Nicola loves to create characters and stories that are appealing, engaging and encourage interaction between children and books.
'In my first year at primary school I wrote a short story about fairy tale characters getting muddled up in the wrong books. I remember I got tired and stopped before I wrote the end, but even so my teacher read it out to the class, and was so pleased with me that she typed it up and put in the school library.'
Winner of the Waterstone's Children's Book Prize with Open Very Carefully, Published by Nosy Crow, Nicola has a further three books contracted, the first publishing in August 2014.
Nicola is also thrilled to be creating artwork for another two fabulous book projects with Bloomsbury, which are set to be a roaring success, in addition to signing with Scholastic in 2014.
Last Picture Book Before Bedtime
Ferocious Dragon Academy
(Orion Children's Books)
Gorilla Loves Vanilla
My Little Star
Use Your Imagination
Open Very Carefully
Short Listed, Coventry Inspiration Book Awards 2016 (Use Your Imagination)
Nominated, North Somerset Teachers' Book Award 2015 (Use Your Imagination)
Nominated, North Somerset Teachers' Book Award 2015 (Open Very Carefully)
Winner, Booktime's Book for Reception Children 2015 - 700,000 copies distributed nationally (Open Very Carefully)
Short Listed, Stockport Children's Book Award 2015 (Use Your Imagination)
Winner, Picture Books To Shout About: West Sussex Children’s Picture Book Award 2014/15 (Open Very Carefully)
Nominated for the CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal 2015 (Use Your Imagination)
Winner, The Waterstone's Children's Book Award 2014 (Open Very Carefully)
Winner, Stockport Children's Book Award 2014 (Open Very Carefully)
Winner, Oldham's Brilliant Books Award 2014 (Open Very Carefully)
Pick of the Year, Red House Children's Book Award (Open Very Carefully)
Long Listed, Kate Greenaway Award 2014 (Open Very Carefully)
Short Listed, UKLA Book Award 2104 (Open Very Carefully)
Short Listed, Sheffield Children's Book Award 2014 (Open Very Carefully)
Short Listed, Oscar's First Book Prize 2014 (Open Very Carefully)
Highly Commended, UKLA Book Awards 2104 (Open Very Carefully)
Open Very Carefully - 'From the fabulous typography to the pure and childlike egging-on of the text and truly sensational illustrations, this book will quickly become a favourite in both the classroom and at home...' Kid's Book Review
My Little Star - 'In quoting the line “diamond dazzling, moonbeam bright”, I am also describing how we feel about this beautiful book...The book flows with scenes throughout of innate, familial love that give us a warm glow every time we read them.' Books My Toddler Loves
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