Catherine Barr

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After campaigning with Greenpeace for years, Catherine trained as a journalist and became Editor at the Natural History Museum, writing exhibitions. Since moving to the Welsh borders, she has been working with her partner in their design studio and writing books. Catherine is interested in writing nonfiction stories that spark questions and conversation. Her experience of becoming an author is fascinating, all-consuming and joyfully collaborative. She is a proud Patron of Reading for a local school and mother of two teenage girls. Catherine’s first book, The Story of Life, was shortlisted for The English Association Picture Book Award and long listed for the School Library Association Information Book Awards in 2016. Her second book Elliot’s Arctic Surprise is a story about protecting the Arctic, written in conversation with Greenpeace UK. She is currently working on a new series in partnership with the Natural History Museum, the first of which was published in August 2017.

 

Latest Publications:

10 REASONS TO LOVE A PENGUIN (5th July 2018, Frances Lincoln Children's Books)

Penguins are the cutest birds! Did you know that they go on incredible journeys? Or that they toboggan on their stomachs? Discover ten reasons why penguins are amazing and five ways you can show they love them in this gorgeous picture book. A must for any young animal enthusiast and a fantastic introduction to environmental issues.

10 REASONS TO LOVE A LION (5th July 2018, Frances Lincoln Children's Books)

Lions are magnificent animals! Did you know that lions are the only big cat to live in groups? Or that their roar can be heard for miles? Discover ten reasons why lions are amazing and five ways you can show they love them in this gorgeous picture book. A must for any young animal enthusiast and a fantastic introduction to environmental issues.

RED ALERT! (8th March 2018, Otter-Barry Books)

Pick a place. Choose a creature. Discover its story and the danger it faces. Then find out how to help it survive. 15 wild and wonderful creatures, all on the IUCN Red List, need our help - this important book is interactive, engaging and informative, and will inspire children to save their planet! Red Alert! is inspired and endorsed by the 'Red List' database maintained by International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN). Currently the list includes over 70,000 species known to be at risk, but it grows larger all the time.

Upcoming Publications:

THE STORY OF PEOPLE: A FIRST BOOK ABOUT HUMANKIND (March 2019, Lincoln Children's Books)

When did the first humans live?
How did humans spread all over the world?
How has science and technology changed the way we live?
And what will happen to humans in the future?

The team behind The Story of Space and The Story of Life present a first book about the human world for very young children, looking at how humans evolved and the history of humanity up to the present day. 

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2017

Frances Lincoln Children's books

This beautiful follow-up to The Story of Life brings to life the story of our universe for younger children. Travel back in time to the Big Bang, see galaxies and stars form, watch the birth of our planet and how life begins, join the first man on the moon, and wonder what mysteries are still waiting to be discovered.

2018

Lincoln Children's Books

Did you know that bears can sleep for months on end? Or that they hum when they are happy? In this book, learn all about why bears are incredible and 10 reasons why you should love them. Also features five ways to show you care

"Each title showcases a different creature by detailing 10 reasons why we should love them, plus five practical ways we can protect them. With a strong environmental slant, it’s a really fresh and accessible approach…" The Bookseller, May 2017

2018

Lincoln Children's Books

Blue whales are incredible creatures! Did you know they are the largest animal on earth? Or that they sing songs across the ocean? Discover ten reasons why whales are amazing and five ways you can show they love them in this gorgeous picture book. A must for any young animal enthusiast and a fantastic introduction to environmental issues.