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Elizabeth Dale - Author

About the Author

Elizabeth Dale always dreamed of being a writer but somehow got side-tracked into studying for a physics degree, followed by health service management. When her children were born she finally returned to her dream, writing thousands of short stories for magazines all over the world. Re-discovering a love of children's books while reading to her daughters, she decided to turn her hand to writing them - and has now published over twenty books for children, including picture books and junior fiction. Writing is her full-time job, but also her favourite activity. She also enjoys reading, gardening, walking, and being in the country. Her favourite children's books include Walk Two Moons, The Selfish Giant, Cosmic, and Someone Else's Life. She loves watching cosy sentimental films, such as You've Got Mail, Return to Me, and While You Were Sleeping, as well as classic old films starring Cary Grant, Fred Astaire and Doris Day. Elizabeth is married, with three daughters, and lives in a village in West Sussex. Her daughters, Katie and Jenny, are also children's authors with Hachette.

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Reading Champion: Flying Solo Independent Reading 18

Reading Champion: Flying Solo Independent Reading 18

Author: Elizabeth Dale Format: Hardback Release Date: 12/12/2019

Amy Johnson likes a challenge. She'd like to prove she is one of the best pilots there is. It's 1930 and she is attempting to be the first woman to fly solo from England to Australia. Can she make it and prove her doubters wrong? This first colour chapter book is a perfectly levelled, accessible text for Key stage 2 readers aged 10-11 or in year 6. Reading Champion offers independent reading books for children to practise and reinforce their developing reading skills. Fantastic, original stories are accompanied by engaging artwork and activities to provoke deeper response and encourage writing. Each book has been carefully graded so that it can be matched to a child's reading ability, encouraging reading for pleasure.

Reading Champion: The Legend of the Flying Dutchman Independent Reading 15

Reading Champion: The Legend of the Flying Dutchman Independent Reading 15

Author: Elizabeth Dale Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 10/10/2019

Join the crew of the 'Flying Dutchman' and find out what life was llike on board, and what led the ship to her legendary fate of roaming the seas for eternity. This first colour chapter book is a perfectly levelled, accessible text for Key stage 2 readers aged 9-10. Reading Champion offers independent reading books for children to practise and reinforce their developing reading skills. Fantastic, original stories are accompanied by engaging artwork and activities to provoke deeper response and encourage writing. Each book has been carefully graded so that it can be matched to a child's reading ability, encouraging reading for pleasure.

Reading Champion: Robin Hood and the Golden Arrow Independent Reading 14

Reading Champion: Robin Hood and the Golden Arrow Independent Reading 14

Author: Elizabeth Dale Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 26/09/2019

This story is part of Reading Champion, a series carefully linked to book bands to encourage independent reading skills, developed with Dr Sue Bodman and Glen Franklin of UCL Institute of Education (IOE) Robin Hood is a wanted outlaw and it is up to the Sheriff of Nottingham to catch him. The Sheriff cunningly plans an archery competition knowing Robin Hood will not be able to resist entering ... but Robin Hood is also a master of disguises - so who will have the last laugh? Reading Champion offers independent reading books for children to practise and reinforce their developing reading skills. Fantastic, original stories are accompanied by engaging artwork and a reading activity. Each book has been carefully graded so that it can be matched to a child's reading ability, encouraging reading for pleasure.

Save the Day for Ada May

Save the Day for Ada May

Author: Elizabeth Dale Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 12/09/2019

Save the Day for Ada May!

Save the Day for Ada May!

Author: Elizabeth Dale Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/08/2019

Guard Goose (Turquoise Early Reader)

Guard Goose (Turquoise Early Reader)

Author: Elizabeth Dale Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 28/05/2019

Reading Champion: Magic Marcus Independent Reading 12

Reading Champion: Magic Marcus Independent Reading 12

Author: Elizabeth Dale Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 14/05/2019

Marcus comes across a magic wand at a jumble sale, but he doesn't believe it has any magic in it. Soon after he starts making wishes and they each to come true, until he breaks his mum's favourite vase. Perhaps Marcus has discovered that real magic doesn't lie in the wand, after all. Reading Champion offers independent reading books for children to practise and reinforce their developing reading skills. Fantastic, original stories are accompanied by engaging artwork and a reading activity. Each book has been carefully graded so that it can be matched to a child's reading ability, encouraging reading for pleasure.

Scary Mary

Scary Mary

Author: Elizabeth Dale Format: Hardback Release Date: 04/05/2019

The Detective Club: Buried Treasure (White Early Reader)

The Detective Club: Buried Treasure (White Early Reader)

Author: Elizabeth Dale Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 28/03/2019

The Spooky Sleepover (Gold Early Reader)

The Spooky Sleepover (Gold Early Reader)

Author: Elizabeth Dale Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 28/03/2019

Reading Champion: A New Friend For Hannah Independent Reading 11

Reading Champion: A New Friend For Hannah Independent Reading 11

Author: Elizabeth Dale Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 12/02/2019

Hannah doesn't like her new home - she misses her friends. Then she finds a rabbit in the garden, and things begin to look a little brighter. Reading Champion offers independent reading books for children to practise and reinforce their developing reading skills. Fantastic, original stories are accompanied by engaging artwork and a reading activity. Each book has been carefully graded so that it can be matched to a child's reading ability, encouraging reading for pleasure.

Reading Champion: Goodbye Tessa Independent Reading White 10

Reading Champion: Goodbye Tessa Independent Reading White 10

Author: Elizabeth Dale Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 12/02/2019

Reading Champion offers independent reading books for children to practise and reinforce their developing reading skills. Fantastic, original stories are accompanied by engaging artwork and a reading activity. Each book has been carefully graded so that it can be matched to a child's reading ability, encouraging reading for pleasure.

Reading Champion: I Don't Want Danny Here Independent Reading 11

Reading Champion: I Don't Want Danny Here Independent Reading 11

Author: Elizabeth Dale Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 12/02/2019

Izzy doesn't like Danny. And Danny will be coming to live with them after his mum marries her dad. When Danny comes for a sleepover, things are very strained. Then Izzy starts to see things from Danny's point of view, and their relationship begins to change... Reading Champion offers independent reading books for children to practise and reinforce their developing reading skills. Fantastic, original stories are accompanied by engaging artwork and a reading activity. Each book has been carefully graded so that it can be matched to a child's reading ability, encouraging reading for pleasure.

Reading Champion: Robin Hood and the Golden Arrow Independent Reading 14

Reading Champion: Robin Hood and the Golden Arrow Independent Reading 14

Author: Elizabeth Dale Format: Hardback Release Date: 12/02/2019

This story is part of Reading Champion, a series carefully linked to book bands to encourage independent reading skills, developed with Dr Sue Bodman and Glen Franklin of UCL Institute of Education (IOE) Robin Hood is a wanted outlaw and it is up to the Sheriff of Nottingham to catch him. The Sheriff cunningly plans an archery competition knowing Robin Hood will not be able to resist entering ... but Robin Hood is also a master of disguises - so who will have the last laugh? Reading Champion offers independent reading books for children to practise and reinforce their developing reading skills. Fantastic, original stories are accompanied by engaging artwork and a reading activity. Each book has been carefully graded so that it can be matched to a child's reading ability, encouraging reading for pleasure.

Reading Champion: The Legend of the Flying Dutchman Independent Reading 15

Reading Champion: The Legend of the Flying Dutchman Independent Reading 15

Author: Elizabeth Dale Format: Hardback Release Date: 24/01/2019

Join the crew of the 'Flying Dutchman' and find out what life was llike on board, and what led the ship to her legendary fate of roaming the seas for eternity. This first colour chapter book is a perfectly levelled, accessible text for Key stage 2 readers aged 9-10. Reading Champion offers independent reading books for children to practise and reinforce their developing reading skills. Fantastic, original stories are accompanied by engaging artwork and activities to provoke deeper response and encourage writing. Each book has been carefully graded so that it can be matched to a child's reading ability, encouraging reading for pleasure.

Cara the Cowgirl (White Early Reader)

Cara the Cowgirl (White Early Reader)

Author: Elizabeth Dale Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 22/11/2018

Reading Champion: Magic Marcus Independent Reading 12

Reading Champion: Magic Marcus Independent Reading 12

Author: Elizabeth Dale Format: Hardback Release Date: 13/09/2018

Marcus comes across a magic wand at a jumble sale, but he doesn't believe it has any magic in it. Soon after he starts making wishes and they each to come true, until he breaks his mum's favourite vase. Perhaps Marcus has discovered that real magic doesn't lie in the wand, after all. Reading Champion offers independent reading books for children to practise and reinforce their developing reading skills. Fantastic, original stories are accompanied by engaging artwork and a reading activity. Each book has been carefully graded so that it can be matched to a child's reading ability, encouraging reading for pleasure.

Who Will Win the Cup? (Yellow Early Reader)

Who Will Win the Cup? (Yellow Early Reader)

Author: Elizabeth Dale Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 30/08/2018

Reading Champion: A New Friend For Hannah Independent Reading 11

Reading Champion: A New Friend For Hannah Independent Reading 11

Author: Elizabeth Dale Format: Hardback Release Date: 26/07/2018

Hannah doesn't like her new home - she misses her friends. Then she finds a rabbit in the garden, and things begin to look a little brighter. Reading Champion offers independent reading books for children to practise and reinforce their developing reading skills. Fantastic, original stories are accompanied by engaging artwork and a reading activity. Each book has been carefully graded so that it can be matched to a child's reading ability, encouraging reading for pleasure.

Reading Champion: Goodbye Tessa Independent Reading White 10

Reading Champion: Goodbye Tessa Independent Reading White 10

Author: Elizabeth Dale Format: Hardback Release Date: 26/06/2018

Tessa is a much loved pet dog, but she is getting old. One day, Tessa does not wake up. Jack is devastated, but maybe one of Tessa's puppies will help him get over the loss of his beloved pet. Reading Champion offers independent reading books for children to practise and reinforce their developing reading skills. Fantastic, original stories are accompanied by engaging artwork and a reading activity. Each book has been carefully graded so that it can be matched to a child's reading ability, encouraging reading for pleasure. Perfect for children aged 6-8 or reading book band 10.

Go Away! and Let's Make a Rocket (Early Reader)

Go Away! and Let's Make a Rocket (Early Reader)

Author: Elizabeth Dale Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 28/05/2018

Reading Champion: Tom the Naughty Tooth Fairy Independent Reading Turquoise 7

Reading Champion: Tom the Naughty Tooth Fairy Independent Reading Turquoise 7

Author: Elizabeth Dale Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 24/04/2018

Tom is a Tooth Fairy in trouble! He's spent so much time playing he has forgotten to collect teeth and the Fairy Boss is not happy ... does Tom have time to go back? Reading Champion offers independent reading books for children to practise and reinforce their developing reading skills. Fantastic, original stories are accompanied by engaging artwork and a reading activity. Each book has been carefully graded so that it can be matched to a child's reading ability, encouraging reading for pleasure. Independent Reading Turquoise 7 stories are perfect for children aged 5+ who are reading at book band 7 (Turquoise) in classroom reading lessons.

Reading Champion: Where Are We Going? Independent Reading Yellow 3

Reading Champion: Where Are We Going? Independent Reading Yellow 3

Author: Elizabeth Dale Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 24/04/2018

Reading Champion offers independent reading books for children to practise and reinforce their developing reading skills. Fantastic, original stories are accompanied by engaging artwork and a reading activity. Each book has been carefully graded so that it can be matched to a child's reading ability, encouraging reading for pleasure. Independent Reading Yellow stories are perfect for children aged 4+ who are reading at book band 3 (Yellow) in classroom reading lessons. In this story, the family is on a train ride and the children are disappointed not to be able to get off and do all the things they can see from the window. But when they arrive at the seaside, they will be able to do everything!

Reading Champion: The Dinosaur Bone Independent Reading Turquoise 7

Reading Champion: The Dinosaur Bone Independent Reading Turquoise 7

Author: Elizabeth Dale Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 24/04/2018

Robbie is dinosaur mad! When Dad suggests the family go on a dinosaur bone hunt, Robbie and his sister Jen are on the case. Suddenly, they think they've found one ... Reading Champion offers independent reading books for children to practise and reinforce their developing reading skills. Fantastic, original stories are accompanied by engaging artwork and a reading activity. Each book has been carefully graded so that it can be matched to a child's reading ability, encouraging reading for pleasure. Independent Reading Turquoise 7 stories are perfect for children aged 5+ who are reading at book band 7 (Turquoise) in classroom reading lessons.

Reading Champion: Jack's Junk Independent Reading Turquoise 7

Reading Champion: Jack's Junk Independent Reading Turquoise 7

Author: Elizabeth Dale Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 24/04/2018

Jack likes collecting junk so he can make things. Sometimes they need making a few times before they work, but luckily he's good at mending things too! Reading Champion offers independent reading books for children to practise and reinforce their developing reading skills. Fantastic, original stories are accompanied by engaging artwork and a reading activity. Each book has been carefully graded so that it can be matched to a child's reading ability, encouraging reading for pleasure. Independent Reading Turquoise 7 stories are perfect for children aged 5+ who are reading at book band 7 (Turquoise) in classroom reading lessons.

Reading Champion: The Very Worst Wizard Independent Reading Turquoise 7

Reading Champion: The Very Worst Wizard Independent Reading Turquoise 7

Author: Elizabeth Dale Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 24/04/2018

Max is learning to be a Wizard at Wizard school, and although he loves helping others, he often forgets to get his own spells right! Reading Champion offers independent reading books for children to practise and reinforce their developing reading skills. Fantastic, original stories are accompanied by engaging artwork and a reading activity. Each book has been carefully graded so that it can be matched to a child's reading ability, encouraging reading for pleasure. Independent Reading Turquoise 7 stories are perfect for children aged 5+ who are reading at book band 7 (Turquoise) in classroom reading lessons.

Reading Champion: Robot Gets It Wrong Independent Reading Orange 6

Reading Champion: Robot Gets It Wrong Independent Reading Orange 6

Author: Elizabeth Dale Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 24/04/2018

In this fun family story, Robbie the Robot is getting things very wrong. The Browns end up being soaked and having ice cream EVERYWHERE! Can Robbie be fixed? Reading Champion offers independent reading books for children to practise and reinforce their developing reading skills. Fantastic, original stories are accompanied by engaging artwork and a reading activity. Each book has been carefully graded so that it can be matched to a child's reading ability, encouraging reading for pleasure. Independent Reading: Orange stories are perfect for children aged 5+ who are reading at book band 6 (Orange) in classroom reading lessons.

Reading Champion: Look out! Independent Reading Red 2

Reading Champion: Look out! Independent Reading Red 2

Author: Elizabeth Dale Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 30/01/2018

Reading Champion is a book banded reading programme for independent reading offering fantastic, original stories accompanied by engaging artwork. Each book has been carefully levelled making it easy to match to a child's reading ability and fully supports reading for pleasure. In this story, Ted is up his ladder cleaning windows when a mouse scampers past, followed by a cat, followed by a dog, followed by a boy - uh oh, look out Ted!

Reading Champion: Robot Gets It Wrong Independent Reading Orange 6

Reading Champion: Robot Gets It Wrong Independent Reading Orange 6

Author: Elizabeth Dale Format: Hardback Release Date: 14/12/2017

In this fun family story, Robbie the Robot is getting things very wrong. The Browns end up being soaked and having ice cream EVERYWHERE! Can Robbie be fixed? Reading Champion offers independent reading books for children to practise and reinforce their developing reading skills. Fantastic, original stories are accompanied by engaging artwork and a reading activity. Each book has been carefully graded so that it can be matched to a child's reading ability, encouraging reading for pleasure. Independent Reading: Orange stories are perfect for children aged 5+ who are reading at book band 6 (Orange) in classroom reading lessons.

Bad Dog & No, Nell, No! (Early Reader)

Bad Dog & No, Nell, No! (Early Reader)

Author: Elizabeth Dale Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 10/08/2017

Sam the Star & Clown Fun (Early Reader)

Sam the Star & Clown Fun (Early Reader)

Author: Elizabeth Dale Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 10/08/2017

Reading Champion: Look out! Independent Reading Red 2

Reading Champion: Look out! Independent Reading Red 2

Author: Elizabeth Dale Format: Hardback Release Date: 27/07/2017

Reading Champion is a book banded reading programme for independent reading offering fantastic, original stories accompanied by engaging artwork. Each book has been carefully levelled making it easy to match to a child's reading ability and fully supports reading for pleasure. In this story, Ted is up his ladder cleaning windows when a mouse scampers past, followed by a cat, followed by a dog, followed by a boy - uh oh, look out Ted!

Izzy! Wizzy! (Early Reader)

Izzy! Wizzy! (Early Reader)

Author: Elizabeth Dale Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 25/05/2017

Cool Duck and Lots of Hats (Early Reader)

Cool Duck and Lots of Hats (Early Reader)

Author: Elizabeth Dale Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 25/05/2017

Nothing Can Frighten A Bear

Nothing Can Frighten A Bear

Author: Elizabeth Dale Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/09/2016

Daddy Bear insists that nothing can frighten a bear - but when there's a noise in the night, Baby Bear isn't convinced. The bears set out to make sure there aren't any monsters but, as they vanish one by one, it looks like Daddy Bear might not be so brave after all!

Nothing Can Frighten A Bear

Nothing Can Frighten A Bear

Author: Elizabeth Dale Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/07/2016

Daddy Bear insists that nothing can frighten a bear - but when there's a noise in the night, Baby Bear isn't convinced. The bears set out to make sure there aren't any monsters but, as they vanish one by one, it looks like Daddy Bear might not be so brave after all!

My Secret Alien

My Secret Alien

Author: Elizabeth Dale Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/04/2016

Three funny stories about a young boy and his pocket-sized alien friend, perfect for children learning to read. When Charlie finds a tiny alien in his pocket, he's thrilled to make a new friend. But Zak's excitement soon makes a mess of the house. Can the pair tidy up before Mum comes home? The Reading Ladder series helps children to enjoy learning to read. It features well-loved authors, classic characters and favourite topics, so that children will find something to excite and engage them in every title they pick up. It's the first step towards a lasting love of reading. Level 2 Reading Ladder titles are perfect for readers who are growing in confidence and are beginning to enjoy longer stories. * Clear type * Up to 8 lines per page * Bright, appealing pictures for added interest * A variety of sentence structures * A wider range of vocabulary * Strong themes and characters to discuss All Reading Ladder titles are developed with a leading literacy consultant, making them perfect for use in schools and for parents keen to support their children's reading. Book band: Orange

Hopscotch Twisty Tales: Little Red Hen's Great Escape

Hopscotch Twisty Tales: Little Red Hen's Great Escape

Author: Elizabeth Dale Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 09/02/2016

Little Red Hen knows something is wrong when she sees the bulldozers arrive on the farm! How can she find out what the farmer is up to when the other animals are all to lazy to help! Hopscotch Twisty Tales combine carefully controlled text levels and word counts with highly entertaining and original stories, perfect for children starting to read independently. Ideal for children aged 5-7 or reading book band 8.

Cyfres Bananas Gwyrdd: Hwyl y Syrcas

Cyfres Bananas Gwyrdd: Hwyl y Syrcas

Author: Elizabeth Dale Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 12/06/2014

Off to Market

Off to Market

Author: Elizabeth Dale Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/01/2014

Hop on board the market bus! Everyone wants a ride and soon it's full to the top. But when the bus reaches a steep hill it just can't go any further. How will they lighten the load? Little Keb has the answer, proving that even the smallest person can make a big difference.

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