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Author Archives: Isabel Thomas

5 Awesome, Interactive Children’s Books for Summer

Grey skies, mizzly rain, the creaking of central heating… Summer is almost here (apparently) and with it come a host of inspiring summer reading lists. In the spirit of my … Continue reading

June 3, 2016 · Leave a comment

Book Birthday Alert! Elli Woollard interviews Isabel Thomas about Self-Destructing Science: Space

Self-Destructing Science: Space by Isabel Thomas, illustrated by Nikalas Catlow (Bloomsbury) publishes on 19 May! Elli: Self-destructing? Noooooooo! Heeeeeeelp! Isabel: Oh no Elli! Breathe, relax, think cute guinea pigs! The … Continue reading

May 18, 2016 · Leave a comment

Book Birthday Alert! Isabel Thomas grills Elli Woollard on The Dragon and the Nibblesome Knight

Hello and Happy Book Birthday Elli! Let’s start with your elevator pitch for The Dragon and the Nibblesome Knight …. if you found yourself in an elevator full of dragons! … Continue reading

May 5, 2016 · Leave a comment

Fireworks for National Non-fiction November!

It’s #NNFN, the annual celebration of factastic books organized by the Federation of Children’s Book Groups. I was delighted to work with Lonely Planet Kids to create a hands-on event … Continue reading

November 6, 2015 · 1 Comment

How to be a wicked young writer

I was lucky enough to watch the Wicked Young Writers’ Awards last week. My son was one of 120 shortlisted writers aged 5 to 25, who gathered in London for … Continue reading

July 8, 2015 · Leave a comment

Making it work as a full time writer

Writing is the hardest way of earning a living, with the possible exception of wrestling alligators. So said Olin Miller, but he was wrong. I’m raising three alligators of my … Continue reading

February 4, 2015 · Leave a comment

How to Launch a Literary Festival

November brought a double dose of firsts: the first National Non-Fiction Month and the first St Albans Literary Festival. I was excited to combine the two, by running non-fiction writing … Continue reading

November 19, 2014 · Leave a comment

Writing ate my brain

This weekend, I threw a party for 30 five-year-olds. Call me naive (and many parents did) but this was the plan: The reality was less Oranges and Lemons, and more … Continue reading

October 1, 2014 · 10 Comments

Essential books for writers by Isabel Thomas

Is there an essential book for writers? Google Books suggests 3,090,000 options. Hive narrows it to 190, most with essential in the title. When I’m writing non-fiction, my list of … Continue reading

August 15, 2014 · Leave a comment


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