Reference

The Human Race

Who was first? Who went furthest? Who was fastest? Humans have achieved great things as they challenge their bodies and explore earth and make amazing discoveries in science and technology. Published by QED.

Space

A beautifully illustrated (and written!) book about the vast and complex universe. The book is a voyage of exploration through our solar system. Spookily, writing it reminded me that when we look at the night sky we look into the past. Published by Scholastic USA.

Rocks, Minerals and Gems

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Beautifully illustrated, with snappy text written by Miranda Smith and me. Nominated for a Gold Award in the 2016 California Reading Associations’ Eureka! Nonfiction Children’s Book Awards. Published by Scholastic USA. This book has sold more than 200,000 copies.

Nature’s most deadly

Natures most deadly

 

 

 

 

 

As the human population grows, how do we live alongside deadly animals? How have we treated them in the past? What are the new ethical issues? I found this a really thought-provoking book to research and write. Published by OUP for the Project X series.

Tour de France

Tour de France

 

 

 

 

I was surprised no one had written a book for children about this amazing event. Many kids love bikes and races, and this is the biggest bike race of them all. I teamed up with top British cyclist Geraint Thomas to mix in a real rider’s experience with the information. Published by Collins in the Big Cat series.

Wild weather

Wild weather

 

 

 

 

A reading levelled title on weather phenomena, for the American market. Published by Scholastic as part of the Magic Bus series.

Rocks and minerals

Rocks and minerals

 

 

 

 

Great fun to research – did you know fireworks are just exploding minerals, or that salt is the only rock we eat? Me neither! Published by Miles Kelly.

Quiz whiz

Quiz whiz

 

 

 

 

I wrote half of this interactive encyclopedia researching information and devising different types of questions. Produced by Toucan Books for Macmillan.

Branches of the military

Branches of the military

 

 

 

 

Everything a child needs to know about the US armed forces, published by Scholastic USA.

Extreme! series

Extreme! Defying GravityExtreme Lights OutExtreme Frozen World

These are three books from the Extreme! series, which aims to make science interesting and accessible. Published by A&C Black.

I Wonder Why

I Wonder Why SkyThis book in a well-known series deals with environmental issues in a question and answer format. Published by Kingfisher.