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Mary Richards - Author

About the Author

Writer and illustrator Mary Richards is author of the Take Me series. She has also written The Modern Art Journal (Tate Publishing) and Splat: The Most Exciting Artists of All Time (Thames & Hudson). Mary was Publisher at the Hayward Gallery in London's Southbank Centre and Editor at Tate Publishing, commissioning and editing books for all the Tate galleries. She lives in London with four children, two cats and a large collection of Lego. With her partner, composer David Schweitzer, Mary is currently writing A History of Music For Children, illustrated by Rose Blake and forthcoming from Thames & Hudson in 2021. 

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Listen to the Music A world of magical melodies

Listen to the Music A world of magical melodies

Author: Mary Richards Illustrator: Caroline Bonne-Muller Format: Hardback Release Date: 04/10/2022

Press the buttons to hear the music in this time-travelling journey around the world, as young readers embark on a magical adventure through the history of music! Stopping off at 12 key chronologically organised moments in history, in different places around the world, readers meet a great musician in each, and can press their instruments to hear a clip of their musical masterpieces! From 1600s England, where you can hear the harpsichord play Greensleeves, to 18th Century Munich, where you can hear Mozart's piano sonata, to a classical Indian raga in 1700s Udaipur, to New York in the 1940s, where readers can press Charlie Parker's saxophone to hear bebop Jazz, this book will teach children about cultural history, famous musicians and musical genres all while wanting to press the buttons and hear the music again and again. Each musician tells you about where they live, how their music was inspired, and what it means to them, teaching children about the origins of these most magical melodies. A great playtime or bedtime read, complete with a soundtrack that tracks key moments in musical history, children will love to listen to the most beautiful and important, genre defining bars of music time and time again.

A History of Words for Children

A History of Words for Children

Author: Mary Richards Illustrator: Rose Blake Format: Hardback Release Date: 22/09/2022

A history of the world told through the prism of language, from Shakespeare to Anne Frank, Martin Luther King to Greta Thunberg. A History of Words for Children explores the uniquely human ability to transfer thoughts from one brain to another using words. Written in a lively narrative style, the book presents a history of the world and human development through the prism of language, introducing readers to the civilisations, inventions and wordsmiths who have shaped the way we communicate. Divided into themed chapters, the book explores what words are and how humans communicate using spoken language and sign; the development of written scripts and writing implements, including paper; the history of manuscripts and printed books, including worldwide bestsellers and famous libraries; the process of learning another language; dialects and accents and the way language can reflect our identity; the power of words to calm, inspire, rally crowds and rule nations; graffiti's role in spreading messages; codes and invented languages; the patterns of poetry; the future of words, including emojis; and languages facing extinction.

What Can I Do? Inspiring Activities for Creative Kids

What Can I Do? Inspiring Activities for Creative Kids

Author: Mary Richards Format: Hardback Release Date: 19/05/2022

A History of Music for Children

A History of Music for Children

Author: Mary Richards, David Schweitzer Illustrator: Rose Blake Format: Hardback Release Date: 26/08/2021

Following on from the success of the award-winning A History of Pictures for Children comes this introduction to the history of music that takes children on a musical journey around the world. Readers will meet along the way a diverse cast of composers, musicians and performers who all make music in different ways in a variety of different genres, from Bach to Billie Eilish, Mozart to Miriam Makeba. Why do we make music? Which instruments make up a classical orchestra? How does music affect our brains and emotions? These are just some of the fascinating questions addressed in this book, which looks at music's transnational and boundary-breaking qualities. All over the world and throughout time, music has been recorded and passed down through different oral traditions and forms of notation. It has always been a powerful catalyst for influencing change and connecting people. And what might the future of music hold? Exploring the technology we use to listen to and create music, the authors imagine new possibilities such as computer-generated compositions and robot musicians. Includes an online playlist organized by chapter that children can listen to as they read.

Take Me To School A School Journal for Young Explorers

Take Me To School A School Journal for Young Explorers

Author: Mary Richards Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 08/08/2019

Take Me On Holiday The Young Explorer's Guide to Every Holiday in the World

Take Me On Holiday The Young Explorer's Guide to Every Holiday in the World

Author: Mary Richards Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/05/2019

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