Mike Brownlow

Mike Brownlow

Children's author, Illustrator, Scriptwriter

Booking enquiry
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Available for

Workshop, Talk, Interview, Commission a book


Age 3 to 5, Age 5 to 7, Age 7 to 11, Adult


Humour, Novelty, Picture book, Science fiction

Book types

Picture book


  • Ten Little Bookworms was created specially as one of the World Book Day books 2019.
  • Ten Little Pirates won the Nottingham Children's Book Awards
  • and the Lancashire Share a Story Award
  • Shortlisted for the Sheffield Children's Book Awards and for the Evening Standard Picture Book Awards (Oscar's First Book Awards.)
  • 'Ten Little' books have been chosen as Time Out's Children's Book of the Week and World Book Day UK's Best Christmas Books for 0-5s.
  • Picked for the Guardian's Best Children's Book Guide



A bit about me: 

I write and illustrate picture books for children, and have over 50 titles to my name, many of which have been published around the world. I had the honour of being chosen as one of the WORLD BOOK DAY 2019 authors, and have created TEN LITTLE BOOKWORMS with Simon Rickerty specially for the occasion. 

The 'Ten Little' books have become extremely popular best sellers. 'TEN LITTLE PIRATES' was the first one Simon and I produced together, (I write the books and Simon illustrates them.) With the publication of 'TEN LITTLE PENGUINS' in 2022, the series total has reached twelve titles. We have topped the Waterstone's Best Selling Picture Books list on several occasions.

'LITTLE ROBOTS' was one of the first books I both wrote and illustrated, and was made into a 65 episode, animated TV series for the BBC, shown in over 70 countries. I helped to develop and design the series, and wrote several of the shows.

School Visits: 

As both a writer and an illustrator, my talks include live drawing. School visits can contain any of the following: lively, interactive book readings with audience participation, drawing sessions such as how to draw a particular character and how to draw different facial expressions, craft sessions, a Powerpoint/Keynote talk about how a book can develop from a simple doodle to a book and a TV series, developing your own characters and writing your own picture books. 

Talks can be for individual classes or whole year groups, mainly aimed at Key Stage 1 (including Nursery and Reception ages), though I sometimes give talks for Key Stage 2 students as well.

I will need:

A flipchart.

An empty table near the flipchart for the display of artwork and other objects to show the children.  

For the Powerpoint element, I'll bring a memory-stick, but will need you to provide the usual Audio/Visual equipment.  

Book signings:

It's nice to do book signings (complete with individual drawings!) at the end of sessions, but this is not obligatory. I can provide instructions on how to involve local, independent bookshops and template letters to inform parents of the event. Provided I can drive to your school I could alternatively bring my own supply of books to sell if that would be easier.


I live in Somerset, but am happy to travel to other parts of the country. I usually adhere to the Society of Authors guidelines on pricing -- £250 for a half day and £350 for a full day, plus travel expenses and accommodation where necessary. 

Event feedback

We had the most amazing session with Mike. The children learnt to draw robots and penguins and we had a world premiere of '10 Little Unicorns.' The children absolutely loved it and the staff were so grateful for his creative ideas and inspiration. We can't thank him enough for his time and his effort putting this all together.

Rachel Jones (St Andrew's School, Turi, Kenya)

Books by Mike Brownlow

I've written and illustrated many books for children. These are just some of them.

Ten Little Robots

Ten Little Robots have to save themselves and their factory when the engine room goes KERBOOOM! 

Ten Little Superheroes

Ten Little Super-Kids flying through the air, Spot the League of Bad Guys plotting in their lair... 

Ten Little Elves

Ten Little Christmas Elves are making toys until... Santa shouts, "The reindeer!± Help! I think they're really ill!" 

Ten Little Pirates

Picture Book. Ten Little Pirates sailing out to sea, looking for adventure, happy as can be. But what will the pirates do when they meet a hurricane? And a giant squid? And a HUNGRY SHARK?! 

Ten Little Princesses

Ten Little Princesses set out for the Grand Ball. But there are trolls and dragons and witches between them and happy ever after... 

Ten Little Dinosaurs

Ten Little Dinosaurs hatch from their eggs and go exploring. But their prehistoric world is rather more dangerous than they expect! 

Ten Little Monsters

A super-spooky rhyming monster adventure! 

Little Robots

A colourful book with a rhyming text, full of humorous, loveable robots. Made into the TV Series, 'Little Robots'. 

Make It! Rocket

Hugo's inventive family decide to make him a very special birthday present - his very own rocket ship! With press out pieces so you can build your own rocket. 

Dinosaurs of Doom!

Evil genius Tempus Fugit wants to take over the world with his army of destructive dinosaurs. Can the Time Pirates stop him before it's too late? A story with a GIANT pop-up! 

Bad Manners, Benjie!

Boris the Troll loves to poke his nose and fart. But Boris has a new friend called Benjie, and Benjie doesn't act like your normal troll!