Pippa Goodhart

Also writes as Laura Owen

Children's author, Ghostwriter

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Website: http://www.pippagoodhart.co.uk

Contact: via website www.pippagoodhart.co.uk

Winner of Mumsnet's Book of the Year 2011 for 3-4 Year Olds
Arts Council Writer's Award
Shortlisted for Kathleen Fidler, Smarties, Young Telegraph Book Of The Year, the Blue Peter, and the Stockton Children's Book awards, and East Midlands Book of the Year

Adults, 5-7 (Key stage 1), 8-11 (Key stage 2), 5-11 (Key stages 1 and 2)


I write picture books, early readers and novels for children of primary school age.  Million-selling 'You Choose' is probably my best known picture book, while the Winnie the Witch storybooks (written under the name of Laura Owen) are my most popular early readers, and 'Raven Boy' my best known children's novel. 

I am very happy to visit schools.  I often talk to each year in a primary school (from nursery up to year 6) about stories and where ideas come from and how books are made, whilst sharing some of my books with the children.  Sometimes I take perhaps just one year group and we workshop ideas into a new story.  I have done longer projects, sustained over several visits, and some specialised workshops (for example, I did one with dyslexic children for the Quentin Blake Award project with disabled children).  I'm very happy to adapt to the needs of the school.  If you want, I can bring copies of my books to sell and sign, so long as I can get to you by car.

Do feel free to contact me and ask questions about possible visits without feeling that you are then obliged to book me!  I charge £350 for a full day, £200 for a half day.  If I travel outside my home county of Cambridgeshire I charge travel (either 45p per mile if driving, or train costs).  Travelling a long way may involve paying for an overnight stay.

I have also taught adults who want to write for children.  That teaching has been through evening classes, conference seminars, festival workshops and university lectures.  I also work for a consultancy agency, assessing manuscripts for possible publication. 

I have written on commission for Arts Council East Midlands as well as writing to order for numerous children's book publishers, and am always interested in being given a writing challenge!

For a full list of my books currently in print, go to my website, www.pippagoodhart.co.uk
Just Imagine (isbn:9780857530110)
A follow-on to 'You Choose', this offers a mass of imaginative choices. Brilliantly illustrated by Nick Sharratt
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Giddy-Up, Winnie! (isbn:9780192758255)
Written under the author name Laura Owen, this is one of eight books with four stories each about wonderful witch Winnie and Wilbur her cat. Illustrated by Korky Paul
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You Choose (isbn:0552547085)
a picture book illustrated by Nick Sharratt.
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Raven Boy (isbn:9781846470257)
An exciting adventure that 'explains' the myth of the ravens at the Tower of London.
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Fiction for children (any age), Picture books, Fiction 5-9, Fiction 8-13, Educational books

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