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Jane Clarke - Author

About the Author

Jane Clarke is the talented author of over 80 books for young children, including the award-wining picture books Gilbert the Great, Knight Time and Stuck in the Mud.

Jane Clarke on Jane Clarke:

I live in Kent with my two Labradors, Bramble and Amber. The dogs love to swim in the sea, so I burn a lot of perfumed candles to stop our house from smelling of damp dog.

Thanks to my Mum and Dad, I had a very happy childhood in the English Midlands. Dad attached a trapeze to the branch of a tree in our garden, and my friends and I spent a lot of time hanging upside down pretending to be acrobats. There were always pets – mice, hamster, and guinea pigs, cats and dogs. For a long time, I thought my dog was my brother. My bedroom was stuffed full of fossils and shells.

My ideas come from my family and pets, my friends and their families, and from school. I often lose all track of time when I’m writing. Amber and Bramble have learned to bring me their leads, to remind me to take them out for a walk.

Most of my stories and poems are funny, because I love to laugh, but sometimes I write about sad things. The saddest thing in my life is my husband’s death. Martin was a lovely man, a great husband and Dad. Andy and Rob are now at university and Martin lives on in them, in our hearts, and in our happy memories.

Featured books by Jane Clarke

Runny Honey

Runny Honey

3+ readers

Author: Jane Clarke Format: Paperback Release Date: 22/11/2007

Brightly illustrated first reading books with large text format by top authors and illustrators.

Other books by Jane Clarke

Lottie Loves Nature Frog Frenzy

Lottie Loves Nature Frog Frenzy

Author: Jane Clarke Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 28/06/2020

Age range 9 to 12 Lottie loves wildlife and dreams of becoming a nature show presenter like Samira, host of her favourite programme Every Little Thing. Lottie decides to make a pond in her back garden to encourage local wildlife. She enlists her techy neighbour Noah's help, but is distracted by his neat-freak golf-mad dad, who is determined to rid their garden of annoying ants. Suddenly Noah's dad's golfing green is swarming with ants and a multitude of frogs - hopping mayhem! Noah is convinced that escaping to Mars would be easier than facing his dad, but Lottie is keen to save the planet one creature at a time!

Bug Club Shared Reading: A Token of Friendship (Year 2)

Bug Club Shared Reading: A Token of Friendship (Year 2)

Author: Jane Clarke Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 29/04/2020

The Celtic invasion has taken Claudia's Roman town by surprise, she quickly flees to the safety of her uncle's villa. Her family are nowhere to be seen but she finds a familiar face in the shape of Luna - her uncle's pet dog. But there's another figure beside Luna, a girl called Briana and she's a Celt ... Will they find friendship despite their differences? Highly engaging, illustrated picture book to be read out loud to children aged 6-7 Ideal for reading aloud at home with your child Helps expose your child to rich language and curriculum-linked vocabulary Includes key terms from History and the topic area of the Romans Part of the Bug Club reading series used in over 3500 schools 'These books are a great start to addressing the wider curriculum and the vocabulary issues that schools are identifying.' - Assistant Head, Primary Academy The Bug Club Shared books are highly engaging, beautifully illustrated stories designed to be read out loud to children. The programme exposes children to rich, curriculum-linked vocabulary, helping to build an understanding across school subjects and cultivate a love for reading.

Neon Leon

Neon Leon

Author: Jane Clarke Format: Board book Release Date: 06/02/2020

Everyone knows that chameleons are the best at fitting in. But not Leon. Leon is neon! In fact, he's SO bright that he keeps all the other chameleons awake at night. But poor Leon is lonely, so he goes off in search of somewhere he can blend in. In this delightful interactive book, filled with vibrant neon artwork, children can help Leon on his journey by counting his steps, sending him to sleep and giving him lots of reassurance when he's feeling down. But will he ever find a place he can fit in...? Joyously written and illustrated - New Statesman

Old Macdonald's Things That Go

Old Macdonald's Things That Go

Author: Jane Clarke Format: Board book Release Date: 06/02/2020

Old Macdonald's farm is full of pigs, cows, sheep, hens and horses, but what he really loves is his COLOSSAL collection of vehicles! From bicycles, tractors and buses, to boats, fire engines and aeroplanes, there are LOTS of things that go on Old Macdonald's farm, and the animals love to join in with the fun, too. This new board book edition is perfect for anyone who loves farmyard animals AND vehicles.

Leap Frog

Leap Frog

Author: Jane Clarke Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 06/02/2020

Felix is lost. The jungle can be a scary place for a tiny tree frog, and all the strange noises are making him just a little bit jumpy . . . It's time to find Felix a safe place to sleep . . . and might there be someone special to snuggle him down for the night?

When the Tree Falls

When the Tree Falls

Author: Jane Clarke Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 26/09/2019

Jane Clarke's lyrically eloquent poems bear witness to the rhythms of birth and death, celebration and mourning, endurance and regrowth. An elegiac sequence, inspired by the loss of her father, moves gracefully through this second collection. Rooted in the everyday and backlit by mystery, here are poems to savour and return to, for the pleasure of finely honed lines that powerfully evoke the depth of our connections to people, place and nature. Jane Clarke's first collection, The River, was published by Bloodaxe in 2015 to both critical and public acclaim.

Al's Awesome Science Busy Bodies!

Al's Awesome Science Busy Bodies!

Author: Jane Clarke Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/05/2019

Age range 6 to 10Al is researching the effects on his body of travelling in a time machine. Trouble is it's hard to experiment without any mess, especially when your neighbour's cat Precious is in the same house with Al's naughty dog Einstein.Experiments about digestion, nutrition, facts about the body, balance and space travel.

All the Way Home

All the Way Home

Author: Jane Clarke Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/04/2019

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