Children's Non-Fiction Authors
for school visits



Please circulate to: Headteacher, Literacy Co-ordinator, Head of English, Librarian

17 January 2012

Dear School,

Make 2012 a fact-filled year for your creative curriculum

What facts do you want to teach your children in 2012? What facts do you want them to learn? From the Diamond Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II to the London 2012 Olympics, the year ahead is filled with opportunities to boost learning and literacy, and the 11 non-fiction authors listed below are available to help you.

A non-fiction author visit
A visit from a non-fiction author is quite unlike the usual experience of a fiction writer, poet or illustrator. As well as boosting literacy, and encouraging reluctant readers with a variety of exciting topics, it's an 'adventure in the real world'. Such a visit introduces children to key skills such as research, teamwork, negotiation, co-operative learning, and more.

How to book
To find out more about an author, their events, costs and to make a booking, please contact the author directly. Each author has a website which gives full information about themselves and the school visits they make.

Discount off usual costs
Please note the discount codes in the author details below. Make sure you mention the code to the author of your choice to receive the discount offered. The discounts are valid for visits made during this school year.

Regions covered by authors
Each author has indicated where they live and which regions are most convenient for them to visit. We are aware that not every area of the UK is specifically mentioned. This does not mean that an author will not visit you - please contact an author of your choice to see what can be arranged.

We hope you find this contact list of interest, and look forward to hearing from you.

World Book Day 2012 Logo Yours sincerely,

John Malam
(on behalf of the authors named here)

Don't forget World Book Day - 1st March 2012


Writes: Writes fiction and information books

Books include:
Non-Fiction: A Children's History of Oxford, the Lifecycles series (combining life cycles with food chains in various habitats), The Tour de France, CodeQuest Egyptian Hieroglyphs, and many other history and reference titles
Fiction: Topspin, The Big Shot, plus playscripts The Pharaoh's Toothache and The Rainforest Express

School visits: An interactive whole school or whole class session on the surprising number of people it takes to make a book. Non-fiction research: how do you know it's true? Tips on finding and checking facts. Story writing and story telling: how to create two characters and use them to invent a story. How to blend information and story writing. A session on narrative non-fiction using my Take Two series as examples. Song writing: making up a song about a topic the children have been researching as a class - combines literacy skills with music and the ukulele!

Tel: 01608 737249 (Banbury, Oxfordshire)



Will visit: Oxfordshire, Warwickshire, Northants, Gloucestershire


Writes: Children's non-fiction and fiction, with a special emphasis on history

Books include:
A Children's History of Nottinghamshire (Home Town World)
Fiction: Making Changes (Bridge House), The Infinity Trap (Rebel Books)

School visits: Ian's Nottingham History Roadshow includes talks and workshops on local history, using slideshows, quizzes, guessing games, readings, and storytelling. Classroom activities include structured creative writing and artwork. All group sizes and school years acceptable. Ian worked as a language teacher for eleven years with children and adults in schools and in universities. Ian also teaches creative writing for the Nottingham Writers Studio. Ian has an MA (Distinction) in Creative Writing from Nottingham Trent University.

Tel: 07596 089 634 (Nottingham)



Will visit: Nottinghamshire, East Midlands, London

Discount: £50 off the cost of a day visit (quote code DOUGLAS-12)


Photographer/author: Children's non-fiction

Books include: How to Make a Book, Living In... series (Watts); Global Cities series, People Who Help Us series (Evans); Helping Hands series (Wayland); Reading Roundabout series (Watts); Look Around You series (Wayland). Over 800 titles written or contributed to.

School visits: Talk in the form of instant question and answer format that takes children all around the world on a journey seeking out the materials and the people that are needed to actually make a book. Time permitting, I finish with stories and questions about my travels to any one of the 60 countries that I have visited over the past 30 years. Allow 60 to 90 minutes per session. Suitable for upper KS1 and KS2.

Tel: 01428 713090 / 07768 735771 (near Petersfield, Hampshire)



Will visit: All UK, including Northern Ireland

Discount: £50 off the cost of a day visit (quote code FAIRCLOUGH-12)


Writes and illustrates: Children's fiction and non-fiction, adult non-fiction

Books include: Art in History: Prehistoric, Ancient Egyptian, Greek and Roman, Tudor and Victorian; Biographies: Leonardo, Monet, Picasso; Medieval history, ancient history, the Forbidden City; Israel; How to Draw and Paint; Art Attack; Design and Make puppets, picture frames and masks; creative crafts; animals; Extreme Science: Celebrity Snappers and Toxic! Plus Latin and Ballroom Dance.

School visits: Talks and creative workshops for primary and secondary students based on writing non-fiction, fiction or art - many different workshops relating to my books and their work; also talks and workshops for undergraduate students and teachers and specific Art & Design GCSE and A level workshops; helping students to respond to exam and coursework specifications. Over 18 years experience of teaching children and students of all ages.

Tel: 01702 344117 (Westcliff-on-Sea, Essex)



Will visit: Essex, London, Cambridgeshire, Kent, Hertfordshire, Surrey, Sussex, Suffolk, Norfolk

Discount: £50 off the cost of a day visit (quote code HODGE-12)


Writes: Children's fiction, young adult fiction, and non-fiction

Books include: The World of French (Letts), Einfach Lesen, Kaffee und Kuchen, The Lombardy Grotto (9-11), Nick's Gallery (14+ Fiction but good for discussion in Citizenship). Gill's latest latest workshop shows three unusual aspects of the Holocaust.

School visits: Creative writing workshops in French, German, and Spanish; build a book in a day workshop; talks about fiction, non-fiction, the publishing process, and short cuts to language learning.

Tel: 0161 723 0444 / 0161 295 6792 (Manchester)



Will visit: All UK

Discount: £50 off the cost of a day visit (quote code JAMESG-12)


Writes: Children's non-fiction
(a National Literacy Trust Reading Champion, recognised for engaging reluctant readers, particularly boys)

Books include: More than 200 non-fiction books and reading scheme titles on a wide range of curriculum topics for KS1, KS2, and lower KS3.

School visits: Fiction for Reception; biography for Y1-Y2; writing workshops for Y1-Y6; talks for Y3-Y9; hands-on role-play workshop for Y5-Y9 where children work in teams to create their own non-fiction books (focus on co-operative learning and teamwork). Workshops for transition events (Y6 to Y7), G&T clustering, and mentoring (eg Y9 working with Y7). Experienced at working with children of all abilities.

New for 2012: Biography sessions based on the life of Queen Elizabeth II, linked to the Diamond Jubilee. Biography of the Queen available to buy as a souvenir for your children - give literacy, not a mug or a medallion! Click Queen Elizabeth book cover for details, or contact John.

Tel: 01606 863540 (Winsford, Cheshire)


Website (with bookings diary):

Will visit: Most areas, especially North-West (Cheshire, Lancashire, Greater Manchester, Merseyside; Tameside); Midlands (Derbyshire, Shropshire, Staffordshire, West Midlands); West Yorkshire, North Wales

Discount: £50 off the cost of a day visit (quote code MALAM-12)


Writes: Non-fiction, mainly sciences including nature, life sciences, conservation, Earth, space, technology, physics, chemistry

Shortlisted: BBC Blue Peter Book of the Year 2012 - Discover the Extreme World (Discovery Channel)

Books include: Ocean and Sea (Scholastic); Zoom! Encyclopedia (DK), Science Crackers! science starters (QED); Science of Catastrophes (Crabtree), Inside My Body (Raintree); Approx 20 titles for 100 Facts About ... (Miles Kelly); Ultimate CSI Forensics (DK); OUP Project X titles; How It Works see-insides (Miles Kelly); Extreme Animals, Extreme Insects, with pop-ups (Carlton); approx 20 Eyewitness titles (DK) Older readers / family: Planet Ape (with Desmond Morris, Mitchell Beazley); The Human Body Book (DK). More than 300 titles as author, editor or contributor.

School visits: Talks, workshops for KS1 to KS3, tailor-made for the school or venue. Experienced writer-in-residence.

Tel: 01379 678991 (Diss, Norfolk)



Will visit: Most of UK

Discount: Incentives offered - contact for details (quote code PARKER-12)


Writes: Award-winning (Education Writer of Year, 2011) children's fiction and non-fiction, mostly history-based

Books include: The National Archives: Titanic Unclassified (2012, A&C Black); The Soterion Mission (2011,; Into the Unknown (2011, Walker); Timewarp Trials series (2010-11, Evans); Moon (OUP, 2009); Pirates, Plants and Plunder, Greed, Seeds and Slavery (both Random House); Start Up History and Flashbacks series (Evans); Tales of the Dead series (Dorling Kindersely), etc

School visits: Lively talks and interactive workshops to any requirement, any number, any age, including INSET. Prizes, competitions and cashback to schools for books bought. A term's notice much appreciated.

Tel: 01227 784617 (Canterbury, Kent)
initial contact by email preferred



Will visit: Anywhere in the world (although accommodation and travel charges apply for long distances)


Writes: Children's non-fiction science

Books include: Hurricanes and Tornadoes (QED); Space Blog, Inventors that Changed the World (A&C Black); Animals under Threat (Heinemann); Experiments with a Lemon (Franklin Watts); Emergency! Nuclear Accident (Arcturus); Itches and Scratches (Raintree); Solve it with Science - Gun Crimes (Franklin Watts); Eye Openers (Dorling Kindersley), and many more.

School visits: Creative science-writing workshops covering different topics for Y2 to Y6, including materials used in printing a book, healthy eating, volcanoes, living in space, exploring space and hurricanes. Talks on researching and writing non-fiction books.

Tel: 0207 263 8600 (London, N7)



Will visit: London and places easily accessible from London

Discount: £50 off the cost of a day visit (quote code ROYSTON-12)


Writes: Children's non-fiction and fiction
(a National Literacy Trust Reading Champion, recognised for engaging reluctant readers, particularly boys)

Books include: Painful History of Medicine / Childhood / Crime / Science (series); the story 'Deadline' has been selected by the Schools Library Association for Boys Into Books; The Big Book of Baddies: A wicked history of villainy

School visits: Talks/workshops for KS2/KS3 on story-writing or strange but true stories. Presentations feature 'Yucky Yarns to Make You Squirm' or the 'Weird, Wacky and Wonderful'. Other topics range from CSI science and 'Murder in the Library' to 'Don't Have Nightmares', on the unexplained, amazing mysteries, incredible creatures and far more.

Tel: 01886 884397 (Worcestershire)
initial contact by email preferred



Will visit: Midlands, London, south central, East Anglia, Wales (further afield is often possible so please ask)

Discount: Special reduced rates for day visits (quote code TOWNS-12)


Writes and illustrates: Non-fiction books for children

Books include: Let's Read a Book, Let's Bake a Cake, Let's Get Dressed, Let's Drink Some Water, Let's Go to the Playground, Let's Ride a Bike

School visits: 'Let's Make a Book!' is a workshop for KS1-2 which explores the history of books and writing. Group activities and discussion lead into a simple glue-free bookbinding exercise using recycled materials. Each child will then be encouraged to write and illustrate their own handmade book!

Tel: 07815 800502 (Shoreham-by-Sea, West Sussex)



Will visit: Most of UK, depending on public transport links

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