Follow the story of honey from the worker bees visiting flowers, through what happens in the hive and the collection process to a jar in your cupboard! The simple text in this book, suitable for children aged 5+, is accompanied by large, attractive photographs. Where food comes from is a series for young children, helping them question where their food comes from. It uncovers the role of bee keepers and others and begins an exploration of food groups. Children studying science topics including how plants change over time and healthy eating will also find these books useful.

Where Food Comes From: Blossom to Apple

Where Food Comes From: Blossom to Apple

Author: Sarah Ridley Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 26/11/2020

Apples are a tasty food, but do you know where they come from and how they end up on the supermarket shelves? Follow the story of an apple from the first pink buds on an apple tree, through the farming process to packing houses and eventually to your fruit bowl! The simple text in this book, suitable for children aged 5+, is accompanied by large, attractive photographs. Where food comes from is a series for young children, helping them question where their food comes from. It uncovers the role of farmers and others and begins an exploration of food groups. Children studying science topics including how plants change over time and healthy eating will also find these books useful.

Follow the Food Chain: Who Ate the Frog? A Pond Food Chain

Follow the Food Chain: Who Ate the Frog? A Pond Food Chain

Author: Sarah Ridley Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 13/08/2020

Explore food chains and food webs in a garden pond! All living things need food to give them energy to live. Plants that make their own food and animals that eat plants or other plant-eating animals are linked together by many different food chains. This book looks at a pond food chain. The text introduces young children to the scientific vocabulary associated with food chains and big, beautiful photographs bring the pond food chain to life. The Follow the Food Chain series helps children aged 6 and up to explore food chains and webs in a range of habitats, from an ocean to a pond and from a rainforest to a desert. Titles in the 4-book series are: Who Ate the Butterfly?, Who Ate the Frog?, Who Ate the Penguin? and Who Ate the Snake?.

Follow the Food Chain: Who Ate the Butterfly? A Rainforest Food Chain

Follow the Food Chain: Who Ate the Butterfly? A Rainforest Food Chain

Author: Sarah Ridley Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 13/08/2020

All living things need food to give them energy to live. Plants that make their own food and animals that eat plants or other plant-eating animals are linked together by many different food chains. This book looks at a food chain in a Central American rainforest. The text introduces young children to the scientific vocabulary associated with food chains and big, beautiful photographs bring the rainforest food chain to life. The Follow the Food Chain series helps children aged 6 and up to explore food chains and webs in a range of habitats, from an ocean to a pond and from a rainforest to a desert. Titles in the 4-book series are: Who Ate the Butterfly?, Who Ate the Frog?, Who Ate the Penguin? and Who Ate the Snake?.

Florence Nightingale Social Reformer and Pioneer of Nursing

Florence Nightingale Social Reformer and Pioneer of Nursing

Author: Sarah Ridley Format: Hardback Release Date: 09/01/2020

Perfect for children aged 8+, this accessible biography of Florence Nightingale's life shows us why we still remember her today - 200 years after her birth (May 1820). Not only did Florence improve the lives of British soldiers wounded in the Crimean War, but as a professional and hard-working, extremely clever public-health reformer she led the establishment of a training school for nurses, better designed hospitals, improved sanitation and the idea of healthcare for all (leading eventually to the NHS). All this at a time when girls and women were expected to live their lives in the private sphere of marriage and home. The book is packed with images of objects, photographs and sketches to illuminate her life story, including her pet owl, her wooden lunchbox and her travelling medicine chest. Then there are her books, and her endless lists and reports (she was fantastic with statistics), and of course the famous Turkish lantern she bought from a market in Istanbul and used to light her way down the corridors and wards of the military hospital at Scutari.

Tell Me What You Remember: Sport

Tell Me What You Remember: Sport

Author: Sarah Ridley Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 24/09/2019

Explore changes in recent history through people's memories, and personal and archive photographs. Many people remember sporting events - whether they were watching them or participating. This book gives young children access to people's memories alongside photographs to help them build up a picture of the past. From sport at school to big sporting events such as the 1966 Football World Cup, young children can explore what has changed and what remains the same. The book is part of the 'Tell me what you remember' series, which explores changes in living memory through photographs and memories. It is a perfect teaching tool for KS1 or for children up to aged 5+. Titles include Clothes, Family Life, Food, Pastime and Toys, School and Sport.

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