Sarah Horne

Sarah Horne

Booking enquiry
Sarah Horne - author tools

Available for

Workshop, Talk, Reading, Interview, Commission a book


Age 5 to 7, Age 7 to 11, Age 11 to 14, Age 14 to 16, Age 16 to 18+, Further Education, University


Adventure, Comedy, Fiction, Humour, Non-Fiction, Picture book

Book types

Alphabet, Fiction for children, Non-fiction for children


  • LoLLies Award 2023
  • Waterstones Children's Award 2020
  • Dundee Children's Book Award
  • Sheffield Children's Book Award
  • Waterstones Childrens Prize : Charlie Changes Into A Chicken
  • Sainsbury's Book Award


  • Society of Authors


Hello! Sarah Horne here....

I am an Author and Illustrator based in London, UK.

My latest book is The Firefly's Light published by Scholastic. It's a book about amazing inventions inspired by animals. 

I have had the privilege of working on over 100 books in my career. Some of my favourites were working as the illustrator for the Charlie Changes into a Chicken series by Sam Copeland, Fizzlebert Stump series by AF Harrold, and more recently, my own titles: Panda at the Door and the sequel Panda in the Spotlight. I am also the illustrator for Matt Lucas's Very Silly Book of True or False, which is a bestselling World Book Day 2022 title. 

I work with schools and libraries often. I offer workshops in storytelling, and creating fab characters and also demonstrate with some live drawings, offer tips and tricks for drawing. I’m available to universities and colleges and speak on working as a book illustrator and building a career in this. I can also offer tutorials to students as part of the day. 

It’s always a lovely thing to meet and encourage the next generation to love books, stories and reading for pleasure.

Do check out my website for further details



March 2024: WORLD BOOK DAY: Basildon Lower Academy Day 2 - Workshops, Creative Writing Talk, Assembly

March 2024: WORLD BOOK DAY: Basildon Lower Academy Day 1 -  Workshops, Creative Writing Talk, Assembly

March 2024: WORLD BOOK DAY: Oakmere Primary School, Potters Bar -  Workshops, Draw-Alongs, Assembly

March 2024: WORLD BOOK DAY: Perry Hill Primary School, Orpington - Workshops, Draw-Alongs, Assembly

September 2023: Sandy Library

September 2023: Flitwick Library

March 2023: World Book Day, John Stainer School

March 2023: World Book Day, Horniman School

March 2022: Stebon Primary School, Tower Hamlets-  Super Saturday! visit and workshops. 

May 2021: Window art and book signings at The Book Nook and Bookseller Crow

August 2021: Edinburgh Festival Draw-Along online appearance - Panda at the Door.

August 2019: Summer Reading Challenge- Library workshop - Wrexham

August 2019: Summer Reading Challenge- Library workshops x2 - Preston  

July 2019 Live Drawing joint appearance with Sam Copeland at Blackheath Festival

Feb 2019: Cheltenham University- Visiting Lecturer

July 2018: Dundee Children's Book Award- event.


My fees for Author Events are as follows: 

£330 Up to 2 hours of Talks/Workshop 

£485 Up to 4 hours of Talks/Workshop

(+ plus travel and overnight accommodation, if applicable)


I am willing to travel anywhere, providing it fits personal and professional commitments. All travel expenses (outside of London) and over-night accommodation are charged at an additional fee.

Please do drop me a line via email or phone, I would be very happy to discuss your requirements. 



  "Sarah came to two of our libraries and did a fabulous job leading several illustration workshops for our younger customers. She is very easy to work with and great with the kids."

Nora Haikala

Event feedback

Sarah came to two of our libraries and did a fabulous job leading several illustration workshops for our younger customers. She is very easy to work with and great with the kids.

Nora Haikala (Biggleswade Library, Central Bedfordshire Council)

Books by Sarah Horne

I am an established Illustrator and author. I have been working as an Illustrator for over 20 years, and have been writing for 10 years. I have published over 100 books and also work in other fields such as editorial, design and advertising as an illustrator. I am best known as an illustrator for funny middle grade books, most recent books: The FireFly's Light (Scholastic), Panda at the Door (Chicken House) Panda in the Spotlight (Scholastic), Pizza Pete and the Perilous Potions (Guppy), Charlie Changes Into A Chicken (Puffin) Forthcoming Titles for 2024: Betty Steady and the Toad Witch by Nicky Smith Dale (Farshore), Buck and Ears by Jennifer Bell (Walker).
The Firefly's Light

The Firefly's Light

Secret inventors of our natural world 
‎ 978-0241346211
Charlie Changes Into A Chicken

Charlie Changes Into A Chicken

I am the illustrator on this hilarious series about friendship and childhood anxiety.  
Panda at the Door

Panda at the Door

'Adorable fun!', 'When life gets tough, the perfect solution is a knock on the door from a soft-hearted panda who dispenses huge hugs.', 'Can I have seconds for Pudding? I can't wait to find out what this panda gets up to next.' SARAH MCINTYRE 'An upbeat read full of lively illustrations.' THE MIRROR NEWSPAPER 'Panda at the Door explores a family break-up with sensitivity at heart' BIG ISSUE NORTH 'a winning combination of traditional furry bear cosiness and smart technology and Cal's childhood anxiety will strike a chord with many young readers. The cover and the brilliant illustrations capture the joy, humour and warmth of the story beautifully.' SCHOOL READING LIST 'This delightful adventure ... is a readable romp with a compassionate heart at it's core' BOOKTRUST 'A little book to make you think, smile and want your own Panda' JUST IMAGINE 
Charlie turns into a T-REX

Charlie turns into a T-REX

What happens when you feel stressed? Maybe you start sweating, or your heart beats faster. When Charlie McGuffin gets stressed, something a little bit different happens: he turns into an animal! 
Matt Lucas Very Silly book of True or False

Matt Lucas Very Silly book of True or False

2022 World Book Day title 
Charlie morphs into a Mammoth

Charlie morphs into a Mammoth

Charlie McGuffin is an actual superhero. He's gained control over his wacky ability to change into animals - he's even able to use it to turn the tables on school bully Dylan. 
Panda in the Spotlight

Panda in the Spotlight

The sequel to Panda at the Door. Pudding is back! Life is good for Cal and his panda bear Pudding. The family stage show Panda-Mime is a hit and there's talk of a Hollywood film. But is it too good to be true? A nosy reporter is sniffing around and she could discover that Pudding is a real-life bear, then all their dreams will be dashed!  


Sarah Horne - first image
Sarah Horne - first image