Margaret Bateson-Hill

Children's author

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Winner of the English 4-11 Awards keystage 2 1999
Runner up English 4-11 Awards keystage 2 2002
NAPPA Gold Award USA 2001
Long listed Kate Greenaway Award 2003

5-7 (Key stage 1), 8-11 (Key stage 2), 5-11 (Key stages 1 and 2), 11-13 (Key stage 3)


I am now fully booked for World Book Day 2017 and for the rest of the week. 

I have worked in schools, museums and libraries for over 15 years as both an author and a storyteller.

‘Margaret inspires pupils to think differently, challenges them to write creatively and then supports them through the editing process to publication. She is the complete package’

Headteacher, Battersea

'Just thought I'd say a huge thank you for the wonderful job you did
with my year 6s today - I have never seen them sitting so enthralled before - pure awe and wonder - what an amazing gift you possess'

Year 6 teacher, Essex

 'It really was one of those precious occasions where you are privileged to see children transported in front of you.'

Year 2 teacher, Kent

 Folk Tale series
After a brief introduction about myself I show the children my books, and then I put them away and tell one of the stories.

 After the telling we then reopen the book and look at the pictures and I can talk briefly about how I came to write the story, its publication, drafting work etc.

  • I like to set up a writing task and a craft activity related to the story.

  • Have a question and answer time

  • Depending on the time available size of the group the children may start the writing task or the craft activity.
    I like to leave a range of activities for follow up

Dragon Racer Trilogy
Ever wanted to fly a racing dragon? Discover your own secret self! Create your own dragon and tell the tale of the day you met. Fly a racing dragon and design your own racing jacket.

These are just a selection of the ideas explored in my workshop based on the Dragon Racer Trilogy.

You really convinced us that if you take a closer look at things there just might be a dragon on your shoulder.
Holly year 6

Excellent for year 6 transition

I am very happy to work with your nursery and foundation classes using either 'Five Little Ducks went out one day' or This Little Piggy', both interactive, lift the flap, extended retellings of the popular rhymes. I also tell interactive traditional tales from around the world.

Lao Lao of Dragon Mountain (isbn:978-1907825149)
Inspired by Chinese folk tales and the craft of papercutting
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Masha and the Firebird (isbn:978-1907825156)
Inspired by traditional Russian folk tales and the craft of painting eggs
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First Flight: Book 1 Dragon Racer series (isbn:9781846471650)
Have you ever wondered what is must be like to fly a racing dragon?
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Legacy of Fire: Book 2 Dragon Racer series (isbn:1846471214)
the sequel to Dragon Racer
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The Silver Flame: Book 3 Dragon Racer series (isbn:978-1846471742)
The grand finale- it's a fight to the finish
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Five Little Ducks went out one day (isbn:1857143752)
The popular rhyme with a difference! Behind evey large flap discover where each little duck went! - all places children like to visit.
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This Little Piggy (isbn:1857143965)
Perfect for use in nursery and pre-school, interactive, and suitable for early observational skills
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Chanda and the Mirror of Moonlight (isbn:1840893052)
An Indian Cinderella
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Shota and the Star quilt (isbn:1840890231)
A modern folktale about a native american girl and a fallen star
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Leah's Christmas Story (isbn:0 7459 4997 5)
The Nativity seen through the eyes of a child
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Society of Authors

Other search criteria:

Art, Craft and Design, Novelty Books, Sci-fi and Fantasy

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

folk tale, fairytale, myth, creative writing, storytelling, dragon, multicultural, craft, nursery, duck, flying, adventure,imagination, fantasy, sport, disability, Skype