Patricia Bernard's huge Asian series for Blake

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Patricia Bernard has a lot to be proud of - she's just released her 68th published book!!, - her 16th in her Asian series for Blake Publishing.

Each of her 3,500 word, easy to read, informative Asian series books is about children in a different country. They contain teachers' notes, information about the country, a map, the relevant flag and some photos.

Patricia has visited all of the countries she's written about and collected stories of children. So far these countries include India, Sri Lanka, Vietnam, Cambodia, Nepal, Burma, Philippines, Malaysia, Mongolia, China, Japan, Pakistan, Fiji, Kiribati Islands, Papua New Guinea and Indonesia. Watch this space!

Her books have enjoyed different illustrators, the last four having been illustrated by Andy Baker


What an incredible achievement - congrats Patricia!

Susan Whelan's new picture book


Congrats to Susan Whelan on the publication of her new picture book

Don't Think About Purple Elephants

illustrated by Gwynneth Jones

Published by Exisle Publishing (EK Books imprint) in hardback, for ages 3 - 7.

Sometimes Sophie worries, especially at bedtime when there are no distractions. Her family tries to help, but nothing works until her mother has a clever idea that just might involve purple elephants! An engaging story that deals with childhood anxiety.

Sounds useful and engaging - great stuff Susan!