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Sam McBratney

  • 5 stars across 61 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

    The enchanting international bestseller. This gorgeous picture book has become a modern classic. The story of Little Nu... More

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    1st October 2014

    You're All My Favourites

    A special, beautiful, gold-embossed 10th-anniversary edition of this winning story of unconditional family love, from th... More

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    21st September 2012

    Little Red Riding Hood

    A beloved fairy tale, retold for young children in classic picture book format. Arriving at Granny's cottage, Little Red... More

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    14th September 2012

    Guess How Much I Love You in the Winter

    An enchanting board book edition of the winter-themed picture book from the creators of Guess How Much I Love You.A gorg... More

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    3rd August 2006

    It's Lovely When You Smile

    An endearing and heart-warming tale guaranteed to make everyone smile. When Little Roo wakes up, he just feels grumpy. ... More

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    1st January 2015

    Guess How Much I Love You in the Spring

    The adorable hares from the classic Guess How Much I Love You are back for spring in this gorgeous paperback! The perfe... More

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    1st September 2007

    You're All My Favourites

    Mummy and Daddy Bear reassure their three little bears that each is equally special. But the little bears start to wonde... More

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    7th May 2015

    Guess How Much I Love You in the Summer

    The adorable hares from the classic Guess How Much I Love You are back for summer in this gorgeous paperback! From the ... More

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    1st December 2007

    Guess How Much I Love You In The Autumn

    Little Nutbrown Hare loves playing in the Autumn wind - especially when a big surprise blows his way.... More

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    19th October 2007

    I'm Not Your Friend

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    5th December 2005

    One Voice, Please

    A collection of short stories, fables and moral tales from around the world. "One voice, please" shouts the innkeeper. "... More

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    4th September 2006

    Tell Me A Story Before I Go To Bed

    A reassuring bedtime story from the author of the phenomenally bestselling picture book, `Guess How Much I Love You'. ... More

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    31st October 1993

    The Chieftain's Daughter

    New edition of the well-loved children's book by Sam McBratney. A young boy fostered with a remote Irish tribe 1500 ye... More

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    3rd March 2008

    Alien Adventures: Three Stories in One

    This book features three alien adventures - not for the faint-hearted!"The Stranger from Somewhere in Time" by Sam McBra... More

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    1st May 2013

    There, There

    "There, there" - two of the most soothing words in the English language. In this story, Little Hansie Bear loves to pr... More

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    6th September 2012

    Tomhais Meid Mo Ghra Duit (Guess How Much I Love You)

    One of the world's best-loved picture books as Gaelige! A beautiful expression of love can now be read in Irish, celebra... More

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    5th September 2013

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

    A perfect book for families to share together and a perfect introduction to the Irish language for the very young! From... More

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    3rd May 2007

    Yes We Can!

    A wonderfully warm and reassuring tale of celebrating what each of us is good at! Little Roo, Quacker Duck and Country M... More

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    14th October 2008

    I'm Sorry

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    10th September 2009

    You're All My Favourites Pbk With Dvd

    Mummy Bear and Daddy Bear reassure their three little bears that each is equally special to them. But the little bears s... More

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    1st April 1994

    The Lough Neagh Monster

    When NESSIE arrives from Scotland to visit her monster cousin NOBLETT there is bound to be trouble. Noblett loves his... More

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    3rd March 2008

    Alien Adventures: Three Stories in One

    This book includes three alien adventures - not for the faint-hearted: "The Stranger from Somewhere in Time" by Sam McBr... More

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    10th September 2005

    You're All My Favourites Board Book

    This book presents an enchanting family story by the creators of "Guess How Much I Love You". Mummy and Daddy Bear tell ... More

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    1st January 2010

    Guess How Much I Love You All Year Round

    The adorable hares from the classic Guess How Much I Love You are back in a gorgeous collection containing four seasonal... More

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    3rd October 2013

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

    A beautiful introduction to early concepts by the author and illustrator of Guess How Much I Love You. Explore noises, ... More

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    28th April 2010

    Learn at Home:Pocket Reads Year 5 Fiction Pack (6 Books)

    Six Year 5 fiction books, from Pocket Reads. Small enough to fit in your pocket, these beautifully illustrated stories w... More

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    1st September 2010

    Bugs!: Band 06/Orange

    Follow the narrator as he takes us through the good and bad aspects of micro-organisms in this fun rhyming poem by Sam... More

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    25th April 2008

    Pocket Reads Year 5 Easy Buy Pack

    Part of the Pocket Reads collection, a superb range of 120 pocket-sized fiction and non-fiction readers which cannot... More

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    7th July 2005

    POCKET TALES YEAR 5 CYCLOPS AND THE GREENBEANS

    Pocket Tales is part of Pocket Reads, a superb collection of quality books that really capture children's imaginations! ... More

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    25th April 2008

    Pocket Reads Year 5 Singles Pack

    Part of the Pocket Reads collection, a superb range of 120 pocket-sized fiction and non-fiction readers which cannot... More

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    1st February 2016

    Guess How Much I Love You: One More Tickle!

    A ticklish tale with an adorably soft and cuddly puppet. A wonderful new story including a cuddly hare hand puppet from... More

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    7th May 2002

    I'm Not Your Friend

    When a little fox's mother says it is getting too late to play, he decides that he's not going to be friends with her an... More

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    4th November 1996

    Francis Fry and the O.T.G.

    LET YOUR IMAGINATION TAKE OFF WITH COLOUR JETS Irresistible stories for children who are beginning to enjoy reading alon... More

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    10th April 1995

    Francis Fry Private Eye

    LET YOUR IMAGINATION TAKE OFF WITH COLOUR JETS Irresistible stories for children who are beginning to enjoy reading alon... More

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    2nd July 2001

    I'm Sorry

    When you have a friend you love the best, playing together is huge fun. But sometimes even the best friends argue... ... More

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    5th July 1999

    Fishy Business for Francis Fry

    Francis Fry is up to his neck in fish - many of which turn out to be red herrings!He discovers that, while goldfish may ... More

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    1st May 1999

    Bert's Wonderful News

    Bert lives with his dad and his dad's friend Liz often comes to visit. Bert likes Liz a lot - but he doesn't like Gerald... More

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    7th April 2003

    Just You And Me

    Little Goosey and Big Gander Goose need a place to hide from the storm. But everywhere they look, someone else is there ... More

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    1st January 2005

    Guess How Much I Love You Sweetheart Edi

    Designed for the bestseller's ever-increasing adult following, this luxurious, cloth-bound Sweetheart Edition - handily ... More

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    1st January 2006

    You're All My Favourites Baby Record Boo

    Based on a bestselling picture book, this illustrated baby record book helps parents create a book of special memories t... More

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    16th September 2004

    Celtic Myths

    This beautiful collection of Celtic stories encompasses tales from English, Irish, Scottish and Welsh folklore. Their ot... More

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    1st January 2009

    Guess How Much I Love You All Year Round

    The adorable hares from the classic "Guess How Much I Love You" are back in a gorgeous collection containing four season... More

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    1st June 1990

    School Trip to the Stars

    At 16, Californian Michelle Kwan claimed the women's World Champion crown in figure skating. A bright and appealing role... More

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    1st September 1994

    Henry Seamouse New Readers Fiction 2

    General Editor: Sue Palmer Fiction Editor and Language Consultant: Wendy BodyThe Longman Book Project for ages 4-11: Ins... More

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    1st September 2002

    Stranger from Somewhere

    Yellow Bananas Teacher's Guide Based on the Yellow Bananas series, this resource for teachers helps reinforce and enhanc... More

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    15th January 2004

    Once there was a Hoodie

    There was once a Hoodie, who lived under a hill. But he wasn't happy. There's only one thing in the world that makes a H... More

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    1st October 2004

    You're All My Favourites Bears

    Three adorable cuddly bears: stars of the book from the creators of Guess How Much I Love You. The toys also have Velcro... More

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    4th October 2018

    The Most-Loved Bear

    A small bear goes on a BIG adventure when he is left behind on a train one day in the charming tale of Growly Bear.... More

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    1st September 2018

    Guess How Much I Love You: Here I Am A Finger Puppet Book: Here I Am! A Finger Puppet Book

    Big Nutbrown Hare and Little Nutbrown Hare are playing a game of hide-and-seek. You can play, too! This charming board ... More

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