My latest books, published by Hamilton-Vale Publishing, are available from the
Books Council of Wales.
Please click on each book to be taken to the relevant site.
The Wild and Wonderful World
At the beginning of time, the world is emerging from darkness. Gradually, thanks to Mother Sun’s amazing powers, life on earth begins to burgeon. But will Great Father be able to control the disgruntled animals of Australia, or will chaos reign? Perhaps Mother Sun will come up with a solution…
This enchanting tale nurtures a sense of wonder in the natural environment. The author has taken an Australian Aboriginal / First Nation ‘Dreamtime’ creation story and told it in a new and captivating way. The illustrations by Elysia Lloyd-Jones are breath-taking.
(Key Stage 2/Primary)
Melangell, a seventh-century Irish princess, makes the dangerous journey to Wales, where she discovers a remote valley and decides to settle there. She lives peacefully among the wild creatures for many years – until one day hunters arrive to threaten the animals she has come to love. Will Melangell be calm and brave enough to save the old hare from the vicious hounds?
This beautiful story of Saint Melangell is told, in verse, from the point of view of the hare. The tale stresses the sanctity of all life, and the enchanting illustrations by Andrew Sumner add emphasis to this important message.
Who is Fairy Nuff?
Janey’s big brothers seem to be destroying the house with their boisterous games, but Janey wonders if someone else – possibly a mischief-making fairy – could be causing at least some of the damage. Will she ever discover the truth?
This humorous book, with its play on words, inventive rhymes and wonderful illustrations by Jim Algar will stimulate children’s thinking and creativity, encouraging them to play with language too.
“My eldest loves the rhyming and my youngest, 5, can’t get enough. I’ve read it over and over again; I even had to read it to a friend on a video call, they love it so much! It’s a fantastic, funny book.”
The Litter Skitter
Someone is secretly dropping litter everywhere! Their naughty antics are ruining our parks, beaches, streets… Who could it possibly be? Perhaps it’s a strange and mischievous creature called the Litter-Skitter. After all, it couldn’t be anyone else, could it?
This funny book, with its catchy rhymes and entertaining illustrations by Ana Katherine, will capture the imaginations of children, while also teaching them about protecting the environment.
The Vitamin Rap
(Key Stage 2/Primary)
This original and motivational collection of poems will inspire children to be healthy, fit and active. Including raps, limericks, poems and even a tongue-twisting macarena, this book is both fun and educational.
It’s crucial that children learn to eat healthily and understand the importance of nutrition and fitness. Full of lively, characterful illustrations by Ana Katherine, The Vitamin Rap aims to make children enthusiastic about taking control of their health.
Published by Veneficia Publications, ‘The Promise of Dawn: Rites of Passage for All Beliefs’ contains sensitive and thoughtful readings and poems for all of life’s milestones, from birth to death. Whether you’re planning a wedding/handfasting, the celebration of a birth/naming ceremony, or a funeral, there will be readings in this collection that will resonate with you. With an emphasis on the wonder and sanctity of nature, you may want to keep this collection close at hand to see you through life’s highs and lows.
“I have never read anything so moving, meaningful and sensitive. It is beautiful!”
“I love the collection and have found the poems and readings really helpful, particularly the ones around death and grief as they speak at many different levels.” – Rev Dom Jones, Communications Officer, Police Chaplaincy UK
Why are we at home?
This story, illustrated by the talented artist Julie Sneeden, explains to young children (Key Stage 1) what has been happening during the recent pandemic in terms they will understand.
It tells the tale of a father trying to entertain his children in a small flat while their mother, a nurse, is working away from home. The story aims to offer information and reassurance to young children. It is dedicated to our wonderful healthcare and key workers and their families.
Star Books UK, who commissioned me to write this story, specialise in dual-language books and this story has been translated into many different languages. I hope it will bring pleasure and comfort to many children.
Published by Turmali Publishing Ltd, these adventure stories are aimed mainly at Key Stage 2 children. This beautifully illustrated volume contains the first five books/stories about Zhou Bao from Shanghai in China.
Bao is one of 12 children from around the globe to be transported to the mystical world of Turmali, where alien invaders are threatening to destroy its way of life. Will these brave children be able to save Turmali and its seven wondrous lands? You’ll have to read the books to find out!
I was the chief writer and editor on the ‘Turmali and the Light Savers’ project. You can find out more about it here: turmali.com
Renata Souza, from Sao Paulo in Brazil, is another ‘Light Saver’ from Planet Earth – one of 12 courageous children called to the faraway world of Turmali to try to save it from terrifying devastation.
This volume of five illustrated books/stories will appeal mainly to Key Stage 2 children.
As mentioned on the Turmali website (turmali.com), “The diverse ethnicity of the characters in this series will help to teach children that everyone is equal, irrespective of their colour, race, religion or faith, wealth or poverty.”
Through this extensive series of stories, the ‘Turmali and the Light Savers’ project aims to bring together the children of the world.
A step-by-step approach to non-fictional writing, including lesson plans and guidance for parents and teachers of primary/prep and lower secondary pupils, covering letter writing, biographies, articles and advertisements. Published by Graham Lawler Media and Publishing.
Published by Graham Lawler Media and Publishing, this book provides a step-by-step approach to fictional writing, including lesson plans and guidance for parents and teachers of primary/prep and lower secondary pupils, covering story writing, plays and poems.