Martin Waddell

Martin Waddell

  • 5 stars across 223 books
Martin Waddell Biography
Irish author Martin Waddell is one of the most popular children's author, best known for writing picture books, most notably the Little Bear series illustrated by Barbara Firth. The first book in the series, Can't You Sleep Little Bear? won the Smarties book prize in 1988. He's also won the Kurt Maschler Award for The Park in the Dark and the Best Book For Babies Award for Rosie's Babies

Martin writes for a range of ages from read-aloud picture books for the very young to books for teenage and young adult readers, which he often writes under the pseudonym Catherine Sefton. 

Martin lives with his wife, three sons and their dog in Northern Ireland.

Our favourite Martin Waddell Book Characters
Pig - from The Pig in the Pond
Sarah, Percy and Bill - from Owl Babies
Little Bear - from You and Me, Little Bear


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8th September 1994

Owl Babies

A gentle tale of three baby owls reassures young children that Mummy will always come home.A gentle tale of three baby o... MoreOwl Babies

(110 reviews) Review
5th September 2013

Can't You Sleep, Little Bear?

Celebrate 25 years of Big Bear, Little Bear and their cosy cave in this gorgeous anniversary edition of a classic bedtim... MoreCan't You Sleep, Little Bear?

(30 reviews) Review
4th September 1995

Farmer Duck

A hardworking duck is rescued from life with a lazy farmer in this award-winning picture book classic from Owl Babies au... MoreFarmer Duck

(20 reviews) Review
1st October 2011

Snow Bears

Reissue of a seasonal family favourite. Imagine - three little bears, a game of snowballs, and hot toast by an open fir... MoreSnow Bears

(11 reviews) Review
4th April 2005

You and Me, Little Bear

While Big Bear works, Little Bear patiently plays his bear games all by himself. What he really wants, though, is for Bi... MoreYou and Me, Little Bear

(8 reviews) Review
3rd July 2006

The Pig in the Pond

Pigs don't swim ... or so it's said. A classic, much-loved picture book following the exploits of a hot and bothered pig... MoreThe Pig in the Pond

(6 reviews) Review
7th September 2009

The Big Big Sea

A beautiful reissue of a timeless classic.A child and her mother walk in the moonlight beside the sea. This night will b... MoreThe Big Big Sea

(5 reviews) Review
7th May 2001

Once There Were Giants

Once there was a baby in the house - and to that baby, Mum and Dad and Jill and John and Uncle Tom were giants. But litt... MoreOnce There Were Giants

(4 reviews) Review
7th April 2008

Cup Final Kid

A sparkling soccer story about an eight-year-old superstar by one of the greatest children's authors. Herbie Bazooka ma... MoreCup Final Kid

(3 reviews) Review
1st February 2006

Kitten Called Moonlight

A little girl and her mother rescue a stranded kitten from a rock on the seashore. Each night the little girl gets her m... MoreKitten Called Moonlight

(3 reviews) Review
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