Teresa Heapy

Children's author

Teresa Heapy
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Commission, Interview, Talk, Workshop






  • Age 5 to 7 (KS1)
  • Age 7 to 11 (KS2)


  • Best Picture Book Coventry Inspiration Book Award (Very Little Red Riding Hood)
  • Best Picture Book Oxfordshire Book Awards (Very Little Red Riding Hood)
  • shortlisted for ALCS Educational Writers Award (Who Eats Who?)


A bit about me

I write picture books, fiction and non-fiction for children.   I’m probably best known for the award-winning Very Little picture book series, which sets brave (and argumentative!) Very Little heroines in versions of fairy tales. I also write fiction and non-fiction for a wide range of educational books for series including Oxford Reading Tree. Before I became a writer, I was a Commissioning Editor in educational publishing. 

My school visits

Going into schools is one of my very favourite parts of being an author!   I love sharing my stories and answering children’s questions about what I do.  I cater for a wide range of ages, from nursery to Year 6.  I specialize in sessions on twisting fairy tales and how a book is made, sharing my notebooks and the very beginnings of a story.

I often start with a whole school assembly, and then various class workshops, which can be tailored according to age.  For younger children, I use puppets and a song (with lots of joining in!) and explore the children’s very own characters through drawings.  For older children, I go into more detail on how I write stories, and support them in writing their own stories, through a combination of shared and independent writing.

You can read my blog about my school visits here:  http://www.teresaheapy.co.uk/twisting-fairy-tales/

Do please feel free to contact me to contact me to ask questions about visits - I’d love to hear from you and am very happy to shape a visit according to the needs of your school. 


Our children and staff loved your books, your commitment and your obvious pleasure in storying with children. The assembly was lively, upbeat and engaging for KS1, whilst the story writing workshops in KS2 were inspiring and highly motivating. The whole day created a real buzz throughout the school – I’d wholeheartedly recommend you to other primary schools.”  Darrell Wood, Headteacher, Five Acres Primary School

“Teresa intuitively understands young children and deals with their questions without patronising them but also without talking over their heads.  She ran writing workshops, which sparked the children’s imaginations. As we toured the classes, children of all ages in KS1 and KS2 were keen to share what they had written and it was evident that they were engaged with the process and the task that Teresa had introduced.”  Nikki Gamble, Director, Just Imagine


I charge the Society of Authors rate of £350 per day for an all day visit.  If I have to travel outside of my home county of Oxfordshire, then I charge for travel.


I've written 5 picture books (with more publishing soon!) and over 45 educational fiction and non-fiction titles. For a full list, please see my website: www.teresaheapy.co.uk


The Marvellous Moon Map

 Mouse and Bear live in a little dark house in the Woods. Mouse wants to find the Moon, and makes a Moon Map and sets off to find it. But as the Woods get darker and the weather gets worse, he realises he needs more than just his Map to find his way. 

Very Little Red Riding Hood

 Very Little Red Riding Hood is little - very little. She's off for a sleepover and not even a Wolf will get in her way! 

Very Little Cinderella

 Very Little Cinderella wants to go to the party too - and with a Fairy Babysitter and a big blue scooter, she's off on her way! 

Very Little Sleeping Beauty

 It's Very Little Sleeping Beauty's bedtime. But it's her birthday party tomorrow, and she's not very sleepy... 

Very Little Rapunzel

 Very Little Rapunzel has very long hair - and she refuses to get a hair-cut. Until she gets nits... 

Who Eats Who?

 Don't break the food chain! Big or small, all living things are part of food chains. It's all about who eats who! Part of the ORT inFact series. 

The Chicken Who Liked Chocolate

 Charlie the chicken has had a taste for chocolate. Now she's on a mission to make sure that chocolate is all she ever eats! A 48pp chapter book, part of the ORT All Stars series 

Dancing Feet

 Clumsy Mabel Green hates her dancing lessons. She'd much rather be playing football. But when she watches "Come Dance With Me", something mysterious happens! A 64p chapter book, part of the ORT All Stars series 


  • Society of Authors

Book types

  • Fiction for children



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