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INSPIRING CHILDREN TO READ THROUGH RHYME

CHILDREN'S AUTHOR & ILLUSTRATOR

Inspiring children to read through rhyme and have fun whilst learning.

Welcome to my website where you’ll find lots of good ‘stuff’ about my books, my rhymes, my sketches and me. I have been passionate about art and writing since a very young age and had the unique opportunity to grow up in a safari park where I worked as Park Ranger in ‘Pet’s Corner’, looking after llamas, goats, monkeys, pot-bellied pigs and a lion cub! I have loved animals ever since!

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Following my passion I went on to graduate from Leeds University and spent my former career working as an illustrator and Artists’ Agent in children’s publishing. I then had a business career in the branding industry at managing director level.  

Now, I am completely focused on following my passion for illustration and writing whilst living between the South Downs of England and the South West of Spain with my husband John who is always encouraging me to ‘Get on with it!’. 

When I’m not not 'getting busy with my crayons' I love nothing more than playing my piano and sitting in the sunshine with a good book and a big sun hat.  

BOOKS 

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A Piddle of Puppies

A charming collection of rhymes, poems, rhythm and wordplay to delight children’s imaginations.

Accompanied by Andréa's watercolour illustrations, she leads her readers through the weird and wonderful names for groups of animals and with engaging questions and fascinating facts at the end of each rhyme, it is a perfect way for children of 5 - 9 years to learn about animals and their behaviours..

PUBLISHED OCT 28th 2018 ORDER BELOW

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A Parcel of Pigs

Learn new rhymes and get tongue-tied in this engaging selection of children’s rhymes for children of 5 – 9 years.

With colourful illustrations by the author, the rhymes are great to read aloud as well as being a fun and engaging way to help children with their reading skills.

RHYMES  

There is something enchanting about rhyme; not only is it great to read aloud but it’s an ideal way to help children with their reading skills. It helps them understand word patterns, words that share common sounds and to read with energy and liveliness.  I love writing rhymes; they make learning fun, and my poems are written for all of those parents and children that love reading together!

 Illustration by Andréa Prior from A Parcel of Pigs

Illustration by Andréa Prior from A Parcel of Pigs

CECILIA'S MOTHER

Cecilia’s mother is my favourite character and based on someone I know! Here's a verse from the poem...

Cecilia’s mother is as MAD as a hare,

With a huge big mouth and a wide eyed stare,

She barks and shouts and snorts and sprouts,

Hairs from her nose and rings on her toes,

“Get out!” She cries, she cries, cries she,

She’s the scariest mother I’ve ever seen!

 Illustration by Andréa Prior from A Parcel of Pigs

Illustration by Andréa Prior from A Parcel of Pigs

Silly ducks

How many times can you say QUACK, CLACK, QUACK without getting tongue-tied? Read the poem and see how you get on...

Ducks a’ talking quack, quack, quack,

Ducks a’ walking clack, clack, clack,

That side - this side - which side - your side,

Can’t keep up with the quack, clack, quacks!
 

Ducks a’ swimming paddle, paddle, paddle,

Ducks a’ strolling waddle, waddle, waddle,

This side - that side - which side - your side,

Can’t keep up with the waddle, paddle, waddles!

 Illustration by Andréa Prior from A Piddle of Puppies

Illustration by Andréa Prior from A Piddle of Puppies

a MISCHIEF OF MICE

"Now listen here…..we need to be as quiet as mice..." Here's a verse from the poem...

There are LOTS of mice now, running a’ground, 

They squiggle and wiggle and giggle around, 

They’ve found some cheese some carrots and peas,

Some jam and toast but what they like most,

Are the cake and the cherries with walnuts and berries,

It’s all SO nice for the mischief of mice!

 

SKETCHES 

  Oink, Oink!   My very first sketch for A Parcel of Pigs

Oink, Oink!

My very first sketch for A Parcel of Pigs

  Dancing Flamingos   Sketchy flamingos to flamboyant flamingos!

Dancing Flamingos

Sketchy flamingos to flamboyant flamingos!

  Hey good looking!   'Loved up' giraffe waiting for his friend

Hey good looking!

'Loved up' giraffe waiting for his friend

  Funny little zebras   Clippity clop, hoppity hop, bouncity bop :)

Funny little zebras

Clippity clop, hoppity hop, bouncity bop :)

  Nosy Parker   Sketchy furball – meeooow! 

Nosy Parker

Sketchy furball – meeooow! 

  Monkeys in the jungle   My most favourite thing to draw!

Monkeys in the jungle

My most favourite thing to draw!



EVENTS

I attend various events and book signings throughout the year including at Waterstones and independent book shops. I regularly visit schools and as well as reading my rhymes, I also talk about the process of creating my books including where my ideas for come from and how my characters are developed. For a calendar of activities please visit my Facebook page.

All pictures of children are approved.

  Waterstones in Durham City, UK

Waterstones in Durham City, UK

  Book Launch in Marbella, Spain

Book Launch in Marbella, Spain

  Guest speaker at Swans International School Graduation Ceremony, Marbella

Guest speaker at Swans International School Graduation Ceremony, Marbella

  School Readings at Bow Durham School, UK

School Readings at Bow Durham School, UK

  School Signing at Colegio Alborán, Marbella

School Signing at Colegio Alborán, Marbella

  School Readings at Sotogrande International School, Spain

School Readings at Sotogrande International School, Spain

 

SHOP

 
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A Piddle of puppies and other funny animal rhymes

A charming collection of rhymes, poems, rhythm and wordplay to delight children’s imaginations. 

Accompanied by Andréa's watercolour illustrations, she leads her readers through the weird and wonderful names for groups of animals and with engaging questions and fascinating facts at the end of each rhyme, it is a perfect way to learn about animals and their behaviours for children of 5 - 9 years.

PUBLISHED OCT 28th 2018 ORDER NOW!

 
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A PARCEL OF PIGS AND OTHER FUNNY 'TAILS'

Learn new rhymes and get tongue-tied in this engaging selection of children’s rhymes for children of 5 – 9 years.

With colourful illustrations by the author, the rhymes are great to read aloud as well as being a fun and engaging way to help children with their reading skills. 


COMING SOON...

Signed limited edition prints of your favorite characters and don't forget to join me on Instagram for giveaways, competitions and signed original sketches! 


 

Contact andréa

For more information on up and coming events, enquiries about school readings, speaker opportunities, event attendance and purchase of original illustrations please make contact with Andréa below.

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