Pippa Goodhart

Also writes as Laura Owen

Children's author

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Website: http://www.pippagoodhart.co.uk

Contact: via website www.pippagoodhart.co.uk

Winner of Mumsnet's Book of the Year 2011 for 3-4 Year Olds
Winner of York Libraries' Best Picture Book of All Time
Arts Council Writer's Award
Shortlisted for Kathleen Fidler, Smarties, Young Telegraph Book Of The Year, the Blue Peter, and the Stockton Children's Book awards, East Midlands Book of the Year

Adults, 5-7 (Key stage 1), 8-11 (Key stage 2), 5-11 (Key stages 1 and 2)


I write picture books, early readers and novels for children of primary school age.  Million-selling 'You Choose' is probably my best known picture book, while the Winnie the Witch storybooks (written under the name of Laura Owen) are my most popular early readers, and 'Raven Boy' my best known children's novel. 

I am very happy to visit schools.  I often talk to each year in a primary school (from nursery up to year 6) about stories and where ideas come from and how books are made, whilst sharing some of my books with the children.  Sometimes I take perhaps just one year group and we workshop ideas into a new story.  I have done longer projects, sustained over several visits, and some specialised workshops (for example, I did one with dyslexic children for the Quentin Blake Award project with disabled children).  I'm very happy to adapt to the needs of the school.  If you want, I can bring copies of my books to sell and sign, so long as I can get to you by car.

Do feel free to contact me and ask questions about possible visits without feeling that you are then obliged to book me!  I charge £375 for a full day, £250 for a half day.  If I travel outside my home county of Cambridgeshire I charge travel (either 45p per mile if driving, or train costs).  Travelling a long way may involve paying for an overnight stay.

I teach adults wanting to write for children, teaching one online course for Cambridge University's Institute for Continuing Education on writing for children, and an online course for Writers' Workshop for those wanting to concentrate on writing picture books.  

I have written on commission as well as writing to order for numerous children's book publishers, and am always interested in being given a writing challenge!

I've had over a hundred books published. For a full list of my books currently in print, go to my website, www.pippagoodhart.co.uk
You Choose in Space (isbn:9780141379296)
The latest hugely popular You Chose book lavishly illustrated by Nick Sharratt with a wealth of space craft and aliens and more.
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Just Imagine (isbn:9780857530110)
A follow-on to 'You Choose', this offers a mass of imaginative choices. Brilliantly illustrated by Nick Sharratt
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Finding Fortune (isbn:9781846471599)
A historical adventure set in 1897 and the Klondike Gold Rush. Ida and her father search for gold ...
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Chapatti Moon (isbn:9781848531284)
A lyrical picture book about Mrs Kappor's runaway chapatti, beautifully illustrated by Lizzie Finlay
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Giddy-Up, Winnie! (isbn:9780192758255)
Written under the author name Laura Owen, this is one of eight books with four stories each about wonderful witch Winnie and Wilbur her cat. Illustrated by Korky Paul
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A Bottle of Happiness (isbn:9781910328200)
A fable tale with a timeless feel, wonderfully illustrated by Iranian artist Ehsan Abdollahi.
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You Choose (isbn:0552547085)
a picture book illustrated by Nick Sharratt.
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Raven Boy (isbn:9781846470257)
An exciting adventure that 'explains' the myth of the ravens at the Tower of London.
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The Misadventures of Winnie the Witch (isbn:9780192734617)
A compilation of Winnie stories illustrated by Korky Paul and written by Pippa under the fake name of Laura Owen.
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Ginny's Egg (isbn:9781909991378)
Illustrated novel about Ginny who hatches a dragon from an egg, and then has to decide how to cope with it!
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A Dog Called Flow (isbn:9781909991163)
An illustrated novel about a dyslexic boy and his dog. Often used as a class reader.
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History and Biography

Book Type:
Fiction for children (any age), Picture books, Fiction 5-9, Fiction 8-13, Educational books

Laura Owen,Pippa Goodhart, Cambridgeshire, Grantchester, children's books, picture books, Just Imagine, You Choose in Space, Ginny's Egg, Chapatti Moon, A Bottle of Happiness, A Space of My Own, Winnie the Witch, You Choose, Flow, Raven Boy, Just Imagine,