Nicola Davies

Nicola Davies is a zoologist and children's author who has studied geese, bats, humpbacked whales, blue whales and sperm whales in the wild.

She has written more than 30 books, non fiction and fiction, for a wide range of ages, but all her books are rooted in her love for the natural world. Her publications include a book about the natural history of poo, a guide to climate change, a post apocalyptic novel for teenagers, a series of novels about an imaginary city farm and a book of poetry about nature. Her work has been published in more than 15 different languages, and has won prizes in the UK, US, France, Germany and Italy.

Nicola has twenty years of experience of running workshops for children and adults, from reception to post graduate degree level. She was senior lecturer in Creative Writing at Bath Spa University for six years until 2008. Her workshops encourage students to combine learning about nature with creative writing, weaving facts and information into lyrical, poetic language.

Nicola lives in Abergavenny, but comes from a family whose roots are in the Gower, as miners, steelworkers, small holders and singers.


A First Book of Nature


From beachcombing to stargazing, from watching squirrels, ducks and worms to making berry crumble or a winter bird feast, this is a remarkable book.

Part poetry, part scrapbook of recipes, facts and fragments, it's a glorious reminder that the natural world is on our doorstep waiting to be discovered. Mark Hearld's pictures beautifully reproduce the colours of the seasons on woodfree paper, and Nicola Davies' lyrical words capture the simple loveliness that is everywhere, if only we can look.

Elephant Road


ne night, Wilen is woken up when his hut is tipped sideways by elephants! The elephants always travel past the village, which sits between two forest reserves, but recently, as land is cleared for crops, they have lost their way and are destroying the harvest. Uncle Denngu urges the villagers to sell the land to a mining company who will cut down the trees and get rid of the elephants. Wilen’s grandpa knows it’s a very bad idea but when he is killed by a cyclone there is no one to defend the forest.

Just Ducks!


What do you know about ducks? I bet you know that they quack ... a lot! Well, discover much more in this book that's all about, well, just ducks! Learn all about which is a boy duck and which is a girl, why some quack louder and others more softly. Find out what they eat when it is cold outside and where they perch their bottoms to sleep!

Manatee Baby


The day Manuela and her father spear a manatee, Manuela's life changes for ever. She has dreamed of this moment – only the most skilful hunters ever get near these elusive creatures. But the reality of the killing shocks her, and when she realizes the dead manatee has a little calf and that it has been wounded, she vows to look after it. However, when they return to their village, her father sells the calf to Jose Gomez, a heartless money-maker. Determined to keep her promise, Manuela and her cousin Libia rescue the baby manatee from Gomez and take it to their Granny Raffy's house.

The Lion Who Stole My Arm


Pedru loses an arm to a lion and is filled with a desire for retribution. But will he take his revenge or find a way to live in peace with Africa's most famous animal?

This is the first in a series of books for 8-12 year olds, which combine real animals and real conservation stories in a fictional story.

The Lion Who Stole My Arm, and the other titles in the series, ‘The Elephant Road’ , ‘Manatee Baby’ and ‘Walking the Bear’ give readers the excitement and drama whilst also offering them real information about animals and how we can conserve them in the wild

The Promise


On a mean street, in a mean town a young thief snatches an old woman’s bag. But inside she finds something more precious than money, something that changes her life, and sets her on a new path.

The beautiful words and pictures of The Promise carry a message of hope for humanity and for Earth: that we can change ourselves, and through that change transform our world for the better.

Walking The Bear


Zaki lives in northern India. His father mistreats his wife and children and the family's dancing bears – an old female and the two new cubs who are to replace her. Zaki wants all the bears to be free. With the help of his mother and sister, the old bear is taken to a sanctuary for retired bears while Zaki runs away to the forest with the cubs. There he spends months teaching them how to survive in the wild. When he returns to his family, he finds his father's cruel rule has finally been overturned.

Whale Boy


 Michael Fontaine’s dreams are about to come true. He’s finally going to get his own boat, catch his own fish and have the freedom to spend his time doing what he loves best - being out on the ocean. But when a mysterious company descends on the island of Liberty, Michael’s plans are ruined.

Good friends, good books and a sleepy conscience, this is the ideal life.
Mark Twain