Isabel Thomas

Isabel Thomas

Science writer, children's author and journalist

http://www.isabelthomas.co.uk
isabel@isabelthomas.co.uk
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Available for

Commission, Educational, General enquiry, Interview, Reading, Speech, Talk, Workshop

Audiences

Age 5 to 7, Age 7 to 11, Age 11 to 14, Age 14 to 16, Adult

Genres

Art, Biography, History, Non-Fiction, Picture book, Science

Book types

Non-fiction for children, Picture book

Awards

  • Shortlisted for the Association of Science Education Book of the Year 2017
  • Shortlisted for Royal Society Young People's Book Prize 2016
  • Shortlisted for Blue Peter Book Awards 2011

Organisations

  • Society of Authors
  • The Association for Science Education
  • Primary School Governor

Details

About me

I am a science writer, children's book author and journalist for children's science magazines Whizz Pop Bang and The Week Junior Science+Nature. I also write for outreach projects such as Oxford University’s Parents for STEM Futures, inspiring children from diverse backgrounds to pursue science careers.

With more than 150 published titles, there is a book in my repertoire to delight every child, from the lyrical and atmospheric Moth: An Evolution Story and the quirky Little Guides to Great Lives series, to the irreverent Self-Destructing Science activity books. I am a primary school governor and STEM Ambassador, and blog/vlog about primary literacy and science education for Oxford Owl. For grown-up readers, I have contributed to the Writers' and Artists' Yearbook 2018/19.

My talks and workshops

I love running creative, curriculum-linked events for schools, libraries and festivals. I can tailor most workshops to suit ages 4 to 11.

  • Moth: An Evolution Story
    A workshop that fuses literacy and art with science. Children learn about the awesomeness of moths, the impact of humans on their habitats, and the story of the peppered moth – the most famous example of natural selection in action. Working with my brand new picture book Moth.
  • Build Your Own Body!
    Hands-on science with a twist, to entice reluctant readers… and reluctant scientists! Based on my Self-Destructing Science series.
  • Little Guides to Great Lives
    Be inspired by the stories of ordinary people who changed the world, including Marie Curie, Nelson Mandela, Amelia Earhart and Leonardo da Vinci, and start planning and writing your own biography.
  • Science Writing Bootcamp
    Find out what scientists and science writers have in common! Children work in teams to master the rules of writing awesome non-fiction, enjoying fascinating facts on the way.

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

What schools say

“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.”
– St Mary’s School, Cambridge

"Thank you so much for your amazing hard work and preparation for the fantastic three events today. It was so lovely to see all the children and teachers enjoying it."
– Little Ealing Primary School, London

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

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

My fees

I charge £350 per day for an all-day visit (3 or 4 workshops), or £250 for a half-day visit (1 or 2 workshops). If I need to travel for more than one hour from my home in Cambridge, then I also charge for travel.

 

 

Books by Isabel Thomas

With more than 150 published titles, there is a book in my repertoire to delight every child, from the critically-acclaimed Moth: An Evolution Story, How to Change the World, and Little Guides to Great Lives, to the irreverent Self-Destructing Science series, to the the Read with Biff, Chip and Kipper Stories and Activities titles.

9781408889756
Moth: An Evolution Story

Moth: An Evolution Story

This remarkable retelling of the story of the peppered moth is the perfect introduction to natural selection and evolution for children. 
9781786271525
Little Guides to Great Lives

Little Guides to Great Lives

From artists to aviators and scientists to revolutionaries, Little Guides to Great Lives is a brand new series of small-format guides introducing children to the most inspirational figures from history in a fun, accessible way. 
9781408869499
Self-Destructing Science: SPACE

Self-Destructing Science: SPACE

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. Shortlisted for ASE Science Book of the Year 2016/17 
9780198306771
The Misadventures of Charles Darwin

The Misadventures of Charles Darwin

Oxford University Press, 2015 
9780198306825
How To Change The World

How To Change The World

Shortlisted for the Royal Society Young People's Book Prize 2016 
9781408870044
Build Your Own Body

Build Your Own Body

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 how our bodies work. 

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Keywords

ANIMALS ART BIOGRAPHIES CONSERVATION CRAFTS CURRICULUM EVOLUTION HISTORY OF SCIENCE INSECTS LITERACY LITTLE GUIDES TO GREAT LIVES MOTH NATURE NON-FICTION PICTURE BOOKS SCIENCE SCIENCE BIOGRAPHY SCIENCE WRITER SCIENCE WRITING STEM