John Malam
children's non-fiction author to visit your school

web:        email:       tel:  01606 863540 (Winsford)

Book now for
World Book Day 2016
Thursday, 3rd March

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Who is John Malam?

  • Specialist non-fiction author
  • Author of more than 200 non-fiction books for children
  • Visitor to more than 400 schools
  • National Literacy Trust Reading Champion, recognised for work with boys to create a reading culture
  • Motivational school visitor
  • Experienced at working with SEN, MLD and G&T
  • Patron of Reading
  • DBS (CRB) checked; £10million Public Liability cover for visits

Where will John visit?

  • I live in Cheshire, and most of my day visits are in the North West, Midlands, West Yorkshire and North Wales
  • I'm happy to visit other areas, but an overnight stay might be needed

What does a visit cost?

  • £400 per day
  • 45p per mile travel cost (own vehicle), or actual cost if travelling by train
  • Accommodation cost if overnight stay needed

What teachers say

  • "Children were spellbound! John really brought to life Corporal Horsnell and gave a superb insight into the life of a World War 1 soldier. Thoroughly enjoyable and well recommended."
  • "A fantastic day! The children who participated in the workshop are already asking me to spend time with them making their books. I particularly enjoyed you reading with Reception, it was a magical experience."

What children say

  • "I was having so much fun, I didn't realise I was learning anything, but I was."
    — Comment from a Y6 child
  • "You are the best visiting author we have ever had. It's like you are chocolate up against fruit."
    — Comment from a Y6 child

New books for 2016

  • Four books for KS2 about prehistoric Britain in the Stone Age, Bronze Age and Iron Age

Dear Headteacher and Literacy Co-ordinator,

Would you like a best-selling children's author to visit your school this year?

As a children's non-fiction author my visits offer something different from ones made by fiction writers or poets. I offer a variety of sessions for all ages (EYFS, KS1 and KS2), including talks, readings, writing and role-play workshops.

You could book me for a whole school visit, or you might want me to work with a particular year group or class. You choose what you would like.

I've listed two of my most popular sessions below – you'll find full details of these, together with other sessions, on my website.

ww1 frederick horsnell

The First World War in the words of a soldier who was there

A unique experience in which I role-play in uniform as Corporal Fred Horsnell, whose trench letters I own, written 1915–1918.

I use extracts from Corporal Horsnell's letters to tell his personal story while on active service on the Western Front. Children then write biographical recounts, or letters modelled on the real letters they've heard.

This session would link in well with your Remembrance Day (11 November) work.

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Queen Elizabeth II – Her Story

The story of the little princess who became Britain's longest-reigning monarch, based on my best-selling children's biography of the Queen.

The session includes a letter-writing activity.

Pack contents

Make a Non-Fiction Book role-play workshop

Schools can now buy my Make a Non-Fiction Book role-play workshop. It comes as a complete pack with an easy-to-follow Teacher's Guide.

I've been delivering this workshop in person for many years, but now you can deliver it in your own time, and work through its many activities at your own pace. You can deliver it in one long session, or over a series of shorter sessions.

Each pack contains resources for up to 40 children, and is suitable for Y3–Y6. Prices start at £49 for a single pack, with discounts for multiple packs. Free P&P, and your money back if not completely satisfied. Full details are on my website.

Book me for a school visit

If you are interested in booking me for a school visit, please see the School Visits pages of my website – it's where you will find full details of the many sessions I offer.



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Tel: 01606 863540
(Winsford, Cheshire)

Bookings diary: The School Visits section of my website has my bookings diary – please check it to see which days I am available to visit you.

I hope to hear from you, and look forward to visiting your school.

John Malam, 4 Woodlark Close, Winsford, Cheshire CW7 3HL
Non-Fiction Author | School Visitor | Reading Champion | Patron of Reading