Writer in Residence: Nicola Davies
Every six months, BookTrust appoints a new Writer in Residence (or Writer-Illustrator in Residence) to write blogs, run competitions and give us their own unique perspective on the world of children's books.
Our Writer-Illustrator in Residence is Nicola Davies, whose focus is on urging children to explore the natural world around them.
Nicola Davies is a prolific author of children's books, well known for The Day the War Came and Lots, among many other picture books.
During her six-month residency, Nicola will be drawing on her experience as a zoologist, former Wildlife presenter and now creative writing teacher and author to encourage children to discover more about nature through words and pictures.
Nicola Davies says about her residency at BookTrust:
'I’m very happy to have been chosen to be a Writer in Residence for BookTrust – there are soooooooo many things I want to do over the next few months! I love nature, poems and pictures, so there will be lots of focus on these.
'My aim for each of the posts of my residency is to offer you a bit of the three ‘Is' – that’s Information, Ideas and Inspiration. Information, because you may need some clues about what you’re going to write about; Ideas because you might need some help with how to write; and Inspiration so that you can really feel that your writing can be fabulous. There’ll also be a poetry writing competition that you can enter to win books and a visit from me for your school.'
Previous Writers in Residence
Previous writers to take up the post include Matt Haig, Laura Dockrill, Cressida Cowell, Chris Riddell and Patrick Ness – see what fun things they all got up to during their time in residence.
Asin is sent into the treacherous desert mountains to find the rare and magical Moonflowers: only bees that feed on these Moonflowers’ pollen will produce the magical Silver Honey, which will heal Asin’s family from their malaise.
Rose learns that not all mistakes are bad when she helps her mum watch over their sheepdog Trix and its litter of puppies – including one that definitely isn't going to be a prize-winning sheepdog. Another brilliant wildlife story from Nicola Davies.
When a huge shark threatens a fishing boat, the island's queen believes that the creature means them harm. However, young Ariki discovers the truth about the shark – it needs their help. An exciting adventure story about friendship, families and being different.
A boy has come to start his life in a new country where nothing is familiar, apart from the racing pigeons kept by his neighbour. Soon, he has a pigeon of his own called King of the Sky: will he win the competition? A touching, quiet tale of community.
This is a book to pore and ponder over, from reading the story to picking out the different creatures in each picture, to reading the funny and fascinating animal names.
Inspired by traditional folk tales of mythical sea creatures, this other-worldly story of the savagery and beauty of the ocean will captivate readers. The ethereal illustrations, in a palette of watery blues, greens and greys, perfectly complement the poetic narrative.
This is an original, special and memorable book that sets the bar high for illustrated children's non-fiction.
This collection of animal anecdotes is funny, interesting and insightful. Comical black-and-white illustrations bring the true tales to life in this entertaining book for animal-loving independent readers.
This funny non-fiction picture book for older readers is packed full of fascinating facts about poo and enthusiastically explains why this natural waste product is one of the most useful things on earth.
When a lion attacks Pedru and bites off his arm, he vows to find the lion and kill him. But as he learns more about these formidable creatures, he realises strength and courage come in different forms. An uplifting story in the excellent Heroes of the Wild series.
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