Meet the authors

Every week a popular children's author or illustrator of the week will provide you with free books and exclusive video content.

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Current and past authors of the week

  • Tom Palmer

    Tom Palmer

    Tom Palmer is the author of 52 children’s books, most of them about sport and history.

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  • David Baddiel

    David Baddiel

    David Baddiel is an author and comedian. His children’s books have sold over 1 million copies.

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  • Jaclyn Moriarty Author of the Week

    Jaclyn Moriarty

    Jaclyn Moriarty is the prize-winning, best-selling author of The Slightly Alarming Tale of the Whispering Wars and The Extremely Inconvenient Adventures of Bronte Mettlestone.

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  • Bali Rai

    Bali Rai

    Bali Rai's culturally diverse writing often pushes boundaries and tackles a variety of issues. He is passionate about the promotion of literacy and reading for pleasure.

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  • Michael Rosen AOTW

    Michael Rosen

    Michael Rosen is the former Children's Laureate and one of the best-known figures in the children's book world. He is renowned for his work as a poet, performer, broadcaster and scriptwriter.

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  • Phil Hickes headshot

    Phil Hickes

    Phil loves ghosts, horror, and all things that go bump in the night. The Haunting of Aveline Jones is his first middle-grade novel.

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    Sharon Davey (illustrator)

    Sharon is a children’s illustrator based in Surrey, England. She loves to draw grumpy kids and comical animals, and also enjoys sliding down stairs on her bottom and collecting plastic dinosaurs.

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  • Liz Pichon headshot

    Liz Pichon

    Liz Pichon is one of the UK’s best-loved and bestselling creators of children’s books. Her Tom Gates series has sold millions of copies worldwide.

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  • Alex T Smith headshot

    Alex T. Smith

    Alex T. Smith is the award-winning creator of the bestselling Claude series. When not working Alex enjoys doodling in his sketchbook, reading, people watching and eavesdropping.

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  • MIchelle Robinson

    Michelle Robinson

    Michelle Robinson is the bestselling, award-winning author of picture books including There’s a Lion in my CornflakesA Beginner’s Guide to BearspottingGrandmas from Mars, the Goodnight Spaceman series, Ten Fat Sausages and many, many more.

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  • Emily Hamilton illustrator

    Emily Hamilton (illustrator)

    Emily is based in North Devon. She works from her studio at home and likes fine black pens, ocean dips and a good mug for tea.

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  • Zoe Antoniades headshot

    Zoe Antoniades

    Zoe Antoniades was born in West London to Greek Cypriot parents. She has one brother (but they are not twins!)

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  • Katie Kear illustrator

    Katie Kear (illustrator)

    Katie Kear loves drawing, adventures in nature, stationery and finding new inspirational artists.

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  • Greg James.

    Greg James

    Greg James is an award-winning broadcaster and co-author of the Kid Normal series.

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  • Chris Smith

    Chris Smith

    Chris Smith is the co-author of the best-selling, award-winning Kid Normal series with his friend Greg James.

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