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Lynne Rickards - Author

About the Author

Lynne Rickards was born in Ottawa, Canada but now lives in Glasgow's West End with her family. She first started as an illustrator in her twenties but then decided to go back to University to study French. It wasn't until her forties that she discovered how much she liked writing.

Lynne's children are her main inspiration alongside her editor and agent. Her son is the model for Jack in 'Jack's Bed' because he hates going to bed but loves jumping on it! Lynne is particularly fond also of Jack's spotty leopard with gleaming eyes.

She describes herself as warm, open and fun!

To relax Lynne enjoys reading, making plasticine creatures with her daughter and snuggling with her son to watch Pingu.

Featured books by Lynne Rickards

Harris the Hero

Harris the Hero

5+ readers

Author: Lynne Rickards Format: Paperback Release Date: 21/03/2013

How a lovesick puffin finds adventure and cures his loneliness by helping a lost seal pup is a sweet story told in gentle rhyming couplets. Harris the puffin leaves the island he knows and sets off across the wide blue sea. When he finds a seal pup in distress he guides it safely back to its mum on another island. Here Harris finds a warm welcome – just the fresh start he needs. Atmospheric illustrations capture the wonderful seascape home of puffins, seals and the like.  

Other books by Lynne Rickards

One Potato Band 05/Green

One Potato Band 05/Green

Author: Lynne Rickards Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 15/11/2019

One potato is not at all happy about being eaten! He leads the farmer's wife on a wild potato chase through the garden, hoping she'll choose another vegetable for her dinner. Will she catch him? * Green/Band 5 books offer early readers patterned language and varied characters * Text type: A rhyming story * Children can follow the potato through the countryside in the story map on pages 22 and 23.

Clementine's Smile Band 06/Orange

Clementine's Smile Band 06/Orange

Author: Lynne Rickards Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 20/10/2019

Clementine the crocodile is known for always being happy and having a big smile, but one day she gets toothache and can't smile anymore. Can she overcome her fear of the dentist and regain her smile? * Orange/Band 6 books offer varied text and characters, with action sustained over several pages. * Text type: A poem * Curriculum links: Science: Ourselves; Health and Growth. * This book has been quizzed for Accelerated Reader.

Lewis Clowns Around

Lewis Clowns Around

Author: Lynne Rickards Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/09/2019

Poor Lewis hates being a puffin. His brother Harris is great at catching fish, flying and doing puffin things, but Lewis just doesn't fit in. He longs for a different life, far away from the crashing waves and tall cliffs of the Firth of Forth. But what else can a puffin do? Then, 'Eureka!' Lewis finds the answer, and heads off to the circus to become a clown. He meets many incredible creatures: Carla Koala, Zorro the Highwire Cat, the Flying Blue Monkeys and Daredevil Pat. But when his act goes terribly wrong, can Lewis overcome his fears, find some confidence and save the day? A charming and hilarious rhyming picture book about a young misfit puffin who learns that it's okay to be different. The story is brought to life with colourful, characterful illustrations by Gabby Grant.

Reading Champion: Rainbow Street Independent Reading 12

Reading Champion: Rainbow Street Independent Reading 12

Author: Lynne Rickards Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 14/05/2019

Samir lives in Jordan with his family. His family bakery is in Rainbow street and it is here that Samir spends most of his time after school. But his true love is for birds. He is fascinated by them, their different shapes and sizes, colours and movements and one day, he gets to see the bird of his dreams ... Reading Champion offers independent reading books for children to practise and reinforce their developing reading skills. Fantastic, original stories are accompanied by engaging artwork and a reading activity. Each book has been carefully graded so that it can be matched to a child's reading ability, encouraging reading for pleasure.

Pink! What's a penguin to think when he wakes up PINK?

Pink! What's a penguin to think when he wakes up PINK?

Author: Lynne Rickards Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 15/03/2019

Reading Champion: Rainbow Street Independent Reading 12

Reading Champion: Rainbow Street Independent Reading 12

Author: Lynne Rickards Format: Hardback Release Date: 28/08/2018

Samir lives in Jordan with his family. His family bakery is in Rainbow street and it is here that Samir spends most of his time after school. But his true love is for birds. He is fascinated by them, their different shapes and sizes, colours and movements and one day, he gets to see the bird of his dreams ... Reading Champion offers independent reading books for children to practise and reinforce their developing reading skills. Fantastic, original stories are accompanied by engaging artwork and a reading activity. Each book has been carefully graded so that it can be matched to a child's reading ability, encouraging reading for pleasure.

Reading Champion: The Cat's Tale Independent Reading Turquoise 7

Reading Champion: The Cat's Tale Independent Reading Turquoise 7

Author: Lynne Rickards Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 24/04/2018

The Emperor challenges the animals to a race across the river, and the first 12 to cross will form the 12 animals of the zodic. Cat wants to win, but Rat has a cunning plan ... Reading Champion offers independent reading books for children to practise and reinforce their developing reading skills. Fantastic, original stories are accompanied by engaging artwork and a reading activity. Each book has been carefully graded so that it can be matched to a child's reading ability, encouraging reading for pleasure. Independent Reading Turquoise 7 stories are perfect for children aged 5+ who are reading at book band 7 (Turquoise) in classroom reading lessons.

Cambridge Reading Adventures Red Band Pack

Cambridge Reading Adventures Red Band Pack

Author: Lynne Rickards, Alison Hawes, Gabby Pritchard Format: Mixed media product Release Date: 19/04/2018

Endorsed for reading by Cambridge Assessment International Education, Cambridge Reading Adventures is our international primary reading scheme. An ideal way to add to your reading collection, our Band Packs include every title within your chosen level. Explore the range of exciting fiction and non-fiction at Red Band including Our Senses, Leopard and his Spots, The Weather Today and Omar Can Help. In Red Band, the sense of story starts to be developed. Illustrations continue to support understanding but readers also need to use decoding skills. Slightly longer texts with less repetition extend high-frequency word knowledge.

Cambridge Reading Adventures Pink B Band Pack

Cambridge Reading Adventures Pink B Band Pack

Author: Lynne Rickards, Alison Hawes, Tamara Anegon Format: Mixed media product Release Date: 19/04/2018

Endorsed for reading by Cambridge Assessment International Education, Cambridge Reading Adventures is our international primary reading scheme. An ideal way to add to your reading collection, our Band Packs include every title within your chosen level. Explore the range of exciting fiction and non-fiction at Pink B Band including At the Market, Leela Can Skate, Looking After Animals and The Last Lemon. Titles in Pink B Band typically have 30-60 words, colourful illustrations and lots of repetition to help word recognition.

Rowan the Red Squirrel

Rowan the Red Squirrel

Author: Lynne Rickards Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 22/02/2018

'Deep in the woods, in a crooked old tree, Lived two little squirrels, with Mum, who made three. Hazel was brave -- a flash and a flurry, While Rowan was shy, and tended to worry.' Rowan the little red squirrel and his sister Hazel are leaving their drey on their own for the very first time. Hazel is eager to explore and, before they know it, they set off on an exciting adventure. But Rowan is worried -- about the strange noises in the forest around them and their mother's warning to look out for the fox! Written in Lynne Rickards' signature rhyme, this charming tale of two very different siblings finding their own strengths features dynamic watercolour illustrations of Scottish wildlife and two adorable wee squirrels! From the creators of the best-selling puffin adventure, Skye the Puffling, Rowan the Red Squirrel brings the beauty of the Scottish Highlands and its animal inhabitants charmingly to life.

Skye the Puffling A Wee Puffin Board Book

Skye the Puffling A Wee Puffin Board Book

Author: Lynne Rickards Format: Board book Release Date: 22/02/2018

Everyone's favourite puffling is ready for adventure in a beautiful new board book edition, especially for wee hands. One morning Skye, the cheeky baby puffin, sneaks out of her parents' burrow, tumbles off the cliff edge and accidentally lands on a passing gannet's back! Skye's thrilling journey takes her to the Bass Rock in the Firth of Forth where she meets a host of Scottish bird life. But she's missing her parents... Written in Lynne Rickards' signature rhyme, this charming story features dynamic watercolour illustrations of Scottish sealife and a very cute puffling! The adorable companion to the best-selling Harris the Hero, is now available as a board book with a story specially abridged for sharing with toddlers.

You and Me 2 Wayfarers

You and Me 2 Wayfarers

Author: Lynne Rickards Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 19/10/2017

A collection of children's poems celebrating friendship and love around the world. Books in the Wayfarers strand are for learners who can read a range of texts accurately and fluently. Wayfarers titles require learners to read beyond what is on the page, inferring characters' feelings, thoughts and motives from their actions. There is more emphasis on learners' understanding through reading and less use of illustrations to show meaning. Longer sentences include a wider range of vocabulary while repetition is used for dramatic effect rather than to build high-frequency vocabulary. Contains teaching support including learning outcomes, curriculum links and follow-up activities.

The Big City Yellow Band

The Big City Yellow Band

Author: Lynne Rickards Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 19/10/2017

Endorsed for reading by Cambridge Assessment International Education, Cambridge Reading Adventures is our international primary reading scheme. What is it like to live in a big city? Readers explore a big city to find out. Yellow Band books have more emphasis on learners' understanding through reading and less use of illustrations to show meaning. Longer sentences include a wider range of vocabulary while repetition is used for dramatic effect rather than to build high-frequency vocabulary. Contains full teaching support including learning outcomes, curriculum links and follow-up activities.

I Can Help Pink A Band

I Can Help Pink A Band

Author: Lynne Rickards Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 19/10/2017

Endorsed for reading by Cambridge Assessment International Education, Cambridge Reading Adventures is our international primary reading scheme. How can you help? We meet children helping at home, in the garden and at the shops. Pink A books are intended for new readers with around 30-60 words, colourful illustrations and a high level of repetition to help with word recognition. Contains full teaching support including learning outcomes, curriculum links and follow-up activities.

All About Honey Green Band

All About Honey Green Band

Author: Lynne Rickards Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 19/10/2017

Endorsed for reading by Cambridge Assessment International Education, Cambridge Reading Adventures is our international primary reading scheme. People have collected and eaten honey for thousands of years. This fascinating book shows children how and why bees make honey. Green Band books include longer, more complex words and sentence structures focus on the use of punctuation. Topic-specific vocabulary is used, with moderate support from illustrations. Contains full teaching support including learning outcomes, curriculum links and follow-up activities.

Four Clever Brothers 1 Pathfinders

Four Clever Brothers 1 Pathfinders

Author: Lynne Rickards Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 19/10/2017

This entertaining play script tells the story of four clever brothers. Are they camel thieves as Gilad suggests? The script can be read or performed. Pathfinders titles are for learners whose reading is accurate, fast and fluent. They will need to decode and read unfamiliar words. Stories and subject matter typically require readers to understand character emotions and motives. Contains full teaching support including learning outcomes, curriculum links and follow-up activities.

Tamima's Smile Level 11

Tamima's Smile Level 11

Author: Lynne Rickards Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/08/2016

Collins Arabic Big Cat is a guided reading series for ages 3 to 11. The series is structured with reference to the learning progression of Arabic at nursery and primary schools researched especially for Collins. This carefully graded approach allows children to build up their reading knowledge of Arabic step by step. Level 11 books provide more literary language, more complex sentence structures and less support from illustrations. Characters are more varied, with action sustained over several pages. Non-fiction titles include glossaries where necessary. Sentences are still short for better understanding. However, grammatical vowel endings are more evident to encourage fluent reading and to provide familiarity with some higher-level features of written Arabic. Tamima the crocodile is known for always being happy and having a big smile, but one day she gets toothache and can't smile anymore. Can she overcome her fear of the dentist and regain her smile?

Skye the Puffling A Baby Puffin's Adventure

Skye the Puffling A Baby Puffin's Adventure

Author: Lynne Rickards Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 17/03/2016

One morning Skye, a cheeky baby puffin with an appetite for adventure, sneaks out of her parents' burrow, tumbles off the cliff edge and accidentally lands on a passing gannet's back! Skye's thrilling journey takes her around the Firth of Forth and finds her in a few tricky situations -- a perilous piggy-back ride, an icy dip in the sea and a host of Scottish bird life. Written in Lynne Rickards' signature rhyme, this charming coming-of-age story features dynamic watercolour illustrations of Scottish sealife and a very cute puffling! The adorable sequel to the best-selling Harris the Hero is set in Scotland around the Firth of Forth, the Isle of May, North Berwick and the Bass Rock.

Playgrounds Yellow Band

Playgrounds Yellow Band

Author: Lynne Rickards Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 21/01/2016

Endorsed for reading by Cambridge Assessment International Education, Cambridge Reading Adventures is our international primary reading scheme. Playgrounds can look like a fort or a castle. What can you do in the playgrounds in this book? Yellow Band books have more emphasis on learners' understanding through reading and less use of illustrations to show meaning. Longer sentences include a wider range of vocabulary while repetition is used for dramatic effect rather than to build high-frequency vocabulary. Contains full teaching support including learning outcomes, curriculum links and follow-up activities.

My First Train Trip Blue Band

My First Train Trip Blue Band

Author: Lynne Rickards Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 21/01/2016

Endorsed for reading by Cambridge Assessment International Education, Cambridge Reading Adventures is our international primary reading scheme. A little girl is going on a train ride. She is going to see her grandpa, what does she see on the way? Blue Band books feature more complex stories with several characters and episodes within one story to support comprehension development. Greater variation in sentence patterns helps readers to self-correct independently. Contains full teaching support including learning outcomes, curriculum links and follow-up activities.

Hide and Seek Green Band

Hide and Seek Green Band

Author: Lynne Rickards Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 21/01/2016

Endorsed for reading by Cambridge Assessment International Education, Cambridge Reading Adventures is our international primary reading scheme. Who is playing Hide and Seek? Find out with Zara and her friends. Green Band books include longer, more complex words and sentence structures focus on the use of punctuation. Topic-specific vocabulary is used, with moderate support from illustrations. Contains full teaching support including learning outcomes, curriculum links and follow-up activities.

Baking Bread Green Band

Baking Bread Green Band

Author: Lynne Rickards Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 21/01/2016

Endorsed for reading by Cambridge Assessment International Education, Cambridge Reading Adventures is our international primary reading scheme. Readers learn how to make bread in this non-fiction book. Green Band books include longer, more complex words and sentence structures focus on the use of punctuation. Topic-specific vocabulary is used, with moderate support from illustrations. Contains full teaching support including learning outcomes, curriculum links and follow-up activities.

Diego Fandango Yellow Band

Diego Fandango Yellow Band

Author: Lynne Rickards Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 21/01/2016

Endorsed for reading by Cambridge Assessment International Education, Cambridge Reading Adventures is our international primary reading scheme. Diego Fandango wants to put on a show. His friends help him. Yellow Band books include longer story plots to support the development of inferential skills. There is more emphasis on learners' understanding through reading and less use of illustrations to show meaning. Longer sentences include a wider range of vocabulary while repetition is used for dramatic effect rather than to build high-frequency vocabulary. Contains full teaching support including learning outcomes, curriculum links and follow-up activities.

Houses and Homes Red Band

Houses and Homes Red Band

Author: Lynne Rickards Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 21/01/2016

Endorsed for reading by Cambridge Assessment International Education, Cambridge Reading Adventures is our international primary reading scheme. People live in different homes. Find out more about them. In Red Band illustrations continue to support understanding but readers also need to use decoding skills. Slightly longer texts with less repetition extend high-frequency word knowledge. Contains full teaching support including learning outcomes, curriculum links and follow-up activities.

My Dad is a Builder Pink B Band

My Dad is a Builder Pink B Band

Author: Lynne Rickards Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 21/01/2016

Endorsed for reading by Cambridge Assessment International Education, Cambridge Reading Adventures is our international primary reading scheme. Dad has lots of tools. What is he building? Pink B books support children starting on their reading journey. Titles in this band typically have 30-60 words, colourful illustrations and lots of repetition to help word recognition. Contains full teaching support including learning outcomes, curriculum links and follow-up activities.

Omar Can Help Red Band

Omar Can Help Red Band

Author: Lynne Rickards Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 21/01/2016

Endorsed for reading by Cambridge Assessment International Education, Cambridge Reading Adventures is our international primary reading scheme. Omar helps his friends. What happens when Omar needs help? In Red Band the sense of story starts to be developed. Illustrations continue to support understanding but readers also need to use decoding skills. Slightly longer texts with less repetition extend high-frequency word knowledge. Contains full teaching support including learning outcomes, curriculum links and follow-up activities.

Games Pink A Band

Games Pink A Band

Author: Lynne Rickards Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 21/01/2016

Endorsed for reading by Cambridge Assessment International Education, Cambridge Reading Adventures is our international primary reading scheme. There are lots of different games, which is your favourite? Pink A books are intended for new readers with around 30-60 words, colourful illustrations and a high level of repetition to help with word recognition. Contains full teaching support including learning outcomes, curriculum links and follow-up activities.

Where Do they Grow? Pink B Band

Where Do they Grow? Pink B Band

Author: Lynne Rickards Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 21/01/2016

Endorsed for reading by Cambridge Assessment International Education, Cambridge Reading Adventures is our international primary reading scheme. Apples grow on a tree. Where do oranges grow? Explore the natural world and find out. Pink B books support children starting on their reading journey. Titles in this band typically have 30-60 words, colourful illustrations and lots of repetition to help word recognition. Contains full teaching support including learning outcomes, curriculum links and follow-up activities.

Harris the Hero A Puffin's Adventure

Harris the Hero A Puffin's Adventure

Author: Lynne Rickards Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 21/03/2013

Harris the puffin is lonely and at a loose end. He sets out travelling, looking for adventure and meets a lost baby seal. Harris bravely helps his new young companion, but they run into trouble. Then a happy crowd of Scottish sea life pitches in: an eiderduck, a dolphin, otters and some fish. And there are more new friends to come ... Lynne Rickards' rollicking rhymes are matched by the verve and character of Gabby Grant's loveable illustrations. Set in Scotland on the Isle of May. From the team who brought you Lewis Clowns Around.

Jacob O'Reilly Wants a Pet

Jacob O'Reilly Wants a Pet

Author: Lynne Rickards Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 06/01/2011

Like many young children, Jacob O'Reilly wants a pet. He'd love a dog. A cat would be great. Ooh, what about gerbils? Or an iguana? He's desperate for an animal to look after, but mum and dad don't fancy the idea. Then they suggest that he start a pet-sitting business, and all hell breaks loose... 'The jokes work time and time again, and it'll be a firm favourite on any bookshelf.' - The Bookbag

I Win! Green Banana

I Win! Green Banana

Author: Lynne Rickards Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/06/2007

A tale of competitive twins from Lynne Rickards for Egmont's green banana series. Ella and Sam are twins who want to win! They are determined to beat each other, whether it's a race to get ready for school, or a race in the swimming pool. But who will get Nana to do what they want when she comes to stay? Green bananas are divided into short, simple stories to develop reading techniques over a number of sessions. They are suitable for NC Level 1 readers. Green Bananas are carefully designed with education in mind, supporting children's understanding of how to read longer books. Green bananas only use one clause in each sentence and rely on dialogue and speech bubbles to encourage reading aloud.

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