About Us

Children’s books, authors & illustrators – worldwide

“It doesn’t happen all at once,” he said. “You become. It takes a long time. That’s why it doesn’t often happen to people who break easily, or have sharp edges, or who have to be carefully kept.

Generally, by the time you are Real, most of your hair has been loved off, and your eyes drop out and you get loose in the joints and very shabby. But these things don’t matter at all, because once you are Real you can’t be ugly, except to people who don’t understand..”

Attributed to Margery Williams in The Velveteen Rabbit

Discover her here

Who was on tour in the UK at present? See our Author & Books page for details


Great reviews, really great books and very good reading…

BookMonitor is our list and archive of the best book reviews for older children. See more here.


We deliver book events, author and illustrator workshops, pop-up bookshops in the UK and sell the very best children’s books everywhere they are needed. Just ask us!


These Dolphin books are horizon stretching and great reads too!

The Dolphin is our list and archive of the best book reviews for younger children. See more here.


We work in places across the globe – Australia, New Zealand, Hong Kong, China, Europe and the USA. We provide a ‘no fee’ UK representation service for authors and illustrators in our partner countries.

We are always happy to engage, informally and at no cost, about how we can provide books, services and authors in a tailored package to meet the needs of your school, community or organisation. Just ask us.


Books go Walkabout is the children’s book sales, author event, literacy support and publishing arm of SmithMartin LLP.

We are an ethical social business, working to support the communities we engage with.