R. D. Dikstra

R. D. Dikstra

Children's author

Also writes as

Richard Dikstra
Booking enquiry
R. D. Dikstra - author tools

Available for

Workshop, Talk, Interview


Age 5 to 7, Age 7 to 11


Adventure, Fantasy, Fiction, Fiction narrative, History, Humour, Novelty, Picture book, Travel

Book types

Educational, Fiction for children, Picture book


  • Society of Authors
  • British Academy of Film & Television Arts (BAFTA)
  • Royal Society of Arts
  • Royal Television Society.


Author of the Tigeropolis and Captain Bobo series 


What they say about Tigeropolis : 


"Underlying the whole enjoyable escape into these books is a series conservation message " 

"The children left inspired about conservation."

Tigeropolis is a Middle Grade, illustrated chapter book series, aimed at children aged 7 - 11.


A family of vegetarian tigers living in the foothills of the Himalayas battling to save their forest 

The series is inspired by my long time involvement with conservation, the books were inspired by my first ever sighting of a tiger in the wild.


Children are fascinated by tigers and so my events tend to draw out a lot of questions, which are often a highlight of the day.

For more details on the books and characters see the Tigeropolis website:  http://tigeropolis.co.uk



What they say about Captain Bobo : 


"Whilst aimed at four to eight year olds, grown-ups will also lap up this gentle, comforting fare " - Sunday Times

The Adventures of Captain Bobo, Richard is the writer of the popular Fun Kids radio series narrated by John Sessions.

The Adventures of Captain Bobo - a Picture Book series aimed at ages 4 plus.

The stories tell of the adventures of Captain Bobo, his comic crew and his wonderful paddle steamer Red Gauntlet. 



More Information: 

Fun, Entertaining and informative talks and workshops at schools, libraries and book festivals countrywide 

Presented at over 60 events in the last 3 years. Writer of Fun Kids radio series.  Interviewed by BBC Local Radio

Joint host of Belle Books and Stories Podcast  https://bellemedia.co.uk/belle-books-stories-podcast/


Based in London, but very flexible re travel - I also spend considerable time up in Scotland.

I am also happy to deliver on-line/remote sessions and workshops and to consider engagements outside the UK. 


Fees - I support the Society of Authors' fee recommendations but I am also willing to work with schools on the basis of minimum guarantee book sales. 

I have appropriate Public Liability Insurance through the Society of Authors and hold a valid Disclosure Scotland Cert.



Some recent reviews :-

"Children will enjoy reading these books themselves .. the stories are carefully constructed and absolutely hilarious. 

   The School Librarian Review Summer 2020     

 "The children really enjoyed the visit .... you were fantastic with the children .... I would highly recommend a visit "

Literacy Coordinator - Hounslow Town Primary 

"Thank you so much for visiting us at Colinsburgh, the kids had a great time"          

                                                                                                                                                                      Headteacher - Colinsburgh Primary, Fife


"The children (and adults) left feeling inspired and passionate about tiger conservation. We hope to work with you again."

                                                                                                                                                                     St Michaels & St Martins Primary


"I cannot thank you enough ... you are a rare breed. It was a real pleasure to meet you."

                                                                                                                                                                     Head Teacher, St Rose of Lima, Glasgow                                




Books by R. D. Dikstra

Author of two children' book series: - 'Tigeropolis' (ages 7-11) Middle Grade - A fun series about a family of vegetarian tigers running their own wildlife park in the foothills of the Himalayas. 'The Adventures of Captain Bobo' (ages 4 -6) - Picture Book. The comic adventures of a captain, his crew and a magnificent old paddle steamer. Also a Fun Kids radio series narrated by John Sessions.
Tigeropolis - Beyond the Deep Forest

Tigeropolis - Beyond the Deep Forest

A family of vegetarian tigers have to take charge 
Tigeropolis - The Grand Opening

Tigeropolis - The Grand Opening

The Tigeropolis story continues as the park reopens 
Tigeropolis - Caught in the Trap

Tigeropolis - Caught in the Trap

The third in the Tigeropolis series. The tigers have to outwit a gang of poachers 
Tigeropolis Activity Book

Tigeropolis Activity Book

Lots of fun things to do with tiger cubs Bittu and Matti :- Mazes, Games, Word Puzzles, Code-Breaking, Tiger Facts, Quizes and Colouring. Also features a new comic strip with all your favourite characters telling the story of what happened when a top football scout visited Tigeropolis on holiday. Paperback, 28 pages, printed in full colour. 
The Adventure of Captain Bobo - Bananas!

The Adventure of Captain Bobo - Bananas!

Adventures of a West of Scotland Paddle Steamer Captain 
The Adventures of Captain Bobo - On the Rocks

The Adventures of Captain Bobo - On the Rocks

Can the crew of Red Gauntlet come to the rescue of the Thistle?  
The Adventures of Captain Bobo - London

The Adventures of Captain Bobo - London

The crew enjoy a day's sightseeing but when the return to the ship they discover there is something wrong with Tower Bridge - it's stuck !  

Photos and videos

R. D. Dikstra - first image
R. D. Dikstra - first image