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David Bedford

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

He is the author of over 80 books for children, published worldwide, and has 16 years’ experience visiting schools in the UK and as far afield as China, Spain, Qatar, Jordan 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






Roo’s adventures have been translated into US, Spanish, Catalan, French, Georgian, Turkish and Chinese editions!


More of David’s picture books are here.



David will be enjoying lots of visits to schools in Norfolk this year, as well as overseas trips to international schools in Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Kuwait, and then a welcome return to China. See Author Visits to find out what David can do for your school.



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.

One of the first Patrons of Reading in the UK, David has close links with schools.

And as a Premier League Reading Stars Author, David 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.