I’m Nick Jones, an award-winning independent children’s author living in Congleton, Cheshire.
My debut picture book Sarah’s Shadow won several awards including Best Children's Picture Book 2018 on the international book site Readers' Favorite.
My latest book, One Night in Beartown, is based in Congleton where I live and was published in December 2020 by Full Media Ltd.
My books are aimed at children aged 4-8 but older kids seem to enjoy them too. They are beautifully illustrated by my friend Si Clark. My books deal with important themes that affect kids, such as bullying, body image and self-esteem, but in a creative and subtle way that encourages the young reader to explore the meaning with their parent, teacher or carer.
Here are some snippets from reviews I've received online:
“One Night In Beartown is a glorious book that deserves to be snapped up by a production company and turned into a Christmas tradition along with those well known animations of books by Raymond Briggs or Julia Donaldson.”– Linda Hill, Linda’s Book Bag
“One Night in Beartown is an awesome read; one of the best kids’ books this year; it’s most highly recommended.” - Readers’ Favorite ★★★★★
"A beautiful children’s story of friendship and resilience. Packed with vivid illustrations, an engaging story, and strong thematic messages that should resonate for young children, this is a unique addition to any bookshelf, and one that can be returned to time and again." - Self-Publishing Review, ★★★★½
“Jones and Clark have put together a truly lovely children’s book here, reminiscent of beloved children’s classics like Peter Pan.” – Red City Review ★★★★★
“A fantastically original story about a girl who loses her shadow, it also has an important underlying message about body image and bullying. Sarah’s Shadow is essential reading for young children and their parents.” – The Book Reviewers ★★★★★
“Sarah’s Shadow is most highly recommended.” – Readers’ Favorite ★★★★★
In 2021 I have already done over 20 Zoom sessions with schools where I read one of my books and then answer questions that the kids ask. On World Book Day alone I did seven 30-minute Zoom sessions! Schools in Congleton, Bristol, Burnley, Bradford ... and even one in Michigan! I have been receiving wonderful feedback - in fact one school sent me a load of letters and cards made by the kids.
Here are some of the many lovely comments I've received from schools and nurseries:
“That worked absolutely brilliantly Nick. The children came away buzzing. Thank you!”
Victoria Rippon, Headmistress, Bosley St Mary's CE Primary School, Bosley
“This was such a special experience! The kids loved hearing One Night in Beartown read aloud straight from the author. They were completely captivated by the reading of the story. What a wonderful message of friendship and imagination the book had. After zooming with Nick, we read Sarah’s Shadow as a class, and this book also was just as loved. Thank you so much Nick, for sharing your passion and love for your books this way; our class is so appreciative of you!”
Alex Boonstra, 1st Grade Teacher, Park Elementary, Michigan, United States
“To help us celebrate national story telling week, Nick delivered a Zoom call to the Preschool and Toddler children at Astbury Lane Nursery. The children loved listening to the story all about the town they live in. Nick delivered an engaging session and the children were very excited to explore his story after the call.”
Kate Smithers, Nursery Manager, Astbury Lane Nursery, Congleton