Authors and Illustrators

Working with imaginations...
Working with imaginations…

Books Go Walkabout works with authors and Illustrators across the world, from New Zealand to America, from Finland to Africa and in our home country the UK.

From picture books to chapter books, the books and people we work with produce fantastic results and share our inspiration to promote the best in children’s literacy.

The books speak for themselves, and the authors are all interested in talking and working with children.

The schools and organisations have received far more than they had hoped for, exceeding expectations!

Contact Sue Martin at BgW to explore your next event!





Featured authors this season…

Joanna Grochowicz    Leigh Hobbs   Carole Wilkinson

Cheryl Moskowitz   Ifeoma Onyefulu 

Contact Sue for availability, programme and fees.

We bring additionality and exciting experiences to enhance the curriculum and engage with children and staff to fully support learning.

The authors included have worked with Books Go Walkabout recently. Read through the links and find out more about their work and passions.

There are many more authors also involved and their books are reviewed on Book Monitor. Quite often they are new authors with excellent publishers and delighted to visit schools in the UK and other countries.

A sample of other authors we work with…


aleesahphotgraphbiopic2Aleesah Darlison

Discover Aleesah’s new web pages here

“Aleesah grew up in a tiny country town on the mid-north coast of New South Wales. After finishing school she moved to Sydney to study marketing at university.

She worked in corporate marketing for 10 years both in Sydney and overseas, before deciding to concentrate on a career in writing.

When she is not writing, she looks after her three children who are a constant source of amusement, inspiration and energy- deprivation. She also reviews children‟s books for The Sun Herald”. (Source: Teacher Notes from Aleesah Darlison)

Aleesah has a great web site packed with information about her books, teachers notes and other resources to help you get the best from her work.

Discover Aleesah on-line here:

markcarthewimage2Mark Carthew

Mark Carthew is an award winning editor, author & teacher, well known for his numerous books and series exploring wordplay, music, movement, drama and humour.

He is the series editor of the award winning & internationally regarded illustrated drama script series VoiceWorks and contributing author & editor in the Chatterbox series for Pearson Education.

Mark’s exciting new releases include the wonderfully wacky joke, rhyme and riddle books Witches’, Britches, Itches & Twitches!, Wicked Wizards and Leaping Lizards and Newts, Lutes and Bandicoots all produced collaboration with renowned UK children’s illustrator Mike Spoor’.

(Source: Mark Carthew web site)

Here is a short video of Mark talking about his work on the Australian Kidz Book Club.

Discover Mark’s work on-line here:


mikespoorimage2Mike Spoor – Illustrator

Mike writes…’I lost count after working on about 350 children’s books in whole or in part. Styles cover a fairly wide range of drawing, painting and digital work embodying interests in landscape and the expressiveness of people and animals incorporating humour and emphasizing character.

Recent works include 30 books in the ‘Dinosaur Cove’ series for Oxford University Press, the series being reissued in 2013, and another prestigious commission from the Queensland State celebrating its recent Dinosaur discoveries. Also, scenes in Terry Pratchett’s musical adaptation ‘The Amazing Maurice and his Educated Rodents’ and coming soon ‘Witches’ Britches, Itches and Twitches’ by award winning Australian author Mark Carthew.

My books have been chosen for various awards such as World Book Day choice, National Simultaneous Reading Time story book of the year and many other shortlists. Dinosaur Dreaming won The Big Read award 2012″.
(Source: Mike Spoor’s web site)

Mike draws the Good Witch for BgW…

Discover Mike’s great work on-line here:

Books and reading across the world...
Books and reading across the world…

Conversations across the globe, with children and authors