Richard Monte

Richard Monte

Children's author

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Available for

Reading, Interview


Age 5 to 7, Age 7 to 11


Fairy tale, Folklore, Legend


  • Scholastic Best Books 2008



About The Author

Richard Monte is author of The Mermaid of Warsaw (Frances Lincoln, 2011) and The Dragon of Krakow (Frances Lincoln, 2008), collections of folk tales inspired by his frequent travels around Poland with his Polish wife and two children. He has been to the three major cities, Warsaw, Krakow and Gdansk, as well as staying on the Baltic Coast and in the Tatra Mountains.

His other book for children is The Flood Tales (Pavilion, 2000) an environmental interpretation of the Noah's Ark Story.

Richard is a regular reviewer of books for Carousel Magazine and has published articles and reviews in History Today, the BBC History Magazine and Scholastic Education Plus (

An interview with Richard can be found at:


Author Visits

Map-making, quizzes and lively Q&A sessions about his writing and experiences in Poland, have proved to be popular with children aged 7-12. Richard's books get children thinking about other cultures. His folk tales have been used successfully in the classroom, to encourage children to explore the history and geography of another country:

'I bought The Dragon of Krakow and other Polish stories to help me create some literacy work/international coverage for my year 4 class.
The stories are fantastic. They captured my classes' imaginations.
The blurb has also been very useful in the Geography elements. It plots the cities where many of the stories come from. We used this for some map work. The children and I have all enjoyed the international week, which was made all the more interesting through using this book'. - D Norman, teacher

The tales are also perfect for reading out loud:

'Start with the story of the Dragon of Krakow in which the threatening dragon is tricked by a shoemaker, and your class will call out for more.' - Scholastic Best Books of 2008


Booking A Visit

Richard is based in St Albans, Hertfordshire and mainly visits schools in the Home Counties and London. To arrange a booking or to enquire about fees and other locations, please make a Booking Enquiry above.


Festivals Attended

Linton Children's Book Festival, Linton, Cambridgeshire


Schools Visited

Walmer Science College, Deal

Our Lady of the Visitation, RC Primary, Greenford

Mount Carmel, Northfields, Ealing

St Mark's RC Primary, Hounslow

Warden Hill Junior School, Luton
'The children and staff I have spoken to enjoyed your day with us very much.' Mark Welch, Headteacher

William Ransom School, Hitchin

Thomas Coram Church of England School, Berkhamsted

Hillingdon Schools' Picture Book of the Year Award 2014

Millbrook Junior School, Kettering

Hamilton Academy, High Wycombe

St Polycarp's RC Primary School, Farnham

Morley Memorial Primary School, Cambridge

Holtsmere End Junior School, Hemel Hempstead
'On Thursday 5th March,Richard Monte came to school as it was World Book Day. He told us all about his books and different things about himself. He gave us great tips on how to write stories. He read us a tale from the “The dragon of Krakow”. The tale was called “The king who was eaten by mice”. The tale was about a wicked king and queen. The king ate all the villagers food. The villagers got fed up so they had a meeting. They all had ideas but they listened to a mouse’s idea. The mice scampered to the palace and chased the king and queen to a tower on an island and killed them. Then the author asked us questions. After this, we asked him questions about being an author. We had a good time with Richard Monte!' By Molly & Ruth Y4

Roundwood Primary School, Harpenden

Garden City Academy, Letchworth

Priory Academy, Dunstable

Books by Richard Monte

The Mermaid of Warsaw

The Mermaid of Warsaw

Full of wonder, this is a stunning collection of enchanting folk stories with a timeless and universal appeal. Richard Monte captures the optimistic spirit of Poland in stories which delight on account of their magic and surprise - Lovereading 
The Dragon of Krakow

The Dragon of Krakow

"Interesting, well-written, imaginatively illustrated and designed book. There are rich rewards for those who enter the fascinating stories inside." (Ibby Link ) 
The Flood Tales

The Flood Tales

"Very unusual and ambitious book which attempts to address a wide range of contemporary concerns through the retelling of a universal myth." (Books for Keeps) 


Richard Monte - first image
Richard Monte - first image
Richard Monte - first image