Nicola Davies

Nicola Davies was Writer-Illustrator in Residence from August 2018 until February 2019. During this time, she focused 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 drew 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.

When she was appointed, Nicola Davies said:

'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.' 

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The Day War Came

Author: Nicola Davies Illustrator: Rebecca Cobb

A heartbreaking picture book that perfectly explains the displacement of people, and especially children, in war, and the trauma experienced by people forced to leave their homes. 

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The Promise

Author: Nicola Davies Illustrator: Laura Carlin

On the dark streets of a city that is mean and hard and ugly, a young thief tries to steal an old lady's bag.

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The Variety of Life

Author: Nicola Davies Illustrator: Lorna Scobie

Did you know there are 400,000 species of beetle but only eight species of bear? Jam-packed with fun facts and figures, this is a glorious celebration of our world by non-fiction specialist Nicola Davies.

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