AN award-winning children's author has captured the imagination of young pupils.

Jeanne Willis visited Little Leigh Primary School.

The gifted author, who has written more than 80 books including The Bog Baby, spent a day with year 2 children.

She talked about her life as a children's author, her love of animals and the environment and all the books she has written.

Year 2 class teacher Jaki King said: "The children had an amazing day and were so inspired by Jeanne. We took part in a workshop and even made our very own Bog Babies and created the perfect environment for them! It was a day we will always remember!"

Jeanne, 59, has an extensive bibliography ranging from picture books and stories for younger readers to teen novels.

Her first novel was published when she was 21 and she juggled writing and her advertising copywriter career for many years before becoming a full time author.

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Jeanne's accolades include the Children's Book Award, the Silver Smarties Prize and she has also been shortlisted for the Whitbread Award.