Author of the week series

Greg James and Chris Smith - credit Jenny Smith

Our 'Author of the week’ series beings you regular exclusive videos, activities and free digital books for children. It’s all hosted for free on Family Zone, which was launched to support families during school closures. Launched by Greg James and Chris Smith, we are working in partnership with publishers, authors and illustrators to support children to continue to access stories.

Latest authors
  • Dan Freedman

    Dan Freedman shares a free Jamie Johnson book

    Get a free eBook and take part in the Premier League's Create a Character challenge with football author Dan Freedman.
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  • Katherine Rundell

    Get Katherine Rundell's writing tips

    Watch the bestselling children's author read from her latest books, and get her tips for overcoming writer's block.
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  • Ade Adepitan

    Get a free audiobook with Ade Adepitan

    Watch wheelchair basketball hero and TV personality Ade Adepitan explain the story behind Cyborg Cat books, and listen to the free audiobook!
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  • Little Princess IDontWantToWashMyHands.jpg

    Tony Ross shares a free Little Princess book

    Need some help to keep up the hand washing? Watch 'I don’t want to wash my hands!' and get a free Little Princess book.
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  • Axel Scheffler thumbnail.jpg

    Draw Pip and Posy with Axel Scheffler

    Find out how to draw Pip and Posy with Axel Scheffler, and use the free activity sheets to explore their world.
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  • Greg James and Chris Smith - credit Jenny Smith

    Get a free Kid Normal superhero story

    Learn how to write a superhero story with Greg James and Chris Smith, and download a free audiobook.
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For older learners

  • Bernadine Evaristo portrait

    A free audio book with Bernadine Evaristo

    Winner of the 2019 Booker prize, Bernadine Evaristo, launches our audio book club with 'Girl, Woman, Other'.
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