Series launch of books about the natural world in Cardiff and Penarth

Welsh Books Council

Series launch of books about the natural world in Cardiff and Penarth - 27 June 2016

The Really Wild Show TV presenter Nicola Davies and Swansea art student Abbie Cameron launch series of books about the natural world in Cardiff and Penarth.
Cardiff and Llanelli-based publisher, Graffeg, will launch its new children’s picture book series for ages 5+,  Animal Surprises,  by naturalist and children's author Nicola Davies and new illustrator Abbie Cameron at Evenlode Primary School in Penarth on Wednesday 13 July. 

Nicola and Abbie will treat Year 2 pupils at Evenlode to a writing and drawing workshop, introducing children to the natural world through rhymes and pictures. They will also be signing books at Waterstones Cardiff at 11.30am and Griffin Books in Penarth at 4pm.

The Animal Surprises series of rhyming picture books explore the rich depths of the natural world through fun rhymes and big, bright zoologically accurate and appealing illustrations and a huge variety of animals. Brilliantly fun, the series is designed to invite readers, big and small, to join in. Downloadable resource notes on all the animals featured can be found at

Nicola Davies is based in Crickhowell and the award-winning author of a number of books about nature for children including The Promise, A First Book of Nature and  Whale Boy.  Before becoming an author Nicola was a TV presenter for the BBC including the popular The Really Wild Show in the 1980s. A graduate of University of Wales Trinity Saint David’s, Abbie was selected by Nicola as part of her personal project to highlight new talent found through the UK’s illustration courses. 

Nicola Davies says 'The idea for these books came out of my lifelong passion for the natural world and my desire to share my knowledge and enthusiasm about it with my young readers. My aim was to share a great variety of animals, and to create books that are fun to read aloud and join in with. It's been a joy to share these books with the pupils at Evenlode School.'

Animal Surprises  series by Nicola Davies, illustrated by Abbie Cameron, HB £8.99, 32pp, Age 5+

Watch Nicola talk about the rhyming books on YouTube:
Nicola Davies and Abbie Cameron are both available for interview. For further information contact Megan Farr

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