Authors and Illustrators

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Michael Morpurgo

Master storyteller Michael Morpurgo has written over 100 books for children, won a multitude of awards and served as Children’s Laureate from 2003-2005. His captivating stories of adventure, war and animals are full of drama and intensity, exploring the most profound subjects with a light yet powerful touch.

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Authors and Illustrators in the Scholastic Book Club

  • Allan Ahlberg

    Allan Ahlberg is one of Britain’s best-loved children’s writers and is the author of over a hundred books.

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  • Malorie Blackman

    The former Children’s Laureate is the awardwinning author of over 50 books, including the bestselling Noughts and Crosses sequence.

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  • Cathy Cassidy

    She’s been an art teacher, magazine editor and agony aunt but we like her best as a top-selling author. If you love books about family, friendship and chocolate, then look no further than Cathy!

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  • Eoin Colfer

    Eoin Colfer is the author of the brilliant Artemis Fowl series.

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  • Suzanne Collins

    Suzanne Collins is the author of the bestselling Hunger Games trilogy.

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  • Cressida Cowell

    Cressida Cowell is the author of the bestselling Hiccup the Viking books, and many picture books including the award-winning Emily Brown series.

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  • Roald Dahl

    Roald Dahl is probably the best loved children’s author ever, creator of iconic characters like Matilda, Willy Wonka and the BFG!

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  • Katie Davies

    Katie Davies is the award-winning author of fresh, funny animal stories like The Great Hamster Massacre.

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  • Julia Donaldson

    Julia Donaldson is one of the UK’s best loved authors, known for brilliant picture books like The Gruffalo, Room on the Broom and Stick Man. She was also the Children’s Laureate 2011-2013.

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  • Claire Freedman

    Claire Freedman is the author of the best-selling Aliens Love Underpants books.

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  • Dan Freedman

    Dan Freedman is author of the Jamie Johnson football books, and also works at the FA, editing their website and match programmes.

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  • Martin Handford

    Martin is the author of the hugely popular Where’s Wally books, which recently celebrated its 25th anniversary and is as popular as ever!

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  • Sue Hendra

    Sue Hendra is the wonderfully funny, award-winning author and illustrator of picture books like Barry the Fish with Fingers.

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  • Charlie Higson

    As well as being the best-selling author of the Young Bond series, Charlie Higson is a well-known writer and performer on television, has been a painter and decorator and in his own band; ‘The Higsons’!

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  • Eva Ibbotson

    Eva Ibbotson is the award-winning author of many books including Journey to the River Sea.

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  • Mick Inkpen

    Mick Inkpen is an award-winning author and illustrator who is best known for his characters Kipper and Wibbly Pig. His books have sold millions of copies across the world.

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  • Jim Kay

    Jim Kay is the illustrator of the 2012 Carnegie/Greenaway winner A Monster Calls.

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  • Jeff Kinney

    Jeff Kinney is author of the hugely popular Wimpy Kid books.

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  • Sarah McIntyre

    Illustrator and author Sarah McIntyre is the fantastic creator of comics, picture books and fiction including You Can’t Eat a Princess and Pugs of the Frozen North.

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  • Hilary McKay

    Hilary McKay is the award-winning author of many children’s books including the much loved Casson family series.

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  • David Melling

    David Melling is the creator of over sixty picture books, including the much-loved Hugless Douglas.

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  • Jonathan Meres

    Jonathan Meres has worked as an ice-cream van driver and a stand-up comedian but now he’s the bestselling author of The World of Norm books!

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  • Jill Murphy

    Jill Murphy is the author of the Worst Witch and Large Family books. Her much-loved heroine Mildred is back in The Worst Witch and the Wishing Star, and Jill is a World Book Day author for 2014.

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  • Patrick Ness

    Patrick Ness is the multi award-winning author of the Chaos Walking trilogy and A Monster Calls.

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  • James Patterson

    James Patterson is one of the world’s bestselling authors. He started out writing adult thrillers (and still does) but began writing children’s books when son, Jack, said he couldn’t find any great page-turning books for kids his age.

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  • Liz Pichon

    Liz Pichon’s brilliant Tom Gates series has sold well over 2 million copies, and has picked up oodles of top awards. We love it!

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  • Dav Pilkey

    Dav Pilkey is the author of the bestselling Captain Underpants series.

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  • Philip Pullman

    Philip Pullman is probably the world’s most acclaimed living children’s author, best known for the trilogy of books known as His Dark Materials.

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  • Philip Reeve

    Philip Reeve is the award-winning and critically acclaimed author of the Mortal Engines books.

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  • Rick Riordan

    Rick Riordan is blockbuster author of the best-selling Percy Jackson books, The Kane Chronicles and the Magnus Chase series.

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  • Michael Rosen

    Michael Rosen is an author, poet and broadcaster, best known for classic books like We’re Going on a Bear Hunt. He was Children’s Laureate from 2007-2009

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  • Axel Scheffler

    Axel is the illustrator of The Gruffalo and many other favourite picture books.

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  • Nick Sharratt

    Nick Sharratt is one of the country’s favourite illustrators, with over 100 books to his name.

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  • Francesca Simon

    Francesca Simon is the creator of tiny terror and huge bestseller Horrid Henry!

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  • Holly Smale

    Holly Smale is the author of the incredibly funny Geek Girl books starring our favourite smart and funny braniac turned model Harriet Manners.

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  • Alex T. Smith

    He’s the creator of brilliant, quirky picture books like Little Red and the Very Hungry Lion and the hilarious Claude series for early readers. We love Alex T. Smith!

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  • Jim Smith

    Barry Loser is the keelest author in the whole wide world amen. He’s so clever that he doesn’t even have to try that hard to write his books… Luckily Jim Smith is the keelest kids’ book spellchecker in the whole wide world!

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  • Emer Stamp

    Emer Stamp grew up on a farm in Devon before training in graphic design and becoming the Creative Director for the advertising agency behind the John Lewis Christmas adverts. The Unbelievable Top Secret Diary of Pig is her debut novel.

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  • Andy Stanton

    Andy Stanton is author of the hilarious Mr Gum books. He’s won loads of awards, especially those voted for by children.

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  • Jeremy Strong

    At the age of three, Jeremy Strong fell out of a first floor window and landed on his head. He was in hospital for a week with a broken arm and a headache. Luckily he recovered, and today he is one of the UK’s favourite children’s authors!

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  • Mitchell Symons

    Mitchell Symons writes jaw-dropping, fact-packed books about the weird and wonderful world of trivia, and has twice won the prestigious Blue Peter award for Best Book with Facts.

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  • Kaye Umansky

    Kaye Umansky has written over 100 books for children, and is best known for the Pongwiffy series.

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  • David Walliams

    Comedian and writer David Walliams is one of Britain’s bestselling children’s authors

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  • Holly Webb

    Holly is the best-selling author of lots of brilliant books including the Molly’s Magic, Animalmagic and Rose series.

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  • Ian Whybrow

    Ian Whybrow is author of the much-loved Harry and the Bucketful of Dinosaurs books and has had over 100 children’s books published!

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  • Jacqueline Wilson

    Former Children’s Laureate Jacqueline Wilson is one of the UK’s best-known living children’s authors.

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