A young child's first introduction to human reproduction. How Did I Begin? is a warm, friendly look at the facts of life for young children that follows the story of a new life from the moment of conception to the birth of a new baby.
If you choose to share 'the facts of life' with children at a young age, this is the perfect book to do so. It gently guides the reader through each stage of a child's development within the womb with charming illustrations and simple explanations, inviting lots of discussion and providing answers to all those questions. Shortlisted for the Junior Science Book Award (now the Royal Society's Science Prize).
Mick Manning (born in Yorkshire, England, 1959) and Brita Granstrom
(born in Eskilstuna, Sweden, 1969) work together as a team sharing the illustration and text. They have been producing award-winning non-fiction picture books for almost twenty years. They show that the best non-fiction for children can be scholarly, albeit with a light touch, and can have some of the imagination-stretching qualities of fiction. They are well known for their exciting performances involving readings and live drawing using overhead camera projection (often involving participation from members of the audience) all mixed with an audio-visual presentation. They appear on a regular basis at major UK book festival venues such as Bath, Cheltenham and Edinburgh International Book Festival. They have appeared at The Royal Society Science Festival and have celebrated The Big Draw at various venues including The Imperial War Museum. They have worked closely to support libraries and schools, performing voluntarily to school classes in the UK and Sweden. Most recently they visited the American Library Association Conference, Texas where they also visited a Hispanic school and libraries in the area. Many of Manning & Granstrom's books are translated into a number of languages, including Chinese, German, Greek, Danish, Japanese, Norwegian, Swedish and Slovakian. For the last 12 years Mick & Brita have created, written and illustrated a monthly 5-page gentle pre-school series called 'Max and Kate' for the critically acclaimed US children's magazine Ladybug. Selection of Franklin Watts books: The World Is Full of Babies! (Smarties Silver Award Winner); What's under the Bed? (TES Award Winner); How Did I Begin? (Rhone Poulenc Science prize winner); Wash, Scrub, and Brush (English Association Award KS1 Winner); Stone Age, Bone Age; Dinomania; When the Sun Goes Down; How Should I Behave?; Seaside Scientist; My Body Book; My Uncle's Dunkirk