Emma Read

Emma Read

Author of children's book series: Milton the Mighty (The Times Best Children's Books 2019), creative writing for children & adult writing mentor/tutor

Booking enquiry
Emma Read - author tools

Available for

Workshop, Talk, Reading, Interview


Age 1 to 3, Age 3 to 5, Age 5 to 7, Age 7 to 11, Age 11 to 14, Adult


Comedy, Drama, Fiction, Humour, Science

Book types

Fiction 5-9


My Events

AVAILABLE NOW FOR VIRTUAL EVENTS - draw-along, reading, Q and A and creative writing workshops - can tailor to

#Due to Covid restrictions I am unable to provide in-person events but am able to tailor any kind of online experience you require - Skype or Zoom for example. Creative Writing sessions available on Character Building, Story Structure, Writing Using Senses (great for KS1). Can respond live to pupils questions - (love to receive written questions in the post!), or provide a pared down assembly on spiders and overcoming fears#

Milton the Mighty - Worrier to Warrior

a 45min-1hr interactive assembly with powerpoint examining why people are scared of spiders and how we can overcome our fears. Includes a reading, a fun look at persuasive writing in the media and QandA. Suitable for all KS2

Testemonial from Juliette Bottomly of Mr B's Emporium, Bath:

I was lucky enough to attend Emma’s event at a local school and she was just brilliant. She had the attention of the whole room, blending talk of her characters with fascinating spider facts – it was as much fun science lesson as author talk! I confess to having become somewhat of a spider warrior (as opposed to worrier) myself since the event. The pupils all LOVED it, with the added bonus that the book has such a broad appeal to boys and girls. I had super feedback from the teachers as to how her talk sparked lots of bookish and spider discussion in the classroom (and playground!). I can’t wait for her to come back for the next book.

and from Herbert Morrison Primary, Stockwell.

The children were really excited to welcome Emma to our school, particularly after hearing some extracts from the reading copy of the book. We really appreciated how enthusiastic and open she was to the Reading Ambassadors who had prepared an introduction for her. The presentation to the children was really engaging with a perfect balance of interaction and information. It was great that there were lots of background facts about spiders as well as tasters of the story itself. Getting children up to become to characters worked really well. During the question and answer session, the children were able to find out what it is like to be an author and it was great to hear Emma endorsing lots of reading which is one of the things we really try to promote in our school. During the signing session, Emma was very friendly with each child which you could tell made them feel comfortable as well as special. The costume was great too!! It was a real privilege to have Emma visit us and we would love to have her back anytime.

Teeniest Superheroes

A 30 minute assembly looking at how amazing spiders are and why they are superheroes. Lots of spidery facts and fun, with Milton the Mighty colouring and wordsearches to complete. Includes reading and QandA. Suitable for KS1

Mighty Crafty

1hr session including discussion about spiders, colouring and wordsearches to do/take away and a spider crafting activity where children can make their own cute, colourful spiders from pompoms and pipe cleaners. Suitable for any age (younger children will need adult assistance). Ideal for library or small festival events.

Tweet from StorySmith Bookshop, Bedminster:

Such a great morning with @emmydee73 and Milton The Mighty - our shop was packed with superhero spiders, and there was AN ACTUAL WEB!

Creative Writing Workshops

Class-based workshops up to 1hr which can be tailored to need. Currently running 'Fantastic Ideas and Where to Find Them' - an interactive, writing-free workshop where we look at the origin and capture of ideas. Other workshops delivered include Making Characters and An idea's Journey.

Testimonial from Waterstones Swindon (Holiday bookclub 1 1/2 hr discussion session):

Our Book Club loved meeting Emma! They got really involved in the discussions and loved Emma's presentation and felt inspired at the end of the event. Thank you, Emma for a wonderful event!

Praise for Milton the Mighty

Milton the Mighty is a charming tale of standing up for what's right, being brave, and searching out the truth for yourself - all very relevant messages.~ BOOKTRUST

Milton and his web-spinning sidekicks are as fearless and charismatic a crew of characters as any others you might come across in children’s fiction.~IRISH TIMES

It's a corker! ~Phoenix Comic Book Club recommendation of the week.

As a primary school teacher, I'm always on the look out for books that are accessible, humorous, educational and fun to read out loud - Milton is all of this and more.~ Primary Teacher Review

About Me

I live in Bath, but am happy to travel as long as I get a cup of tea at the end! My fees are charged in accordance with the Society of Authors recommendations and can be found at my website: https://www.emmareadauthor.com/

As well as a children's author I am a Mentor (see https://write-mentor.com/ ). In this capacity I tutor, mentor and blog about children's writing and am able to speak about writing craft or provide adult creative writing sessions.

My passion is writing books that help transition readers from school-level books to more complex Middle-Grade texts, keeping them reading and hopefully helping them avoid becoming overwhelmed and put off reading.

Event feedback

We really enjoyed Emma's visit to Keevil school. All the teachers agreed that she was very good fun, held the children's attention, "got the measure" of any tricky children and was generally really lovely! We would highly recommend her. Thanks Emma

Louisa Brown (Keevil CoE Academy)

Books by Emma Read

Milton the Mighty follows a teeny, harmless spider who is branded deadly by the tabloid news. Along with his house human, Zoe, they start an internet campaign to save his species. In the sequel, Milton the Megastar, Milton travels to Hawaii to tackle an environmental distaster and he and Zoe learn about what makes a family.
Milton the Mighty

Milton the Mighty

The first book in a fresh, funny new series for readers aged 7+, illustrated by Alex G. Griffiths! When little spider Milton discovers he's been branded deadly on social media - and is targeted by pest-killers BugKILL - he fears for his life and the future of his species. Alongside his BFFs, big hairy Ralph and spindly daddy-long-legs Audrey, he searches for a way to clear his name. But to succeed, Milton realises he must communicate with his house humans, a schoolgirl called Zoe - and her arachnophobic dad. Is he mighty enough to achieve the impossible?  
MIlton the Megastar

MIlton the Megastar

Milton's superstardom is stressing him out: the events, the glamour, the adoring fans! Secretly, Zoe, Audrey and Ralph think he's turned into ... well ... a bit of a diva. So when Dad and Greta plan a trip to Hawaii, Zoe knows she has to take her best spider pals along for the ride: they all need a break. But with a live volcano, an endangered spider species, an unscrupulous entrepreneur and Milton's ego to contend with, this is hardly a holiday ... 


Emma Read - first image
Emma Read - first image
Emma Read - first image