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Rob Ives is a former maths and science teacher, now a designer and paper engineer living in Cumbria, UK. He creates science- and project-based children’s books, including Paper Models that Rock! and Paper Automata. He specializes in character-based paper animations and all kinds of fun and fascinating science projects, and often visits schools to talk about design technology and demonstrate his models.

Sensational Science | World's Best Origami for Kids


Matthew Rake lives in London and has worked in publishing for more than twenty years. He has written on a wide variety of topics including science, sports and the arts

Real-Life Monsters | If Prehistoric Beasts were Alive Today


Matt Turner has authored books on diverse topics including natural history, earth sciences and railways, as well as hundreds of articles for encyclopaedias and artworks, covering everything from elephants to abstract art. He and his family currently live near Auckland, New Zealand, where he volunteers for the local Coastguard unit and dabbles in art and craft.

Incredible Inventions | Brilliant Bugs


John Farndon is Royal Literary Fellow at City & Guilds in London, UK, and the author of a huge number of books for adults and children on science, technology and nature, including such international best-sellers as Do Not Open and Do You Think You’re Clever? He has been shortlisted six times for the Royal Society’s Young People’s Book Prize for a science book, with titles such as How the Earth Works, What Happens When? and Project Body (2016).

Stickmen's Guide to: How Things Work | Stickmen's Guide to Your Body


Dr. Gareth Moore is the author of a wide range of puzzle and brain-training books for both children and adults, including The Kid’s Book of Puzzles, The Mammoth Book of Brain Games and The Rough Guide Book of Brain Training. He is also the founder of daily brain training site He gained his PhD from Cambridge University (UK) in the field of computer speech recognition, teaching machines to understand the spoken word.

Brain Benders


Emily Kington has worked in publishing and children’s books for over twenty years. She loves art and is passionate about making art accessible for children and engaging them in a variety of different art forms. Emily lives in England with her husband and two children and loves outdoor sports, travelling and good food.

Recycled Art


Paul Mason is a prolific author of children's books, many award-nominated, on such subjects as 101 ways to save the planet, vile things that go wrong with the human body, and the world's looniest inventors. Many take off via surprising, unbelievable or just plain revolting facts. Today, he lives at a secret location on the coast of Europe, where his writing shack usually smells of drying wetsuit (he’s a former international swimmer and a keen surfer).

102 Things to do


Chris Oxlade is an experienced author of educational books for children. He has written more than two hundred books on science, technology, sports and hobbies, including many activity and project books. He enjoys camping and adventurous outdoor sports including rock climbing, hill running, kayaking and sailing.

Climbing Trees and Dirty Knees


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