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Sam McBratney - Author

About the Author

Sam McBratney has won many awards for his children’s books and is best known as the author of the multi-million selling Guess How Much I Love You which was shortlisted for the 1994 Kurt Maschler Award, and is now one of the world’s bestselling picture books. Sam lives in Northern Ireland. 

As a child In his own words, Sam McBratney spent his postwar childhood “in short trousers and Fair Isle jumpers.” He remembers studying for his 11-plus exam, before going to grammar school, and then on to study History and Political Science at Trinity College in Dublin.

As an adult Sam became a teacher and taught at a further education college, a grammar school and a primary school. He took early retirement from the teaching profession to concentrate on his career as a writer. Sam is married with three grown-up children and a teenage tortoise, and lives in County Antrim, Northern Ireland.

As an artist Sam has won many awards for his children’s books and is best known as the author of the multi-million selling Guess How Much I Love You which was shortlisted for the 1994 Kurt Maschler Award, and is now one of the world’s best-selling picture books. In 2004, Sam reunited with Guess How Much I Love You illustrator Anita Jeram to produce the follow-up, You’re All My Favourites, and the two of them collaborated again in 2007 to produce a series of brand-new storybooks featuring the Nutbrown Hares: Guess How Much I Love You in the Spring followed by Summer, Autumn and Winter and brought together in Guess How Much I Love You All Year Round.

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Other books by Sam McBratney

Will You Be My Friend?

Will You Be My Friend?

Author: Sam McBratney Format: Hardback Release Date: 29/09/2020

The first new Guess How Much I Love You picture-book story for 24 years! One day Big Nutbrown Hare is busy, but Little Nutbrown Hare wants to play so he goes off exploring on his own. He discovers another hare in a puddle - then realizes it's his reflection. He spots his shadow and wants to race it - only to find it's just as fast as him. Then up on Cloudy Mountain he finally finds someone to play with: a little snow white hare called Tipps. And she's real! This lovely new story is a wonderful companion to the classic picture-book Guess How Much I Love You; a charming tale about friendship with a delightful and original twist.

Guess How Much I Love You

Guess How Much I Love You

Author: Sam McBratney Format: Board book Release Date: 02/01/2020

A beautiful special edition of Guess How Much I Love You to celebrate 25 years of the heartwarming children's classic. I love you right up to the moon - AND BACK! Sometimes, when you love someone very, very much, you want to find a way of describing just how much you treasure them. But, as Little Nutbrown Hare and Big Nutbrown Hare discover, love is not always an easy thing to measure! Since its publication in 1994, children and parents worldwide have cherished the heartwarming tale of Little Nutbrown and Big Nutbrown Hare so much that it has become one of the most enduring bedtime classics of our time. Join us in celebrating its 25th Anniversary with this special board book edition, featuring beautiful gold foil details on the cover and spine.

Guess How Much I Love You

Guess How Much I Love You

Author: Sam McBratney Format: Mixed media product Release Date: 01/11/2019

Celebrating an incredible 25 years of Guess How Much I Love You. A stunning slipcase edition of the original bestselling children's classic with a beautiful, special edition print. I love you right up to the moon - AND BACK! Sometimes, when you love someone very, very much, you want to find a way of describing just how much you treasure them. But, as Little Nutbrown Hare and Big Nutbrown Hare discover, love is not always an easy thing to measure! Since it's publication in 1994, children and parents worldwide have cherished the heartwarming tale of Little Nutbrown and Big Nutbrown Hare so much, that it has become one of the most enduring bedtime classics of our time. Now, Walker Books are celebrating with an exquisitely presented 25th anniversary slipcase edition, which features a beautiful classic hardback book - with the original timeless text and stunning illustrations - in addition to an exclusive high quality giclee art print of one of the most loved scenes. The perfect gift for Christmas, birthdays, christenings or for your loved one.

The Most-Loved Bear

The Most-Loved Bear

Author: Sam McBratney Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 17/10/2019

From Sam McBratney, the author of beloved bestseller Guess How Much I Love You, and immense picture-book talent Sam Usher, The Most-Loved Bear is a captivating, classic picture book story that will enchant families for many years to come. Growly Bear and Mary Rose are very best friends and do everything together. Until, one day, Growly Bear is left behind on a train. He's sure that Mary Rose will come back for him. However, as the days turn to weeks and the weeks turn to months, Growly Bear's fur gets worn, his eye comes loose and his Growl starts to fade. Then, a child picks him up! But it isn't the child he was expecting... A warm, nostalgic tale about the enduring love between a child and their very favourite teddy bear - the perfect story for families to share at Christmas.

Guess How Much I Love You: Here I Am A Finger Puppet Book Here I Am! A Finger Puppet Book

Guess How Much I Love You: Here I Am A Finger Puppet Book Here I Am! A Finger Puppet Book

Author: Sam McBratney Format: Board book Release Date: 01/09/2018

Guess How Much I Love You has sold over 50 million copies worldwide! Big Nutbrown Hare and Little Nutbrown Hare are playing a game of hide-and-seek. You can play, too! This charming board book has a plush Little Nutbrown Hare finger puppet attached and peek-a-boo holes on every page. Perfect for little hands! Guess How Much I Love You highlights the bond between parent and child, and this finger puppet book is perfect for reading and playing together.

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