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Leila Berg (born 1917) is a British children's author, known also as a journalist and writer on education and children's rights. She began writing in a more realistic and gritty style, for younger children, in the 1960s, in the Nippers series of readers in an influential move designed to bring children's books closer to ordinary, real, urban life, and away from the Janet and John reader style. (And, probably, the comforts of Enid Blyton's world, a ubiquitous influence of the period.) She was awarded the Eleanor Farjeon Medal in 1973 for her work.

She was brought up in Salford, Lancashire in a Jewish doctor's family; she wrote vividly about this part of her life in Flickerbook (1997). There she describes also later meetings in Cambridge through her older brother, particularly with Margot Heinemann, and J. B. S. Haldane whom she would reference obliquely in the early Chunky books. She associated with Young Communist League members at the time of the Spanish Civil War (in which she lost two lovers) and eventually joined it. Her first job as a journalist was with the British communist daily paper The Daily Worker (later renamed The Morning Star).

She was influenced in her thinking by psychologist Susan Isaacs. After working as a journalist in World War II, during which she married and started a family, she started to write children's fiction. She also took an interest in the progressive education movement of A. S. Neill, Michael Duane, head of Risinghill School, and John Holt. She became children's editor for the publisher Methuen. As she said, All my life I have sought to empower children (speech at honorary degree ceremony, University of Essex).

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Total Books: 94
The God Stories A Celebration of Legends
2006 - The God Stories a Celebration of Legends (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9780711213159
ISBN-10: 0711213151
Genre: Religion & Spirituality

1998 - Flickerbook (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9781862070042
ISBN-10: 1862070040
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Nonfiction
  • Currently 3/5 Stars.

Dear Billy and Other Stories
1994 - Dear Billy and Other Stories [Young Puffin Read Alone] (Paperback)Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780140347951
ISBN-10: 014034795X
Genre: Children's Books

Time for One More A Lucky Bag of Stories and Verse
1992 - Time for One More a Lucky Bag of Stories and Verse (Paperback)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9780749712020
ISBN-10: 0749712023
Genre: Children's Books

Time for One More
1988 - Time for One More (Paperback)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9780416074529
ISBN-10: 0416074529
Genre: Children's Books

1985 - Rainbows [Small world] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780416525809
ISBN-10: 0416525806

Vacuum Cleaners
1985 - Vacuum Cleaners [Small world] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780416525908
ISBN-10: 0416525903
Genre: Crafts, Hobbies & Home

1985 - Cars [Small world] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780416526004
ISBN-10: 0416526004

1985 - Ducks [Small world] (Paperback)
The Little Car
1985 - The Little Car [A Magnet book] (Paperback)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9780416518603
ISBN-10: 0416518605

Tales for Telling
1984 - Tales for Telling (Paperback)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9780416492804
ISBN-10: 0416492800

Little Pete Stories
1984 - Little Pete Stories (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780416484007
ISBN-10: 041648400X

A Tickle
1981 - A Tickle [Methuen chatterbooks] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780416887808
ISBN-10: 0416887805

Hot Hot Day
1981 - Hot Hot Day [Methuen chatterbooks] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780416887907
ISBN-10: 0416887902

Our Walk
1981 - Our Walk [Methuen chatterbooks] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780416888102
ISBN-10: 0416888100

The Little Car a Read Aloud Book
1979 - The Little Car a Read Aloud Book (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9780416202502
ISBN-10: 0416202500

1978 - Day Out [Nippers] (Hardcover)Paperback
Take Part Series - Six Folk Tales
1976 - Take Part Series - Six Folk Tales [Take Part] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780706234961
ISBN-10: 0706234960

1974 - Lollipops (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9780340185117
ISBN-10: 0340185112

Little Car Has a Day Out
1973 - Little Car Has a Day Out [Piccolo Books] (Paperback)Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780330236911
ISBN-10: 0330236911

Look at Kids
1972 - Look at Kids (Paperback)Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780140806618
ISBN-10: 014080661X

1972 - Tracy's Story [Nippers] (Paperback)
Four Feet and Two
1970 - Four Feet and Two [Puffin Books] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780140301489
ISBN-10: 0140301488
Genre: Children's Books

1967 - Penguin Who Couldn't Paddle [Young Puffin I.T.A.Books] (Paperback)
Risinghill Death of a Comprehensive School
Risinghill Death of a Comprehensive School [Pelican] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780140208832
ISBN-10: 0140208836
  • Currently 4/5 Stars.

How John Caught the Seahorse [Young Puffin I.T.A.Books] (Paperback)
Robert's Story [Nippers, orange books] (Paperback)
The Jumble Sale [Nippers, red series] (Other)Paperback
Lesley's Story [Nippers, orange series] (Other)Paperback
Susan's Story [Nippers, orange books] (Paperback)
A Day Out [Nippers, red series] (Other)Paperback, Hardcover
Paul's Story [Nippers series] (Paperback)
Bonfire Night [Nippers series] (Paperback)Hardcover
Letters [Nippers, red series] (Paperback)
Bouncing [Nippers] (Paperback)
Knitting [Little nippers] (Other)
My Brother [Little nippers] (Paperback)
Put the Kettle On [Little nippers] (Other)
Doing the Pools [Little nippers] (Other)
Hospital Day [Little nippers] (Other)
The Doctor [Little nippers] (Other)
That Baby [Little nippers] (Other)
Well I Never [Little nippers] (Other)
A Band in School [Little nippers] (Other)Paperback
Band in School [Little Nippers] (Paperback)
Dogs [Small world] (Paperback)
L'histoire De Suzanne [Rigaudon, no.2] (Paperback)