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Meet the Children’s Authors: Schools Week Programme

Here are some of the amazing authors we have lined up for this year’s Schools Week: 4th to 8th October 2021.

This year we have some exciting new authors wanting to take part.  These include Sean Taylor, Jess Butterworth and Savita Kalhan, to name but a few.

For more information see details below - but please note this page will be updated as more authors come on board.

We want to reassure all Schools, wanting to take part, that we will adhere to any social distancing guidelines that are in place during the Schools Week.

Sean Taylor

Books to recommend

New: Good Dog!

Hoot Owl: Master of Disguise

A Brave Bear

Don’t Call Me Choochie Pooh

Where the Bugaboo Lives


Hear Sean reading at


From Sean:  As well as reading out my books, I use riddles, poems, storytelling and songs to get audiences involved.

My creative writing workshops feature a mix of starting points suitable for all ages, and usually end with poetry performances from some of the children.

Event: Talk with readings; poetry workshops

Ages: Year Groups: 1; 2; 3

Guy Bass

Books to recommend

New: The Haunting of Luna Moon and The Unimaginary Friend (Skeleton Keys Series)

Spynosaur (series)

Stitch Head (series)

Dyslexia-friendly titles: Noah Scape; Aidan Abet Teacher’s Pet; Laura Norder Sheriff of Butt’s Canyon

Listen to his latest at 

Guy Bass is an award-winning children's author and semi-professional geek! His series include Spynosaur, Stitch Head, The Legend of Frog, Dinkin Dings, Atomic! and Monster Madness / Monster MayhemWinner of the Blue Peter Award 2010

‘The joy of reading seems ever more joyous when Guy rolls into a school!’



Event: Inclusive performance to class or large group

Ages: Year Groups: 3; 4; 5; 6

The Haunting of Luna Moon book jacket

Joseph Coelho

Books to recommend

New: Zombierella

The Girl Who Became A Tree: a story told in poems

Poems Aloud

Werewolf Club Rules!

A Year of Nature Poetry

If All the World Were..

Dip into Joseph’’s website to see him performing his poems, and talking about poetry

A typical event could include a whole school assembly of up to 30 minutes followed by an hour's poetry writing workshops with one class (30 students). His latest book is a brilliant collection of performance poems.

Event: Performance poetry; writing workshop

Ages: Year Groups: 3; 4; 5; 6; 7; 8; 9; 10

Jess Butterworth

Books to recommend

Running on the Roof of the World

When the Mountains Roared

Swimming Against the Storm - Winner of the Big Book Award 2019

Where the Wilderness Lives  for posts and teaching resources.

Jess’ stories come from her travels in different countries around the world, where her young protagonists meet the challenges of our changing environment in gripping adventures.

Event: Talk; Creative writing workshop

Ages: Year groups: 6; 7; 8; 9

Where the Wilderness Lives

Savita Kalhan

Books to recommend

That Asian Kid  (Nominated for the CILIP Carnegie Medal 2020)

The Girl in the Broken Mirror


Savita’s books address issues that are faced by young British Asians, but the questions they explore are universal to young people.

From a review for That Asian Kid - 'A very modern moral dilemma explored in this witty and surprising novel about systemic racism, family, friendship and ultimately doing the right thing. A book to confound and challenge expectations as well as to genuinely entertain.’

Event: Talk; creative writing workshop

Ages: Key Stage: 4/5

That Asian Kid book jacket

John Townsend


Children in WW2: Facts and Jokes

Geography: Facts and Jokes (many others in series)

Life-sized Bugs

Reptile Robotics (Beastly Science Series)….and many more!  for details of workshops


John can work with all abilities including SEN. His events are generally designed to hook in ‘reluctant readers’ (although not exclusively).

John’s talks include foul facts, cheesy jokes, adventure fiction and all things animals to prove how reading is cool, scary and mind-boggling!

Event: Presentations and workshops

Ages: Year group: 7 - 8 + SEN

Reptile Robotics book jacket

Chitra Soundar

Books to recommend

Sona Sharma: very best big sister

Tiger Troubles

Manju's Magic Wishes

You're Strong With Me

Pattan's Pumpkin

Story Collections: A Dollop of Ghee and A Jar of Wisdom; A Jar of Pickles and a Pinch of Justice.

Chitra's stories are inspired by folktales from India, Hindu mythology and her travels.  She has engaged children in storytelling and workshop visits in schools around the world.



Event: Storytelling and workshops

Ages: Age groups: 6 - 11

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