Author of the week series

Greg James and Chris Smith - credit Jenny Smith

Our 'Author of the week’ series brings 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
  • Robin Stevens

    Write a detective story with Robin Stevens

    Read an extract from Robin Stevens's latest story Death Sets Sail, find out how to write a detective story and download the activities.
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  • Joseph Coelho and Fiona Lumbers

    Luna Loves Art with Joseph Coelho and Fiona Lumbers

    Watch Joseph and Fiona reading their new book and try the activity pack.
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  • Roy of the Rovers: Kick-Off

    Tom Palmer shares Roy of the Rovers

    Take part in the Premier League challenge and read two free eBooks.
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  • Julian Clary and David Roberts

    Meet The Bolds with Julian Clary and David Roberts

    Listen to the latest book in The Bolds series and get a free audiobook.
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  • Alex T Smith

    Alex T. Smith shares free Claude books

    Alex T. Smith shares a drawing tutorial and two Claude books.
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  • Ben Fogle

    Ben Fogle's explorer activity pack

    Ben Fogle reads from Mr Dog and the Faraway Fox and shares his tips for becoming a nature explorer.
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  • Onjali Rauf

    Free video and extracts from Onjali Q. Rauf

    Read the first chapter of Onjali Q. Rauf's books completely free, and get her tips on how to start writing.
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  • 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.
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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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  • 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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  • Tom Percival

    Read free extracts and learn how to draw the Dream Team characters with Tom Percival

    Read the first chapter of A Case of the Jitters, find out all about the Dream Team characters, Meesha Makes Friends and download the activities.
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For older learners

  • Michelle Obama headshot

    Listen to Becoming by Michelle Obama

    The Grammy Awarding winning memoir 'Becoming' by Michelle Obama is the latest read in our Behind the Cover book club.
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  • Diana Evans author pic 2017.jpg

    Listen to Ordinary People by Diana Evans

    Shortlisted for the 2019 Women's Prize for Fiction, 'Ordinary People' is the second title available in our audio book club.
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  • Bernadine Evaristo portrait

    Listen to Girl, Woman, Other with Bernadine Evaristo

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