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Nicola Davies - Author

About the Author

Nicola Davies is an award-winning author whose many books for children include Ice Bear, Big Blue Whale and King of the Sky . She is a Zoology graduate, an expert in whales and bats, and has worked for the BBC Natural History Unit. She lives in Powys

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Please note there are two children's authors called Nicola Davies which our systems are unable to tell apart. The books Star in the Custard, Shampoo and Seawater, and Stories from Abergele Street  are not written by this Nicola Davies. Apologies.

Featured books by Nicola Davies

The Promise

The Promise

5+ readers 7+ readers

Author: Nicola Davies Illustrator: Laura Carlin Format: Hardback Release Date: 05/09/2013

Shortlisted for The Little Rebels Children's Book Award 2014.  This is a picture books of great beauty and hope about the power we have to transform our world. The Promise is the story of a magical discovery that will touch the heart and imagination of every reader, young and old. With poignant simplicity, honesty and lyricism, Nicola Davies evokes a powerful vision of a world where people and nature live in harmony. And Laura Carlin's delicate illustrations capture a young girl's journey from a harsh, urban reality to the beauty and vitality of a changed world.

Whale Boy

Whale Boy

9+ readers

Author: Nicola Davies Format: Paperback Release Date: 04/04/2013

Shortlisted for the Blue Peter Book of the Year 2014 - Best Story Michael, a young boy growing up on the tropical island of Rose Town, has been saving up for his own fishing boat for years. But when a terrible storm wrecks his home, Michael is forced to take a job working for a rich, mysterious newcomer named Spargo. Spargo asks Michael to search for one thing in the deep waters around Rose Town - whales...

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A Girl Called Dog

A Girl Called Dog

9+ readers 11+ readers

Author: Nicola Davies Format: Paperback Release Date: 07/04/2011

This is a spirit-soaring tale of adventure, friendship and belonging that will appeal to all lovers of books by Michael Morpurgo and Roald Dahl.

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Other books by Nicola Davies

The Magic of Flight Discover birds, bats, butterflies and more in this incredible book of flying creatures

The Magic of Flight Discover birds, bats, butterflies and more in this incredible book of flying creatures

Author: Nicola Davies Illustrator: Lorna Scobie Format: Hardback Release Date: 13/10/2022

Our skies are full of life! From bats and birds to bees and beetles, the air around us is buzzing with amazing flying creatures. Explore how and why animals fly, and the many ways in which this incredible ability has helped them flourish on our beautiful planet, in this beautiful book from award-winning non-fiction specialist Nicola Davies. Packed with fascinating facts and incredible illustrations to pore over again and again, this stunning large-format hardback is the perfect gift to inspire children to treasure our planet's precious biodiversity.

Invertebrates are Cool!

Invertebrates are Cool!

Author: Nicola Davies Illustrator: Abbie Cameron Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 27/09/2022

Protecting the Planet: The Season of Giraffes

Protecting the Planet: The Season of Giraffes

Author: Nicola Davies Illustrator: Emily Sutton Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/09/2022

An ultimately inspiring story of how giraffes have dealt with modern climate change, beautifully told and illustrated - and marking the launch of an exciting new series. Once, this season of rains was the season of giraffes... In this powerful picture-book, bestselling children's author Nicola Davies writes in collaboration with conservationist Kisilu Musya to explain how one of the world's best-loved animals has dealt with the challenges of climate change. Giraffes were once a part of daily life in Niger - but after severe droughts one year, when the rains eventually return, the giraffes are nowhere to be seen. However, as award-winning artist Emily Sutton's magnificent illustrations capture, The Beauty of Giraffes ultimately has a hopeful, celebratory story to share ... and an important point to make about how human beings can change for the better. Nicola Davies is one of the best children's writers in the business. Huffington Post Emily Sutton is one of our greatest children's illustrators. The Times

One World: 24 Hours on Planet Earth

One World: 24 Hours on Planet Earth

Author: Nicola Davies Illustrator: Jenni Desmond Format: Hardback Release Date: 07/04/2022

Nicola Davies and Jenni Desmond's first collaboration: a spectacular tour of Planet Earth and a powerful rallying cry. Where on Earth are you, right now? It's late where I am and almost everyone's asleep, but I'm awake, looking out into the night. Wondering... As the clock strikes midnight, a little girl and her sister visit animals of every shape and size, all around the world - discovering that, in some places, creatures have just started their day, where in others they're already busy hunting for food. Turning the popular concept of time-zones on its head and combining it with a powerful climate message and delightful illustrations, this book is narrative non-fiction at its most spellbinding. Nicola Davies is one of the best children's writers in the business. Huffington Post Jenni Desmond knows just how to make children's precious imaginations soar. Guardian

Ride the Wind

Ride the Wind

Author: Nicola Davies Illustrator: Salvatore Rubbino Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/08/2021

A heartfelt story from the author of King of the Sky, The Day War Came and The Promise, with an important point to make about male mental health. Javier has a secret. On one of his father's fishing trips, he finds an albatross caught on the hooks - alive, if only barely. Against his father's orders, Javier smuggles the bird to safety and begins nursing it back to health. Every day the albatross accepts a little more food, but she shows no sign of wanting to use her wings. And if Javier's new friend refuses to fly, how will she ever find her way home? With words by award-winning author Nicola Davies and dramatic watercolours by Salvatore Rubbino, this is a beautiful story about the power of empathy. Nicola Davies is one of the best children's writers in the business. Huffington Post

Grow: Secrets of Our DNA

Grow: Secrets of Our DNA

Author: Nicola Davies Illustrator: Emily Sutton Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/06/2021

From the award-winning team behind Tiny and Lots comes a new book exploring another fascinating area of biology: growth. Vibrantly illustrated, this is a fascinating and accessible introduction to the concept of DNA for five- to eight-year-olds Guardian A beautifully illustrated introduction to the concept of DNA for younger readers. All living things grow - every plant and every animal, including human beings. Some things grow fast and others grow slowly; some things grow by tiny degrees, while others grow to be enormous. Yet there's something about the way we grow that links us all together. Ever since you were the size of a dot, your body has been following a set of instructions: a code, which connects you with every creature on the planet... With words from Nicola Davies and exquisite artwork by Emily Sutton, this groundbreaking book is certain to enchant and inspire children. Explaining the concept of DNA to young children sounds an impossible task but this book succeeds beautifully. Sunday Express

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