Authors and Texts

In our new monthly feature, we will focus the spotlight on writers and illustrators, asking about their favourite childhood reading, current work and why they love to read. You can also download a simple poster about them for use in school. We have a great line-up planned, including MG Leonard, Mini Grey, Nicky Singer, SF Said, Ross Montgomery and many more. So come back each month to get to know a new author.

Authors in the Spotlight

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!

SF Said

Varjak Paw author SF Said talks books!

Nicky Singer

Author Nicky Singer lets us into her world of reading

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

Sarah McIntyre

The author of ‘The New Neighbours’ tells us why she loves to read.

Top Texts

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 Text for February

Bob Cox seeks to support schools’ work on using quality texts for quality writing​.

Top texts for January

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