Mimi Thebo

Children's author, Young adults' author

Available for:
After dinner speaking

Website: http://www.mimithebo.net

Contact: Emailling will reach Mimi and her amazing assistant Karen.
Ring 0117 373 8663 and Mimi or Karen will get back to you.

Dreaming the Bear, 2016 UKLA Longlist
Dreaming the Bear, 2016 Booktrust 'Future Classic'

5-7 (Key stage 1), 11-13 (Key stage 3), 14-16 (Key stage 4), 11-16 (Key stages 3 and 4)


Author of Dreaming the Bear, Drawing Together, and Wipe Out...Royal Literary Fellow, Senior Lecturer in Creative Writing, teacher of Lucy Christopher, David Hofmeyr, Ally Kennen, Jane Shemilt and many other bestselling authors...

 'The English staff were buzzing and all commented on how Mimi was interesting, engaging, creative and inspiring...Mimi connected with the students really well. The whole school keeps telling me how fantastic Mimi's visit was.'

Mrs Holloway, School Librarian, Lutterworth High

'The children were fascinated as Mimi shared her life as an author and listened attentively. Furthermore, Mimi's visit inspired the children to write their own stories.'

Mrs Chidzey, Stanton Drew Primary

'Mimi had a great rapport with the students. They loved her bear facts.'

Mrs Smith, School Librarian, Prior Park College

'The children asked LOADS of questions. Now I'm thinking about a career change.'

Mrs Muckley, Bishop Sutton Primary

'I am a science teacher, yet I was so gripped by Mimi's assembly last week...truly inspiring. Thank you.'

Mrs Brown, Lutterworth High 

  • School Visits

My current school visits are suitable for either years R, 1, 2 and 3 or for years 5, 6, 7, 8 and 9 and feature my new book for Oxford University Press, Dreaming the Bear or my classic tale of friendship and inclusivity for Walker Books, Drawing Together.

I'm happy to talk to large audiences in all-school assemblies. I use slides and props to talk about why reading and writing are so important, my life as a writer and my books. My workshops draw on the themes of the books to inspire young people to express themselves. My style is approachable and irreverant and I am a passionate advocate for literacy and for young people in general. I'm pretty good at pitching talks to the right level and I actually LIKE being in school with children and teens. 

The Dreaming the Bear visit features life-sized models of grizzly bears, grizzly bear claws and thought-provoking worksheets about our relationship to the natural world that link to curriculum in literacy, biology, geography and PSHE. (Suitable for years 5-9)

The Drawing Together visit features colourful slides and lots of time for question and answer. The book's themes of difference, friendship and otherness connect to many school topics and concerns and the activity sheets are linked to curriculum in literacy, art and PSHE. (Suitable for years R-3)

I'm happy to sign books and to organise book delivery. I always donate books to the school library to make sure all the children can read the ending of the book I've introduced. 

As a Creative Writing academic with over 17 years in Higher Education, I'm willing to chat with staff about Creative Writing pedagogy and their own writing...many schools like to do this over lunch...and I'll try not to dribble or talk with my mouth full..but no guarantees. 

You can see more about me here on www.mimithebo.net. 

  • Recent reviews:Published Feb 4th
'Mimi Thebo captures an authentic teen voice and the writing throughout the story is hauntingly beautiful, almost dreamlike in places ... I can see adults and many young readers will love this book with its lyrical writing and powerful storyline. For the right type of reader this will undoubtedly be a five star book.' (TheBookbag blog)

'Not for the faint-hearted, this expert rite-of-passage tale - rich with snowshoes, carabiners and bear-awareness classes - stays with you after its logical but harrowing denouement.' (Alexander McCall Smith, The Observer)

'Mimi Thebo's story is a mixture of dreamy scenery, awesome wildlife, and coming-of-age dilemmas.' (The Book Trust)

'Mimi Thebo has created an atmospheric book, with great pace and wonderful characters.' (My Book Corner)

  • For Adults (aka Big People)

I love to talk to Writer's Groups, Reading Groups and people interested in the themes of my books. I do a great deal of research and use experimental techniques in my writing. After mentoring and teaching many award-winning and best-selling writers, I'm pretty good at motivating writing folks and have a particular interest in narrative voice and the concept of 'finding your voice'. Here's what people said about my appearance at Novelnights in Bristol:

“Sheer magic” and “‘I’m rushing home to my screen right now.”

“I can’t afford to do the Creative Writing MA and I need to work full time. Tonight Novel Nights gave me a MA experience. I’ve been inspired.”

“I’m scared to show my writing to anyone. After tonight I’m going to share and send out my stories.”

“I’m going to send out my stories to magazines. I feel better about my writing.”
“Mimi was brilliant. I have been so inspired to get on with my novel using her suggestions and advice.”
Also, ask me about my Inspirational Speaking...I have quite a story to tell. 



I have had eight books published, including:
Drawing Together (isbn:978-1844281176)
When Lucy starts a new school, she draws alone at playtime. But soon...she's not alone anymore.
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Dreaming the Bear (isbn:978-0192745880)
A 'hauntingly beautiful' story of a British girl in the Yellowstone wilderness and the bear she befriends.
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National Association of Writers in Education, Associated Writing Programs, Society of Children's Books Writers and Illustrators

Other search criteria:

Book Type:
Fiction for children (any age), Fiction 5-9, Fiction 8-13, Young Adult

Teens, Animals, Reading, Literacy, Writing