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Sam McBratney - Author

About the Author

Sam McBratney, author of one of the world's bestselling picture books, Guess How Much I Love You, has won the Bass Ireland Arts Prize and the Bisto Award, twice. He is also the author of the bestselling You're All My Favourites. He lives in Ireland.

As a child

In his own words, Sam spent his postwar childhood “in short trousers and Fair Isle jumpers.” He remembers studying for his 11-plus exam, before going to grammar school, and then on to study History and Political Science at Trinity College in Dublin.

As an adult

Sam became a teacher and taught at a further education college, a grammar school and a primary school. He took early retirement from the teaching profession to concentrate on his career as a writer. Sam is married with three grown-up children and a teenage tortoise, and lives in County Antrim, Northern Ireland.

As an artist

Sam has won many awards for his children’s books and is best known as the author of the multi-million selling Guess How Much I Love You which was shortlisted for the 1994 Kurt Maschler Award, and is now one of the world’s best-selling picture books. In 2004, Sam reunited with Guess How Much I Love You illustrator Anita Jeram to produce the follow-up, You’re All My Favourites, and the two of them collaborated again in 2007 to produce a series of brand-new storybooks featuring the Nutbrown Hares: Guess How Much I Love You in the Spring followed by Summer, Autumn and Winter and brought together in Guess How Much I Love You All Year Round.

Featured books by Sam McBratney

Guess How Much I Love You

Guess How Much I Love You

Author: Sam McBratney Format: Board book Release Date: 02/10/2014

Snuggle up with this brand new Guess How Much I Love You enlarged board book edition of this much-loved classic that children simply cherish. Best-selling and glorious Guess How Much I Love You has delighted children – and adults - for a quarter of a century. Little Nutbrown Hare and Big Nutbrown Hare want to tell each other just how much they love each other. But how do you measure love? Luckily, the two Hare’s know just how much they mean to each other. And Anita Jeram’s illustrations convey that brilliantly. Julia Eccleshare *** Celebrate twenty years of sharing love to the moon and back with this special anniversary paperback edition of one of the world's bestselling picture books and there is a fantastic Storytime Event Kit full of ideas for your own Little Nutbrown Hare party with games, suggested activities and a lovely party invite - download it here!

Other books by Sam McBratney

Guess How Much I Love You

Guess How Much I Love You

Author: Sam McBratney Format: Board book Release Date: 02/01/2020

A beautiful special edition of Guess How Much I Love You to celebrate 25 years of the heartwarming children's classic. I love you right up to the moon - AND BACK! Sometimes, when you love someone very, very much, you want to find a way of describing just how much you treasure them. But, as Little Nutbrown Hare and Big Nutbrown Hare discover, love is not always an easy thing to measure! Since it's publication in 1994, children and parents worldwide have cherished the heartwarming tale of Little Nutbrown and Big Nutbrown Hare so much that it has become one of the most enduring bedtime classics of our time. Join us in celebrating its 25th Anniversary with this beautiful paperback edition of the beloved story.

Guess How Much I Love You

Guess How Much I Love You

Author: Sam McBratney Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/01/2020

A beautiful, limited edition of Guess How Much I Love You to celebrate 25 years of being a heartwarming children's classic. I love you right up to the moon - AND BACK! Sometimes, when you love someone very, very much, you want to find a way of describing just how much you treasure them. But, as Little Nutbrown Hare and Big Nutbrown Hare discover, love is not always an easy thing to measure! Since it's publication in 1994, children and parents worldwide have cherished the heartwarming tale of Little Nutbrown and Big Nutbrown Hare so much that it has become one of the most enduring bedtime classics of our time. Join us in celebrating its 25th Anniversary with this beautiful paperback edition of the beloved story.

Guess How Much I Love You: One More Tickle!

Guess How Much I Love You: One More Tickle!

Author: Sam McBratney Format: Board book Release Date: 23/12/2019

Guess How Much I Love You has sold over 40 million copies worldwide! A ticklish tale with an adorably soft and cuddly puppet. A wonderful new story including a cuddly hare hand puppet from the award-winning creators of Guess How Much I Love You. Little Nutbrown Hare wants to discover if Big Nutbrown Hare is ticklish in this charming tale, based on the well-known characters from the original book. Little ones will love joining in as they try to find out just how ticklish Big Nutbrown Hare actually is - and in turn they might find that they have one or two tickles too! A delightful interactive board book that will have everybody saying Aaaah.

Guess How Much I Love You Little Library

Guess How Much I Love You Little Library

Author: Sam McBratney Format: Mixed media product Release Date: 08/11/2019

The adorable hares from the classic Guess How Much I Love You are back in a gorgeous miniature slipcase gift collection containing four short stories. Big and Little Nutbrown Hare, from the multi-million-selling picture book Guess How Much I Love You, return in these four seasonal picture books: Spring, Summer, Autumn and Winter. Each captivating story is seasonally themed and beautifully illustrated, and the four books are collected in a covetable miniature slipcase - perfect for sharing with your very own Little Nutbrown Hare, no matter the time of year! For activities, games, newsletters and more, visit www.guesshowmuchiloveyou.com

You're All My Favourites

You're All My Favourites

Author: Sam McBratney Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 08/11/2019

A special, beautiful, gold-embossed 10th-anniversary edition of this winning story of unconditional family love, from the creators of Guess How Much I Love You. In this heart-meltingly gorgeous, reassuring story, three little bear siblings one day begin to wonder: how can they all be the most wonderful baby bears in the whole wide world to their parents? Mummy Bear and Daddy Bear must set about reassuring their three little bears - who are all different - that each one of them is equally special and equally loved.

Guess How Much I Love You

Guess How Much I Love You

Author: Sam McBratney Format: Mixed media product Release Date: 07/11/2019

Celebrating an incredible 25 years of Guess How Much I Love You. A stunning slipcase edition of the original bestselling children's classic with a beautiful, special edition print. I love you right up to the moon - AND BACK! Sometimes, when you love someone very, very much, you want to find a way of describing just how much you treasure them. But, as Little Nutbrown Hare and Big Nutbrown Hare discover, love is not always an easy thing to measure! Since it's publication in 1994, children and parents worldwide have cherished the heartwarming tale of Little Nutbrown and Big Nutbrown Hare so much, that it has become one of the most enduring bedtime classics of our time. Now, Walker Books are celebrating with an exquisitely presented 25th anniversary slipcase edition, which features a beautiful classic hardback book - with the original timeless text and stunning illustrations - in addition to an exclusive high quality giclee art print of one of the most loved scenes. The perfect gift for Christmas, birthdays, christenings or for your loved one.

The Most-Loved Bear

The Most-Loved Bear

Author: Sam McBratney Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 17/10/2019

From Sam McBratney, the author of beloved bestseller Guess How Much I Love You, and immense picture-book talent Sam Usher, The Most-Loved Bear is a captivating, classic picture book story that will enchant families for many years to come. Growly Bear and Mary Rose are very best friends and do everything together. Until, one day, Growly Bear is left behind on a train. He's sure that Mary Rose will come back for him. However, as the days turn to weeks and the weeks turn to months, Growly Bear's fur gets worn, his eye comes loose and his Growl starts to fade. Then, a child picks him up! But it isn't the child he was expecting... A warm, nostalgic tale about the enduring love between a child and their very favourite teddy bear - the perfect story for families to share at Christmas.

Guess How Much I Love You

Guess How Much I Love You

Author: Sam McBratney Format: Hardback Release Date: 10/01/2019

Guess How Much I Love You has sold over 43 million copies worldwide! The perennial bestseller - one of the world's best-loved picture books - in an exquisite pop-up edition. A gorgeous pop-up edition of the picture book classic, Guess How Much I Love You. Big Nutbrown Hare and Little Nutbrown Hare play a game, trying to express just how much they love each other. But as each tries to outdo the other, they discover that love is not an easy thing to measure! For activities, games, newsletters and more, visit www.guesshowmuchiloveyou.com

The Most-Loved Bear

The Most-Loved Bear

Author: Sam McBratney Format: Hardback Release Date: 04/10/2018

From Sam McBratney, the author of beloved bestseller Guess How Much I Love You, and immense picture-book talent Sam Usher, The Most-Loved Bear is a captivating, classic picture book story that will enchant families for many years to come. Growly Bear and Mary Rose are very best friends and do everything together. Until, one day, Growly Bear is left behind on a train. He's sure that Mary Rose will come back for him. However, as the days turn to weeks and the weeks turn to months, Growly Bear's fur gets worn, his eye comes loose and his Growl starts to fade. Then, a child picks him up! But it isn't the child he was expecting... A warm, nostalgic tale about the enduring love between a child and their very favourite teddy bear - the perfect story for families to share at Christmas.

Guess How Much I Love You: Here I Am A Finger Puppet Book Here I Am! A Finger Puppet Book

Guess How Much I Love You: Here I Am A Finger Puppet Book Here I Am! A Finger Puppet Book

Author: Sam McBratney Format: Board book Release Date: 01/09/2018

Guess How Much I Love You has sold over 40 million copies worldwide! Big Nutbrown Hare and Little Nutbrown Hare are playing a game of hide-and-seek. You can play, too! This charming board book has a plush Little Nutbrown Hare finger puppet attached and peek-a-boo holes on every page. Perfect for little hands! Guess How Much I Love You highlights the bond between parent and child, and this finger puppet book is perfect for reading and playing together.

Guess How Much I Love You Book & Baby Cards Milestone Moments Gift Set

Guess How Much I Love You Book & Baby Cards Milestone Moments Gift Set

Author: Sam McBratney Format: Mixed media product Release Date: 01/01/2018

Guess How Much I Love You has sold over 43 million copies worldwide! A delightful book and baby card gift set from the award-winning creators of Guess How Much I Love You. This best-loved board book comes with 24 gorgeous cards for recording important milestones in your baby's life. Simply take a photo of your little one with the card for a beautiful way to capture and share memories. Guess How Much I Love You highlights the bond between parent and child, and this set is the perfect gift for baby showers, christenings and new or expecting parents. Guess How Much I Love You is the story of Big Nutbrown Hare and Little Nutbrown Hare, and the adorable game they play to express their love for each other. But the hares soon discover that love is not an easy thing to measure! A new generation of little ones can now enjoy this cherished classic complete with milestone moments cards to capture each magical moment.

Guess How Much I Love You in the Winter

Guess How Much I Love You in the Winter

Author: Sam McBratney Format: Hardback Release Date: 05/10/2017

Guess How Much I Love You has sold over 40 million copies worldwide! A truly magical cut paper edition of the winter-themed picture book from the creators of Guess How Much I Love You. A special cut paper edition of this enchanting and snowy story, from the creators of the international bestseller, Guess How Much I Love You. Little Nutbrown Hare and Big Nutbrown Hare are playing a game of I Spy in the snow. As the game continues, Big Nutbrown Hare gives Little Nutbrown Hare a clue - It's little... It's nutbrown... It's my most favourite thing... . With glistening glitter treated pages throughout and an exquisite peep-through final scene, this book is a wonderful seasonal gift for you or your loved ones. For activities, games, newsletters and more, visit www.guesshowmuchiloveyou.com

Guess How Much I Love You Activity Sticker Book

Guess How Much I Love You Activity Sticker Book

Author: Sam McBratney Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/02/2017

Guess How Much I Love You has sold over 40 million copies worldwide! An early learning activity sticker book, set in the familiar world of Guess How Much I Love You. A beautiful and interactive introduction to early learning themes from the award-winning creators of Guess How Much I Love You. Little Nutbrown Hare is sweet and curious, and he loves to learn, especially with the help of Big Nutbrown Hare. The pair play together through each season - spring, summer, autumn and winter - in this creative activity sticker book. Small hands can decorate or complete the pages using the stickers, and find out about sounds, actions, colours, counting, weather and more. An adorable gift for that little one you love up to the moon and back. For activities, games, newsletters and more, visit www.guesshowmuchiloveyou.com

Guess How Much I Love You Colouring Book

Guess How Much I Love You Colouring Book

Author: Sam McBratney Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/01/2017

Guess How Much I Love You has sold over 40 million copies worldwide! A book of beautiful Guess How Much I Love You pictures to colour. In Little Nutbrown Hare and Big Nutbrown Hare's world, love is a colourful thing! Enjoy enchanting patterns and illustrations of nature with playful quotes from the world of Guess How Much I Love You to be coloured in and adorned with over 125 stickers. For activities, games, newsletters and more, visit www.guesshowmuchiloveyou.com

Guess How Much I Love You

Guess How Much I Love You

Author: Sam McBratney Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/12/2016

Guess How Much I Love You has sold over 43 million copies worldwide! A unique shimmering hardback edition of an internationally bestselling classic. An elegant pearlescent edition from the award-winning creators of Guess How Much I Love You. This cherished picture book classic is presented in a luminous hardback that shimmers in the light and is detailed with ornate silver foil. It is a treasure to behold! The enchanting story of Little Nutbrown Hare and Big Nutbrown Hare trying to find ways to express their love for each other is the ideal gift for special occasions or anyone you love up to the moon and back. For activities, games, newsletters and more, visit www.guesshowmuchiloveyou.com

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