Sam McBratney

Sam McBratney

  • 5 stars across 107 books
Sam McBratney Biography
Born in Ireland in 1943, Sam McBratney has written more than 50 books for children and young adults. His best-known book, Guess How Much I Love You, was shortlisted for the 1994 Kurt Maschler Award and has sold more than 30 millions copies worldwide and been translated into 53 languages. In 2004, Sam reunited with Guess How Much I Love You illustrator Anita Jeram to create the follow-up, You’re All My Favourites. They 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.

After graduating with a degree in History and Political Science from Trinity College in Dublin, Sam became a teacher at a further education college, a grammar school and a primary school. He took early retirement in 1990 to focus on his writing. 

Sam is married with three grown-up children and lives in County Antrim, Ireland.

Our favourite Sam McBratney Book Characters
Little Nutbrown Hare - from Guess How Much I Love You
Little Roo - from It's Lovely When You Smile
The Bear Family - from You're All My Favourites

Our favourite Sam McBratney Book Quote
"'I love you right up to the moon' he said and closed his eyes. 'Oh, that's far' said Big Nutbrown Hare. 'That is very, very far'". (Guess How Much I Love You)

Photo credit: © 2014 Photograph Walker Books Ltd./Background Anita Jeram
5th November 2007

Guess How Much I Love You

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(112 reviews) Review
2nd January 2020

Guess How Much I Love You

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(32 reviews) Review
4th January 2024

Will You Be My Friend?

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(24 reviews) Review
2nd October 2014

Guess How Much I Love You

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(15 reviews) Review
1st January 2013

Little Red Riding Hood

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(15 reviews) Review
1st September 2004

You're All My Favourites

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(10 reviews) Review
2nd October 2014

Guess How Much I Love You in the Winter

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(9 reviews) Review
5th January 2017

Guess How Much I Love You Colouring Book

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(9 reviews) Review
7th May 2015

Guess How Much I Love You in the Summer

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(5 reviews) Review
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