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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: Mixed media product Release Date: 01/09/2015

Guess How Much I Love You has sold over 43 million copies worldwide! Snuggle up with this brand new Guess How Much I Love You board book and soft toy set. A delightful book and soft toy gift set from the award-winning creators of Guess How Much I Love You - perfect to give to the one you love on any occasion. I love you right up to the moon - and back. 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 an exquisite cuddly hare.

Guess How Much I Love You in the Summer

Guess How Much I Love You in the Summer

Author: Sam McBratney Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/05/2015

Guess How Much I Love You has sold over 40 million copies worldwide! The adorable hares from the classic Guess How Much I Love You are back for summer in this gorgeous paperback! From the award-winning creators of Guess How Much I Love You comes this delightful summertime tale about colours - now in paperback! Which blue do you like best? asked Little Nutbrown Hare. It's summer and Little Nutbrown Hare learns about all of the different colours that are around him - the red of the berries, the green of the leaves, the blue of the sky... Seasonally themed and beautifully illustrated throughout, little ones will also have fun learning about colours while discovering what Big Nutbrown Hare's favourite one is! This is one of a four-part series featuring the seasons - collect them all!

Ghastly Gerty Swindle With the Ghosts of Hungryhouse Lane

Ghastly Gerty Swindle With the Ghosts of Hungryhouse Lane

Author: Sam McBratney Format: eBook Release Date: 04/11/2014

Miss Amy Steadings, proprietor of Hungryhouse Lane, is looking for a house companion. Someone who enjoys country life and antiques, someone who is not afraid of...well, the unusual. What she gets is rip-off artist Gerty Moag and her double-crossing antique-dealing son, Alexander the Grate.Will the two villains swindle Miss Steadings out of a fortune? Not likely, with the unsavory Sweet kids on the investigative trail. The real fun begins as Zoe, Charlie, and Bonnie Sweet, together with a motley crew of familiar ghosts, gather the clues to solve this ghastly cime. Another rollicking, laugh-aloud ghost story with the original cast of The Ghosts of Hungryhouse Lane, as well as a few new ghostly surprises.

You're All My Favourites

You're All My Favourites

Author: Sam McBratney Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/10/2014

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: Hardback Release Date: 01/09/2014

Guess How Much I Love You has sold over 43 million copies worldwide! Celebrate twenty years of sharing love to the moon and back with this special anniversary edition of one of the world's bestselling picture books. Sometimes, when you love someone very, very much, you want to find a way of describing how much you treasure them. But, as Little Nutbrown Hare and Big Nutbrown Hare discover, love is not always an easy thing to measure. Now new and existing fans can relive this cherished classic with this lavish edition, celebrating two decades of delighting readers since its initial creation.

Weisst du eigentlich, wie lieb ich dich hab?

Weisst du eigentlich, wie lieb ich dich hab?

Author: Sam McBratney Format: Hardback Release Date: 11/03/2014

Guess How Much I Love You: My Baby Book

Guess How Much I Love You: My Baby Book

Author: Sam McBratney Format: Hardback Release Date: 06/02/2014

Guess How Much I Love You has sold over 40 million copies worldwide! A baby book inspired by one of the best-loved children's books ever - to be treasured by parents and children who will look back on it time and time again. Set against beautiful illustrations from Guess How Much I Love You, here is a truly endearing keepsake that invites parents to enter firsts, favourites and fondest memories of their little one's life. Starting even before baby is born, Mum or Dad can share excitement while expecting, then capture moments from birth to age two - from the most personal details to world events - in words, pictures, footprints, memorabilia and more.

Guess How Much I Love You: Look What I Can Do: First Concepts Book

Guess How Much I Love You: Look What I Can Do: First Concepts Book

Author: Sam McBratney Format: Board book Release Date: 03/10/2013

Guess How Much I Love You has sold over 40 million copies worldwide! A beautiful introduction to early concepts by the author and illustrator of Guess How Much I Love You. Explore noises, count from one to ten, learn all about colours, the weather, shapes, actions, and nature with Big Nutbrown Hare and Little Nutbrown Hare. Gloriously adorned with Anita Jeram's classic illustrations, this is the ideal book for curious babies and toddlers.

Is Geal Liom Sibh Go Leir (You're All My Favourites)

Is Geal Liom Sibh Go Leir (You're All My Favourites)

Author: Sam McBratney Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/09/2013

A perfect book for families to share together and a perfect introduction to the Irish language for the very young! From the inimitable team that brought you Guess How Much I Love You comes a gorgeous, reassuring story about three little bear siblings, who one day begin to wonder how they they can ALL be the most wonderful 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.

There, There

There, There

Author: Sam McBratney Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/09/2013

There, there - two of the most soothing words in the English language. In this story, Little Hansie Bear loves to pretend, but walking like a duck can be hazardous, especially when he falls into a deep-down ditch and has to be helped out by his dad. With a There, there and a hug, Hansie is soon off to play again. So when Dad hurts his foot, Hansie knows just what to do - a There, there , a big hug, and everything is all right again.

Guess How Much I Love You Here, There and Everywhere

Guess How Much I Love You Here, There and Everywhere

Author: Sam McBratney Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/09/2013

Four delightful new Guess How Much I Love You stories featuring adventurous Little Nutbrown Hare and wise Big Nutbrown Hare. Four new Guess How Much I Love You stories in one volume - 'The Hiding Tree', 'On Cloudy Mountain', 'The Far Field' and 'Coming Home' - featuring adventurous Little Nutbrown Hare and wise Big Nutbrown Hare. In the stories we see Little Nutbrown Hare beginning to explore the world with the help and guidance of Big Nutbrown Hare. He climbs the Hiding Tree, escapes from the mists on Cloudy Mountain and ventures to the Far Field on his own. But after all his adventures Little Nutbrown Hare finds that coming home is best of all, because Big Nutbrown Hare is there.

There, There

There, There

Author: Sam McBratney Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/05/2013

There, there - two of the most soothing words in the English language. In this story, Little Hansie Bear loves to pretend, but walking like a duck can be hazardous, especially when he falls into a deep-down ditch and has to be helped out by his dad. With a There, there and a hug, Hansie is soon off to play again. So when Dad hurts his foot, Hansie knows just what to do - a There, there , a big hug, and everything is all right again.

Guess How Much I Love You: Counting

Guess How Much I Love You: Counting

Author: Sam McBratney Format: Board book Release Date: 07/12/2012

Guess How Much I Love You has sold over 40 million copies worldwide! A winsome introduction to counting by the author and illustrator of Guess How Much I Love You. Count from one to five with curious Little Nutbrown Hare as he explores the world around him with wise Big Nutbrown Hare. See and feel dandelions, frogs, butterflies, leaves and bedtime stars. This beautiful board book story will captivate babies and toddlers as each spread encourages the very young to count things in each illustration and learn first numbers in a clear and fun way.

Guess How Much I Love You: Colours

Guess How Much I Love You: Colours

Author: Sam McBratney Format: Board book Release Date: 07/12/2012

Guess How Much I Love You has sold over 40 million copies worldwide! A warm, engaging introduction to colours by the author and illustrator of Guess How Much I Love You. Little Nutbrown Hare is learning all about colours. Say hello to his friends - a yellow butterfly, a blue bird, a red ladybird and a green frog; then say goodbye to brown leaves rustling away in the wind. This charming board book story about curious Little Nutbrown Hare and wise Big Nutbrown Hare will captivate babies and toddlers as each spread encourages the very young to learn primary colours in a clear and fun way.

Guess How Much I Love You

Guess How Much I Love You

Author: Sam McBratney Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/10/2012

Guess How Much I Love You has sold over 43 million copies worldwide! An unfolding cut-paper edition of the classic picture book story Guess How Much I Love You. A gorgeous pocket-sized folding out pop-up version of the best-selling picture book, which comes in a beautiful slip-case. As Big Nutbrown Hare and Little Nutbrown Hare try their hardest to express their love for each other, they find love isn't an easy thing to measure! The perfect gift for the special person in your life. For activities, games, newsletters and more, visit www.guesshowmuchiloveyou.com

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