Royston, Angela 1945-

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ROYSTON, Angela 1945-

PERSONAL: Born February 8, 1945, in Bridlington, Yorkshire, England; daughter of Richard Elsworthy (a chartered accountant) and Chloe Lomas (Locking) Wilkinson; married Robert Royston (a psychotherapist and playwright), September 8, 1979; children: Miranda, Jack. Ethnicity: "White." Education: University of Edinburgh, M.A., 1966. Politics: Green Party. Religion: "Agnostic."


ADDRESSES: Home and offıce—82 Tufnell Park Rd., London N7 0DT, England. E-mail—[email protected] co.uk.


CAREER: Secretary in London, England, 1967-73; Macdonald Educational, London, children's nonfiction editor, 1973-78; Grisewood & Dempsey, London, children's nonfiction editor, 1978-82; freelance writer and editor, 1982—. Writer in residence at a primary school in London.


MEMBER: Amnesty International.


WRITINGS:

FOR CHILDREN

Picture Word Book, illustrated by Colin Maclean, Moira Maclean, and Liz Graham-Yooll, St. Michael (London, England), 1982.

My First Library Road Travel, Macdonald (London, England), 1986.

Just Look at Road Transport, Macdonald (London, England), 1987, published as Road Transport, Rourke Enterprises (Vero Beach, FL), 1988.

Birthday Party ("Stepping Stones 123" series), Kingfisher (New York, NY), 1988.

Shopping ("Stepping Stones 123" series), Kingfisher (New York, NY), 1988.

My Family ("Stepping Stones 123" series), Kingfisher (New York, NY), 1988.

(With Graham Thompson) Monster Road Builders, Barron's (New York, NY), 1989.

(With Graham Thompson) Monster Building Machines, Barron's (New York, NY), 1990.

(With Terry Pastor) The A-to-Z Book of Cars, Barron's (New York, NY), 1991.

Buildings, Bridges, and Tunnels, Warwick Press (New York, NY), 1991.

Flowers, Trees, and Other Plants, Warwick Press (New York, NY), 1991.

The Human Body and How It Works, illustrated by Rob Shone and Chris Forsey, Warwick Press (New York, NY), 1991.

My Lift-the-Flap Car Book, illustrated by Colin King, Barron's (New York, NY), 1991.

The Senses: A Lift-the-Flap Body Book, illustrated by Edwina Riddell, Barron's (Hauppauge, NY), 1993.

Big Machines, illustrated by Terry Pastor, Little, Brown (Boston, MA), 1994.

(Editor) Birds of North America ("Science Nature Guides" series), Thunder Bay Press (San Diego, CA), 1994.

(Editor) Trees of North America ("Science Nature Guides" series), illustrated by David More, Thunder Bay Press (San Diego, CA), 1994.

Healthy Me, (lift-the-flap book), illustrated by Edwina Riddell, Barron's (Hauppauge, NY), 1995.

(Editor) John Burton, Mammals of North America ("Science Nature Guides" series), illustrated by Jim Channell, Thunder Bay Press (San Diego, CA), 1995.

You and Your Body, Facts on File (New York, NY), 1995.

Where Do Babies Come From?, DK Publishing (New York, NY), 1996.

(Translator and adaptor, with Ghislaine Nouvion Severs and others) Christine Lazier, Wild Animals, Creative Education (Mankato, MN), 1997.

One Hundred Greatest Medical Discoveries, Grolier Educational (Danbury, CT), 1997.

One Hundred Greatest Women, Grolier Educational (Danbury, CT), 1997.

Weather around You ("Geography Starts Here" series), Raintree-Steck-Vaughn (Austin, TX), 1998.

Fire Fighters!, DK Publishing (New York, NY), 1998.

Digesting: How We Fuel the Body ("Under the Microscope" series), Grolier Educational (Danbury, CT), 1998.

Where People Live ("Geography Starts Here" series), Raintree Steck-Vaughn (Austin, TX), 1998.

Truck Trouble, DK Publishing (New York, NY), 1998.

Maps and Symbols ("Geography Starts Here" series), Raintree-Steck-Vaughn (Austin, TX), 1999.

Transportation ("Environment Starts Here" series), Raintree-Steck-Vaughn (Austin, TX), 1999.

Recyclying ("Environment Starts Here" series), Raintree-Steck-Vaughn (Austin, TX), 1999.

On the Move, Kingfisher (New York, NY), 2000.

Mighty Machines: Stories of Machines at Work, Kingfisher (New York, NY), 2000.

Space Station: Accident on Mir, DK Publishing (New York, NY), 2000.

Internet and E-mail ("In Touch" series), Heinemann Library (Chicago, IL), 2002.

Post ("In Touch" series), Heinemann Library (Chicago, IL), 2002.

Telephone and Fax ("In Touch" series), Heinemann Library (Chicago, IL), 2002.

Vitamins and Minerals for a Healthy Body ("Body Needs" series), Heinemann Library (Chicago, IL), 2003.

Water and Fiber for a Healthy Body ("Body Needs" series), Heinemann Library (Chicago, IL), 2003.

Proteins for a Healthy Body ("Body Needs" series), Heinemann Library (Chicago, IL), 2003.

Blue Whales ("Amazing Animals" series), Weigl Publishers (Mankato, MN), 2003.

Space ("Extreme Survival" series), Raintree (Chicago, IL), 2003.

Junior Science Diagrams on File, Volumes 1-2, Facts on File (New York, NY), 2003.

Deserts ("Extreme Survival" series), Raintree (Chicago, IL), 2004.

Mountains ("Extreme Survival" series), Raintree (Chicago, IL), 2004.

Alligators and Crocodiles ("Amazing Animals" series), Weigl Publishers (Mankato, MN), 2004.

Wolves ("Amazing Animals" series), Smart Apple Media (Mankato, MN), 2004.


"ANIMAL LIFE STORIES" SERIES

Deer, illustrated by Bernard Robinson, Kingfisher (New York, NY), 1988.

Duck, illustrated by Maurice Pledger and Bernard Robinson, Kingfisher (New York, NY), 1988.

Fox, illustrated by Bernard Robinson, Kingfisher (New York, NY), 1988.

Otter, illustrated by Bernard Robinson, Kingfisher (New York, NY), 1988.

Penguin, illustrated by Trevor Boyer, Kingfisher (New York, NY), 1988.

Tiger, illustrated by Graham Allen, Kingfisher (New York, NY), 1988.

Elephant, Kingfisher (New York, NY), 1989.

Frog, illustrated by Bernard Robinson, Kingfisher (New York, NY), 1989.

Hedgehog, illustrated by Maurice Pledger, Kingfisher (New York, NY), 1989.

Mouse, illustrated by Maurice Pledger, Kingfisher (New York, NY), 1989.

Squirrel, illustrated by Maurice Pledger, Kingfisher (New York, NY), 1989.

Whale, illustrated by Jim Channel, Kingfisher (New York, NY), 1989.


"BABY ANIMALS" SERIES

Chick, Chrysalis Education (North Mankato, MN), 2004.

Kitten, Chrysalis Education (North Mankato, MN), 2004.

Lamb, Chrysalis Education (North Mankato, MN), 2004.

Puppy, Chrysalis Education (North Mankato, MN), 2004.

Rabbit, Chrysalis Education (North Mankato, MN), 2004.


"BODY MATTERS" SERIES

Why Do Bones Break? and Other Questions aboutBones and Muscles, Heinemann Library (Chicago, IL), 2003.

Why Do Bruises Change Color? and Other Questions about Blood, Heinemann Library (Chicago, IL), 2003.

Why Do I Get a Sunburn? and Other Questions aboutSkin, Heinemann Library (Chicago, IL), 2003.

Why Do I Get a Toothache? and Other Questions about Nerves, Heinemann Library (Chicago, IL), 2003.

Why Do I Sneeze? and Other Questions about Breathing, Heinemann Library (Chicago, IL), 2003.

Why Do I Vomit? and Other Questions about Digestion, Heinemann Library (Chicago, IL), 2003.

Why Do My Eyes Itch? and Other Questions about Allergies, Heinemann Library (Chicago, IL), 2003.

Why Does My Body Smell? and Other Questions aboutHygiene, Heinemann Library (Chicago, IL), 2003.


"BODY SYSTEMS" SERIES

(With Jackie Hardie) Moving, Rigby Interactive Library (Crystal Lake, IL), 1997.

Reproduction and Birth, Rigby Interactive Library (Crystal Lake, IL), 1997.

Eating and Digestion, Rigby Interactive Library (Crystal Lake, IL), 1997.

Thinking and Feeling, Rigby Interactive Library (Crystal Lake, IL), 1997.


"EYE OPENER" SERIES

Cars, photographs by Tim Ridley, illustrated by Jane Cradock-Watson and Dave Hopkins, Aladdin Books (New York, NY), 1991.

Diggers and Dump Trucks, photographs by Tim Ridley, illustrated by Jane Cradock-Watson and Dave Hopkins, Aladdin Books (New York, NY), 1991.

Dinosaurs, photographs by Colin Keates, illustrated by Jane Cradock-Watson and Dave Hopkins, Aladdin Books (New York, NY), 1991.

Jungle Animals, photographs by Philip Dowell, Dave King, and Jerry Young, illustrated by Martine Blaney and Dave Hopkins, Aladdin Books (New York, NY), 1991.

Night-Time Animals, photographs by Dave King, illustrated by Jane Cradock-Watson and Dave Hopkins, Aladdin Books (New York, NY), 1992.

Ships and Boats, photographs by Tim Ridley, illustrated by Jane Cradock-Watson and Dave Hopkins, Aladdin Books (New York, NY), 1992.

Planes, Aladdin Books (New York, NY), 1992.

Sea Animals, photographs by Steve Shott, illustrated by Jane Cradock-Watson and Dave Hopkins, Aladdin Books (New York, NY), 1992.

Insects and Crawly Creatures, photographs by Jerry Young, illustrated by Jane Cradock-Watson and Dave Hopkins, Aladdin Books (New York, NY), 1992.

Trains, photographs by Dave King, illustrated by Jane Cradock-Watson and Dave Hopkins, Aladdin Books (New York, NY), 1992.

Birds, photographs by Dave King, illustrated by Jane Cradock-Watson and Dave Hopkins, Aladdin Books (New York, NY), 1992.

Baby Animals, photographs by Steve Shott and Jane Burton, illustrated by Jane Cradock-Watson and Dave Hopkins, Aladdin Books (New York, NY), 1992.


"FARM ANIMAL STORIES" SERIES

Cow, illustrated by Bob Bampton, Kingfisher (New York, NY), 1990.

Goat, illustrated by Eric Robson, Kingfisher (New York, NY), 1990.

Hen, illustrated by Dave Cook, Kingfisher (New York, NY), 1990.

Pig, illustrated by Jim Channel, Kingfisher (New York, NY), 1990.

Pony, illustrated by Bob Bampton, Kingfisher (New York, NY), 1990.

Sheep, illustrated by Josephine Martin, Kingfisher (New York, NY), 1990.


"FIRST LIBRARY" SERIES

Life Cycle of a Bean, Heinemann Library (Des Plaines, IL), 1998.

Life Cycle of a Butterfly, Heinemann Library (Des Plaines, IL), 1998.

Life Cycle of a Chicken, Heinemann Library (Des Plaines, IL), 1998.

Life Cycle of a Frog, Heinemann Library (Des Plaines, IL), 1998.

Life Cycle of a Kangaroo, Heinemann Library (Des Plaines, IL), 1998.

Life Cycle of a Guinea Pig, Heinemann Library (Des Plaines, IL), 1998.

Life Cycle of a Sunflower, Heinemann Library (Des Plaines, IL), 1998.

Life Cycle of an Apple, Heinemann Library (Des Plaines, IL), 1998.

Plants and Us, Heinemann Library (Des Plaines, IL), 1999.

Strange Plants, Heinemann Library (Des Plaines, IL), 1999.

Flowers, Fruits, and Seeds, Heinemann Library (Des Plaines, IL), 1999.

How Plants Grow, Heinemann Library (Des Plaines, IL), 1999.

Life Cycle of an Oak Tree, Heinemann Library (Des Plaines, IL), 2000.

Life Cycle of a Dog, Heinemann Library (Des Plaines, IL), 2000.

Life Cycle of a Mushroom, Heinemann Library (Des Plaines, IL), 2000.

Life Cycle of a Salmon, Heinemann Library (Des Plaines, IL), 2000.


"INSIDE AND OUT" SERIES

Stars and Planets, illustrated by Stephen Maturin and Roger Stewart, Heinemann Library (Des Plaines, IL), 1998.

Emergency Rescue, illustrated by Roger Stewart, Heinemann Library (Des Plaines, IL), 1998.

Horses and Ponies, Heinemann Library (Des Plaines, IL), 1998.

Flying Machines, illustrated by Sebastian Quigley, Heinemann Library (Des Plaines, IL), 1998.

Boats and Ships, illustrated by John Downes, Heinemann Library (Des Plaines, IL), 1998.

The Earth, illustrated by Jonathan Adams, Heinemann Library (Des Plaines, IL), 1998.

Cars, illustrated by Roger Stewart, Heinemann Library (Des Plaines, IL), 1998.

Under the Sea, Heinemann Library (Des Plaines, IL), 1998.

Trucks, illustrated by Chris Forsey, Heinemann Library (Des Plaines, IL), 1998.

Pets, Heinemann Library (Des Plaines, IL), 1998.

Tractors, illustrated by Terry Gabbey, Heinemann Library (Des Plaines, IL), 1998.


"IT'S CATCHING" SERIES

Pink Eye, Heinemann Library (Chicago, IL), 2000.

Warts, Heinemann Library (Chicago, IL), 2000.

Chicken Pox, Heinemann Library (Chicago, IL), 2002.

Colds, Heinemann Library (Chicago, IL), 2002.

Head Lice, Heinemann Library (Chicago, IL), 2002.


"IT'S NOT CATCHING" SERIES

Allergies, Heinemann Library (Chicago, IL), 2004.

Asthma, Heinemann Library (Chicago, IL), 2004.

Broken Bones, Heinemann Library (Chicago, IL), 2004.

Bumps and Bruises, Heinemann Library (Chicago, IL), 2004.

Burns and Blisters, Heinemann Library (Chicago, IL), 2004.

Cuts and Grazes, Heinemann Library (Chicago, IL), 2004.

Stings and Bites, Heinemann Library (Chicago, IL), 2004.

Tooth Decay, Heinemann Library (Chicago, IL), 2004.


"LEARN TO SAY NO!" SERIES

Tobacco, Heinemann Library (Chicago, IL), 2000.

Alcohol, Heinemann Library (Chicago, IL), 2000.

Marijuana, Heinemann Library (Chicago, IL), 2000.

Inhalants, Heinemann Library (Chicago, IL), 2000.



"LIVING NATURE" SERIES

Amphibians, Chrysalis Education (North Mankato, MN), 2003.

Birds, Chrysalis Education (North Mankato, MN), 2003.

Fish, Chrysalis Education (North Mankato, MN), 2003.

Flowers, Chrysalis Education (North Mankato, MN), 2003.

Insects, Chrysalis Education (North Mankato, MN), 2003.

Mammals, Chrysalis Education (North Mankato, MN), 2003.

Reptiles, Chrysalis Education (North Mankato, MN), 2003.


"LOOK AFTER YOURSELF" SERIES

Get Some Exercise!, Heinemann Library (Chicago, IL), 2003.

Get Some Rest!, Heinemann Library (Chicago, IL), 2003.

Healthy Ears and Eyes, Heinemann Library (Chicago, IL), 2003.

Healthy Food, Heinemann Library (Chicago, IL), 2003.

Healthy Hair, Heinemann Library (Chicago, IL), 2003.

Healthy Skin, Heinemann Library (Chicago, IL), 2003.

Healthy Teeth, Heinemann Library (Chicago, IL), 2003.

Keep Healthy!, Heinemann Library (Chicago, IL), 2003.


"MACHINES IN ACTION" SERIES

Wheels and Cranks, Heinemann Library (Chicago, IL), 2001.

Pulleys and Gears, Heinemann Library (Chicago, IL), 2001.

Springs, Heinemann Library (Chicago, IL), 2001.

Ramps and Wedges, Heinemann Library (Chicago, IL), 2001.

Levers, Heinemann Library (Chicago, IL), 2001.

Screws, Heinemann Library (Chicago, IL), 2001.


"MY AMAZING BODY" SERIES

Breathing, Raintree (Chicago, IL), 2004.

Eating, Raintree (Chicago, IL), 2004.

Growing, Raintree (Chicago, IL), 2004.

Moving, Raintree (Chicago, IL), 2004.

Senses, Raintree (Chicago, IL), 2004.

Staying Healthy, Raintree (Chicago, IL), 2004.


"MY WORLD OF SCIENCE" SERIES

Using Electricity, Heinemann Library (Chicago, IL), 2001.

Solids, Liquids, and Gasses, Heinemann Library (Chicago, IL), 2001.

Water, Heinemann Library (Chicago, IL), 2001.

Sound and Hearing, Heinemann Library (Chicago, IL), 2001.

Materials, Heinemann Library (Chicago, IL), 2001.

Magnets, Heinemann Library (Chicago, IL), 2001.

Light and Dark, Heinemann Library (Chicago, IL), 2001.

Color, Heinemann Library (Chicago, IL), 2001.

Forces and Motion, Heinemann Library (Chicago, IL), 2001.

Hot and Cold, Heinemann Library (Chicago, IL), 2001.

Bendy and Rigid, Heinemann Library (Chicago, IL), 2003.

Conductors and Insulators, Heinemann Library (Chicago, IL), 2003.

Heavy and Light, Heinemann Library (Chicago, IL), 2003.

Human Growth, Heinemann Library (Chicago, IL), 2003.

Living and Nonliving, Heinemann Library (Chicago, IL), 2003.

Magnetic and Non-Magnetic, Heinemann Library (Chicago, IL), 2003.

Natural and Man-Made, Heinemann Library (Chicago, IL), 2003.

Shiny and Dull, Heinemann Library (Chicago, IL), 2003.

Smooth and Rough, Heinemann Library (Chicago, IL), 2003.

Soft and Hard, Heinemann Library (Chicago, IL), 2003.

Transparent and Opaque, Heinemann Library (Chicago, IL), 2003.


"SAFE AND SOUND" SERIES

Safety First, Heinemann Library (Des Plaines, IL), 2000.

Clean and Healthy, Heinemann Library (Des Plaines, IL), 2000.

Eat Well, Heinemann Library (Des Plaines, IL), 2000.

A Healthy Body, Heinemann Library (Des Plaines, IL), 2000.


"SEE HOW THEY GROW" SERIES

Chick, photographs by Jane Burton, Lodestar Books (New York, NY), 1991.

Kitten, photographs by Jane Burton, Lodestar Books (New York, NY), 1991.

Frog, photographs by Kim Taylor and Jane Burton, Lodestar Books (New York, NY), 1991.

Duck, photographs by Barrie Watts, Lodestar Books (New York, NY), 1991.

Mouse, photographs by Barrie Watts, Lodestar Books (New York, NY), 1992.

Rabbit, photographs by Barrie Watts, illustrated by Rowan Clifford, Lodestar Books (New York, NY), 1992.

Lamb, photographs by Gordon Clayton, illustrated by Jane Cradock-Watson, Lodestar Books (New York, NY), 1992.


"MY WORLD OF GEOGRAPHY" SERIES

Coasts, Heinemann Library (Chicago, IL), 2005.

Deserts, Heinemann Library (Chicago, IL), 2005.

Forests, Heinemann Library (Chicago, IL), 2005.

Islands, Heinemann Library (Chicago, IL), 2005.

Lakes, Heinemann Library (Chicago, IL), 2005.

Mountains, Heinemann Library (Chicago, IL), 2005.

Oceans, Heinemann Library (Chicago, IL), 2005.

Rivers, Heinemann Library (Chicago, IL), 2005.


SIDELIGHTS: Angela Royston once told CA: "I am interested in environmental issues, Third World issues, and the work of Amnesty International. I went freelance in 1982 in order to continue my work and expand my career into writing, while at the same time being able to look after and bring up my children. The books I write have all been commissioned by the publishers and, so far, have been mainly for younger children and young readers. I always become interested in the subjects of the books I work on, and I hope to stimulate that interest in the reader."


Later Royston added: "I have recently been a writer in residence at a London primary school. I worked with two classes of nine-year-olds and their teachers, and together we produced 500 copies of a twenty-eight page book called What Can Forces Do?, written by the children and illustrated with their drawings and with photographs of them carrying out experiments and demonstrating concepts being explained. The book looks very professional and has been well received, much to the children's delight. I found the experience challenging and very rewarding. It was extremely stimulating and informative to be working directly with children as they grappled with understanding and expressing the scientific ideas covered in the book."

BIOGRAPHICAL AND CRITICAL SOURCES:

PERIODICALS

School Library Journal, April, 2001, Maren Ostergard, review of Screws and Springs, p. 134; April, 2003, Christine A. Moesch, review of Why Do I Vomit? and Other Questions about Digestion and Why Do My Eyes Itch? and Other Questions about Allergies, p. 154; July, 2003, Joyce Adams Burner, review of Where Do Babies Come From?, p. 78; February, 2004, Joyce Adams Burner, review of Get Some Exercise! and Get Some Rest!, p. 138; February, 2004, Kate Kohlbeck, review of Healthy Food, Healthy Hair, and Healthy Teeth, p. 138.

Times Educational Supplement, April 13, 2001, Jon O'Connor, review of Levers, Ramps and Wedges, Springs, Pulleys and Gears, Screws, and Wheels and Cranks, p. S22.