LEYLAND PERREE CHILDREN'S AUTHOR
I'm Leyland Perree, author of a number of humorous rhyming picture books suitable for children from Foundation to Key Stage 2. I live in Devon, England, and have been writing for children since 2009.
My books have been distributed across the globe from Australia to Singapore, and published in several languages.
Stuffed with fun wordplay, visual gags, melodic rhyme and memorable characters, my books have become firm favourites with infant and adult readers around the world.
"A wonderful little story with beautiful pictures that is sure to be loved by children and adults alike."
I often like to tackle moral and life issues in my stories, but in a safe and light-hearted way. For instance, Frog on the Log contains messages that it's okay to ask for help, and to not judge by appearances. Toad's Road Code is about road safety, and The Great Reef Race is about fair play, taking part and being a good sport. My aim for my books is always that the story shines out above all else.
"Rhymes that flow, illustrations that are clear, eye-catching and awesome, and a general feel of quality."
I enjoy visiting schools and libraries, and talking to children and adults about writing. My visits can consist of anything from a short talk and "storytime" for Foundation-age children through to a writing workshop that takes place over several sessions.
"This is a beautifully illustrated picture book that features fantastic main characters; a diverse and interesting cast of supporting characters; a fun and whimsical story; solid rhyming and cadence; and, important life lessons for children."
I've worked with some very talented illustrators over the years, such as Joelle Driedemy (Frog on the Log, The Goat That Gloats), Christina Forshay (Toad's Road Code) and Stuart McGhee (The Great Reef Race, Which Witch Is Which?, The Unpleasant Tale of the Man-eating Christmas Pudding, The Magic Custard Factory).
"'The Great Reef Race' can help teachers explain good sportsmanship, cheating, putting friendships above the competition, and being a good loser."
I live in Devon and am happy to travel for visits. My fees are very modest and are inclusive of travel and (only if necessary) basic accommodation. Feel free to contact me for a quotation and/or suggestions for an author visit to your school, library or arts event.
"Having a 'real' author's perspective on writing has had a positive impact on children's attitudes towards writing"
All the best,