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Texts & Authors

Authors in the Spotlight

Authors stop by to share their thoughts and free classroom posters convey these.

Chrissie Sains

Chrissie Sains is the author of The Alien in the Jam Factory and The Treasure Under the Jam Factory. Chrissie has a background in marketing and events but now writes full time and is a graduate of the Golden Egg Academy and a member of SCBWI.

Neill Cameron

Neill Cameron is an award-winning author and cartoonist. He is the creator of several comic books, including the Mega Robo Bros series and How to Make Awesome Comics.

Helen Cooper

Helen Cooper is an author and illustrator whose books have won lots of awards including the Kate Greenaway Medal – twice. She also writes and illustrates Chapter Books and sometimes writes Picture Books in collaboration with other illustrators.

Larraine Harrison

Larraine Harrison writes books for both teachers and children. She likes to involve children in the writing process by asking them to review her drafts and has managed to persuade her grandchildren to be the models on her book covers.

Shereen Malherbe

Shereen Malherbe is a British Palestinian author of novels and children’s books. After travelling throughout the Middle East, Shereen now resides in the UK with her husband and four children.

Laura Mucha

Laura Mucha is an award-winning poet and author whose work has been featured on TV, radio and public transport, as well as in
hospitals, hospices, prisons, magazines and books around the world.

Lucy Strange

Lucy Strange is a bestselling children’s author. Her novels for booklovers aged 9+ include The Secret of Nightingale Wood, Our Castle by the Sea and The Ghost of Gosswater.

Marcia Williams

Marcia Williams is famous for her retellings of classic stories. Marcia’s humorous comic-strip illustrations are hugely popular all over the world.

Rob Biddulph

Rob Biddulph is a bestselling and multi award-winning author/illustrator whose picture books include Blown Away, Odd Dog Out, Kevin and Show and Tell.

Lucy Courtenay

Lucy Courtenay has written over 100 books, both as herself and as a team writer on series such as Beast Quest.

Sue Cheung

Sue Cheung is an award-winning British-Chinese author/illustrator of books for children and young adults.

Jenny McLachlan

Jenny McLachlan writes funny, accessible books that children love. She’s currently writing the third book in the popular Land of Roar series.

Frank Cottrell-Boyce

Frank Cottrell Boyce is an award-winning author and screenwriter. Millions, his debut children’s novel, won the CILIP Carnegie Medal.

Hilary McKay

Hilary McKay is the award winner author of The Skylarks War, The Exiles and the Smarties among many other critically acclaimed titles.

Chris Callaghan

Chris Callaghan is the author of the award winning story ‘The Great Chocoplot’ and his brand new series of books ‘Shinoy and the Chaos Crew’.

Photo: Piers Torday

Piers Torday

Piers Torday is the author of the award-winning trilogy The Last Wild and many other children’s books.

Vashti Hardy

Vashti Hardy is a writer of children’s books. Vashti has a special interest in children’s writing, especially free-writing.

Elen Caldecott

Elen Caldecott is a children’s author and was highly commended in the PFD Prize for Most Promising Writer for young people.

Liz Brownlee

Liz Brownlee is a poet and children’s poet with work in over 80 children’s poetry anthologies in the UK.

Chitra Soundar

Chitra Soundar is an internationally published, award-winning author of over 40 books for children

Sally Gardner

Sally Gardner is a multi award-winning novelist who has sold over 2 million books in the UK.

John Dougherty

John Dougherty is a former teacher and now author of the Stinkbomb and Ketchup-Face series, the Zeus stories and many more.

Karl Nova

Karl Nova’s debut book “Rhythm And Poetry” was declared winner of the CLPE, CLiPPA 2018 Poetry award

Tom Palmer

Tom Palmer is the author of 50 books, most of them for children. Armistice Runner, won the UK Children’s Book Award in 2019.

Maz Evans

Maz Evans debut novel Who Let the Gods Out was selected as the Waterstone’s Children’s Book of the Month

Lisa Thompson

Lisa’s first novel, The Goldfish Boy, was one of the biggest selling debut books of 2017

Jo Cotterill

Jo Cotterill is a multi-award-winning author with over forty books for children, including new novel ‘Jelly’

Hilary Robinson

The award winning author of over 50 books for children, including the much loved Mixed Up Fairy Tales.

David Lucas

A new primary school teacher, David Lucas has created 15 children’s books as an author and illustrator.

Morag Hood

Morag Hood is an award-winning picture book author and illustrator from Edinburgh.

AF Harrold

A.F. Harrold is a poet and performer who writes for children and adults. He loves working with talented illustrators.

Joseph Coelho

Our featured author is a poet and children’s author. His latest poetry collection celebrates his childhood love of nature.

Gill Lewis

Gill Lewis a multi-award winning children’s author who writes stories about the natural world and our human relationship with it

Nicola Davies

Author of fiction, non fiction and poetry, she won the first SLA award for Outstanding Contribution to Children’s Non Fiction.

Isabel Thomas

This month we are delighted to profile the engaging work of Isabel Thomas who has written more than 150 books for young people.

Emma Carroll

The author of Strange Star, the Financial Times Book of 2016, Secrets of a Sun King and many more

Ross Montgomery

The author of Max and the Millions and Perijee and Me answers our fiendish questions!

Mini Grey

Creator of the Bad Bunnies talks to us about books!

MG Leonard

The author of the Beetle series tells us about her favourite books

Top Texts

Every month a guest recommends three books

Top Texts for May

Carol Carter maintains her passion for building reading communities and finding the right book to make every child a reader​

Top Texts for April

Miranda McKearney of EmpathyLab selects texts that enable children and young people to develop the skills that build empathy.

Top Texts for March

Nicki Cleveland has revolutionised the way the teaching staff at Cannon Park Primary think about Reading for Pleasure, it is now at the forefront of the school’s ethos

Top texts for January

Caroline Sence of charity ‘Read for Good’ recommends entertaining, diverse and accessible picture books for all ages.

Top texts for December

This month’s selections are drawn from the School Library Association’s Information Book Awards, and chosen by Alison Tarrant.

Top texts for November

Chosen by Diane Leedham, these texts are aimed at older readers and reflect a wider awareness of diversity.

Top texts for September

September’s top texts have been chosen by Susannah Herbert, Executive Director of the Forward Arts Foundation.​

Top Texts for August

​This month’s top texts have been chosen by Ben King, founder of the Teacher Book Awards. He has chosen three fiction books, each with a ghostly theme.

Top Texts for July

​This month’s Top Texts have been chosen by Joy Court, Reviews Editor for The School Librarian journal. She has chosen three thought provoking and enjoyable books that will stimulate much conversation!

Top Texts for June

​This months texts have been chosen by Nikki Gamble, Director of Just Imagine. She has selected non-fiction that is both lyrical and informative, and above all really engaging.

Top Texts for May

This month’s Top Texts have been chosen by Emily Drabble, head of children’s book promotion and prizes at the reading for pleasure charity BookTrust. Some thought provoking choices here, including Ghost!.

Top Texts for April

​This month’s texts have been chosen by Morag Styles who retired in 2014 as Professor of Children’s Poetry at the Faculty of Education, Cambridge and is an Emeritus Fellow of Homerton College.

Top Texts for March

This months Top Texts have been chosen by Jane Bednall, a former teacher and Deputy Head.

Top Texts for February

This month’s Top Texts are chosen by Scott Evans, a primary school teacher and Reading Lead from South Wales.

Top Texts for January

This month’s Top Texts are focused on Graphic Novels and are chosen by Richard Ruddick, a Year 6 teacher at Moorlands Primary Academy in Norfolk.

Top Texts for November

This month’s Top Texts are brought to us by Charlotte Raby, who has over 20 years in teaching, educational publishing and training.

Top Texts for October

This month’s Top Texts have been chosen by Mary Roche, a former primary teacher and lecturer in teacher education.

Top Texts for September

​This month’s Top Texts have been chosen by Prue Goodwin, a freelance specialist in literacy learning and children’s books.

Top Texts for July

This month’s Top Texts are chosen by Martin Galway, an experienced Primary teacher and English lead who currently works for Herts for Learning.

Top Texts for June

​This month’s Top Texts are a non-fiction selection chosen by Heather Wright, from the brilliant Reading Rocks!

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