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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.

Featured books by Sam McBratney

Other books by Sam McBratney

Guess How Much I Love You in the Winter

Guess How Much I Love You in the Winter

Author: Sam McBratney Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/09/2019

Guess How Much I Love You has sold over 40 million copies worldwide! The adorable hares from the classic Guess How Much I Love You are back for winter in this gorgeous paperback! It's little... It's nutbrown... It's my most favourite thing... When Little Nutbrown Hare and Big Nutbrown Hare go out into the winter snow, they decide to play a game of I Spy . Seasonally themed and beautifully illustrated throughout, little ones will enjoy joining in with the game in this captivating story while discovering what Big Nutbrown Hare's favourite thing is!

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 40 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.

Guess How Much I Love You in the Winter

Guess How Much I Love You in the Winter

Author: Sam McBratney Format: Hardback Release Date: 05/10/2017

Guess How Much I Love You has sold over 40 million copies worldwide! A truly magical cut paper edition of the winter-themed picture book from the creators of Guess How Much I Love You. A special cut paper edition of this enchanting and snowy story, from the creators of the international bestseller, Guess How Much I Love You. Little Nutbrown Hare and Big Nutbrown Hare are playing a game of I Spy in the snow. As the game continues, Big Nutbrown Hare gives Little Nutbrown Hare a clue - It's little... It's nutbrown... It's my most favourite thing... . With glistening glitter treated pages throughout and an exquisite peep-through final scene, this book is a wonderful seasonal gift for you or your loved ones. For activities, games, newsletters and more, visit www.guesshowmuchiloveyou.com

Guess How Much I Love You Activity Sticker Book

Guess How Much I Love You Activity Sticker Book

Author: Sam McBratney Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/02/2017

Guess How Much I Love You has sold over 40 million copies worldwide! An early learning activity sticker book, set in the familiar world of Guess How Much I Love You. A beautiful and interactive introduction to early learning themes from the award-winning creators of Guess How Much I Love You. Little Nutbrown Hare is sweet and curious, and he loves to learn, especially with the help of Big Nutbrown Hare. The pair play together through each season - spring, summer, autumn and winter - in this creative activity sticker book. Small hands can decorate or complete the pages using the stickers, and find out about sounds, actions, colours, counting, weather and more. An adorable gift for that little one you love up to the moon and back. For activities, games, newsletters and more, visit www.guesshowmuchiloveyou.com

Guess How Much I Love You Colouring Book

Guess How Much I Love You Colouring Book

Author: Sam McBratney Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/01/2017

Guess How Much I Love You has sold over 40 million copies worldwide! A book of beautiful Guess How Much I Love You pictures to colour. In Little Nutbrown Hare and Big Nutbrown Hare's world, love is a colourful thing! Enjoy enchanting patterns and illustrations of nature with playful quotes from the world of Guess How Much I Love You to be coloured in and adorned with over 125 stickers. For activities, games, newsletters and more, visit www.guesshowmuchiloveyou.com

You're All My Favourites

You're All My Favourites

Author: Sam McBratney Format: Board book Release Date: 01/09/2016

A board book edition of a gorgeous story of unconditional family love, from the creators of Guess How Much I Love You. In this heart-meltingly gorgeous, comforting story told by the creators of Guess How Much I Love You, three little bear siblings one day begin to wonder: how can they all be the most wonderful baby bears in the whole wide world to their parents? Mummy Bear and Daddy Bear must set about reassuring their three little bears - who are all different - that each one of them is equally special and equally loved.

Dyfala Faint Rydw I'n dy Garu

Dyfala Faint Rydw I'n dy Garu

Author: Sam McBratney Format: Hardback Release Date: 26/08/2016

Guess How Much I Love You: Colours

Guess How Much I Love You: Colours

Author: Sam McBratney Format: Board book Release Date: 01/01/2016

Guess How Much I Love You has sold over 40 million copies worldwide! A mini buggy board book by the author and illustrator of Guess How Much I Love You. Little ones can learn all about colours in this warm and engaging buggy board book from the award-winning creators of Guess How Much I Love You. Using the polka dot velcro strap and yellow clip, attach this chunky book to any buggy or car-seat harness - and get ready to go! Say hello to Little Nutbrown Hare's friends - a yellow butterfly, a blue bird, a red ladybird and a green frog; then say goodbye to brown leaves rustling away in the wind. This charming buggy board book will captivate babies as each spread encourages the very young to learn colours in a clear and fun way.

Ghastly Gerty Swindle With the Ghosts of Hungryhouse Lane

Ghastly Gerty Swindle With the Ghosts of Hungryhouse Lane

Author: Sam McBratney Format: eBook Release Date: 04/11/2014

Miss Amy Steadings, proprietor of Hungryhouse Lane, is looking for a house companion. Someone who enjoys country life and antiques, someone who is not afraid of...well, the unusual. What she gets is rip-off artist Gerty Moag and her double-crossing antique-dealing son, Alexander the Grate.Will the two villains swindle Miss Steadings out of a fortune? Not likely, with the unsavory Sweet kids on the investigative trail. The real fun begins as Zoe, Charlie, and Bonnie Sweet, together with a motley crew of familiar ghosts, gather the clues to solve this ghastly cime. Another rollicking, laugh-aloud ghost story with the original cast of The Ghosts of Hungryhouse Lane, as well as a few new ghostly surprises.

You're All My Favourites

You're All My Favourites

Author: Sam McBratney Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/10/2014

A special, beautiful, gold-embossed 10th-anniversary edition of this winning story of unconditional family love, from the creators of Guess How Much I Love You. In this heart-meltingly gorgeous, reassuring story, three little bear siblings one day begin to wonder: how can they all be the most wonderful baby bears in the whole wide world to their parents? Mummy Bear and Daddy Bear must set about reassuring their three little bears - who are all different - that each one of them is equally special and equally loved.

Guess How Much I Love You: My Baby Book

Guess How Much I Love You: My Baby Book

Author: Sam McBratney Format: Hardback Release Date: 06/02/2014

Guess How Much I Love You has sold over 40 million copies worldwide! A baby book inspired by one of the best-loved children's books ever - to be treasured by parents and children who will look back on it time and time again. Set against beautiful illustrations from Guess How Much I Love You, here is a truly endearing keepsake that invites parents to enter firsts, favourites and fondest memories of their little one's life. Starting even before baby is born, Mum or Dad can share excitement while expecting, then capture moments from birth to age two - from the most personal details to world events - in words, pictures, footprints, memorabilia and more.

Guess How Much I Love You: Look What I Can Do: First Concepts Book

Guess How Much I Love You: Look What I Can Do: First Concepts Book

Author: Sam McBratney Format: Board book Release Date: 03/10/2013

Guess How Much I Love You has sold over 40 million copies worldwide! A beautiful introduction to early concepts by the author and illustrator of Guess How Much I Love You. Explore noises, count from one to ten, learn all about colours, the weather, shapes, actions, and nature with Big Nutbrown Hare and Little Nutbrown Hare. Gloriously adorned with Anita Jeram's classic illustrations, this is the ideal book for curious babies and toddlers.

Is Geal Liom Sibh Go Leir (You're All My Favourites)

Is Geal Liom Sibh Go Leir (You're All My Favourites)

Author: Sam McBratney Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/09/2013

A perfect book for families to share together and a perfect introduction to the Irish language for the very young! From the inimitable team that brought you Guess How Much I Love You comes a gorgeous, reassuring story about three little bear siblings, who one day begin to wonder how they they can ALL be the most wonderful bears in the whole wide world to their parents? Mummy Bear and Daddy Bear must set about reassuring their three little bears - who are all different - that each one of them is equally special and equally loved.

There, There

There, There

Author: Sam McBratney Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/09/2013

There, there - two of the most soothing words in the English language. In this story, Little Hansie Bear loves to pretend, but walking like a duck can be hazardous, especially when he falls into a deep-down ditch and has to be helped out by his dad. With a There, there and a hug, Hansie is soon off to play again. So when Dad hurts his foot, Hansie knows just what to do - a There, there , a big hug, and everything is all right again.

Guess How Much I Love You Here, There and Everywhere

Guess How Much I Love You Here, There and Everywhere

Author: Sam McBratney Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/09/2013

Four delightful new Guess How Much I Love You stories featuring adventurous Little Nutbrown Hare and wise Big Nutbrown Hare. Four new Guess How Much I Love You stories in one volume - 'The Hiding Tree', 'On Cloudy Mountain', 'The Far Field' and 'Coming Home' - featuring adventurous Little Nutbrown Hare and wise Big Nutbrown Hare. In the stories we see Little Nutbrown Hare beginning to explore the world with the help and guidance of Big Nutbrown Hare. He climbs the Hiding Tree, escapes from the mists on Cloudy Mountain and ventures to the Far Field on his own. But after all his adventures Little Nutbrown Hare finds that coming home is best of all, because Big Nutbrown Hare is there.

Guess How Much I Love You

Guess How Much I Love You

Author: Sam McBratney Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/10/2012

Guess How Much I Love You has sold over 43 million copies worldwide! An unfolding cut-paper edition of the classic picture book story Guess How Much I Love You. A gorgeous pocket-sized folding out pop-up version of the best-selling picture book, which comes in a beautiful slip-case. As Big Nutbrown Hare and Little Nutbrown Hare try their hardest to express their love for each other, they find love isn't an easy thing to measure! The perfect gift for the special person in your life. For activities, games, newsletters and more, visit www.guesshowmuchiloveyou.com

Tomhais Meid Mo Ghra Duit (Guess How Much I Love You)

Tomhais Meid Mo Ghra Duit (Guess How Much I Love You)

Author: Sam McBratney Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 06/09/2012

Guess How Much I Love You has sold over 40 million copies worldwide! One of the world's best-loved picture books as Gaelige! A beautiful expression of love can now be read in Irish, celebrating the poetic cadences of the Irish word and gently introducing young children to the language. I love you right up to the moon - and back. The story of Little and Big Nutbrown Hares' efforts to express their love for each other has become a publishing phenomenon, selling more than 28 million copies worldwide. First published nearly 15 years ago, this gorgeous new Irish edition is one that children will ask for time and again.

Bugs! Band 6/ Orange

Bugs! Band 6/ Orange

Author: Sam McBratney, Eric Smith Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/06/2012

Follow the narrator as he takes us through the good and bad aspects of micro-organisms in this fun rhyming poem by Sam McBratney, explaining that while these unseen bugs can ruin food and make us ill, they also keep our world under control, by rotting food and plants that we no longer need. Lively illustrations by Eric Smith accompany the poem. * Orange/Band 6 books offer varied text and characters, with action sustained over several pages. * Text type: A poem. * A comparison chart on pages 14 and 15 helps children recap the key pros and cons of bugs, and provides a wealth of speaking and listening opportunities. * Curriculum links: Science: Micro-organisms; Geography: Improving the environment

Guess How Much I Love You

Guess How Much I Love You

Author: Sam McBratney Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/11/2011

Guess How Much I Love You has sold over 43 million copies worldwide! The exquisite cloth-bound gift edition of an internationally bestselling classic. The picture book favourite, Guess How Much I Love You is presented in an exquisite champagne-coloured cloth-bound edition. Ideal for the book's ever increasing adult fans, the enchanting story of Little Nutbrown Hare and Big Nutbrown Hare trying to find ways to express their love for each other, is the perfect gift for someone special. For activities, games, newsletters and more, visit www.guesshowmuchiloveyou.com

Guess How Much I Love You

Guess How Much I Love You

Author: Sam McBratney Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/10/2011

Guess How Much I Love You has sold over 43 million copies worldwide! The perennial bestseller - one of the world's best-loved picture books - in an exquisite pop-up edition. A gorgeous pop-up edition of the picture book classic, Guess How Much I Love You. Big Nutbrown Hare and Little Nutbrown Hare play a game, trying to express just how much they love each other. But as each tries to outdo the other, they discover that love is not an easy thing to measure! For activities, games, newsletters and more, visit www.guesshowmuchiloveyou.com

Cho Mor 'S a Tha Mo Ghaol Ort

Cho Mor 'S a Tha Mo Ghaol Ort

Author: Sam McBratney Format: Board book Release Date: 19/09/2011

Guess How Much I Love You

Guess How Much I Love You

Author: Sam McBratney Format: Rag book Release Date: 01/01/2011

Guess How Much I Love You has sold over 43 million copies worldwide! The Guess How Much I Love You Snuggle Book - there's no better way to go to bed! This deliciously soft bedtime snuggle book has been created from the picture book favourite, Guess How Much I Love You. The story of Big Nutbrown Hare and Little Nutbrown Hare trying to outdo each other in expressing their love, has been simplified from the original so it's perfect for the very youngest child. Just right for cuddling up with, there's no need to say goodbye to the beloved Nutbrown Hares even when it's time to go to sleep! Presented in a beautiful box, it's the perfect gift. For activities, games, newsletters and more, visit www.guesshowmuchiloveyou.com

Bugs! Band 06/Orange

Bugs! Band 06/Orange

Author: Sam McBratney, Eric Smith Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/09/2010

Follow the narrator as he takes us through the good and bad aspects of micro-organisms in this fun rhyming poem by Sam McBratney, explaining that while these unseen bugs can ruin food and make us ill, they also keep our world under control, by rotting food and plants that we no longer need. Lively illustrations by Eric Smith accompany the poem. * Orange/Band 6 books offer varied text and characters, with action sustained over several pages. * Text type: A poem. * A comparison chart on pages 14 and 15 helps children recap the key pros and cons of bugs, and provides a wealth of speaking and listening opportunities. * Curriculum links: Science: Micro-organisms; Geography: Improving the environment

Guess How Much I Love You All Year Round

Guess How Much I Love You All Year Round

Author: Sam McBratney Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/01/2010

The adorable hares from the classic Guess How Much I Love You are back in a gorgeous collection containing four seasonal short stories. Big and Little Nutbrown Hare, from the multi-million-selling picture book Guess How Much I Love You, return in these four stories: Spring, Summer, Autumn and Winter. Each captivating tale is seasonally themed and beautifully illustrated - perfect for sharing with your very own Little Nutbrown Hare, no matter the time of year!

Guess How Much I Love You

Guess How Much I Love You

Author: Sam McBratney Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 27/10/2008

Guess How Much I Love You has sold over 43 million copies worldwide! A wonderful new paperback big book edition of this internationally bestselling classic. I love you right up to the moon - and back. The story of Little and Big Nutbrown Hares' efforts to express their love for each other has become a publishing phenomenon. Originally published nearly 25 years ago, this lovely new Big Book edition is one that children will ask for time and again.

Yes We Can!

Yes We Can!

Author: Sam McBratney Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/05/2007

A wonderfully warm and reassuring tale of celebrating what each of us is good at! Little Roo, Quacker Duck and Country Mouse are playing happily together when Little Roo challenges Quacker Duck to jump over a big, big log. Of course he can't and Country Mouse laughs at him. Each friend ends up challenging another to do something they know will be impossible and the three end up quarrelling. It takes Roo's mother to show them that if they celebrate what they can do, instead of laughing at each other, it's much more fun and enjoyable. Can they be friends again? 'Yes we can!'

It's Lovely When You Smile

It's Lovely When You Smile

Author: Sam McBratney Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/08/2006

An endearing and heart-warming tale guaranteed to make everyone smile. When Little Roo wakes up, he just feels grumpy. He doesn't want to play and he doesn't know why. His mother tries to cheer him up by playing in the leaves, hiding in their favourite hidey hole and tickling him but nothing she does makes any difference. Then she whisks Little Roo away in her pouch and they bounce off down hill - towards a wide, deep and muddy-at-the-bottom hole. They career straight in to the hole and his mother looks so very funny that little Roo can't help himself - he just has to smile!

POCKET TALES YEAR 5 CYCLOPS AND THE GREENBEANS

POCKET TALES YEAR 5 CYCLOPS AND THE GREENBEANS

Author: Sam McBratney Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/07/2005

Pocket Tales is part of Pocket Reads, a superb collection of quality books that really capture children's imaginations! Pocket Reads have fantastic breadth and variety of genre, with Pocket Sci-Fi, Pocket Facts and Pocket Chillers making up the rest of the collection of independent readers. The fiction books are beautifully illustrated and are guaranteed to appeal to even the most reluctant of readers. The non-fiction readers are equally as stunning and will captivate and excite children with fascinating facts. The 105 pocket-sized fiction and non-fiction readers have each been carefully levelled to the National Curriculum and Book-Banded to ensure children make progression. You can therefore be assured that every reading experience is one that counts.

Classic Fairy Tales: Little Red Riding Hood

Classic Fairy Tales: Little Red Riding Hood

Author: Sam McBratney Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 15/01/2004

Little Red Riding Hood is going to visit her Granny, but who is that she meets on the way? A fabulous versio of this classic fairy tale.

Jimmy Zest Is Best! (PB)

Jimmy Zest Is Best! (PB)

Author: Sam McBratney Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 09/08/2002

Jimmy Zest is an inventor and, he likes to think, the brains of his class. The trouble is, nobody knows what idea will come to him next and which of his friends - Gowso, Mandy, Penny Brown, Knuckles, Shorty or Legweak - will be persuaded to join in the mayhem. In this book: Five top stories in which Jimmy - sometimes with the help but more often the hindrance of his mates - causes cooking chaos, has tea with a witch, gets up to something fishy and has a run-in with a white elephant.

Guess How Much I Love You

Guess How Much I Love You

Author: Sam McBratney Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/09/2000

Sometimes when you love someone very, very much, you want to tell them how great your feelings are. But, as Little Nutbrown Hare and Big Nutbrown Hare discover, love is not an easy thing to measure.

Francis Fry Private Eye

Francis Fry Private Eye

Author: Sam McBratney Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 10/04/1995

LET YOUR IMAGINATION TAKE OFF WITH COLOUR JETS Irresistible stories for children who are beginning to enjoy reading alone. Meet Francis Fry, Private Eye. His speciality is recovering stolen goods and tracing missing persons. But when he gets mixed up in the case of the missing parrots, he finds himself on a wild goose chase!

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