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David Bedford

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David is a best-selling children’s author, workshop leader, and motivator of children’s reading and writing.

He is the author of over 80 books for infant and primary aged children, published worldwide, and has 18 years experience visiting schools in the UK and as far afield as Spain, Austria, Slovakia, Qatar, Abu Dhabi, Romania, Kuwait, Jordan, China, Thailand and Sudan.


’David was wonderful! His down-to-earth, relaxed nature made it very easy for him to engage with students - whether reading to two year olds, or having a Q&A session over lunch with twelve year olds. The feedback from students was overwhelmingly positive and there were more than a few authors-in-waiting inspired to take action after his visit - from both students and staff!

Mathew Shephard, Headmaster, The British School of Nanjing, China

’Please thank David again for all his work with the kids. They really enjoyed it, as did all the teachers!’

St Peter’s School, Barcelona

’Thank you David. The children had a great day right from the outset where you captivated them at assembly time, through to their classroom sessions with you. They are all proud to have their books signed by a ’real author’!

Liz Hill, Headteacher, Brisley Primary, Norfolk, England




New Books

Birdy & Bou are out and about in their floating library! Sales include Turkey, Spain, Belgium and US, and a shortlist for the East Anglian Book Award!





Roo’s adventures have now been translated into US, Spanish, Catalan, French, Georgian, Turkish, Hungarian and Chinese editions - and Roo is also a toy!


For the next adventure...


More of David’s picture books are here.



It’s been a superb year talking and workshopping with fantastic kids, teachers and librarians! Three weeks in Bangkok, weeks in Vienna and Bucharest, and of course days in schools in and around Norfolk. To find out more see Author Visits. And have a peep at a video of a school visit in Abu Dhabi here.



David is a British Council ’Active Citizen’ trained by the National Literacy Trust in strategies to promote boys reading.

He is a ’graduate’ of recent Patron of Reading and ’Reading for Pleasure’ conferences.

Want David as your Patron of Reading? One of the first Patrons of Reading in the UK, David has close links with schools, and is looking for a new school to link with right now.

As a Premier League Reading Stars Author, David also uses his football fiction to motivate children’s reading.

Last summer David extended his work encouraging literacy through football by joining forces with Street Child World Cup at the inaugural UK/Brazil Flipside Festival.


’It was really fantastic to see how you engaged all the kids through your work.’ Jess, Street Child World Cup


David returned to Flipside to talk Roo and polar bears.