Isabel Thomas

Children's author

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Contact: Please email or say hello on Twitter @raisingchimps

Shortlisted for the Association of Science Education Book of the Year 2017 for Self-Destructing Science: Space

Shortlisted for Royal Society Young People's Book Prize 2016, for How To Change the World (Oxford University Press)

Shortlisted for Blue Peter Book Awards, Best Book with Facts, for Things You Need To Know Now (DK)

Adults, 5-7 (Key stage 1), 8-11 (Key stage 2), 5-11 (Key stages 1 and 2), 11-13 (Key stage 3), 14-16 (Key stage 4), 11-16 (Key stages 3 and 4)


I’ve written more than 130 fiction and non-fiction books for children, including How to Change the World, shortlisted for the Royal Society Young People’s book Prize 2016.

I also write for the children's science magazine Whizz Pop Bang and contribute to science outreach projects such as and Oxford University’s Parents for STEM Futures project, inspiring girls aged 9 to 11 to pursue science careers.

I've written for Oxford Education and Oxford Owl about encouraging reluctant readers and inspiring children to write non-fiction.

I live in Cambridge, where I’m a primary school governor and zookeeper to three young sons.

I love running creative events for schools, libraries and festivals, linking science and the arts. My latest workshops include:

  • How To Change the World (8+)
    A non-fiction writing workshop based on my Royal Society Young People’s Book Prize-shortlisted title
  • Self-Destructing Science (7+)
    Hands-on science with a twist, to entice both reluctant readers and reluctant scientists!
  • Explore the World (and come back alive) (6+)
    Children carry out a challenge in teams, and learn to write like Captain Cook
  • How to Be An Eco Hero (5+)
    Follow the instructions to save the world…
  • City Safari (4+)
    For non-writers and beginner writers, make your own naturalist’s notebook
  • Fairytales with a Twist (4+)
    My Cheltenham Literature Festival event, full of storytelling, acting and crafts… and a life-sized gingerbread house!

I also run workshops for grown-up writers on planning, writing and pitching non-fiction.

I’m happy to tailor talks and workshops to a particular theme or text type. Please get in touch to find out more about these fun, interactive sessions. Email:


“Pupils enjoyed a VIP visit from author Ms Isabel Thomas, on World Book Day, who ran inspirational workshops and activities with the girls. Pre-prep pupils were captivated with story-telling and an enormous gingerbread house.”
– St Mary’s School, Cambridge

“We thoroughly enjoyed having you, and the children (and teachers) had a great time.”
– Josephine Briggs, Kingshott School, Hitchin

“Even some of my reluctant writers have shown renewed enthusiasm for writing since.”
– Charlotte Honour, St Peter’s School, St Albans



I have written more than 100 books for children, including:
How To Change The World (isbn:9780198306825)
Shortlisted for the Royal Society Young People's Book Prize 2016
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Self-Destructing Science: SPACE (isbn:9781408869499)
Warning: this book will self-destruct! Packed full of fun and exciting projects which use its pages in different ways, this book will have you tearing, folding, cutting, experimenting and scribbling as you find out all about the wonders of space.
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The Misadventures of Charles Darwin (isbn:9780198306771)
Oxford University Press, 2015
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City Safari (series) (isbn:9781406271348)
Who needs to visit a safari park when there is so much wildlife on our doorsteps? Each book in this series looks at a different wild animal and takes the reader on a 'city safari'.
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Fairytales Today: Hansel and Gretel and the Dastardly Dinner Lady (isbn:9781782023135)
Curious Fox, 2015
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Animals Head to Head (series) (isbn:9781410923981)
This hugely popular series takes a high-interest look at adaptation perfect for KS2 readers!
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Primary School Governor
The Association for Science Education
Society of Authors

Other search criteria:

Art, Craft and Design, History and Biography, Science and Technology

Book Type:
Non fiction for children, Picture books, Educational books

non-fiction, science, nature, science writing, science writer, crafts, conservation, curriculum, art, history of science, science biography, animals, literacy, writing, books for boys